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“What’s the Word?”….ARTS ON THIRD!


On Sunday, September 6th, between 12 noon and 7:00 pm, Mount Vernon’s Mayor Ernest Davis with the Mount Vernon Arts Council and Montefiore Hospital present its seventh annual “Arts On Third” Arts Festival in Mount Vernon New York.  Arts on Third has established itself as Westchester County’s largest and most prestigious cultural celebration.

“Arts On Third”  attracts over 75,000 attendees and this year boasts three exciting stages: The Headliner Stage, The Power Industry Stage hosted by Power 105  FM and The Cultural Stage.


Headlining this year  is Mount Vernon’s own Al. B. Sure, Sure, a former Mount Vernon High School QB, went on to become a three time Grammy nominated R & B singer and a major producer during the “ New Jack Swing” era.  He is credited for introducing recording artists, Jodeci , Tevin Campbell  ,Faith Evans, Dave Hollister, Case, and Usher to the music world. Doug E. Fresh, The World’s Greatest Entertainer, and crowd favorite, is a producer, business man and is known as the original “Human Beat Box” who has been a performer at the festival since its inception; and Tito Puente, Jr , son of the incomparable band leader Tito Puente is back by popular demand. He is keeping the legacy alive through performances of his father’s classic hits , as well as his original mambo compositions.

Also, on the playbill are Jazz musician, Tex Allen,  Rap Pioneer Roxanne Shante, reggae artists, Red Fox, Jahteff and Little John, Cece Peniston (Finally), Pop Dollarz, GQ of “Disco Nights” fame, singer/actress, Cheryl “Pepsi” Riley and Desi Arnaz’ and Lucille Ball’s grandson, composer Joe Luckinbill.

other performers

The Cultural Stage captures the diverse make up and talents of the Mount Vernon community. One of the highlights of the “Cultural Stage” is Phyllis Yvonne Stickney and her brother, Timothy Stickney .  Ms. Stickney,  best known and respected for her work in film, stage, television and comedy, will perform an excerpt from “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”. Floyd Cromwell will be holding off stage auditions for “For Colored Girls as well and excerpts from the gospel musicals “Black Nativity” and Who Side Are you On? will also be performed. VH1’s “Black Ink Crew” will make a special appearance as well.
Other artists scheduled for the cultural stage are: Venezuelan violinist, Yamileth Furchi, owner and operator of the Alamo Restaurant who has played the violin since she was 12 and grew up helping develop the renowned integrated Venezuelan orchestral system,  Ballet Folklorico Nuevo Amanecer, a traditional Mexican Dance company,The Irish Step Dancers, The Korean Fan Dancers who wowed the crowd at the Festival Kick-Off at Maggie Spillane’s and Italian Opera singer Nathan Resika who has been praised for his “sonorous” voice by critics and colleagues alike.  

The free family friendly event spans over six city blocks with various activities such as the Children’s Village featuring interactive games, arts & crafts and storytelling; Artists Row where visual artists exhibit their handcrafted art and authors are on hand for book signings and readings: the Pedestrian Mall with over 100 merchandise vendors and the “Healthy Living Pavilion” for attendees to receive free screenings and obtain holistic health and wellness information.  Sports entertainment includes 2 olympic size rings; each ring has exhibitions of : boxing, martial arts ,body building and wrestling. This year’s wrestling will include FBI (The Full Bloooded IItalians) and former WWE Champion and recognized body builder “Mr. Atlas.

This year’s health focus is “Domestic Violence Awareness”. Every minute, 20 people are victims of  intimate partner abuse.   85 percent of domestic abuse victims are women and 15 percent  are men. Mount Vernon ranks high among domestic violence incidents in Westchester County.  The “Arts on Third”  health focus is to shed light on this fact, encourage the community to break the silence and aid in ending the violence. It takes all of our voices to stop domestic violence.

So where’s the place to be on September 6th?  Mount Vernon…Third Street between 1st and 5th aves.   “What’s the Word?ARTS ON THIRD”!!!!!

“Arts on Third” was founded in 1999 as the catalyst for redevelopment, sense of community pride and promoting the arts.  For more information on “Arts on Third” call (914) 699-7230 or log on to   For sponsorship opportunities, please email or

Relive the Arts on Third Experience in 2014 (Video courtesy of the Yonkers Voice)


Arts on Third Newsletter

Arts on 3rd Newsletter

On September 22, 2013, Westchester’s premier and largest arts and entertainment festival will kick off its 12th year. The festival, which began with a humble attendance of approximately 3500 people, has grown to over 40,000 festival goers. The arts on third festival began in 1999 as a precursor to Mayor Ernest D. Davis vision to transform 3rd Street into an arts district. Mayor Davis then formed a task force to research the development of an arts district. This blue ribbon task force, called the Third Street Task Force was composed of each sector of the community and became the impetus behind the Arts On Third Festival. Art was the vehicle used to revitalized the area and as a catalyst to social change. The festival brings together hundreds of volunteers and is the largest, single community effort in Westchester, New York.

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PEACE_DECEMBEROn Monday, December 30, 2015 Mayor Ernest D. Davis will join with the New York Peace Coalition to bring light to violence and violent acts that reduce the quality of life for residents in the city and the world. “Peace December is a movement that started in New York City and is gaining momentum in countries across the world,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. ‘With so much violence occurring over the past year in nations across the globe, we will also pay our respects to victims of countries suffering loss of life and property.”

Peace December is an initiative that started as an interfaith response to the disturbing high levels of violence in New York, and later became worldwide. With the escalation of violent acts across the globe and most recent acts of violence in France and Mali, as well as the global alert on terror, the Peace December Lighting will shed light on the importance of finding peaceful resolutions to conflicts which threaten individuals in countries worldwide.

The ceremony will include a Peace Lighting for victims of attacks and prayer for an end to the violence so the peaceful means to resolve conflicts can be found. Candles for the 193 UN participating countries will be lit as a symbol of community support. An additional component of the program will include recognition of civil rights pioneers Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks.

Claudette Colvin, at the age of 15, was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation. Shortly after being arrested the young teen became pregnant and was considered not to be suitable to be the symbol for civil rights. Some nine months after her arrest Rosa Parks became the face of the civil rights movement. Colvin moved to New York in 1958 and became employed as a nurse’s aide. She retired in 2004 and currently resides in the Bronx.

Peace December was organized in 2010 by the New York Peace Coalition, a coalition of representatives from houses of worship, elected officials, schools, civil society, community and business leaders who came together for a historic installation at the offices of the Bronx Borough President. The initiative was endorsed, supported and welcomed by all the elected officials including Governor David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Ruth-Hassel Thompson. Today Peace December has international chapters and develops programming aimed at reducing violence within communities. Members are a diverse team of volunteers who are committed to providing the highest level of service to those in need who strive for peaceful coexistence of all people.

For additional information contact Shari Harris, Special Assistant to the Mayor at 914-665-2572.


The following garbage pickup schedule will be in effect for the week of November 23,2015

o Regular Southside garbage pickup on Monday, November 23, 2015, as scheduled.
o Regular North side yard waste pickup on Monday, November 23, 2015, as scheduled.
o Regular North side garbage pickup on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
o Regular Southside yard waste pickup on the on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
o Regular Thursday Southside garbage and rubbish pickup on Wednesday, November 25, 2015
o Regular North side recycling of bottles, cans and plastic on Wednesday, November 25, 2015
o Wednesday Southside recycling of bottles, cans and plastic on the will be on Friday, November 27, 2015.
o Regular North side garbage and rubbish pickup on Friday, November 27, 2015.

Alternate side of the street parking is suspended on both sides of the street on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015,


For additional information, contact the Department of Public Works at 665-2460.


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Real Estate Committee Meeting – Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Please be advised that a Regular Meeting of the Real Estate Committee will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in the Memorial Room, Second Floor, City Hall, Mount Vernon, New York.

Shop Mount Vernon on Small Business Saturday 11/28/15

SBS_1128 (2)The City of Mount Vernon is joining with The African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester Inc. (AACCWR) and Rockland Counties, in partnership with the US Black Chamber, Inc. for the second year to encourage encouraging local holiday shopping on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 28.

American Express’s “Shop Small Business Saturday” campaign encourages shoppers to patronize small businesses within their communities to help grow local economies. Participating businesses can be identified by the “Shop Small Business” mat in front of their establishment. These businesses will be giving gifts like cloth shopping bags, buttons those who shop at their business.

The AACCWR, Inc. was established on June 28, 1996 as an independent not-for-profit agency to aid, counsel and protect the interest of African American businesses. The organization’s mission is to preserve competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of Westchester and Rockland Counties. Volunteer based, the Chamber’s members are individuals and businesses who work together to advance the commercial, financial, industrial and civic interests of a diverse community. The Chamber sponsors small business seminars, networking events and procurement diversity workshops. Topics range from financial planning, marketing and business management.

City Council Radio Show

This month’s City Council radio show will broadcast live from 1460 AM, station WVOX, on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Be sure to tune in as featured guest, Mayor Ernest D. Davis, will be present to discuss various topics affecting the City of Mount Vernon.

Special City Council Meeting

A special City Council meeting will be held on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. in the City Council Chambers for the purpose of acting upon the following legislation:

“Furnishing and delivering F.O.B. to the Department of Public Works, South Columbus Avenue Garage, Pneumatic Tire Forklift, New Ready for Use, Complete, Late Model”

and other business that may be presented before said meeting.


City Council Honoring Ceremony

You are invited to join the City Council as they honor individuals who have made a valuable impact on the Mount Vernon community.  The honoring ceremony will be held during a regular City Council meeting on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  Honorees are:

  • Allen Ayers, Jr.- Founder of the Youth Community Outreach Program (Y-COP);
  • Angela Freeman- Founder and Head of the Milestone School;
  • Damia Harris Madden- Executive Director of the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau;
  • Jeannie Richardson- Advocate for Homelessness Prevention;
  • Firefighter Kevin E. Townes, Sr. (posthumously)

You don’t want to miss the honoring ceremony as you will be inspired by those who aim to make positive contributions to the City of Mount Vernon.





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