MONTICELLO, NY — A video that aired on News 12 Westchester on May 29 clearly shows Raymond Jones, acting superintendent of the Village of Monticello Department of Public Works (DPW), referring …
MONTICELLO, NY — A video that aired on News 12 Westchester on May 29 clearly shows Raymond Jones, acting superintendent of the Village of Monticello Department of Public Works (DPW), referring to a DPW machine operator using the “n” word on more than one occasion.
Stefon McGinnis, an employee who has been with the department for nine years, told the news station that he reported the incident to Mayor Gary Sommers, but McGinnis said Sommers is “trying to cover it up and act like it doesn’t exist.”
McGinnis said Jones has been using racist language like this for a long time, but this time it was caught on video.
Sommers released a statement that said, “Please be advised that the Village of Monticello in no way, shape or form condones the use of any racial slurs or berating language from its management team or any of its employees. The village, however, by law is required to take all of the necessary procedures and follow all of the applicable sections of the law regarding a thorough investigation of any matter presented before them. So, we are asking that you give us time and that you please do not misconstrue this as a lack of concern, but know that we are diligent in taking the proper steps to rectify the current situation at hand.”
Jones, who is still on the job, did not respond to a request for comment, and the voice mail for McGinnis was full and no message could be left.