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Monthly Archives: August 2011

MAYOR YOUNG AND CONGRESSMAN ENGEL LISTEN TO RESIDENTS CON ED CONCERNS AFTER IRENE

Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr.

Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and Congressman Eliot Engel and other local officials joined about 20 residents on the corner of Gramatan and East Devonia Avenues in a call to action regarding Con Edison’s emergency response after Tropical Storm Irene. Mayor Young and Congressman Engel announced plans to schedule a meeting between Con Edison officials and representatives from the neighborhood association to discuss a long term solution to the constant power outages in the area.

Young said his office has been working with Con Edison since Sunday morning to restore power across the city. Still, several hundred homes and traffic lights throughout the city were without power due to Tropical Storm Irene. But, residents say it doesn’t take much wind and rain to knock out the electricity in the neighborhood due to Con Edison’s antiquated electrical infrastructure.

A state of emergency declaration was declared in the City of Mount Vernon during Tropical Storm Irene. Con Edison official described this storm as the worst ever in the Hudson Valley. Initially, 7,800 Con Ed customers in Mount Vernon were without power and most will be restored as of today.

Mayor Young has been in contact with Consolidated Edison directly and in concert with the County of Westchester to obtain information about and to press for immediate action for the citizens without electricity.   

Mayor Young said, “Yes, we had tremendous flooding and power outages due to Tropical Storm Irene. While, some people have been restored, I am outraged by the slow response and lack of coordination in restoring power in Mount Vernon.”

“This is beyond natural disasters. Time and time again, this neighborhood has been without power. We knew that flooding, downed trees and power lines would be a major problem following a storm of this magnitude. That’s why my administration took several preventative steps before the storm hit, including cleaning catch basins and trimming trees this summer helped reduce the Irene’s impact. Despite these efforts, several households and businesses were left without power for at least four days. We ask Con Edison to come to the table and work with us to resolve this longstanding and reoccurring problem,” stated Young. 

Congressman Engel stated, “This is totally unacceptable. I’m sick of their excuses. This is not some rural area that’s 100 miles away from any civilization. This is Mount Vernon. It should have been easier to restore power to Mount Vernon. We want answers! The top levels of Con Edison will hear from me and the Mayor.”

For more information on the City of Please continue to monitor local news reports or log on to our website www.cmvny.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. To report power outages, Con Edison advises residents to call 1-800-752-6633 or log on to www.coned.com

 

 

 

MOUNT VERNON BREAKS GROUND AT NEW MEMORIAL FIELD STADIUM

History is in the making as Mayor Young oversees the Phase I of the Memorial Field Reconstruction Project

Demolition gets underway at Memorial Field

Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr., Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon D. Williams and Recreation Commissioner Peter J. Neglia, as well as hundreds of elected officials and community members broke ground at the new Stadium at Memorial Field on Wednesday, August 31st. The $12.7 million renovation of Memorial Field has pushed forward despite attempts to derail its progress. Mayor Young and Vice Chairman Williams were joined by U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Council members Steven Horton and Yuhanna Edwards.

 “I thank Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams for delivering the funding for this important project. Memorial Field is a jewel for the city and the County of Westchester. It’s a real exciting day for the City of Mount Vernon,” said Mayor Young.

Last week, Mayor Young announced that Mount Vernon based Avanti Building and Construction Corporation has been awarded the contract to perform Phase I of the Memorial Field project, which includes demolition of the old stadium and construction site prep work. The demolition is expected to be completed in three months. 

Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and Councilman Steven Horton at Ground Breaking

Memorial Field has been a municipal park since the early 1930’s, but was signifi­cantly deteriorating and had structural and environmental concerns. The Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams envisioned converting the site into the premier sports and entertainment venue in Westchester County. The Stadium at Memorial Field facility will provide active and pas­sive recreation for all ages and will serve as a critical economic engine for the downtown Mount Vernon Area.

“After a long and arduous process, we are finally making history in Mount Vernon. The new Stadium at Memorial Field will be a regional stadium that generates jobs and revenue for the city. The field is used every day by our youth and our seniors. Residents have been patient and actively involved in this process. I’m proud that our dream of a new stadium is now a reality,” stated Mayor Young. 

Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams said, “We made a promise to the residents that we are going to restore this historic symbol. I am happy to say that the residents of Mount Vernon will finally witness tangible evidence of the hard work and efforts we have made to deliver on the promise of the rebirth of Memorial Field into a state-of-the art entertainment facility like no other in Westchester County. Despite the obstacles and roadblocks placed in the path of its progress, the hopes and dreams of Mount Vernon residents for this historic symbol will be realized. I thank Mayor Clinton Young for his effective leadership in overcoming the obstacles to get this project done.”

Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon D. Williams

Vice-Chairman Williams highlighted that elected officials in many Westchester municipalities recognize the benefits of the County’s Legacy program beautifying and improving their communities, while creating employment opportunities for their residents. “Neighboring municipalities have taken full advantage of the County’s Legacy Program, with the County Board approving similar projects in New Rochelle and Pelham, with much benefit and delight from thousands of County residents. Mount Vernon is in good company,” said Vice-Chairman Williams.

The new Stadium at Memorial Field will include an illuminated synthetic turf football/soccer field; grandstands; all-weather eight-lane track; new buildings to include a ticket booth, concession stand, bathrooms, press box with restroom and elevator, service building and locker rooms; an upgraded score board and other associated equipment.

Commissioner Peter Neglia praises the new stadium amenities

Recreation Commissioner Peter Neglia stated, “We at the Recreation Department have worked tirelessly to deliver this project for the City of Mount Vernon and its residents of all ages. Additionally, we are excited to have this realistic timeline to drive home Part I of this historic project for the residents of the city of Mount Vernon and Part II. At the end of the day, people in Mount Vernon will have a stadium they can be proud of and generates revenue and economic development for the city.”

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Architectural Review Board Meeting: August 31, 2011

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

MAYOR YOUNG IS MOVING MEMORIAL FIELD PROJECT FORWARD!

Demolition and Site Prep Work to get underway next week

Mount Vernon, New YorkMayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and Recreation Commissioner Peter J. Neglia announced today that the Memorial Field project is finally moving forward. On Tuesday, August 23, 2011, the Mount Vernon Board of Estimate approved the contract for Part I or the demolition phase for the Memorial Field. The $12.7 million renovation of Memorial Field has pushed forward despite attempts to derail its progress.

Mayor Young announced that Mount Vernon based Avanti Building and Construction Corporation has been awarded the contract to perform Phase I of the Memorial Field project, which includes demolish the old stadium and prep the field for construction. Phase I is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 29th, 2011.
“Citizens have been waiting a long time for this day. Avanti is a Mount Vernon based company with an outstanding reputation. Part I or the demolition phase is expected to be completed in three months. At the same time, we will continue planning meetings for Part II or the stadium construction, which we expect to be completed next year. Memorial Field is the largest public recreational project in the history of Westchester County. My administration will do everything we can to keep moving this development forward and provide economic opportunities for the city,” said Mayor Young.
Memorial Field has been a municipal park since the early 1930’s, but was signifi­cantly deteriorating and had structural and environmental concerns. The Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams envisioned converting the site into the premier sports and entertainment venue in Westchester County. The Stadium at Memorial Field facility will provide active and pas­sive recreation for all ages and will serve as a critical economic engine for the downtown Mount Vernon Area.
Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams said, “I am delighted that the residents of Mount Vernon will finally witness tangible evidence of the hard work and efforts we have made to deliver on the promise of the rebirth of Memorial Field into a state-of-the art entertainment facility like no other in Westchester County. Despite the obstacles and roadblocks placed in the path of its progress, the hopes and dreams of Mount Vernon residents for this historic symbol will be realized. I thank Mayor Clinton Young for his quiet but effective leadership in overcoming the obstacles to get this project done.”
“We at the Recreation Department have been working tirelessly to deliver this project for the City of Mount Vernon and its residents of all ages,” said Commissioner Neglia.  “Additionally, we are excited to have this realistic timeline to drive home Part I of this historic project for the residents of the city of Mount Vernon and Part II.  At the end of the day, people in Mount Vernon will have a stadium they can be proud of and generates revenue for the city.”
For more news about the City of Mount Vernon please visit our homepage www.CMVNY.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Architectural Review Board Meeting: August 24, 2011

Meeting Agenda – Cancelled

SIXTH AVENUE BRIDGE REOPENS

Bridge was closed for six weeks for emergency repair work

Mount Vernon, NY – Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and MTA Metro-North Railroad officials announced that the Sixth Avenue Bridge reopened on schedule on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The bridge was closed down on July 18th for emergency repairs to the 117-year-old bridge.

The almost 62-foot-long bridge was built in 1894 and has a load limit of three tons.  It carries Sixth Avenue/Wilson Place over the New Haven Line railroad tracks. Metro-North ironworkers will repair the steel floor beam that supports the bridge’s wooden stringers and deck.  While the bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic, pedestrian access on sidewalks remained open during the six week period.

“We have developed an aggressive schedule to make these important repairs to the bridge and to reopen it as soon as possible,” said Metro-North President Howard Permut. “Metro-North will continue to work with the City to develop an overall approach to address access needs over the railroad. At the same time, we seek the support of our State and Federal partners to meet the funding needs of our Capital Program.”

 “My administration has been working in tandem with Metro-North and other partners in government as part of an overall infrastructure improvement strategy for our city,” noted Mayor Young. “The bridges in the city are primarily owned by Metro-North and are in dire need of attention. I commend Metro-North for stepping up to the plate to address these issues.”

 The mayor also thanked the railroad for the $10.5 million, 18-month replacement of the Park Avenue Bridge completed in April, calling it “a major step forward in improving our infrastructure and transportation efficiency.” 

 “We will continue our efforts in partnering with Metro-North to rehabilitate the other bridges in the city,” stated Mayor Young. There are 11Metro-North-controlled bridges in the city that cross the tracks, including the station overpass that was replaced in 2000.

 For more news about the City of Mount Vernon please visit our homepage www.CMVNY.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Mount Vernon Board of Estimate to vote on Memorial Field demolition contract Tuesday, August 23rd at 9:00 am.

Comptroller’s July 2011 Newsletter

Comptroller Newsletter July 2011

Special Board of Estimate and Contract Meeting – Aug 23, 2011

A special meeting of the Board of Estimate and Contract will be held on Tuesday,  August 23, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room to award the bid for Memorial Field Site Preparation.

Posting of Campaign/Political Signs

To All Candidates in the 2011 City of Mount Vernon Elections:

Pursuant to Section 221-4 and 221-5 of the Code of the City of Mount Vernon, campaign signs are prohibited from being posted on City, County, State, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority property.  Further, please be advised that  conviction of violation of the provisions shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000,or to imprisonment not exceeding 15 days, or both.  Moreover, it should be noted that all political and/or campaign signs posted on all other property in the City must be removed within two (2) weeks after the election.

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