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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