- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - The mayor of Mount Vernon, New York is rejecting calls for his resignation following his plea to federal tax charges.

Ernest Davis tells the Journal News (https://lohud.us/1trg2Ex ) that he accepts responsibility and has learned from his mistakes.

Davis pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of willfully failing to file federal income tax returns.

The mayor says he hopes to avoid prison.

The charges call for up to two years. But a letter filed by the U.S. attorney’s office contemplates a sentencing range of zero to six months and a fine.

Councilman Richard Thomas calls the case “very disturbing” and says the people of Mount Vernon “deserve better.”

He says Davis should do a “serious gut-check” and put the public’s interests ahead of his own.

Davis’ sentencing is Jan. 26.

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