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Mount Vernon West DGEIS Public Hearing Jan 27, 2016 7 pm

The Mount Vernon West Rezoning Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) is available for public review.  A public hearing is scheduled on the document in City Council Chambers on Wednesday January 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm. 

A copy of the DGEIS is available at the Office of the City Clerk and available for download at the link below:

Mount Vernon West DGEIS

If you would like to submit any comments, please forward them to:

George Brown
City Clerk
1 Roosevelt Square
Mount Vernon, NY 10701

or by email at

“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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Planning Board May 4, 2016 Agenda

May 4, 2016 meeting

Public Hearing on Proposed MX-1 Commercial Corridor Zone

The City Council will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to receive comments concerning environmental topics related to the creation of a proposed MX-1 Commercial Corridor Zone, to promote the development of interrelated and compatible commercial, office, residential, civic, and entertainment uses and to transform the corridor along East Third Street (between South Fulton Avenue and South Columbus Avenue) into a conduit that takes full advantage of the pedestrian oriented infrastructure of the street.

Youth Bureau 2015 Annual Report

Youth Bureau 2015 Annual Report


May 4, 2016 meeting

Real Estate Committee Meeting — Friday, April 29, 2016

Please be advised that a Regular Meeting of the Real Estate Committee will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in the Memorial Room, Second Floor, City Hall, Mount Vernon, New York.

City Council To Honor Distinguished Citizens

The City Council is pleased to invite the public to attend the 2016 Spring Honoring Session which will be held during a regular City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  Twice each year, Council Members honor individuals and organizations who have made valuable contributions to the Mount Vernon community.   Honorees are:

  1. Danny Bernstein, Founder and Executive Director, Backyard Sports Cares;
  2. Dr. Joseph Cammarosano, Economist, Professor, and Administrator (Fordham University);
  3. Dolores Mack, Community Activist;
  4. Kevin Moore, Director, Young Heroes Program (at Lincoln Elementary School); Founder, MKM Foundation (for civic minded students);
  5. Ruth Shire, Former President, Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library.

Be sure to mark your calendars to join Council Members as they pay tribute to these remarkable people.

Department of Recreation: SPRING Activities 2016



Richard Thomas, Mayor ~ Darren M. Morton, Ed.D., Commissioner ~ Diane Atkins, MPA, Deputy Commissioner


YOUTH: Band Clinic; Youth Tennis; Youth Soccer; Learn to Skate; After-School Activities; Sports Academy; Mount Vernon RBI Baseball / Softball; Family Ice Skating; Open Gym; Mount Vernon Razorbacks Football Team (Razorbacks contact information: Tony Williams @ 917-578-4514) … and so much more!!

ADULTS: Fitness Gym; Boxing 

SENIOR PROGRAMS: Arts & Crafts; Bingo; Bocce Court @ Hartley Park; Blood Pressure Screenings; Ceramics; Computer Classes; The Barber (men & women); Line Dancing; Quilting; Yoga for Seniors; Senior Fitness; Nutrition … and so much more!! Watch for monthly trips/day trips and special events offered to participants enrolled in our senior programs – call directly to enroll:

THE DOLES SENIOR PROGRAM  250 South 6th Avenue  914.665.2447

MOUNT VERNON ARMORY  144 North 5th Avenue  914.665.2315

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES: Youth Program for Children; After-School Program; Teen Activities; Adult Bowling League & Social Club  …  Program held in Mount Vernon Armory  914.665.2437 – contact directly to enroll


GENERAL INFORMATION: Registration … for any fore-named activity is at:

Mount Vernon City Hall  |  One Roosevelt Sq  |  Ground Floor, Office #11 

Click on the image below to view and download the Spring 2016 Brochure. 

THOMAS 2016 - Rec Spring Brochure-Page-1

All participants must complete registration form and pay required fee (as informed) at time of registration. Registration forms and/or season booklet/information can be mailed or emailed upon request. Registrations are not performed via phone.

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Department of Recreation: BIKE-A-THON … Registration Has Begun!

Save-the-Date: September 24, 2016 … Register today!  Have questions? Call Recreation: 914.665.2420 weekdays / 8:30am-4:30pm

THOMAS 2016 - BIKE-A-THON 2015 flyer

Department of Recreation: Senior Luncheon MAYOR’S ADVISORY BOARD

The City of Mount Vernon NY, Mayor Richard Thomas

Department of Recreation: Commissioner Darren M. Morton, Ed.D. ~ Deputy Commissioner Diane Atkins, MPA


invite the attendees of its senior programs to the:


Monday, May 16, 2016 ~ 11am  |  Mount Vernon Armory, 144 North 5th Ave

THOMAS 2016 - Aging ARMORY advisory board - sr luncheon

Donation: $4.00 per person  |  Please RSVP @ 914.665.2315 by Wednesday, May 11th

NOTE: This event is for attendees of MOUNT VERNON SENIOR PROGRAM (Doles & Armory). Enrollment in either location enables participation in events & programs at both locations. Call directly to the location of your choice: Doles 914.665.2447 or Armory 914.665.2315.


Department of Recreation: SENIOR PROGRAM … National Senior Health and Fitness 2016

Join the Mount Vernon Senior Program for a day of health & fitness at the:


Monday, May 25, 2016 … 9am-2pm

at Mount Vernon Armory, 144 North 5th Avenue … Dress ready to work out

RSVP & for question/s: 914.665.2315 (Weekdays 8am-2pm) Deadline: May 20, 2016

Event is for attendees of MOUNT VERNON SENIOR PROGRAM (at the Doles & Armory). Enrollment in either location enables enrollee to participate in events & programs at both locations … Choose the location of your choice: Doles: 914.665.2447 ~ Armory: 914.665.2315

THOMAS 2016 - Aging ARMORY health & fitness day



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