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Mt. Vernon City Council's Rich Thomas

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas stands

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) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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)

Mount Vernon City Council member Richard Thomas is
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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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