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Richard Thomas


The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the City of Mount Vernon. The person holding this office has the responsibility of overseeing the operation of city departments.

The mayor is chosen by a citywide election for a four-year term. The Mayor has a leadership role in budget-making, authority to organize and reorganize administrative agencies and to appoint and remove their heads, and a strong veto. The Comptroller, elected on a citywide basis for a four-year term, recommends financial policies and advises the Mayor and the City Council in the preparation of the budget.

How Government Works

Legislative authority is vested in the City Council, made up of 5 members, who are elected for four-year terms. The presiding officer is the Council President. He or she is elected for a one-year term at the statutory meeting of the City Council (first public meeting of the year). The Council President is the spokesperson for the City Council and appoints the heads of the various Council committees to one-year terms. The Council introduces and enacts all laws and approves the budget and it can override a mayoral veto by a vote of four-fifths of all the members.

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As the Office of Records Management, the City Clerk’s Office is involved with many aspects of city government including the City Council, our legislative body, and The Board of Estimate and Contract, which approves city expenditures.

The City Clerk’s Office is also known as the Licensing Bureau. Over 91 different types of City and New York State licenses and permits are issued to individuals and businesses. In addition, Primary and General Elections for the City of Mount Vernon are coordinated by the City Clerk’s Office. The City Clerk, as Registrar, is responsible for maintaining Mount Vernon’s Birth and Death Records.

The Board of Estimate and Contract is the arm of local government that grants approval for spending that is not within the jurisdiction of members of the electorate separately. The Board is composed of the Mayor, the Comptroller and the President of the City Council. In order for expenditures to be approved by the Board of Estimate and Contract it must be passed by a majority of members. Legislation is then enacted authorizing the expenditure. The Board of Estimate and Contract convenes following meetings of the City Council.


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Winter Wonderland – December 15th

Join the City of Mount Vernon at our Winter Wonderland on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 1PM to 5 PM at the Sports Underdome (657 Garden Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY). Activities include a Santa appearance, ice skating, music, holiday fun and more. Winter Wonderland Flyer

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Mount Vernon Arts Pop Up Shop – December 15th

Are you an artisan that makes things? Join the City of Mount Vernon at its Arts Pop Up Shop on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 1PM to 5 PM at the Sports Underdome (657 Garden Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY). Please contact Marlon Molina at 914-840-4039 or to sign up as a vendor. Mount Vernon Arts […]

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Arts, Culture & Heritage Master Plan Reception – December 11th

Join us for an evening of creative celebration as we toast the City’s first Comprehensive Arts Enterprise Plan on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from  7PM – 9PM at Luxe V Events (58 Gramatan Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY). Arts, Culture & Heritage Master Plan Flyer     

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Special City Council Meeting Notice

Please be advise that the City Council will hold a Special Meeting on November 30, 2018 at 9:00am in the City Council Chambers. One Roosevelt Square 2nd floor City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to adopt a Resolution authorizing the issuance of Subpoenas for certain documents related to the Mount Vernon Board of Water Supply […]

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Board of Estimate and Contract Meeting Cancelled

The special meeting of the Board of Estimate and Contract scheduled to be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. has been cancelled.   George W. Brown City Clerk

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