Mayoral candidates hold debate in Mount Vernon

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Candidates in the race for Mount Vernon mayor faced off in their first primary debate in front of a standing room only crowd inside the Grace Baptist Church on South 6th Avenue Monday night.

Current Mayor Richard Thomas answered questions alongside the Democrats looking to replace him.  "Soaring with success despite the disruption and the interference. One being today. Talk about trash pickup. These small things become big things," says Thomas.

Other candidates say that Mount Vernon needs to overhaul its government. "We have to work to change it together. There is none of us up here that will be elected that really believes, and I'm hoping the others believe the same, that we can do it by ourselves," says Andre Wallace.

"We can no longer continue to afford to miss the train. Why have we missed the train over and over and over again? Because of egos, political agendas, and mismanagement," says Shawyn Patterson-Howard.

"We're seen as an embarrassment by other Westchester County communities. Our ability to attract future investment is at grave, grave risk," warns Clyde Isley.

The city's United Black Clergy hosted the debate. They do not endorse any of the candidates.

Primary Day is June 25.

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