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Mayor Thomas hosts 225th Anniversary Celebration of the Bill of Rights


Monday December 19 at St. Paul’s Church ceremony celebrating 225th Anniversary.

On Monday, December 19, at 4:00pm, Mayor Richard Thomas and the City of Mount Vernon will hold a celebration commemorating the 225th anniversary of the final ratification of the Bill of Rights. Mayor Thomas will be joined by County Executive Rob Astorino, representatives from the offices of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Charles Schumer, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and other dignitaries.
The City of Mount Vernon is the birthplace of the Bill of Rights and home of the sister to the Liberty Bell. In 1733, St Paul’s Church in Mount Vernon was a polling site during a controversial, tumultuous election where some voters were prevented from voting. John Peter Zenger, publisher of the New York Weekly Journal, covered the irregularities of corrupt officials involved with the election tampering. Zenger was arrested and his newspaper was ordered burned. His subsequent defense of his actions – that they were true – laid the groundwork for the Bill for Rights. Zenger’s non-guilty verdict in his libel trial and his brave embrace of the truth led to the foundation of the First Amendment – Freedom of Speech.
“Mount Vernon is a city of firsts. We are the birthplace of the Bill of Rights, one of the nation’s first roads at Route 22, and the creators of hip-hop. Mount Vernon has always been a place where people stood up for what is right from John Peter Zenger in 1733 to Denzel Washington today. We look to our Rebecca Turner who broke free from slavery to become one of the first African-American property owners in the country; Nina Simone whose potent protest music was banned by radio stations fearful of confronting discrimination. Humphrey Bogart who joined the Committee for the First Amendment to protest the unconstitutional House Un-American Activities Committee. Mount Vernon has always taken the lead in standing up for what is fair, what is right, and what is just. As Mayor, I will continue to stand firm and stand up for Mount Vernon,” said Mayor Richard Thomas.

2016 Fall Youth Employment Program is available for download

The 2016 Fall Youth Employment Program is available for download here. Please complete the 2016 Fall Youth Employment Application. In addition, when returning the completed application, please make sure all requested documents are attached. Applications will only be accepted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 through Monday, October 3, 2016 between the hours of 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Youth Bureau, room 306. SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE ELIGIBILTY OR ENROLLMENT INTO THE PROGRAM. EMPLOYMENT IS VERY COMPETITIVE!!
APPLICANT MUST BE A MOUNT VERNON RESIDENT. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau at 914-665-2344 during business hours 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday.


City Hall Dismissal for Labor Day Weekend Holiday

City Hall will be closing at 3:00 p.m. today.

2015 Water Quality Report now available

The Mount Vernon Board of Water Supply is pleased to announce that the 2015 Water Quality Report is now available to download in PDF form. You can access all of the reports  HERE

2015 Water Quality Report.

The Mount Vernon West Rezoning FGEIS is now available

The Mount Vernon West Rezoning FGEIS Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement is now available. Click here to download.


A regular meeting of the City Planning Board will be held on, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, Second Floor, City Hall, Mount Vernon, New York. The Planning Board Work Session will be held on April 4, 2016 at 6:30pm in the Memorial Room.

March 2 Planning Board Meeting re-scheduled for March 9

The regular meeting of the City Planning Board to be held on, Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at

6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, Second Floor, City Hall, Mount Vernon, New York, Has

been cancelled. A special meeting has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in

the Mayor’s Conference Room.


Official Memo


2016 Safe Haven Summer Program – Applications Now Available!

Safe Haven 2016

The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau would like to welcome children and parents to the 2016 Safe Haven Summer Program. Program participants must be between the ages of 6-12 as of June 2016 in order to attend. Attached, you will find a registration package which must be completed by June 3, 2016 in order for your child to be enrolled into the Safe Haven Summer Program

The early bird special fee ending March 31, 2016 for the 6 week program is $450.00 ($400.00 for additional siblings). After March 31, 2016 the fee will be $500.00 ($450.00 for additional siblings). Money order is the ONLY form of payment accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Safe Haven Summer Flyer 2016

Safe Haven Summer Application 2016


First Half City Tax Deadline is January 31, 2016

1st half City tax 2016 and 2nd half School tax 2015-16 due 1/31/16

County Tax 2016 due 4/30/16

1st half School tax 2016-17 & 2nd half City tax 2016 due 7/31/16.

2nd Half School Tax 2015-16 is due without penalty no later than 1/31/16

Also 1st Half City  Tax 2016 is due without penalty no later than 1/31/16.

2015 Fall After School Application – Download Now!

Mount Vernon, New York – Mayor Ernest D. Davis and Youth Bureau Executive Director DaMia Harris-Madden want to remind the city’s young people that beginning Monday, September 14th – Friday, September 25th , the 2015 After School Youth Employment applications will be available here:

2015 Fall After School Employment Application

Printed Applications will also be available for pickup at City Hall  Room 307 (Youth Bureau) and the following middle and high schools: 

  • MVHS -STRONG Program – Room 237 
  • MVHS -Career Center – Room 10 
  • Thornton High School –Main office 
  • Mandela High School – Main office 
  • A.B. Davis Middle School – Main office 
  • Benjamin Turner Middle School (Longfellow) – Main office 

“We encourage all youth ages 14-18, who are in school and Mount Vernon residents to print out or pick up an application and submit them in time to be considered for employment opportunities,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis.. Applications will be accepted during the week of Monday, September 28th – Friday, October 2nd from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. All applications should be returned to the Youth Bureau, room 307 located in City Hall at One Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, NY.
“The City is dedicated to providing youth with transferable skills and meaningful introductions into the workplace. In order to ensure a bright future, our young people must learn how to develop a positive work ethic which includes responsibility, punctuality and team work, said Mayor Ernest D. Davis”
“The goal of the program is to develop 21st Century youth competencies related to the workplace. Through paid work experiences, participants will learn to juxtapose the basic skills that have been acquired in school with the soft skills that are learned in the workplace,” said DaMia Harris-Madden, Executive Director of the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau.
Given the economic climate, the department is seeking donations for employment and training programs that operate throughout the year. For further information regarding donations, please contact DaMia Harris at (914) 665-2344 or For further information regarding 2015 After School Employment, please contact Debbie Burrell-Butler at (914) 665-2346 or

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