MAYOR, COMPTROLLER, CITY COUNCIL SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT - RESPOND TO ‘SCHOOL DISTRICT DISINFORMATION’ IN LETTER TO NEW YORK STATE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 8, 2023
In an effort to correct the public record - and respond to disinformation that endangers the future of public education in Mount Vernon - the elected leadership of the City of Mount Vernon has written to the New York State Comptroller and Attorney General to provide documentation and context with regard to a series of inaccurate statements contained in a letter made public by the school district.
“While it is disheartening to see such a letter be sent, politicized, and dramatized to the media, we would like to take some time to set the record straight on what has been alleged and what steps we as a City are taking to move forward,” reads the official letter to the State from Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard, Comptroller Darren Morton, and City Council President Danielle Browne.
The City’s letter, with copies to the entire state legislative delegation and county leadership, was sent today to New York State Attorney General Leticia James and Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. It documents the fundamental errors in the school district’s widely publicized - but wildly inaccurate and politicized allegations.
The City’s letter to the State concluded: “We have engaged with the school district privately on how to proceed with these unpaid monies, so it was shocking to see a strongly worded letter sent to your offices and promoted to news outlets while discussions were ongoing. Nonetheless, we stand ready to work with your offices and the school district to rectify this issue as quickly as possible for the betterment of all Mount Vernon residents
“The Jewel of Westchester”
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City of Mount Vernon Unified Response to School Taxes