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Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas stands (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas stands in front of the site of a house deemed unsafe and demolished at 456 South 1st Ave. in Mount Vernon. (Jan. 10, 2013)

Mt. Vernon City Council's Rich Thomas

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas, 30, grew up in the city. He said the city's crime rate, among other problems, could be reduced by better funding the police department and encouraging economic growth through city policies.

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas stands
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas stands in front of the site of a house deemed unsafe and demolished at 456 South 1st Ave. in Mount Vernon. (Jan. 10, 2013)

Mount Vernon City Council Richard Thomas, left, talks
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Mount Vernon City Council Richard Thomas, left, talks with MVPD officer Jason Dilegge near the scene of a fatal stabbing at 7 Beekman Ave. in Mount Vernon. Lucius Crawford was later arrested for the killing. (Dec. 4, 2012)

Henry Thomas, CEO of Freedom N.Y. Inc., is
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Henry Thomas, CEO of Freedom N.Y. Inc., is photographed with his son, Mount Vernon CIty Council member Richard Thomas, in front of Richard's late grandmother's home on South First Avenue in Mount Vernon. (Jan. 10, 2013)

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Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas is
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas is interviewed at the Sugar Bowl Luncheonette on South 5th Ave. in Mount Vernon, near the home where he spent much of his childhood. (Jan. 10, 2013)

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas runs
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas runs into family friend Tony Pavlacka at the Sugar Bowl Luncheonette on South 5th Ave. in Mount Vernon, near the home where he spent much of his childhood. (Jan. 10, 2013)

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas is
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas is interviewed at the Sugar Bowl Luncheonette on South 5th Ave. in Mount Vernon, near the home where he spent much of his childhood. (Jan. 10, 2013)

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas stands
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas stands in front of the site of a house deemed unsafe and demolished at 456 South 1st Ave. in Mount Vernon. (Jan. 10, 2013)

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