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Maybe We Can Work Out Why Mount Vernon, NY, Is Screwed?

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The Guardian tells us that the sewage system in Mount Vernon, NY, is entirely screwed. This is, effectively, a suburb just outside NYC, it’s majority black. The system has barely been updated in a century.

Sewage problems are nothing new in Mount Vernon, New York, a majority-Black city of 68,000 that’s only a half-hour train ride from Grand Central station in Manhattan. Officials in Mount Vernon told the Guardian that sewage and wastewater infrastructure is collapsing all over town. The city is an extreme example of ailing wastewater networks across the country crumbling faster than cities can afford to maintain them – and communities of color may bear an outsized share of the burden.

Hmm, well. The claim is that the Feds must come in and pay for everything.

Mount Vernon has the highest tax rate in Westchester county, yet residents are baffled at where their money has been going all this time. Wayne Fletcher, 48, lives just off the troubled 3rd Street corridor and pays $18,400 in yearly property taxes for his two-family home

Oh. There isn’t in fact any shortage of local money. It’s just pissed away. Or rather, spent in a manner that doesn’t get the piss away.

Like McNeil, he spent much of the winter with sewage backing up into his house and spreading across the garage floor. Fletcher, who grew up in Jamaica and works for AT&T as a network engineer, said that on the worst days, he and his family skipped showers and drank less water to avoid using the toilet.

“I’m paying for a lifestyle I’m not living,” said Fletcher. “In all my years in Jamaica, I never saw something like this. Never.”

Get that? We’ve got a Jamaican complaining about the incompetence of the local administration.

So, what’s the cause here? City President:

Mayor:

What’s the one thing the Guardian doesn’t mention in the piece talking about how awful this all is? The one party state nature of the administration which is so awful.

Ain’t that strange?

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  1. No competition for votes and they end up pissing the money up the wall. Perhaps they are best taking over the party themsleves, as unlikely as that would be.

  2. It’s difficult to say, but Mount Vernon does seem to spend a lot on public services. It employs more people in various parts of city government, especially in areas that we might assume are fairly surplus to requirements: They employ 6 corporation and assistant counsel and a further five people in their legal department. Total direct salary costs: $950K. The city of New Rochelle, nearby of a similar size, employs three counsel and two others. Total direct salary costs: $737K.

    https://cmvny.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-Adopted-Budget.pdf page 40
    https://www.newrochelleny.com/DocumentCenter/View/13366/2021-Adopted-Budget page 111

    The amounts they seem to pay out to external counsel look similar. The street cleaning and the garage also looks bloated in Mount Vernon. The police department is a lot bigger. Now there may be good reasons for all of this, but one is left to wonder if Mount Vernon has a governance problem.

  3. Looking at the map why isn’t that part of the City of New York? Over here that would be an integral part of Greater London.

  4. @jgh, pre-existing city that I assume declined to be absorbed. New Rochelle is the same, right next door.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixth_borough

    @Kjp, yes the pensions are a big chunk, but the absolute contribution rates are not out of line with New Rochelle. The question is whether the management of Mount Vernon is substantially worse. They appear to employ a lot more people despite the fact that New Rochelle is larger, but that may reflect need. And if they’re padding the workforce, they’re probably also doing bad things with procurement. TBF, it might be that the majority black Mount Vernon lost out on transfers from the state in the past due to racial discrimination, which might explain the poorer state of their infrastructure. One important point is that this is not the same as Detroit, which does have the problem of a single party state (Democrat), but has the added issue of a collapse in population.

    • Primarily black government units, cities, counties and school districts treat the government as a fatted calf. Feather bedding, nepotism and corruption are hallmarks of these units. Look to The history of East St Louis for a shining example. Sooner or later the unsustainable is unsustained. The non-minority race is then blamed for all the woes.

      • Reminds me of the effect of the reforms to aboriginal policy in Oz.

        Prior to the government paying people to be abos, it was generally agreed that we wicked, wicked whites had exterminated the poor old Tasmanians. Now they’re flourishing. I suppose you could call this the Pocahontas effect.

        And there is the push to amend the Constitution to give separate powers to those of the master race —–oops the poor oppressed First People. Since as far as I know, I can’t claim aboriginal descent, I naturally wholeheartedly oppose this one.

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