The city’s former finance convener today defended his record as a councillor.
Willie Youg said he was proud of the Labour party’s legacy in the city for delivering major projects.
Mr Young insisted he had done nothing wrong with regards to public money being given to fix a wall on land which turned out to belong to his dad, without going before going to committee.
And in a parting shot to the SNP he said the row over the £200,000 wall repair bill would come back to “haunt” them.
The former Bridge of Don councillor told the Evening Express: “The wall certainly didn’t help and when that all comes out in the end people will see.
“What goes around comes back to haunt people.
“I’m confident I have done nothing wrong and I’m confident that if I’m taking things forward some people will regret their actions.”
Mr Young, who was not re-elected to the ward yesterday, called the move an “SNP smear”.
He said he was proud of the Labour party’s legacy in the city, including the £250 million City Region Deal, money spent on regeneration areas and ongoing refurbishments of the Art Gallery and Music Hall.
He said: “I defy anybody to say our legacy hasn’t been huge.
“If we hadn’t invested the city would be a ghost town.
“The infrastructure that we have done will see this council move forward over the next 50 years.
“History will show the finances of this city have never been stronger.
“All these things counted for nothing when I went to the electorate and they have chosen a new path.”
The former finance convener said he feared an SNP-led council could see Aberdeen take a step back.
He added: “The SNP haven’t got a majority, they have got to work with someone.
“Whether it’s the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives or Labour, they will have to try to move the city forward.
“My big fear is that it will just become another branch office of the Scottish Government.”
Mr Young has ruled out a return to politics, saying at 56 years old “my days of politics are now gone”.
He said he plans to return to his own business, Deeview Homes, which he said he has “neglected”.
He added: “As I said I’m disappointed but life isn’t just about politics. I’ve got lots of other things in my life to look forward to.
“I’m no longer a councillor but I will move forward with my life.”