Mount Vernon has about 159 traffic light intersections, according to the city's website. Nearly one-fourth of them can be removed and allow for a smooth flow of traffic, and the lights should be synchronized, so drivers aren't driving from green to red, green to red, every few blocks, increasing the exhaust fumes polluting the air. View Comment
From the above article: "Chicago's troubles have been compounded by federal charges filed against a former city official accused of accepting cash, an Arizona condominium and other gifts to steer city contracts to the red-light company that started the program."
Is something similar happening (or has already happened) in Mount Vernon? How may Mayor Davis be personally benefitting from this red-light camera program? View Comment
The MV resident Will Holmes is 100% spot on about the red light cameras being a cash grab for the city. The Mayor, Ernie Davis, and one of his City Council people, Marcus Griffith, have been saying the red light cameras will save lives. There is no documentation of drivers running red lights and causing accidents, let alone killing anyone, whether they are other drivers or pedestrians.
In the current city budget, there is a perceived revenue of $1 Million from red light cameras for this year (beginning January 1), yet there are no cameras in place as of today's date (July 28). For the city to realize $1M, there would have to be at least $2M in tickets issued and paid. At $50 each, that would be 40,000 tickets! Mount Vernon will never realize that much revenue, even if the cameras were operating all year.
If the Mount Vernon police did their jobs, enforcing traffic laws, there would be considerably fewer hazardous drivers on the roads of this city. View Comment
I'm a taxpayer and I'm not optimistic. And I know parents who are in the process of transferring their children into private schools - some of those parents are taxpayers but will do whatever they have to do so their children will receive a quality education, which is no longer available in Mount Vernon. View Comment
I wonder what some of the commenters would be saying if it was a bomb attached to the bridge and exploded at the height of rush hour traffic? Would they consider it to be a prank or an expression of art? View Comment
You're right about the Black Clergy. Thanks for reminding me about them (and I'm fully aware of their destructive force in the city and especially in the schools).
As for Davis being a TOOL, he's definitely that, especially in the Shakespearean sense. View Comment
Mount Vernon's best Superintendent of Schools was Dr. William Pratella. He improved the schools to the point where many of them were recognized nationally as being "schools of national excellence". When he was forced to resign, mainly because Mayor Ernie Davis wanted an "African-American" Superintendent, the schools went right downhill, with the failing rate of students increasing year after year, starting with Pratella's succesor Ronald Ross, and continuing right through with Welton Sawyer and Judith Johnson. Now we'll see if Dr. Hamilton can reverse all the major damage that was done by his predecessors of the past 20-plus years.
I can't be optimistic about this, because I know how poorly run are the schools. I'm a realist and believe the students will continue to have one of the highest failing rates in the state. View Comment
You mean like we gave Ronald Ross a chance and we gave Welton Sawyer a chance? They contributed to the destruction of the Mount Vernon schools (along with the negligent BOE trustees). Hamilton IS getting a chance, but he will be watched very closely, under a magnifying lens at all times. View Comment
I wonder what is Hamilton's real interest in serving as Superintendent of Mount Vernon schools, other than the attraction of a salary of a quarter million dollars and many thousands of dollars in bonuses? Why would he leave the New Jersey school system after being there for so many years? Those are just some unanswered questions. View Comment
Oh my, the hypocrisy on the Left continues. Why is it not mentioned in the article that Maloney is a Democrat? If he were a Republican, it would be emphasized several times. And the Left would be calling for his resignation, for using a drone without FAA permission. View Comment
According to Obama and Pelosi, the cost of health care would be going down, not going up. But as usual, any time the Federal government gets involved in anything, they just can't get the numbers right. Doesn't surprise me with the ACA - Obama and Pelosi lied from the start, and they continue lying. If Obama really wants to make a difference with affordable health care, he'll issue one of his famous executive orders mandating that ALL public and union employees in all services and industries MUST participate, and pay out of their own pockets. Then maybe we'll see a lowering of health care costs because those crybabies will scream so loudly, the medical industry will just have to comply. View Comment
Now we can wait and see if Hamilton will actually greatly improve the schools or continue to destroy them, as his predecessors did.
When the Board trustees selected him, they did note that he does not have certification in New York. Has Hamilton since received his certification?
Looking over his contract (which is available on the website), it seems it's loaded with all sorts of financial goodies, but nothing requiring that he emphasize the improvement of the students, incompetent teachers and administrators, and other major problems that have been existing for many years and continuing to grow.
Oh, and whoever typed the contract should consider returning to school themselves, and learn how to correctly spell the word "Superintendent". View Comment
It's very disturbing to see small children being manipulated by Queen Hillary. Reminds me of everything I was taught in school about the 1930s German youth and how they were manipulated into paying homage to that country's newly elected leader. View Comment