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PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL NEWS AUGUST 15, 2008

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MOUNT VERNON - The city's Urban Renewal Agency will vote on a measure today to bump up the salary of
the mayor's chief of staff by $30,000.

Mayor Clinton Young said he promised Yolanda Robinson a salary of approximately $107,000 when she was
hired, based on the pay of the last chief of staff. He said he later learned the revenue for that person's salary
came from two places, including the Urban Renewal Agency.

"We're not looking for an increase or any special treatment," Young said. "This was voted and approved by the
(previous) mayor and the comptroller in the past."

The Industrial Development Agency voted last week to allocate the $30,000 to the Urban Renewal Agency to
cover the raise for Robinson, who now makes $77,385 annually.

The Urban Renewal Agency will pay the money to Robinson for the supervision and coordination of economic
development and public relations for the city, the IDA and the Urban Renewal Agency, the agency stated in a
resolution.

Robinson said that next year, her salary would be included under a single budget line.

"Going forward, this will be budgeted correctly," she said.

The special meeting of the Urban Renewal Agency will take place today at 9 a.m. in the mayor's conference
room.

Reach Hannan Adely at hadely@lohud.com or 914-696-8456.


PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL NEWS AUGUST 21ST, 2008

Copyright 2008 - Journal News, The White Plains, NY - All Rights Reserved

MOUNT VERNON - Although the city's Urban Renewal Agency board recently voted to pay the mayor's chief of
staff an additional $30,000 annually on top of her regular salary, the raise might not take effect as quickly as
she expected.

City Comptroller Maureen Walker said chief of staff Yolanda Robinson cannot be paid for time when she
served as a member of the agency's board. Walker, who has been feuding with the mayor and his staff, sent a
letter to Mayor Clinton Young saying she will not sign a check for $1,145 in wages.

"The check was presented for a period when I believe she was still on the board, and as such board members
are not entitled to any compensation," Walker said.

The mayor appointed Robinson to the board on July 23. Robinson submitted a letter of resignation from the
board Aug. 13.

The Urban Renewal Agency voted Friday to pay Robinson an additional $30,000 annually for the supervision
and coordination of economic development and public relations for the city, the IDA and the Urban Renewal
Agency, the agency stated in a resolution. The raise from the Urban Renewal Agency, retroactive to July,
brings Robinson's total salary to $107,385.

Robinson said she served on the board for a brief time and hadn't even attended a meeting as a board
member. She said she resigned from the board as soon as the comptroller said her board service might conflict
with her new appointment.

Robinson also said Walker was treating her differently than her predecessor, who got a similar $30,000
payment from the Urban Renewal Agency. She said she had been willing to work with Walker to resolve the
issue of payment.

"We have bent over backwards to work with the comptroller's office, and she has rebutted us," she said.

Walker, though, said the claim for wages was not legitimate because it overlapped with time Robinson had
served on the board. Young has already signed the check for wages but a second signature from the
comptroller is also required to issue the payment.

Young said last week that he had promised his chief of staff a salary of approximately $107,000 when she was
hired, based on the pay of the last chief of staff. He said he later learned the revenue for that position's salary
came from two places, including the Urban Renewal Agency.

Reach Hannan Adely at hadely@lohud.com or 914-696-8456.