Sewer system woes continue in Mount Vernon

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MOUNT VERNON -

The war at Mount Vernon City Hall over the broken sewer system continues with both the mayor and City Council pointing blame at each other.

There were dueling news conferences in the lobby of City Hall Tuesday, nearly a week after the U.S. Attorney's Office filed a lawsuit on behalf of the EPA ordering the city to stop dumping raw sewage into the Hutchinson and Bronx rivers. The litigation could cost city taxpayers fines of $37,000 a day.

Mayor Richard Thomas insists the council needs to provide funding for the planning commissioner and a city engineer to get the job done.

Council members say they have purchased equipment and provided funding for workers to do the job, but the mayor has been negligent in his duties.

Both sides are at a stalemate on the issue.

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