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City of Mount Vernon to Help Residents Beat the Heat

City to launch Sprinkler locations this weekend.

Mount Vernon, NY— Mount Vernon Board of Water Supply urges residents to refrain from opening fire hydrants to “cool off”. The primary function of hydrants is to provide water to fight fires. When residents open the hydrants illegally, they can damage the operating nuts so that the Fire Department can no longer use them. This places the neighborhood at risk as the Fire Department wastes precious time looking for a working hydrant. People who open fire hydrants can also drop neighborhood water pressure to dangerously low levels, so that water cannot reach the upper levels of apartment buildings. Flowing hydrants can cause other problems as well since children playing in the street in the spray of an open hydrant could be hit by a car.

The Fire Department will be installing sprinkler caps on certain hydrants throughout the City:

  • 7 Jefferson Place
  • South 15th Avenue & 2nd Street
  • Short Street & New Haven Railroad Street
  • Grove Street playground
  • Morrison Place (dead end)
  • Madison Street (dead end)
  • North Bond Street
  • South 3rd Avenue between 3rd & 4th Street

The hours of operation will be from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, whenever the temperature exceeds 87°. Neighborhood associations wishing to have a sprinkler cap should call the Fire Department at (914) 665-2626. The site will be evaluated with respect to safety concerns and if approved, a sprinkler cap will be installed.

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Kid’s Hot Dog Saturday June 25, 2011

Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr., the Department of Recreation and the Holy Roay Arch Masons St. John Chapter #26 present Kid’s Hot Dog Saturday, June 25th from 12pm to 4pm at Brush Park Mount Vernon, NY.

Free hot dogs, sodas, chips, music, face painting and fun!

Call the department of recreation for more information (914) 665-2420

Rock Your Park Event set for July 15, 2011

Come celebrate National Parks and Recreation Day with Mayor Young and the City of Mount Vernon, Friday, July 15th, 2011 at Hartley Park in Mount Vernon from 10am to 3pm.

Food, Fun and Games for the whole family!

Sponsored by:

Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr.

Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams

Westchester County Department of Health

Mount Vernon Department of Recreation

Affinity Health Plans

The Future Society, Inc.

As Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins, FEMA Urges All Americans to be Prepared

Event date: June 1, 2011 9:30 PM

Individuals, Families, Small Businesses can Visit to Get Ready for Hurricanes and other Disasters

WASHINGTON — Today, June 1, marks the official start of the 2011 North Atlantic hurricane season, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been working closely with its federal, state, local and tribal partners, the private sector, voluntary organizations and the entire emergency management team to ensure we are ready for the upcoming season. As part of those efforts, today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, along with other partners, will brief President Obama on the federal government’s preparations for the upcoming season.

“Recent events including the deadly tornadoes in the central U.S. and southeast, flooding along the Mississippi and other emergencies serve as a reminded that we should be prepared to address all hazards, including hurricanes,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Everyone needs to be prepared, not just those in hurricane prone states, but also areas well inland. This means having an emergency plan, storing an emergency kit and staying informed of alerts or messages from local emergency officials.”

In the past few months, FEMA has been coordinating with all of the coastal states as they prepare for the season. All of this planning and coordination has been built around the agency’s approach that we are just one part of the nation’s emergency management team, and we have to work with the entire team to plan for the needs of the entire community when disasters strike. This larger team includes our federal partners, state, local and tribal leaders, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, faith based and community organizations, and most importantly the general public. It will take every member of the team working together for us to be fully prepared for this hurricane season.

To help demonstrate how the team can work together to prepare for and respond to hurricanes, President Obama invited other members of the team to join Napolitano and Fugate for today’s briefing, including North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue and members of her emergency management team, American Red Cross President Gail McGovern, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) Chair Mickey Caison, and Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead.

To see a video message from Administrator Fugate about this hurricane season, visit TBP.

Background on Preparing for Hurricanes

When preparing for hurricane season and potential emergencies, the needs of all members of a household should be considered. If a household includes a young child, senior citizen or a person with a disability or severe illness, special steps to assist them may be necessary and should be incorporated into all emergency planning. Pets require special handling. Pet owners should research pet boarding facilities now within a certain radius of where they may evacuate, since animals may not be welcome in all shelters or hotels.

Equally important, businesses should be prepared with emergency plans in place to stay afloat. Putting a disaster plan in motion will improve the likelihood that your company may recovery from a disaster. Ready Business ( outlines measures business owners and managers can take now to start getting ready.

The start of hurricane season is also the time to consider flood insurance coverage – most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. Not only are homes and businesses in hurricane-prone states at risk for flooding, but inland flooding is common in nearby states. To assess flood risk for a home or find a local agent selling national flood insurance, visit or call toll-free at 1-888-379-9531.

As the season kicks off, knowing the four terms that meteorologists use when forecasting tropical weather may also help you navigate to safety.

A hurricane watch is an announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

A hurricane warning is an announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

A tropical storm watch is an announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

A tropical storm warning is an announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

With the ongoing recovery efforts from the tornadoes and response to areas with flooding, we are reminded that everyone should be prepared to address all hazards, including hurricanes, tornadoes and inland flooding.

For more preparedness information, please visit and

For the latest information on weather,

Follow FEMA online at,,, and Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at and the Ready Campaign at

Notice of Property Sale – City of Mount Vernon

Notice is hereby given that the Comptroller of the City of Mount Vernon, pursuant to the authority granted by Local Ordinance No. 20, enacted by City Council on May 11, 2011 and signed by the Mayor on May 12, 2011 will dispose of at a public auction sale to the highest bidder certain parcels of surplus City owned real property not needed for any municipal purpose.

The auction sale will take place at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in City Hall, Council Chambers, Room 206 when, at such time and place, the successful high bidder shall be required to execute a contract of sale and make a cash sum or certified check “good faith” purchase money deposit in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the final and winning bid price. The purchase money balance shall be due and payable at the Office of the Corporation Counsel, City Hall, Room 111 when at a time and date (approximately thirty (30) days thereafter) specified on the Contract of Sale, a quitclaim deed from the City of Mt. Vernon to the purchaser will be prepared and ready for delivery.

The properties to be auctioned are as follows, designated by street address and Block and Lot on the assessment and tax rolls.

Street Address
Minimum Bid
42 South High Street
40 Mount Vernon Avenue
197 Stevens Avenue
339A North High Street
23 Vernon Place
135 South 12 th Avenue
465 South 11 th Avenue
558 South 9 th Avenue
13 & 14
416 S. 7 th Avenue
14 E. Sandford Blvd
136 E. 3 rd Street
0 Millington Street

The premises hereinbefore described shall be sold “As Is” in all respects and subject to terms of sale and standard contract of sale on file in the Office of the Comptroller, and the 1963 Zoning Ordinance of the City of Mt. Vernon, New York and amendments thereto.

Final sale of this property shall be subject to the approval of the Board of Estimate and Contract of the City of Mount Vernon.

Further information relating to the sale of this property and terms thereof may be obtained at the Office of the undersigned Comptroller, City Hall, Room 1, Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, New York by calling (914) 665-2308.

Pre-registration is required. Pre-registration will be held from May 23, 2011 through June 17, 2011 in the Office of the Comptroller, City Hall, Mount Vernon, NY. No registrations will be accepted on the day of the auction.

Dated: May 12, 2011

Maureen Walker, CPA


Links: Notice of Property Sale June 22 2011

City of Mount Vernon Awarded $435,160 For Canal Village


May 17, 2011;

Mount Vernon Received one of the Highest Awards approved by New York State.

Mount Vernon, New York—Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. announced today that the City of Mount Vernon was awarded $435,160 in Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program grants from the New York State Department of State. The grant is one of the highest awarded out of 21 applications approved by New York State. According to Acting Secretary of State Ruth Noemi Colon, BOA grants are designed to help municipalities revitalize communities, create jobs, support environmental remediation and expand the tax base in neighborhoods affected by multiple brownfield sites.

“We are pleased that Governor Cuomo and the Department of State recognize that Mount Vernon and its largest industrial area are primed for environmentally responsible growth and greater economic development. I also commend our State Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow for his hard work and support for this critical initiative,” said Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr.

The City of Mount Vernon will complete a Nomination for an approximately 231-acre area characterized with 20 potential brownfield sites that are located in the City’s south-eastern section in the Canal Village area. The primary community revitalization objectives include: identifying key redevelopment opportunities; revitalizing the entire Canal Village area by cleaning-up and redeveloping sites for appropriate commercial businesses and enterprises; upgrading the area’s existing infrastructure; and increasing the City’s tax base and employment.

“The funding provided through the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program Grant will assist the city in understanding how to enhance the co-existence of area businesses and natural resources as we improve the area’s infrastructure and identify future land uses to foster sustainable development that will mutually benefit property and business owners, the City and its residents,” noted Mayor Young.

The site investigations will analyze and fully understand the existing resources and redevelopment potential of the total study area. It will consist of a land assemblage analysis; a site specific redevelopment evaluation and a site build out assessment. These evaluations will enable the determination of definitive courses of action to be taken in order to revitalize the Canal Village Study Area.

“The primary community revitalization objectives to be achieved by this project include: the revitalization of the entire Canal Village Study Area by identifying potential brownfield sites for remediation, the re-occupancy of vacant space and sites with commercial enterprises and maximizing the utilization of existing resources,” says the City’s Commissioner of Planning and Community Development Jeffrey Williams.

Discussions will soon be underway between City of Mount Vernon officials and representatives from the New York State Department of State to finalize the scope and timeframes for the project prior to its commencement.

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City of Mount Vernon Welcomes Internationally Famous Ceramic Tile Maker

Mount Vernon, NY—On Friday, May 13, 2011, the City of Mount Vernon welcomed Franco Manfredini, President of the largest Porcelain Tile manufacturer in Italy and the Chairman of Italy’s Ceramic Industrial Council during a presentation ceremony. Mr. Franco Manfredini, President of the largest Porcelain Tile manufacturer in Italy and the Chairman of Italy’s Ceramic Industrial Council, visited Pro Tile*Terrazzo*Stone*Wood &*Flooring to congratulate the Mount Vernon based company for outstanding sales in the ceramic tile industry.

On behalf of Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr., Mount Vernon Chief of Staff Yolanda Robinson and Building Commissioner Mark Warren presented Mr. Manfredini with a proclamation from Mayor Young and a Key to the City.

“Mount Vernon is home to people from close to a hundred different countries, it is very important to cultivate strong business and inter-municipal relationships,” noted Robinson. “Mr. Manfredini is a giant in the tile and ceramic industry. We honor him for his many accomplishments, as well as the high standards he has set worldwide. It gives me great pride to honor him and the entire delegation to reinforce the great bond between Italy and Mount Vernon.”

Louis Giannini, President of Pro Tile*Terrazzo*Stone*Wood &*Flooring, said he is proud to host such an icon in the ceramic tile industry. “Our Companies represent Porcelain, Ceramic, Stone, Terrazzo, Wood, Flooring and installation products to design and architectural professionals. We supply projects and national accounts throughout North America. Our association with CasalGrande Padana, directed by Mr. Manfredini, has been an invaluable key element to our success,” said Giannini.

In 1961, Mr. Manfredini was the first employee of Casalgrande Padana to become a partner within two years and later Chairman and Managing Director in 1974. Following the acquisition of the then Gruppo Ceramiche Ri.Wal., Casalgrande Padana reported a 2008 profits of 295 million euro, 70% of which was generated by exports. It has six production facilities, all located in the Sassuolo – Scandiano ceramic district, a production capacity of 35 million square metres, and a total of 1,100 employees. Casalgrande Padana attaches great importance to sustainable development, all its factories having ISO 14001 and EMAS certification. In 2006, Franco Manfredini and Casalgrande Padana received the Sodalitas Social Award for the ‘product innovation’ category, the Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the year’ award and the ‘Confindustria premia l’eccellenza’ award. The following year the company received the Premio Impresa Ambiente award 2007.

Mr. Manfredini was elected Chairman of the Confindustria Ceramica Members in 2009 by nearly 99% of the votes. Franco Manfredini boasts many years of experience in the Association. He first joined the Assopiastrelle Executive Board in May 1986 and has acted as chairman of various advisory committees, including ‘Technical Standards’, ‘Training, School and University’ and ‘Environment and Safety’, and has also been a member of the ‘Statistics and Editorial Activities’ committee.

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Park Avenue Bridge in Mount Vernon Opens after $10 Million Replacement Project

The century-old Park Avenue Bridge in Mount Vernon, which carries vehicular traffic over the MTA Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line, reopened Monday after a 16-month replacement project.

Trucks, school buses and emergency vehicles, which had been banned from the old bridge because it could not bear the weight, will now be able to use the new, three-span bridge, improving traffic flow and reducing emergency response time in the city.

Mount Vernon Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. stated “The Park Avenue Bridge is a major conduit in our city, which connects many residents and commuters to our downtown business district. The reopening of the bridge marks a crucial step towards strengthening our infrastructure. I commend Metro North and the New York State Department of Transportation for partnering with us to bring this project to fruition.”

“This new bridge will protect the railroad tracks below as well as restore normal traffic patterns to the city and eliminating the need for detours over adjacent bridges,” said Metro-North President Howard Permut. “It’s good for the city and good for the railroad.”

A new superstructure was erected and the substructure was rehabilitated. Sidewalks and fences were replaced and drainage was installed to protect the tracks below. A water main and telephone conduits were replaced and new electrical conduits were installed. Telephone and electrical work was paid for by private utility companies while the water main was replaced as part of the project.

City of Mount Vernon Unveils New Street Sweepers

City Also Launches “Cleaner, Greener Mount Vernon” Campaign

Mount Vernon, NY—On Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and Public Works Commissioner Terrence Horton unveiled three new sweeper trucks at Mount Vernon City Hall, as well as kick off a “Cleaner, Greener Mount Vernon” campaign. The new trucks were funded through the city’s 2010 Capital Projects program.

“These new sweepers will go a long way in improving the quality of services in the City of Mount Vernon,” noted Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. “Cleaner, Greener Mount Vernon” campaign is designed to encourage residents and business owners alike to participate in neighborhood clean ups and discourage litter-bugs who leave their garbage in our neighborhoods. I commend the City Council and Capital Projects committee for their assistance in acquiring the sweepers. We all want a cleaner city. Together, we can make it happen,” said Mayor Young.

Commissioner Terrence Horton says the new style Elgin Pelican NP trucks will be dispatched throughout the city. The sweepers are equipped with John Deere engines with latest Tier III Emissions compliance. The Tier III engine has significantly fewer exhaust particulates then units currently in our fleet for a more “green” and environmentally friendly product. This new engine not only runs cleaner, but with multiplex functionality is able to do more at lower RPMs yielding 15 to 20% fuel savings. This engine also is able to operate on environmentally friendly Bio-Diesel fuel. Outstanding maneuverability makes this sweeper design a leader in the industry, especially for municipal applications as evidenced throughout Westchester County.

“This city has not purchased a new sweeper in over 16 years. Our youngest sweeper was more than 20 years old and in constant need of costly repairs. We made this investment in order to improve our city aesthetically and environmentally. These state of the art sweepers are the most energy efficient vehicles available, and will save the city thousands of taxpayer dollars in equipment repairs and overtime,” stated Horton.

Mayor Young says the city will step up ordinance and parking enforcement to keep our neighborhoods clean beginning April 10th. He also urges residents to report all illegal dumping to the police department.

“Contractors, trucks and cars drive through our city and dump their garbage illegal and/or dangerous materials in vacant lots, on the street, and in our city trash cans. I urge residents to be more vigilant by reporting the vehicle and license plate of the individual immediately to the police department at (914) 665-2500. We have zero tolerance for illegal dumping. We will bring all perpetrators to justice.”

Mayor Young Touts a Victory for Taxpayers as State Supreme Appellate Court Upholds Decision on “Pro-Bono Counsel”

Mount Vernon, NY— Mount Vernon Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. announced today that the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department upheld a decision by State Supreme Court Judge Rory J. Bellantoni that the termination of Ravi Batra as “pro-bono counsel” to the Office of the Mayor was lawful. Batra had attempted to collect attorney’s fees from the City of Mount Vernon in the amount of $250,000, but all such motions were denied by the court.

“This is a major win for taxpayers,” said Mayor Young. “I thank our outstanding Corporation Counsel Loretta Hottinger and her exceptional staff for their work in resolving this matter. I will fight all attempts by either elected officials or those from outside the city who work to carry out political agendas and seek monetary gain all to the detriment of the citizens of Mount Vernon.”

The decision declared that all subpoenas issued by Batra are now moot, as Mayor Clinton Young terminated his position immediately upon coming into office January 2, 2008. The decision by Appellate supported Mayor Young’s decision to fire Batra in 2008 as a legal act, stating that “the Office of the Mayor…has the power to terminate such appointments.”

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