Monday, February 8, 2016


Mayor Richard Thomas promised transparency to the citizens of Mount Vernon when he was sworn in office on January 1, 2016.  Instead, Mayor Thomas has assembled an administration of criminals and thugs to run the City of Mount Vernon.  Mayor Thomas' administration continues to operate in darkness.  One man is leading the criminal activity in City Hall: Joseph Spiezio. 

Joseph Spiezio has ties with the Lucchese Crime Family and is the actual one in charge at City Hall.  Richard Thomas is a just a figurehead and has no clue as to how the day to day operations are ran in City Hall. 

The City Charter mandates that every second Monday of the month, the Mayor must meet with all Department Heads.   At this meeting, the public is allowed to bring concerns or complaints concerning city business to the attention of the Mayor. 

The meeting has been held at 9:30 A.M. for the past 30 years.   Mayor Richard Thomas, after receiving heat from the public at his first meeting, wanted to keep the public away this time.  Mayor Thomas tried to have the meeting at 8:00 A.M., 30 minutes prior to City Hall opening to the public.  When Mayor Thomas was told that having a meeting at 8:00 A.M. would be illegal, Mayor Thomas changed the start time to 8:30A.M.  The public was not notified of this time change and no notice whatsoever was posted on the City of Mount Vernon website as mandated by New York State law. 

Mount Vernon residents are urged to come out and voice their concerns regarding the lack of transparency in Mayor Thomas' administration this Wednesday, February 10, 2015 at the City Council meeting.  Please call 914-665-2358 before Wednesday at 3 P.M. if you wish to speak and address the City Council. 

§64 Consultations with heads of departments; public hearings

The Mayor shall call together the heads of the City departments for consultation and advice upon the affairs of the City on the second Monday of each month, or in case that day shall fall upon a legal holiday, then on the day following, and at such other times as he may deem advisable and necessary. At such meetings he shall call upon the heads of the departments to submit to him such reports upon the subject matters under their control and management as he may deem proper. At such meetings, the Mayor shall receive complaints and suggestions made by residents of the City or owners of taxable property therein concerning the conduct of its administrative departments, the performance of public contracts, the preservation of public property, the construction, repair and maintenance of streets, the condition of public utilities, the care of parks, playgrounds and sidewalks, and the reform or improvement in efficiency of its departmental business methods, or any other matters relating to the welfare and good government of the City. He may grant public hearings upon such complaints and suggestions, and may in his discretion report to the City Council any of such complaints or suggestions and propose legislative action thereon. At such meetings rules and regulations shall be adopted for the harmonious, systematic and efficient administration of the affairs of the City, not inconsistent with law or ordinance. The Mayor's Secretary shall be the Clerk and keep the records of such meetings.

Saturday, February 6, 2016



Mount Vernon Exposed is pleased to announce that "The Oracle" has committed to writing for Mount Vernon Exposed. 

Misguided Mayor Thomas:

Once again I have watched you on television as you carefully vocalized your well-crafted political script to delude the public.  I understand all too well the games which you play as I myself was once misguided and entangled in a world of corruption such as you are today.  Like a well-rehearsed routine taken from the Bowery Boys I would also create a diversion and sideshow while my hand reached into the cookie jar.  I have since changed my ways for the lord has taught me well.  But Mayor Thomas, you have continued to sell yourself, your brothers and sisters for your own self-aggrandizement.  

You will never see what you’re doing because you are visionless caused by your own foolish pride. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the forward mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 8:13.  Stop carrying your bible just for show; begin to read it, as it is your only way out.

Your Puppet Master will continue to set the stage for you to glorify yourself as your payment, and in return he commandeers our city knowing you’re not wise enough to understand.  Your Puppet Master knows you are not a good shepherd, but thinks of you as hireling fool who will throw anyone under the bus to save himself.  I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.” John 10:11-12. Take a good look around you Mayor as your sheep are dwindling right before your very eyes.  You need to change your ways because there is nothing worse than ignorance in action.  I am praying for you and our city as I continue to watch from afar. 

The Oracle

Saturday, December 19, 2015


Last night, Mayor Elect Richard Thomas sent out an email stating that he made his first appointment to his administration.  There is just one problem.  The position does not exist and an appointment to the said position requires City Council approval after a long extensive process that includes several public hearings. 

Richard Thomas appointed Robert Kelly as his Deputy Mayor for Public Safety.  When rumors of Kelly's appointment starting circulating the streets earlier this week, the Mount Vernon Police Department was in an uproar. 

The uproar was because while Kelly was head of the Detective division in Mount Vernon 90% of his arrests were illegal. 

Kelly's policing tactics were similar to what we see today in Baltimore, MD and Ferguson, MO.   Kelly instructed narcotics detectives to target only the south side of Mount Vernon and routinely instructed police officers to "plant drugs" on African Americans.  Kelly was viewed as a racist by many of his colleagues. 

Kelly's underling at the time was Mark Hackett, who was the supervisor of Narcotics.  According to a law enforcement insider, Kelly was hard on locking up African Americans and everyday stressed the need for the officers to "get their of numbers" up. 

Kelly's appointment as "Deputy Mayor for Public Safety has P.B.A. rank and file members in a frenzy and many are now banding together to formulate a plan to undermine Kelly if he is appointed to anything having to do with the Mount Vernon Police Department.

Kelly's appointment is Mayor Elect Richard Thomas' latest shenanigan and many are questioning, especially those that got him elected, if Richard is capable of running the City of Mount Vernon.  Richard recklessly sent out two Robo-Calls to homeowners stating that the tax increase was going to be in the double digits when in fact the tax increase for 2016 is only 2.19%.

Mount Vernon residents are urged to call the Mount Vernon City Clerk at (914) 665-2348 to sign up to speak at the next City Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 to protest and speak out against Mayor Elect Thomas creating any new positions that will raise taxes and burden already financially strapped taxpayers.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Tonight, Mount Vernon residents are urged to come out in full support of the 2016 City of Mount Vernon spending plan.  The proposed tax increase for 2016 is only 2.19% and is possibly the lowest municipality tax increase in the County of Westchester.

Mayor-Elect Richard Thomas has been bamboozling the public with malarkey stating that the tax increase in going to be in the double digits.  This is far from the truth.  Mayor Elect Thomas sent out two misleading robo-calls pertaining to the phantom double-digit tax increase.  Mount Vernon residents are just about fed up with the Mayor-Elect's antics.

Mount Vernon Exposed visited the Richard Thomas for Mayor Facebook page and this Mount Vernon resident had the following to say:

‪Hecate Doe‪ How can an innocent citizen stop the CONSTANT and harassing late evening calls from Thomas, disturbing the family and waking kids at 8:30 p.m. and later?

The Mayor Elect's antics speaks to a much larger issue:  He is not prepared to lead and does not possess the qualities of a leader. 

The public hearing on the 2016-spending plan takes place at 7 P.M. tonight in the City Council Chambers. 

Monday, December 14, 2015


On Saturday, December 12, 2015, Mayor Elect Richard Thomas and Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams held a do-nothing town hall meeting about possible contaminants at Memorial Field and a phantom double-digit tax increase.  The proposed tax increase for 2016 in only 2.19%.   The Williams and Thomas dog and pony show is nothing more than an attempt to divert the public's attention away from Thomas' own nefarious deeds and criminal activity.  Mr. Williams should be careful before he is ensnared into Thomas' web of deceit and corruption.

"We want people prosecuted, we want accountability..." were the words uttered from the Mayor-Elect's mouth at the town hall meeting.  Perhaps the Mayor-Elect was referring to himself.

The Department of Justice is urged to open a full-scale investigation into Mayor Elect Thomas' finances and into those involved with his campaign.  Thomas ran a campaign of extortion and shakedowns and only those willing to pay Thomas' price would be allowed to run on Thomas' "Democratic Party" ticket.

Here is how the capers went down:

There was a hotly contested race in Westchester County for Surrogate Judge.  The two candidates for this public office were Brandon Sall and Frank Streng.  Sall was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and was the Democratic Party's choice.  Streng was the challenger to the Democratic Party's choice. 

Mayor Elect Thomas' campaign manager on orders from Richard Thomas reached out to Frank Streng and said that if he wanted to run with Richard in the primary that there would be a $15,000 fee.  A political insider, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the fee was only to paid in cash and directly to his campaign manager.  Streng did not pay the "shakedown" fee and ultimately lost the Democratic Primary to Brandon Sall.

Thomas' campaign also shook down City Councilman-Elect Andre Wallace.  Councilman elect was taken for a total of $4,300.  During the petition gathering process, Mayor Elect Thomas conned Councilman Wallace for an initial $3,000 stating that he was using the $3,000 to pay a professional "signature gathering" firm to gather legitimate signature to get on the ballot.  Thomas told Wallace that the firm that they are retaining was the same firm used by Congressman Charles Rangel.

A political insider told Mount Vernon Exposed that Mr. Wallace grew skeptical of Thomas and this firm when he went driving throughout the City of Mount Vernon and did not see this "professional firm" or these "professional people".  Instead, Mr. Wallace spotted "crack heads" and other suspect individuals carrying his petitions. At this point, Mr. Wallace become upset at being duped by Thomas and demanded a refund of his money.  Thomas refused to fully refund Mr. Wallace his money and only returned $1,700 out of the $3,000.  According to the political insider, Thomas could not justify or provide an accounting on what the $1,300 was spent on.

Thomas' shakedown of Wallace did not stop there.  Wallace went on to win the Democratic Primary in a crowded field on five candidates without the assistance of Thomas or Thomas' campaign.

According to the political insider, Mr. Wallace received a call shortly after his Democratic Primary victory from Mr. Thomas personally, stating that they needed $3,000 from Mr. Wallace to cover the work they did for him for the Democratic Primary.  The insider told Mount Vernon Exposed that Wallace was skeptical and demanded answers on what was exactly done for him for the Primary.  At that point, the insider said that Mayor-Elect Richard Thomas' top advisor, shady businessman Joseph Spiezio, got on the phone and stated that "we did a lot of work for you and we spent over $30K on Primary night alone".  Not wanting to ruffle any feathers, the political insider told Mount Vernon Exposed that Mr. Wallace reluctantly paid the "shakedown" fee. A search with the New York State Board of elections could not validate Spiezio's claim of spending $30K on Primary night.  Where did the $30K come from? Was it cash? who paid the $30K?

Mr. Wallace told Mayor-Elect Thomas that he would write a check for $3,000 to Thomas' campaign.  The Mayor Elect did not want that.  Instead, the Mayor Elect told Mr. Wallace to see his campaign manager.   According to the political insider, Thomas' campaign manager went to see Wallace to collect the money on behalf of the Mayor-Elect.  The campaign manager demanded that Mr. Wallace pay the $3,000 in cash.  The insider told Mount Vernon Exposed that Mr. Wallace told the campaign manager that he doesn't "do cash" and instead wrote out a check for $3,000.

New York State Board records show that on October 23, 2015, Andre Wallace for Councilman wrote out a check for $3,000 to Roberta James for consulting services.  According to the insider, Roberta James was not retained in any shape or fashion by Mr. Wallace to do any consulting work. 

Mayor Elect Thomas' shakedown attempts did not end there.  Janice Duarte, Independence Party candidate for City Council was a victim of Thomas' criminality.  Thomas, through his campaign manager and others, at first told others to tell Ms. Duarte to drop out of the race.  When Thomas' camp realized that Ms. Duarte was not going to drop out of the race Thomas' camp said to others, that if Ms. Duarte wanted to win the election it was going to cost.  Thomas' camp stated that they could secure 3,500 votes for Ms. Duarte for $7,000 or $2 per vote.  Ms. Duarte did not pay Thomas' demand and ultimately did not win the General Election.  However, Janice Duarte made history by securing the most votes ever on a minor party line in the City of Mount Vernon.  Ms. Duarte garnered almost 2,000 votes in her first run for City Council.

Last, but not least, Mayor Elect Thomas also attempted to extort and shakedown fellow party nominee, Lisa Copeland.  Thomas' campaign reached out to Copeland's campaign and demanded $3,000 for literature and other expenses.  Copeland's campaign refused and told Thomas' camp that what they are doing is illegal and any monies she does give associated with the campaign will be given directly to the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee. 

We can be certain that the above named individuals are not the only persons that were extorted by the Thomas campaign.  Any individual or business owner who were victims of Thomas' illegal activity are urged to contact Mount Vernon Exposed immediately.  All information will be kept confidential.