Mount Vernon mayor and city agency blocked sale of commercial property, $15.1M suit claims

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White Plains resident Alan Landauer and his company LTTR Home Care filed a $15.1 million dollar suit against Mount Vernon mayor Richard Thomas, the city’s Industrial Development Agency [IDA] and the agency’s director Roberta James, alleging that they blocked him from selling his 3-acre property at 1 Bradford Road. The suit claims that the IDA declined to vote on tax abatements needed to develop a 120-unit luxury residence on the property, since Thomas and the IDA preferred that a hotel or catering hall be built there. Landauer additionally accuses James, who is also a real estate broker, of trying to get him to sell the property to one of her clients. Thomas denies the accusations. “The Mount Vernon IDA has not been served with any lawsuit. LTTR’s proposal for 1 Bradford Road was a bad deal for Mount Vernon,” Thomas’ spokeswoman Maria Donovan told [LoHud] 

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