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New joint initiative is designed to clean up abandoned properties and strengthen communities


Mount Vernon, New York—Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jim Killoran in cooperation with the Mount Vernon the Department of Planning and Community Development announced a new initiative to combat abandoned properties and spruce up communities during a news conference at City Hall. A cadre of Habitat volunteers joined City Hall staff to paint a clinic on Sixth Avenue and plant spruce trees as part of the new Mission Mount Vernon initiative.

Mayor Young and Jim Killoran with Habitat Volunteers

“Municipalities across the nation are grappling with the issue of abandoned properties,” said Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. “These properties have been a serious blight on the communities and costly for the city to continue to clean up. My administration has taken steps through the issuance of violations and registration fees for absentee property owners in order to resolve the problem. Now, we are taking additional steps by partnering with an outstanding organization, such as Habitat for Humanity, to beautify our neighborhoods. The Mission Mount Vernon initiative offers a tremendous opportunity to address these issues head on without using taxpayer dollars. I encourage neighborhood associations, residents and young people to volunteer for this wonderful initiative.”

Mission Mount Vernon is designed to help restore dilapidated houses in neighborhoods around the city this summer. Under the new program a cadre of volunteers from Habitat for Humanity will target foreclosed properties for reclaiming and offering new housing opportunities for Mount Vernon Families. Habitat will introduce the Brush with Kindness program which offers a systematic way of helping to paint run down buildings, plant donated spruce trees, as well as promote recycling and reuse programs.

Mayor Young, Councilwoman Apuzzo and Habitat Volunteers

“Habitat is honored to kick off Mission Mount Vernon with Mayor Young and the City to aggressively work together in helping revitalize neighborhoods. This is a critical time and Habitat volunteers, along with our green initiatives, will help be a plus and a positive force in this great city. Habitat also has more than 100 volunteers from all over the county assisting in rebuilding neighborhoods today in Mount Vernon, Yonkers and White Plains,” stated Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jim Killoran.

For more information, information on Mission Mount Vernon, call Habitat for Humanity at (914) 636-8335. Or log on to the Habitat of Humanity website at or the City of Mount Vernon at Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at


City of Mount Vernon to Upgrade Water Mains

The Board of Water Supply is presently under contract to rehabilitate major distribution mains in various sections of Mount Vernon.  It is anticipated that construction will start on or after August 3, 2011.

 The locations of these mains are as follows:


  1. South 3rd Avenue from Washington Boulevard to 400 feet north of East 7th Street.
  2. South 4th Avenue from East 7th Street to Wildwood Avenue.
  3. Wildwood Avenue – entire length.
  4. Rockledge Avenue – entire length.
  5. Washington Boulevard – entire length.
  6. Knollwood Avenue – entire length.
  7. Saint Paul Place – entire length.
  8. Kingsbridge Plaza
  9. South 2nd Avenue from East Sandford Boulevard to the dead end.

10.  Tecumseh Avenue from East 4th Street to Seneca Avenue.

11.  Seneca Avenue from East 4th Street to Tecumseh Avenue.

 The nature of this project, i.e., cleaning and cement lining of existing old water mains, necessitates that all customers served by these mains be put on temporary services.  (Bypass pipes.)

 The temporary lines will be laid on top of the ground in the curb or sidewalk area and will provide buildings with water while the rehabilitation is progressing.  There may be some temporary inconveniences for residents in the affected areas, but they are outweighed by the overall benefits to the City, especially with regard to improved fire protection.

 For more information call the Mount Vernon Water Department at (914) 668-7820.

Delay in Mt. Vernon Revitalization is Unnecessary by BOL Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams


 JN Editorial


Special Meeting of the Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency

Special Meeting of the Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency

Friday July 29, 2011

3:30 P.M.

Mayors Conference Room

Download Agenda Here

Department of Public Works Clean-Up/Beautification Weekend Celebration 2011

The 2011 Department of Public Works Clean-Up/Beautification Weekend was successful and triumph.
Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and Public Works Commissioner Terrence Horton announced that the City of Mount Vernon clean up weekend 2011 was a major success.
Crews from the Department of Public Works were joined by more than twenty-five neighborhood and community groups to give the city a good scrubbing at various locations around the city, including: Claremont Avenue, Lorraine Avenue, South Street Bridge, MacQuesten Parkway, California Road, Pelhamdale Avenue, East 7th and Fulton Lane just to name a few. The clean up weekend events were part of National Public Works Week.
“Despite serious budgetary restraints, the Department of Public Works really performed an outstanding job in sprucing up our city,” said Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. “I commend them for the continuous hard work for our citizens with less staff and funding.”
Mayor Young Poses with Students during Clean Up Kick Off

Below is a list of the areas that were cleaned during the weekend:
  1. Claremont Ave (Hill)
  2. Lorraine Ave – Dead End Off of Audrey
  3. N. Columbus Ave (Billboard) Next To Train Tracks
  4. Cooley Pl. (Vacant Lot – City Property)
  5. N.H.R.R St. (From 14th Ave to Dead End of High St.)
  6. Bedford Ave & Dunham Ave (City Property Behind Best Buy)
  7. Seneca Ave Lot
  8. South St. Bridge
  9. Cortlandt St. & Pearl St.
  10. MacQuesten Pkwy (Fence Line) from (Devonia Ave to Howard St.)
  11. Pelhamdale Ave (Along Bend)
  12. Bradford Rd. (Lot)
  13. E. 7th St. & Fulton Lane (Along Tree Area)
  14. California Rd. (Hill Off Of New Rochelle Rd.)
  15. N. Columbus Ave (North Bound Lane South of Overhill Rd.)
  16. W. Lincoln Ave & Gramatan Ave
  17. 3rd Street By Hartford Ave
  18. N. MacQuesten Pkwy (Power Station)
  19. N. MacQuesten Pkwy (Lot #13) Under Bridge Meter Area
  20. City Hall & Police Department
  21. MacQuesten Pkwy from Howard St. to South St.

Union Park

Commissioner Horton and New DPW Truck

DPW workers Spruce up the City

The week culminated in the Third Annual Warriors Way Celebration at Brush Park, which included posthumous recognition for Lt. Colonel Lee Andrew Archer Jr. and for civil rights leaders Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz.


In June 1961, 550 ‘Hilltoppers’ graduated from the nationally-acclaimed A.B. Davis High School in Mt. Vernon, NY. A. B. Davis is the alma mater of numerous esteemed graduates including comedian/actor Art Carney, Rock n Roll Hall of Famer Dick Clark, author of the beloved Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White and famed Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Ralph Branca.

Saturday, September 17, 2011, alumni of the 1961 class will gather for a 50TH Reunion Celebration at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel, 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY 10573 (914-939-6300). Festivities will begin at 7:00 pm. The theme for the long-awaited gathering is, ‘So, What Have You Been Doin’ These Last 50 Years?’

Excited alumni have affirmed their attendance from across the country and Mt. Vernon’s own backyard. David Chu, U.S. Under Secretary of Defense (2001-2008) says, “I remember when our class entered Davis. The Dean (Grace Lewis) told us, ‘It’s easier to keep up than to catch up.’ I’ve tried to live by that all my life (not always successfully). I’m delighted I’ll be there (reunion).”

Other confirmed attendees include New York State Senator Ruth (Hassell) Thompson; California physician John Lynn who served as the class GO President and ‘Mr. Maroon & White’, local songstress Glenda Hospie Davenport and Floridian Al DiMaio, Professor of Political Science (emeritus) at Long Island University and the 1961 Senior Class President. DiMaio stated, “A. B. Davis was an energetic beehive of creativity that helped launch diverse students into many productive directions that have impacted the world.”

The 50th Reunion Executive Committee, composed of DiMaio, Michael Schlanger, Beryl Bochow Hay and Bill Troetel view this event as a once in a lifetime opportunity for old classmates to reconnect, share treasured memories and make plans for the future.

For more information, including reservation instructions, call: 914-693-0020


School Tax Bill Extension


Due to recent changes by the Governor and Legislature in the New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR) tax bills were delayed to insure the accuracy of each and every STAR exemption.

Tax bills are being printed and will be mailed shortly to property owners.

The new due date is August 1, 2011. Payments may be made through August 31, 2011 without penalty. This means that if you did not pay your school property taxes during July 2011, it will NOT be subject to any penalties.

From the Mount Vernon Central School District Website:


Architectural Review Board Meeting: July 27, 2011


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A near Million dollar investment in New Playgrounds will help revitalize local neighborhoods and create safe havens for Mount Vernon children 

Children Join Mayor Young at Sophie J. Mee Playground Ribbon Cutting Event

 “This is an investment in our children,” noted Mayor Young.  “This new playground will feature a new safety surface, swings, play apparatus, benches and greenery. All told we are investing nearly one million dollars in 2010 capital project funding to renovate 10 playgrounds around the city to give Mount Vernon children a safe place to play as well as revitalize our communities,” said Mayor Young.

Mount Vernon Recreation Commissioner Peter Neglia stated, “This playground renovation project is long overdue. These playgrounds were allowed to deteriorate over the years. Now, we are investing in the city’s open space and providing a safe place for children to play. The city dedicated $135,000 for the design and construction for the Sophie J. Mee playground renovations. This is the first in a long list of playgrounds to be renovated citywide this summer.”

Recreation Commissioner Neglia and Dep. Commissioner Salahuddin Join Mayor Young at Playground Unveiling

 In additional to the Sophie J. Mee Playground, nine other parks will undergo upgrades, including:

Adam Street Playground                  Adam St.& So. Fulton Ave.              

Black Top-Redone;

Benches Repaired; New Safety Surfacing, Fencing & Swings.


Eddie Williams Playground             So. 7th Ave. & 4thSt.                          

New Safety Surface,    

Swings, Benches &    Fencing


Howard StreetPlayground              Howard Street                                               

New Safety Surface, Swings Benches & Sod f/Grass;

Shed Removal


Leo Mann Playground                     Sheridan Avenue                                New Safety Surface,

Swings, Benches & Sod f/Grass.

Ben Gordon Playground                  So. 8th Ave. & 7thStreet                     New Swings

a/k/a Lions Playground

Lorraine Ave. Playground               Lorraine Ave. & N. Columbus Ave.   New Safety Surface,

Slide, Fencing,

Entrance Gate

Repaired; Play

Apparatus; Full

Basketball Court and

Back Wall Repaired;



Old 7th Ave. Playground                   So. 7th Ave. & W. 2ndSt.     

New Swings & Safety

Surfacing Repaired.


Purdy Park                                        So. 9th Ave. & W. 2ndSt.                   New Safety Surface,

Benches, Swings,

Chess Tables and ½

Basketball Court.


Fleetwood Playground                      Broad Street 

Black top resurfacing;

New benches, swings, basketball hoops; Removal of House Structure.


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Mount Vernon, NY—Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. unveiled the newly renovated Sophie J. Mee Playground during a news conference on Thursday, July 21, 2011. Located at South Third Avenue and East 4th Street in Mount Vernon, the Sophie J. Mee Playground is part of Mayor Young’s citywide playground renovation project.









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