Mount Vernon swears-in new city council president

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One of Mount Vernon mayor's most contentious combatants was selected as the city council president Wednesday night.

Andre Wallace (D) and Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas (D) have been battling it out publicly over the status of Memorial Field, water woes, and Thomas's state charges of misappropriating campaign funds.

During his swearing-in ceremony, Wallace says it's time to put differences aside to unify the city. "We're looking forward to working together, moving the city forward in a different path than we have before."

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas brought an olive branch to the ceremony and says it’s important to do what’s best for its citizens. "Anything to work for the people, it's not about friendship it's about the business of the people," says Thomas.

As the two publicly declared a more unified city, Council Member Delia Faquarson wasn't buying into it and voted no to Wallace's selection as president. "I feel like the process is not a process of integrity. I refuse to just go along to get along. That has never been in my nature and it never will be," says Faquarson.

Mayor Richard Thomas will face numerous charges and trial in 2019. In the event Mayor Thomas cannot continue to serve, Wallace becomes acting mayor.

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