Dear Mount Vernon Friends and Family -
Approximately two weeks ago the administration took down the ancient grandstands because they were decayed and in disrepair. Today, we continued our actions by reclaiming the tennis bubble and breathing new life into Mount Vernon’s iconic Memorial Field.
The goal is to build a new and better Memorial Field, one that is actually open to the public and available for our people to use. The new Memorial Field will host families, let our children play, let our aspiring young athletes practice and compete in a facility that they deserve. We are building a multi-purpose complex with a regulation eight-land track, tennis courts, and accommodations for football, soccer, lacrosse, concerts, and activities. It will be a Field where dreams are realized and champions are made.
Some people have asked questions about why it was necessary for the tennis bubble to be removed. For months, my administration has been in discussion with the private operator, who leases the facility, about our serious concerns. The operator has failed to pay any rent for years owing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, they have failed to provide adequate access to our children to learn and play, and they have failed to address the city’s concerns which they were on notice of since February of this year. They have breached their contract with city. Despite our numerous attempts to work with them, they refused, leaving the city with no option.
My highest obligation is to protect and provide for the people of Mount Vernon. Memorial Field belongs to you. You have heard politicians talk and argue for over a decade. You deserve more. I have called for an investigation. I have asked the Westchester County District Attorney to step in. I have asked the tough questions and I will fight for the real answers. And I have begun the work.
I made the decision to run for Mayor because I was tired of the poisonous politics that have destroyed our Field and stole our Park from our children and our seniors; our families and each other. I will continue to fight for us and I will not rest. While you may aware some of the usual grandstanding over the next few weeks; rest assured I will not waiver in my pledge to bring you back your park.
Mayor Richard Thomas
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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. You can hear this week’s discussion here.
At 8:30 am, you can hear the Mayor on “Mornings with the Mayor” on 104.5 FM Linkage Radio. Listen to last week’s episode here.
On Wednesdays, the Mayor heads to Minister Patrick Tyson’s corner on Future FM Radio at 98.9 FM. Catch last week’s episode here.
On Thursdays, Mayor Thomas appears on “Westchester on the Level” BlogTalk Radio hosted by Hezi Aris of the Yonkers Tribune. This week’s interview can be found here. Listen to hear Mayor Richard Thomas speak about the challenges he must engage in behalf of city.
On Fridays, the Mayor joins Fada Gassy for Gloves On Gloves Off on Future FM Radio at 98.9 FM. Catch last 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, for a discussion with Melvin Perez, owner of Citius Baseball Academy.