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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Special Board of Estimate and Contract Meeting

A special Board of Estimate and Contract meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room in order to award the bid for the Emergency Operation Center’s Room located at the Third Street firehouse and any other business as may be presented at said meeting.

Youth Bureau WWDAY Students Make Mount Vernon Proud

Seniors and newly enlisted United States Marines Mckiy Hewitt, Jamie Fernandez and Shariff Grant stand proud

Four young men who form the Westchester Workforce Development Academy for Youth took the final step in solidifying their post high school plans as part of the Youth Bureau’s WWDAY Program.  Senior students Shariff Grant, Mckiy Hewitt, and Jamie Fernandez enlisted in United States Marine Corp, while senior Patrick Bail is heading to the high seas with the US Navy. 

“This is a life changing opportunity for our young people,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “The skills and discipline they learn as a part of this program will carry with them throughout their lives. Hopefully, when they complete their tours of duty in service to our country, they will come back to Mount Vernon and apply those skills locally.”  

Sheriff, Jamie and Mckiy will be stationed on Paris Island, South Carolina. They will embark on a 13 week rigorous training program where they will be mentally, physically and academically challenged in preparation of becoming a United States Marine.  Twice a week the three young men, along with more than 20 other poolee’s. participate in nearly three hours of physical training to help them prepare for recruit training.

Mckiy will be continuing his post training education in the intelligence field, while Shariff will be shipping overseas to learn the science behind meteorology.  Jamie, already showing his leadership capabilities, was selected squad leader of the Recruiting Sub Station (RSS) Westchester.  Jamie will enter the field of electronic maintenance after graduation. 

All three young men chose STEM careers and credit the WWDAY program and project coordinator, Victoria Vanderberg for their exposure to STEM. “Ms. Vanderberg makes us read Science Times articles and is always keeping us up to date on new careers in STEM, once I tested I immediately looked for a career in a STEM field.” stated Mckiy. “That’s where the money is!” sated Jamie, when asked why he chose a science field. Shariff in agreement stated, “Science and technology especially is not going away, is only getting faster and more advanced, and I want to be in the know.” 

Patrick Bail, who enlisted with the US Navy, is pursuing a career in Nuclear Engineering.  “I wanted to go to college, but after talking to the recruiters I learned that a college degree is attainable with the Navy, and I get to travel.” stated Patrick.  “I can see my life going in a new direction and I am excited!” 

Senior, Patrick Bail shows off  shirt and thermos the day after he enlisted in the US Navy

WWDAY Program operates throughout the year at Nellie Thornton High School.  It is funded through a grant from the Westchester County Office of Workforce Investment/ Westchester/Putnam Workforce Investment Board and has been made possible through a partnership between the City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, the Westchester County Executive’s Office and the Mount Vernon City School District.  The objective of the WWDAY Program is to provide students who attend Thornton High School and are between the ages 14-18, with a comprehensive program that will enable them to transition into adulthood and gain eventual economic self sufficiency through careers, post-secondary education and/or training.

“We’re working hard to expose our young people to career options that exist to be productive and contributing members of society,” said Mayor Davis. “These young men are just a sample of the dedicated and talented youth living in the city.”

For further information regarding the WWDAY Program please contact the WWDAY/STEM Project Coordinator, Victoria Vanderberg at the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, (914) 665-2344   or .






2014 Summer Application Available for Download – April Submission

The 2014 Summer Youth Employment Application is available for download . In addition, please make sure all original documents requested, along with the completed application are returned during the week of April 7th thru April 10th between the hours of 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm to the Youth Bureau, room 307. SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE ELIGIBILTY OR EMPLOYMENT INTO THE PROGRAM. EMPLOYMENT IS VERY COMPETITIVE.

Download the form here



Affordable Care Act Forum at City Hall on March 6

Mount Vernon is hosting a forum to help answer insurance questions about enrollment and offer assistance in signing up for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act.

Open enrollment in policies on the health care law’s online marketplace will conclude at the end of March. Those who haven’t complied with the law’s mandate that they have health insurance run the risk this year of being fined $95 per uninsured person, or 1 percent of household income over the filing threshold.  

Representatives from Montifiore Medical Fenter, the new operators of the Mount Vernon Hospital, as well as the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center will be on hand to provide information. Don’t miss this opportunity to be in compliance with the law before it costs you more. 

WHEN:           THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014


                        Second Floor, City Hall

TIME:               6:00 PM UNTIL 8:00 PM


Mount Vernon High School Junior Rai Benjamin is heating up the indoor track circuit. He won the 300 Meter State and Federation titles at the New York State Championships at Cornell.  He ran 33.84 which ranks him #2 in New York and #3 in the USA. 

Rai broke the meet record and set a new Section 1, Westchester County, and school record.  He’s the only athlete to run under 34 seconds in Section history. is a ranking website for athletes across the country. Rai has made it into a pool on the best performance for boys indoor track.

Mayor Ernest D. Davis will recognize Rai’s achievements  on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Rai will be joined by the other members of the Mount Vernon High School Track Team including Taniya Mitchell who recently received a full athletic scholarship and committed to Hampton University.  She qualified for the New York State Championships at Cornell this past weekend where she placed 10th overall in New York State. 

We have a lot to be proud of here in Mount Vernon.


City Council Radio Show

Tune your radios to 1460 AM-WVOX on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to hear the latest City news on the Council’s monthly radio show.  This month’s featured guest will be Jaime Martinez, Acting Planning Commissioner for the City of Mount Vernon who will be present to discuss community and development projects in the City.

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