Andy MattisonJul 11, 2018, 11:19 pm

Sewage fight comes to a head in Mount Vernon

The city is facing a lawsuit for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act due to pollution and sewage in the Bronx and Hutchinson Rivers

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MOUNT VERNON - Residents expressed their frustration over pollution and sewage in the Bronx and Hutchinson Rivers at a packed city council meeting on Wednesday, criticizing the Mayor and the City Council for inaction and finger-pointing.

"We've been told by the government to get it fixed," said Margaret Roos. "It wasn't fixed. I came to a meeting two years ago and all I can get was the Mayor has one point of view and the city council has another and I don't know what's happening and it's a serious problem."

The city is currently facing a lawsuit for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act and not complying with state and federal laws.

Mayor Richard Thomas says he has a plan to fix the problem that will only cost the city $120,000, but getting an agreement between the Mayor and the city council has been difficult.

"We keep getting stuck in this finger-pointing," said Thomas. "I think it's a waste of time. We need action, we need to move. The plan is very simple, find the problems underground and fix them."

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