Thursday, April 17, 2014



The search for a Superintendent in Mount Vernon has taken a turn for the worse and it appears that the Mount Vernon City School District is on the brink of disaster.  About one month ago School Board Trustee Elias Gootzeit organized a forum in which the public would hear from the candidates that were selected as finalist for the position of Superintendent. 

There were four candidates there that evening that came to present themselves to the public.  Of the four only one candidate had the credentials and experience to assume the role as Superintendent of the Mount Vernon public schools.  That candidate was Robert Wayne Harris.  Harris was previously employed as Superintendent of the Roosevelt School system in Long Island prior to applying for the position in Mount Vernon.  Roosevelt was the only school district in the history of New York State to be taken over by the state.  Mr. Harris was the first superintendent to lead that district since the state takeover. 

Harris made remarkable results while he was the Superintendent in Roosevelt.  Test scores were on the rise and the graduation rate was steadily improving. 

Harris was asked during the public comment period at the forum, if he supported an audit of district finances?  Harris impressed the audience with his response and with his respect and compassion for the taxpayer.  Harris told the crowd that he found over $1M of bogus payroll positions during his 1st year as school chief in Roosevelt.

“Mr. Conflict of Interest”, the Chairperson of the Superintendent search committee has failed in his duties to bring in a qualified and competent Superintendent to lead the Mount Vernon Schools.  Instead, Mr. Gootzeit has engaged in political debauchery to the detriment of our children and taxpayers. 

According to sources, a preliminary vote was taken during executive session to see which candidate would be asked to come on as Superintendent. A 7-1 vote in favor of and with School Board Interim President Len Sarver being the only person voting against Robert Wayne Harris.

Trustee Gootzeit wears too many hats and injects himself into too many things, which makes it impossible to keep his focus on the task at hand.  Trustee Gootzeit is a destructive force on the Mount Vernon School Board and must been removed next year when it is time for election.

With that being said, Trustee Gootzeit is only part of the problem.  The other part of the problem is school attorney Gus Mountanos.  Gus is unethical and talks out of both sides of his mouth.  Gus frequently advises the school board and the public on policies, many which conflict with civil rights laws.  Gus is an obstructionist to progress and reform in the Mount Vernon City School District.

Gus is also charged with responsibility though his law firm, Ingerman Smith, LLP, with reviewing contracts sent out to prospective employees.  Instead of estimating employee contracts in good faith, Gus uses this as an opportunity to do the bidding of School Board President Len Sarver and the other politicos that have been meddling in school district business. 

For example, there was a highly qualified candidate that applied for the position of Assistant Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds last year.  The applicant did everything that was asked of him including attending on a moment’s notice, several meetings where he was required to meet with board members. 

When a majority of board members decided that they wanted this individual for the position, Gus was instructed to prepare contracts and sent to the prospective employee’s attorney. Gus through his legal maneuvering sent over one-sided contracts that he knew would be rejected.  The prospective employee then had to spend thousands of dollars on an attorney to review the contract.  This charade kept on for about six months until the prospective employee decided that no more money was going to be wasted on lawyers and Gus Montanous’ shenanigans.  

Immediately after school trustees decided that they wanted to go with Robert Wayne Harris as their choice, Gus was instructed to send him a contract with the expectation of having Mr.Harris execute it and have it returned to the district within 48 hours.  

According to sources, Gus again prepared a one sided contract that even Ray Charles would reject.  Gus then became the gatekeeper to all of the information that Mr. Harris was seeking to review to see if he indeed still wanted to pursue the Superintendent position in Mount Vernon. 

Harris asked for an organizational chart of the district and for other pertinent information and was purposely stonewalled by Gus Mountanos and Interim School Superintendent Judith Johnson.  To the detriment of our children and Mount Vernon taxpayers, Mr. Robert Wayne Harris has sent in a letter this week declining to come work for the Mount Vernon City School district.  

This was the plan all along.  School and City officials knew that it was only a matter a time before Mr. Harris declined the position.   What competent person would take a job without knowing who their cabinet members were?  

School Officials, City officials, and political insiders are now trying to get their candidate, Richard Tomko in position to accept the job as Superintendent.  With Tomko in place they can be assured that the money train will  continue to run its course without any detours.   

To be continued……….

Tuesday, April 15, 2014




On Monday, April 14, 2014 a School Board forum was held at the Vernon Heights Congressional Church located at Columbus and Beekman Avenues.  The poorly advertised, political insider forum was also poorly attended.  In a city with over 35,000 voters, barely 100 voters or citizens were in attendance.

The forum was organized by The Mount Vernon Board Action Committee, Inc., a fly by night 501(c) (4) club that is comprised of the same individual’s that have left the Mount Vernon School district in shambles.  The group was started and organized by sitting school board Trustee Elias Gootzeit, a blatant conflict of interest.  Gootzeit’s other questionable organization; “Neighbor’s That Care” was also listed as an organizer of the school board forum.  How is that for ethics?  Why is a sitting school board trustee and a former school board trustee working so hard to get their slate of candidates elected?  What skeletons are in their closet? Do they have knowledge of any crimes that have may been committed and are they afraid of any secrets getting out?

The black clergy were also heavy in attendance.  The black clergy has backed candidates for the last 20 years that has been on the school board.  Delia Farquharson currently leads the Mount Vernon Board Action Committee, Inc. as she serves as its President.  It would be insanity on the part of all voters to back or support any candidate that is supported by this fly by night organization that has a history of back incompetent candidates.  The City of Mount Vernon cannot afford another hijacked school board election. 

What community involvement, if any, did the Mount Vernon Board Action Committee have prior to injecting itself into Mount Vernon School politics?  Can the Mount Vernon Board Action Campaign Committee, Inc. explain how they would improve the quality of life in Mount Vernon?  Voters must reject the Mount Vernon Board Action Campaign Committee and any candidate supported by this organization.  C.E.P.A.A. or the Coalition for the Empowerment for People of African Ancestry has resurrected itself through the Mount Vernon Board Campaign Action Committee. 

The Mount Vernon Board Action Campaign Committee gave the public a sneak preview of what to expect on May 20, 2014 when voters go to the polls to elect 3 School Board Trustee’s.  Voters can expect the polls to be ripe with fraud. 

At the end of the night at the forum an “election” was held in order for the Mount Vernon Board Action Campaign Committee to decide what candidates they are supporting for this years school board election. The election box was rigged with the Mount Vernon Board Action Campaign Committee’s candidates.  Now this organization wants the public to get behind a group candidate that 34,900 voters have yet to hear about.  How is that for transparency?   This is the exact reason that only 17% our 3rd grade kids in the district are not proficient in English, Language, and Arts, because of the shenanigans’ of the Mount Vernon Board Action Campaign Committee. 

However, voters can reverse this trend of our children failing by rejecting any and all candidates supported by the Mount Vernon Board Action Campaign Committee.

Voting for any individual associated with the Mount Vernon Board Campaign Action Committee, or C.E.P.A.A. will ensure that taxes will continue to rise and our elderly will continue to lose their homes due to negligent, abusive tax increases.  Brace yourself.

Voters must vote for candidates that are independent of the political machine and free from outside influence.  The ideal candidate for school only needs to answer to the taxpayer and to the children of Mount Vernon. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Convicted Sex Offender and Murder Suspect
Kamau Kiarie

Kamau Kiarie, who was charged last week with 2nd degree murder for gunning down his target in broad daylight on Sheridan Avenue, was a convicted sex offender, a fact verified by city hall officials and top brass at the Mount Vernon Police Department. In fact, Kiare had a warrant out for his arrest at the time he was arrested for 2nd degree murder because he failed to register his address, which is required, by law for level 2 and level 3 sex offenders. 

City officials neglected to inform the public that Kiarie was illegally driving a taxi for Reliable Taxi and later New Line Taxi.  Kiarie did not have a hack license, which is required by law in The City of Mount Vernon, if one wishes to drive a taxi and receive compensation from customers. 

The issue of Reliable and New Line Taxi letting unlicensed and unauthorized drivers operate their taxi is nothing new.   The owners of these two companies have let their greed get in the way of providing safe and clean transportation to the public.  On any given day, half of the drivers for these fleets drive without the required hack licenses.  Is money being passed under the table to city officials so that the Mount Vernon Police Department will look the other way and not enforce city law? Kiare would have been denied a hack license by City officials because of his criminal record.  So why did the owners of these two companies feel the need to let this sex-crazed lunatic get behind the wheel of their taxi?  Was Kiare covered under either company’s insurance policy?

Can you imagine this pervert picking up young girls from school or even transporting helpless woman throughout the night? 

The Mount Vernon Police Department must step up enforcement of taxi drivers to ensure that all drivers operating taxis in the City of Mount Vernon are properly licensed.  Sources have also informed Mount Vernon Exposed that several drivers from both companies are using the taxicabs as a front while they conduct a door-to-door delivery service of narcotics. 

Mayor Ernie must do a better job governing the taxi business.  While there is a strong push for a medallion system in the City of Mount Vernon, the entire image of the taxi industry in Mount Vernon must be reformed and brought up to the standards of the neighboring communities in Mount Vernon. 

Mount Vernon residents should not expect much if any support from the Mount Vernon Police Department.  After all this is the same police department that has over 50 unsolved homicides in recent years.

…to be continued. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014



Mount Vernon Exposed has learned that acting School Board President Len Sarver is seeking to run for re-election.  Sources have also informed Mount Vernon Exposed that Sarver has been meeting the black churches on the southside and also meeting with members from Concerned Property Owners from the North Side.

The election this year is also shaping up to be a showdown that will go down in the history books.

To be continued........

Thursday, March 13, 2014







Photo Credit: Mount Vernon Inquirer

Photo Credit: Mount Vernon Inquirer

On Saturday March 8, 2014, C.E.P.A.A. or The Coalition for the Empowerment of People of African Ancestry was resurrected in the City of Mount Vernon.  This time C.E.P.A.A. is going under a different name. The Mount Vernon Board Campaign Action Committee, Inc. was organized and was filed by sitting School Board Trustee Elias Gootzeit. 

The poorly attended meeting that was supposed to engage stakeholders in the Mount Vernon community, failed to attract everyday Joe public taxpayers, but seemed to attract Rev. Richardson and Mizell of Grace Baptist Church, Bishop Collie Edwars, School Board Trustee’s Elias Gootzeit, Frances Wynn, and Henry May,  an operative of Rev. Richardson.

Sources have told Mount Vernon Exposed that after it was made public that Mount Vernon Exposed was investigating the Mount Vernon Board Action Committee, Inc.  for prohibited activities, Trustee Elias Gootzeit resigned from his position as President and turned over the ranks to former School Board Trustee Delia Farquharson. 

Delia Farquharson is a political hack that has her eyes set on the next citywide election for City Council.  She cannot be trusted.  She is conveniently trying to position herself as an agent of change, when she has been nothing but an agent of destruction while she was serving on the school board. 

An investigation into the Mount Vernon Board Campaign Action Committee, Inc. has revealed that this sham organization is nothing but an extension of the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee and Grace Baptist Church.  There is also evidence that suggests that the Mount Vernon Board Campaign Action Committee is engaged in extortion, and racketeering activities and as such, these activities have been reported to the proper authorities.   

The officers of the Mount Vernon Board Campaign Action Committee are as follows:

Delia Farquharson- President- Past school Board Trustee who conspired with former Board President Charles Stern to divert funds from an already struggling School District to the Armani Charter School.  Farquharson once supported and voted for a 24% tax increase that was ultimately rejected by voters.  Farquharson is in the back pocket of Mount Vernon Dem bosses and is at their beck in call.  Farquharson is trying to earn a nomination to run in 2015 as a City Councilmember on a ticket with Mayor Ernie Davis.

Ronnie Cox- Vice President- Ms. Cox gained notoriety when the sports program was cancelled in the City of Mount Vernon and children were forced to put their lives at risk by standing in the middle of Mount Vernon’s busiest streets to beg for money.  Ms. Cox is also the controversial Chairwoman of the City’s Board of Ethic’s Committee.  Cox has come under fire for botching investigations, especially those that involve her friends.  Cox has not investigated one act of corruption in the City of Mount Vernon. 

Lisa Copeland- Secretary- Lisa Copeland is desperate to get to elective office.  Just last year, Copeland flew into an angry rage when she did not get nominated for Westchester County clerk to run against Tim Idoni.  Copeland then wanted Dem bosses to support her to run against Maureen Walker for Comptroller.  This is also the same Lisa Copeland that lost thousands of documents, including financial disclosures of City officials when Federal agents were investigating corruption at City hall.  Copeland is a member of Grace Baptist Church. 

Clarence Youngs-Treasurer member of Grace Baptist and the alleged “bagman” for the Mount Vernon Board Campaign Action Committee.  Youngs is reported to receive his marching orders directly from Rev. Mizell and Rev. Richardson.  According to Mr. Youngs Linkdin page, he is an administrator with the New York City Department of Education.  Is it a conflict of interest for Mr. Young to serve as an officer for the Mount Vernon Board Campaign Action Committee? Clarence Youngs is a member of Grace Baptist Church. 

E. Adell Dowdy- E. Adell Dowdy is the wife of Edward Dowdy who is best friends with Devereaux Cannick.  Cannick was the former counsel to the Mount Vernon City School District.  Dowdy is a political insider in the City of Mount Vernon.  Cannick was forced to repay $75,000 to the New York State Retirement fund after he illegally listed himself and a colleague as employees of the Mount Vernon City School District when they were in fact independent contractors.  Sources say E. Adell Dowdy is a member of Grace Baptist Church.

Henry May- Henry May is a self-proclaimed leader on educational policy when in fact he is the biggest political hack that Mount Vernon City School District has seen in over a decade.  Henry May was hand picked and appointed to the Superintendent search committee at the urging of Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson and various City officials.  Mr. May’s sole function is to ensure that the gravy train doesn’t end for the status quo.  Henry May is a member of Grace Baptist Church. 

Cathlin Boncardo aka Cathlin Gleason- Ms. Gleason provides another direct link between the Mount Vernon Board Campaign Action Committee and the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee.  Ms. Gleason is also the 2nd Vice Chairperson of the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee.  Why is the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee involved in  school elections when federal law dictates that school elections are supposed to be non-partisan? 

School Board Trustees must demand that the donors to the Mount Vernon Board Campaign Action Committee be made public.  Who is financing this operation?  Did anyone seeking employment with the Mount Vernon City School District, specifically candidates for Superintendent, make a donation to the Mount Vernon Board Campaign Action Committee?  We must be careful as to who is trying to buy influence and win favor with school board members.  Taxpayers cannot intelligently make an informed decision if they do not know who is working and meddling behind the scenes to further their political agendas.