You're correct about this. I believe either the Mayor or the Library Director called the publisher and the writer and bullied them into downplaying this news. Many people are now learning about the upcoming vote, and many are very upset about the way it's being done - at the Library only, and two weeks before the School District budget vote. Both should be on the same day. But the Library Director took the suggestion from the Mayor and scheduled the voting separately, knowing that very few people will actually be able to get to the Library to cast their votes. View Comment
This headline is misleading, based on false information being distributed by City Hall in MV. Most home prices in MV have fallen, some as much as 40%. This is due to the negative views potential home buyers have of MV, and the desperation of some home owners to sell now and get out of this city. View Comment
After reading all the comments, as well as the recent propaganda (with all its misleading information) distributed by the Library, I've decided to vote NO. I'm suggesting to my fellow taxpaying neighbors to vote the same, unless they don't mind having their pockets picked yet again. View Comment
There is one good thing that may come out of this. Hopefully, Hillary will decide to be a stay-at-home grandmother to her grandchild and will not run for President in 2016. The grandchild will be an addition to a family of super wealth who don't pay any taxes. View Comment
There is nothing "honest" about anything in Mount Vernon, other than the taxpayers who always pay their taxes on time, including the taxes for those who, for their political connections, don't pay anything. View Comment
It will be "privately funded"? Famous last words! In Mount Vernon, every such project is linked to City Hall, and the taxpayers will be on the hook for this, as they are for everything else. View Comment
Note this from the article, quoting Library Director Karwoski:
“Economically, it’s a sound idea for property owners to support this. No one wants to own a property in a city that doesn’t have a library,” she said. “It will bring down property values. Most people want a strong public library in Mount Vernon.”
If the city did not have a Library, property values would NOT be brought down. Very few people actually care about whether there is a local Library.
What DOES bring down property values is, a poorly run school district, such as Mount Vernon has had for several years. With more than 50 percent of the students failing, nobody in their right minds would send their children to Mount Vernon schools. View Comment
inthewoods, don't expect any actual "independent research" from the DV's "journalists". They have become, as you noted, a mouthpiece for MV city officials. Probably were bulled by the Mayor, as he has done to news reporters for the Journal News and News 12. View Comment
What nonsense is this? The 2013-2014 school year is still in session for several more weeks, yet these students have been given "perfect attendance awards" before the year is completed! Just another example of a messed up school district. View Comment
inthewoods, you are correct about the Library being eligible for many grants now that it's non-profit status has been restored (according to Library propaganda). I suggest the Director do her job and apply for, and receive, those grants. View Comment
The Mount Vernon Public Library has become an entity of shambles thanks to mismanagement from the previous Director. The Library lost its non-profit status due to the negligence (I call it criminal negligence) of that Director, and she also caused the Library to lose the status it once had as THE premier Library in Westchester. And now the new Director has been contaminated by the contagion emanating from City Hall (mainly, from the Office of the Mayor), and has been shown how to "pick the pockets" of the taxpayers.
This year the Library wants $4.35M. Next year it'll want $6.5M. The year after, it will want $9M, etc etc etc. It's unjustifiable all the way.
The corruption from City Hall has increased significantly since the first day of the first term of Mayor Davis, and he's more than half way through his fourth term. The people continue electing him, and I don't know why. But then, I don't believe all the voting "results" have been honest - everyone knows there's plenty of voter fraud in Mount Vernon during the Mayoral elections and the School Budget voting. View Comment
This will be another tax on the already over-burdened Mount Vernon taxpayers. Currently, the Library budget is $2.8 Million, which will keep the Library open through September (according to Library propaganda). That breaks down to an average of $311,111 per month. The budget the Library is demanding, $4.35 Million, breaks down to an average of $362,500 per month. Why the massive monthly increase of over $51,000? The Library is eligible for tens of millions of dollars in various grants, as well as funding from NY State. I suggest the Library Director do her job and actively get those grants. View Comment
jerry, I agree with your comment one hundred percent. But every time I posted my agreement, someone at the DV deleted it. Maybe they don't like that many people actually see it the way you and I do. View Comment
Mount Vernon residents can expect that most of the money the state sends for "pothole repairs" will be diverted into other "projects" (also known as private bank accounts). The condition of the roads is worse than ever, and they continue to deteriorate. But then when you remember who's running the city, you'll know the reason. View Comment
cyotos - you are 100% spot on with your comment about Hillary Clinton. Thankfully we don't have to worry about that other disaster in Congress, Nancy Pelosi, running for President - she's content to living the high life her position of wealth has afforded her. View Comment