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TAXPAYER MONEY IS GOING DOWN THE DRAIN. LITERALLY.

The Board of Water Supply is just a sleepy office off of one of the many corridors in City Hall. You’ve probably walked by it many times without taking much notice. But, this small office is allegedly ground zero for the most profitable “slush fund operation” in Mount Vernon. Under the sole control of the Mayor, Mount Vernon property owners are unknowingly overpaying millions of dollars per year into this agency, and those funds are being siphoned off into discretionary accounts of his choosing. To put this in context, tax revenue collected from city residents is placed into the city’s general fund and is overseen and controlled jointly by the Comptroller, the City Council, the Mayor, toge

BUILDING BRIDGES FOR MOUNT VERNON – NO MORE BROKEN PROMISES

In September 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo made the following statement about Mount Vernon’s Sixth Avenue, Tenth Avenue and 14th Avenue Bridges: “Our administration has made it a top priority to rebuild our infrastructure, and by replacing these century-old bridges [in Mount Vernon], we are taking an important step toward preserving and improving a vital part of our transportation system and providing peace of mind to the motorists who depend on it. I am proud that the State is joining with our local and federal partners to move these important projects forward.” Since that time four years ago, the 300-foot combined length of the closed bridges show no sign of construction. Then in 2018, our

POLITICS IS NOT A ZERO-SUM GAME

It is hard to imagine a time in politics or society that was more divisive than what we are facing today. Cults of personality create discord, amplifying the messenger instead of the message. Moderates and common sense have been the first casualties. It seems like everything these days is about picking sides. Donald Trump. The Alt-Right. The Alt-Left. Fascists. Anti-Fascists. Democratic-Socialists. Black Lives Matter. #MeToo. The list goes on and on. What they all have in common, it seems, is a stubborn inability to compromise, each believing they need to take increasingly extreme positions – each trying to outdo the other. This trend is not just happening at the national or state level,

FINANCIAL LITERACY CAN LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

Money is touted as ruling the world. The OJays sing about the love of money. We earn it and we spend it. What about the other aspects of money? Its extricable link to debt, credit, spending, saving, investing and wealth creation. Each directly impact the others. Saving instead of spending; timely payment of debt; limiting debt and investing are skills necessary for creating and maintaining wealth. These are all learned skills that are typically less practiced in Blacks and Hispanics household. Our spending far exceeds our property/business ownership and investments. Case in point, Blacks spend $1.1 billion dollars on ethnic hair and beauty products – nearly nine times more than our non-B

BUILDING BRIDGES FOR MOUNT VERNON

You’ve heard people say it a million times:  “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”  Those people probably didn’t live in Mount Verno

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