Rally calls for Mount Vernon mayor to step down amid campaign fraud allegationsPosted: Updated:
While a new pothole repair program is rolling out in Mount Vernon, activists are calling the move a distraction from issues plaguing the city’s top official.
A recyclable asphalt program launched this week, which will save taxpayer dollars and allow roads to stay open while being paved, according to the city's Department of Public Works commissioner.
While some locals applaud the measure, others call it a diversion from a fraud investigation targeting the mayor.
At a rally in front of City Hall Wednesday, critics called for Mayor Richard Thomas to step down as he faces allegations of campaign fraud.
Thomas has maintained his innocence.
"Haters will hate, and I will continue to shower Mount Vernon with love and protection for a brighter future," he says.
Some residents saw the positivity of the repairs, but also wanted Thomas out.
"It's great he's paving the road, but it'd be great if he resigns, because if he doesn't resign, he's going to continue to tear down our city," says Norina Gilmore.