Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas

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Mount Vernon Mayor To Resign, Admits To Misusing Campaign Funds

July 08, 2019 - 2:30 pm

ALBANY (WCBS 880) — Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas on Monday agreed to resign after pleading guilty to misusing campaign funds.

Attorney General Letitia James and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced on Monday that Thomas, 35, pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny and filing a false disclosure report.

The mayor was sentenced to a one-year “conditional discharge,” during which he will not be able to seek any appointed or elected public office seat. He will also have to pay a $13,000.

“By using campaign funds to line his own pockets, Mayor Thomas broke the law, and violated public trust,” said James. “New Yorkers put their faith in our public servants, and Mayor Thomas’ gross violation of that faith constitutes the utmost disloyalty to those he was sworn to serve.”

Thomas' plea was announced just as his trial was scheduled to start.

His resignation is effective Sept. 30, 2019.