Month: September 2011


Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr.




 Mount Vernon, NY—Mayor Clinton I. Young will join local elected officials and community members for a special ceremony entitled “Remembering 911, Remembrance, Reflection and Resolve” on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in front of Mount Vernon City Hall Plaza.





 WHAT:                 Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and community members

WHERE:                City Hall

                                    One Roosevelt Square

                                    Mount Vernon, New York                                   

WHEN:                   Sunday, September 11, 2011

TIME:                     8:30 AM




In June 1961, 550 ‘Hilltoppers’ graduated from the nationally-acclaimed A.B. Davis High School in Mount Vernon, New York.  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.

 We may have left Mount Vernon, but Mount Vernon never left our hearts. On Saturday, September 17, 2011, alumni of the A. B. Davis High School class of 1961 will gather for a 50TH Reunion Celebration at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel, 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY. Festivities will begin at 7:00 pm.  Theme for the long-awaited gathering is, ‘So, What Have You Been Doin’ These Last 50 Years?’      [Info, including reservation instructions, call: 914-693-0020]

       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 info, reservations,  call: 914-693-0020]




In addition to working with Mayors Against Illegal Handguns, the Mount Vernon Anti-Violence Summit and Peacekeepers movement Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. is taking yet another bold step in reducing crime and keeping neighborhoods safe. Mayor Young was joined by Public Safety Commissioner Carl Bell, Council members Roberta Apuzzo and Yuhanna Edwards as well as representatives and staff from the Levister SMN, LLC at a ribbon cutting for the new Mount Vernon Sub-Police Precinct on the Levister Towers grounds.  The sub-precinct is expected to be operational in three months.

Mayor Young cuts the ribbon at the new sub precinct at 70 Levister Towers

“This public/private partnership will be a tremendous benefit to the tenants at Levister Towers and the entire neighborhood,” said Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. “This new precinct is a large part of my community policing initiative that I have instituted throughout the city. There are now more police officers walking the beat in this city than ever before. Our officers will be on site 24 hours a day to provide an additional layer of protection for the residents in this neighborhood at no additional cost to the city. The sub-precinct will be an invaluable tool in bridging the gap between the Police Department and the community and reduce crime. I thank Levister SMN, LLC for their partnership and continued commitment to improve the quality of life in our city.”

Located on the lower level of 70 West Third Street, the new sub-precinct will house at least 10 or more sworn police employees (lieutenants, sergeants and officers) who are responsible for patrolling the Second, Third and Fourth Street corridor.

Public Safety Commissioner Carl Bell says new sub-precinct will help reduce crime in Third Street corridor

“The partnership between Levister Towers and Mount Vernon Police Department to open this sub-precinct will bring our senior citizens, youth and visitors an extra measure of safety, while increasing police visibility for the surrounding community,” says Carl Bell, Mount Vernon Public Safety Commissioner.

Levister SMN, LLC took over the complex in April 2010. Discussions to place a precinct in the Third Street corridor have been ongoing for several months.  The residents and business owners in this area of the city have asked for a more visible police presence, and the opening of this new sub-precinct responds to their concerns and reminds everyone of the important role that the community working with the police department plays in this great city’s progress.

Sub Precinct Architect Ted D'Amore, Bill Deignan & Elvira Castillo of Levister Towers LLC and Mayor Young

Bill Deignan of Levister SMN, LLC said, “This is a win-win for Levister Towers and the City of Mount Vernon. I’m sure our partnership with Mayor Young will continue to grow and prosper in the future for the betterment of Levister Towers and the City of Mount Vernon.”

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Mount Vernon Police Help Launch “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” Campaign

Police Officer Donald Moore, Jr. and Nick Boncardo of the Mount Vernon Police Department helped AAA New York to launch its 66th annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign by mounting traffic safety posters in the community. Officers Moore and Boncardo mounted a colorful School’s Open” poster at police headquarters in Mount Vernon on September 2nd to warn drivers to be extra careful as thousands of local youngsters return to school.

“The help that we get from our club-area police departments adds to the effectiveness of our ‘School’s Open’ campaign,” said Donna Galasso, assistant director of the club’s Traffic Safety unit. “We appreciate the efforts of Officers Moore and Boncardo, which will result in increased safety for all students,” said Galasso.

Ms. Galasso reminds drivers, including bicyclists, to be especially cautious in school areas, keeping their speed at or below posted limits and being prepared to stop, on both sides of the street, for school buses with flashing red lights and stop arms, as required by New York State law.

The club’s annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign is conducted with local government and police agencies. Thousands of posters, bumper stickers and other educational materials are distributed through the program.

AAA New York State’s “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” program began in 1945. Since then, it has helped to prevent injuries and deaths among children of elementary school age. AAA New York, the local AAA affiliate, provides automotive, travel and financial services to more than 1.6 million members in New York City, and in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Herkimer and parts of Lewis, Madison and Oneida counties.