Mayor Richard Thomas Weekly Report — March 23, 2019


Top Stories: NY Time best-selling author joins Mayor Thomas’ MV Women of Industry Seminar, MV Restaurant Week 2019 kicks off, beautifying MV, work begins on more MTA Bridges, another court victory for MV, and so much more!!

Last week, Queen Diambi of the Congo visited Mount Vernon and shared her mission of spreading love and kindness across the world, one hug at a time. While we shared a meal, I posed a question to her and the distinguished guests in the room, “How do we begin reconciliation?” The responses varied but shared the values of opening our hearts and minds. The time is NOW to spread love across the community and across the world.

Queen Diambi’s mission is all of our God-given mission to spread love, because like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

My love for the people of this City is unconditional and unwavering. This is why I held an African drum circle in December to bring everyone together, and asked Baba Abishai to lead another one in April and welcome the entire city to drum with us, achieve reconciliation and advance the process of progress.

I also want to thank and acknowledge the Westchester Homeowner Coalition who held a productive discussion, bringing us together with Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, County Legislator Lyndon Williams, and Councilwoman Janice Duarte. We made significant headway on solving problems, detailing the undeniable positive results to date, and left with a strong sense of urgency to support Councilwoman Duarte’s effort to get the City Council to fund Clean Water Act compliance. Mount Vernon needs you to contact Duarte’s colleagues on the Council and urge them to allocate the $430,000 in grant matching dollars to activate $3.6 million in free grants.

Call the City Council at 914–665–2351 and tell them to allocate the grant matching funds to unlock the millions in grant dollars available to Mount Vernon.

Photo: The Journal News

In anticipation of the City-wide drum circle in April, today, I’m calling on each and every member of the Mount Vernon Family to take those words to heart, come together with LOVE of City, LOVE of Family to move Mount Vernon Forward! We can drive out the hate and division that has divided our great City for far too long. RISE UP MOUNT VERNON and declare that we REJECT HATE in FAVOR OF HOPE, spreading light and love today and every day!

Mayor Thomas Presents Women of Industry Seminar with Key Note Panelist NY Times

Best-Selling Author Anna David

MV Restaurant Week 2019

Beautifying Mount Vernon One Block at a Time

Watch the Before and After

Transformation of Hartley Park

Mayor Richard Thomas Discusses the City’s Successes and Challenges at the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Monthly Luncheon.

MV Restaurant Week is ON Now! Mayor Thomas Stops by Steam House at 128 Gramatan Ave

Click Here for a Full List of Participating Restaurants

Mayor Thomas speaks to Muslim worshipers

during Friday prayers at the Westchester

Islamic Center in Mount Vernon

Mayor Thomas Speaks at the MV Youth Bureau’s

“Ladies First in STEAM” Event

Mayor Thomas Presents MV Credit and Debt Management Seminar with Dr. Michael Grayson

Listen to us live:

Mayor Richard Thomas is live and on-the-air several days a week, taking your calls, addressing your concerns, and answering your questions. See the schedule below and be sure to tune in!

On Tuesdays at 7:20 am, Mayor Richard Thomas joins WVOX’s Bob Marrone to discuss pressing political news in Mount Vernon, Westchester County, and the country. Catch this week’s show here.

On Fridays, the Mayor joins Fada Gassy for Gloves On Gloves Off on Future FM Radio at 98.9 FM. Catch this week’s episode here.

Mayor Thomas also hosts “Mount Vernon Moving Forward,” every Friday between 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on WVOX 1460 AM Radio. This is your opportunity to call-in and speak to the Mayor directly. The number is 914–636–0110. You can listen to this week’s show here.





At 33, Richard Thomas is the youngest Mayor in Mount Vernon history! (2016–2019) Facebook:

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

The Wisdom of the Electorate

Raise Your Hand if You’ve Ever Been Personally Victimized by David Whitley

Reform more than criminal justice to end opioid epidemic: Column USA TODAY

Snowflake Bret Easton Ellis Is Upset People Actually Care About The Election Results

Republican Hypocrisy on Trump’s National Emergency

The Pennsylvania Problem: How the Keystone State is the Key to 2020

Victoria Sullivan Should Apologize for Insulting French Canadians

Crying Hypocrisy is a Dead End

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Mayor Richard Thomas

Mayor Richard Thomas

At 33, Richard Thomas is the youngest Mayor in Mount Vernon history! (2016–2019) Facebook:

More from Medium

Putting oneself in another’s shoes… or rather, paws

Alicia Keys, Journey, “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and the 2022 National Recording Registry

Post 4: Middle Child Syndrome