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Open Letter to Former Mayor Ernest D. Davis

Open Letter to Former Mayor Ernest D. Davis

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S
amuel
L
.
ivers
30 Rockledge Avenue
 
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
 
(914) 760-8136 t.
 
(914) 517-2841 f.
 
samuelrivers@gmail.com
 
Mr. Ernest D. Davis137 Esplanadec/o Friends of Ernie DavisMount Vernon, NY 10550October 12, 2011
 VIA: Regular Mail
Dear Mr. Davis,It was a pleasure speaking with you last week at the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committeemeeting and also in
Fleetwood later that night at Maggie Spillane’s. I was deeply moved by your
speech that you gave to the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee, however many of yourcomments lacked factual substance. I was also offended and troubled that you said that you will
“muster” all of the force you can to run me out of town. How do you plan to accomplish such a
nenormous task? I was born and raised in Mount Vernon and I have no intentions of leavingMount Vernon anytime soon.How did we get to this point in politics when elected officials blame others for their corrupt actsand nefarious activities? How did Mount Vernon gain its reputation for being a lawless andcorrupt City? One thing is clear; I nor the hard work working taxpayers in Mount Vernon didnot have a role in any of the scandals or outrageous tax increases proposed by you and yoursuccessor. A root cause analysis must be undertaken to fully understand how we got to thispoint. One must also look at the man in the mirror and simply ask themselv 
es “Am I part of theproblem or am I part of the solution”?
Mount Vernon did have many successes during your 12 years as Mayor of the great city of Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon residents saw the transformation of Sandford Boulevard andmassive amounts of low income and senior housing constructed throughout the City. These very same structures have also received very generous tax incentives that allows them to pay little tono taxes for the next thirty years. The City of Mount Vernon was also rocked by many scandalsthat saw several members of your administration indicted on Federal corruption charges. Many of these people are now sitting in a Federal prison somewhere in America reflecting on thecrimes they committed against the taxpayers of the City of Mount Vernon.In all fairness, you personally was not arrested or charged for any criminal wrongdoing, howeverI feel it is very disrespectful that you are dismissing the issue of over $4M dollars of hard earnedtaxpayer money flying out the window and you are again running for Mayor and calling yourself 
the “People’s Mayor”. A Mayor truly committed to the people
, success and wellbeing of Mount Vernon would not have Mount Vernonites relive these painful images of the F.B.I marching out
 
S
amuel
L
.
ivers
30 Rockledge Avenue
 
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
 
(914) 760-8136 t.
 
(914) 517-2841 f.
 
samuelrivers@gmail.com
 
of City Hall carrying dozens of boxes of contracts and evidence that would later be used at trialto convict members of your administration. So please tell me, why is Ernie really running for re-election?This letter is not a personal attack against you, but should serve as a reminder that you are a badmanager and was an ineffective Chief Executive Officer if indeed you had nothing to do with thecriminality and corruption that plagued City Hall. For that reason alone, you should not seek re-election. But I know the reason you are running for re-election is much bigger than palmcards and votes or trying to unite the community. Where were you the past 3 and half yearsduring the crime ridden administration of Mayor Clinton Young? Where were you during thefirst tw 
enty four months of Mayor Young’s administration when we saw young black ma
le after young black male
 being gunned down in the city streets? Why weren’t any foreclosure
prevention seminars held during the past 3 years but only this year when you decided to seek re-
election? Why weren’t any voter registration drives or job fairs held in Mount Vernon while you were in retirement the past 3 and a half years? John Boykin said it best “This isn’t aboutpalm cards or votes. This is about money”.
 Whil
e we were conversing at Maggie Spillane’s, I realized after a few minutes of speaking to you
that your speech at the Democratic headquarters just thirty minutes earlier, was not genuineand was simply political rhetoric and a speech to rally those less educated and unfamiliar withthe political process. I happen to know better. Just like you, I was blessed to have been raised by parents who cared and it was expected that I succeed.I was in total disbelief about some of the comments that you made to me. I told you that I wasnot getting paid for anything that I write when you suggested otherwise. I then told you that I write for free, but you did not believe me. I then told you that I did not ask anyone for any typeof job nor was I promised anythin
g, you then told me that I was a fool if I didn’t ask for anything
in return. I told you that I do what I do simply because I love Mount Vernon, and I told you thatan army that works for free is always better than an army that is paid. You then responded andused profane language that I cannot publish because young people will also read this letter I am writing to you. You were specifically talking about Comptroller Maureen Walker when you were making yourcomments to me. You then went on to rant that you worked with her for twelve years and that
she is evil, but you failed to elaborate about this “evilness”. You also told me that Maureen Walker was not Caribbean but from South America and that they have a “different” way of 
thinking. I am still confu
sed as to what this “different” way of thinking is.
 
S
amuel
L
.
ivers
30 Rockledge Avenue
 
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
 
(914) 760-8136 t.
 
(914) 517-2841 f.
 
samuelrivers@gmail.com
 
Correct me if I am wrong, but history has taught me that all persons of African ancestry comefrom Africa. I think making such a disparaging and offensive comment like that, serves nolegitimate p
urpose other than to further one’s own selfish agenda and further divide thecommunity for one’s own benefit. It is my intention and duty to educate the community in
Mount Vernon of African ancestry of their roots, and to inform them that we are all from the
same place. You also said that you couldn’t understand how a black American such as mecouldn’t see this “different” way of thinking.
  Actually, I like you as a person. I think it time to enjoy retirement and focus on your family duties. For that reason I cannot and will not support your candidacy for Mayor. I cannot forgetthe corruption that rocked the City of Mount Vernon. I cannot forget the outrageous taxincreases that you proposed year after year. I cannot forget that you were sued by the Chief of Police for altering the crime statistics. I cannot forget that you were also sued for interfering with a criminal investigation of your grandson and then demoted the officer that blew the whistle on this unethical behavior. I cannot forget the poor management skills displayed by youday in and day out. I cannot forget that the City of Mount Vernon lost the Section 8 programunder your leadership. I cannot forget that you appointed racist and corrupt Judge AdamSeiden to not one, but two terms on the City bench. I cannot forget that Judge Adam Seidencalled the people living on the South side of Mount Vernon animals. If I am not mistaken, many of your supporters live on the South side of Mount Vernon. Do you agree with Judge Seiden thatthey are animals? I cannot forget that you appointed corrupt former Building CommissionerRalph Tedesco to his position. I cannot forget that Mr. Tedesco was involved in criminal bidrigging and that he tortured blacks on the south side of Mount Vernon on a daily basis. I cannotforget that you appointed Anthony DeBellis to the position of Commissioner of Assessment. Anthony DeBellis is a racist, corrupt, arrogant, mean spirited scoundrel that deserves to benowhere near public office. I cannot forget the newspaper articles stating that Mr. Bellisillegally lowered the assessments on your properties located at 137 Esplanade and 47 South 5
th
  Avenue. I cannot forget the havoc and chaos that Mr. DeBellis has wreaked on the African American community in Mount Vernon. I cannot forget the many friends of Mr. DeBellis thathad their property tax assessments lowered on a handshake, while hard working citizens in the African American community lost their homes. I cannot forget that Frank Fraley, your formerChief of Staff and a convicted Federal felon is involved in a pay to play scheme with Mr. Anthony DeBellis. These are just a few of the things that I will
NEVER 
forget.I do understand memory loss is quite common these days, but thankfully some of us havephotographic memory and remember things as if they were yesterday.

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