Month: May 2013

Understanding the Affordable Care Act – Small Business Help Available

Small businesses in Mount Vernon have an opportunity to prepare for ensuring they are in compliance with  their responsibilities when the Affordable Care Act becomes effective January 1, 2014. The Affordable Care Act is a law that ensures all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and significantly reduces long-term health care costs

As part of its ongoing mission to build bridges to business, The Business Council of Westchester has teamed with the Community Service Society of NY  to educate small businesses on requirements of the federal health reform law, known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

On June 4th and June 25th the organizations  will be at the Mount Vernon Library (28 S.1st Avenue) from 12 p.m. until 1:15 p.m. to help small business owners understand their rights and responsibilities as an employer. They will also offer information on tax credits for small business that offer health insurance to their employees and provide an overview of the  ‘new” New York State Health Exchange.

For more information contact The Business Council of Westchester at 914-948-2110 or visit their website at

Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 27

SFC Dwaun Martin and wife, Phyllis

There’s nothing like Mount Vernon’s grand Memorial Day Paraade. This coming Monday, May 27, Mayor Ernest D. Davis, the City of Mount Vernon, NY, and the Central Committee for Veterans Affairs want you to join them as the city salutes the men and women who served the United States in times of war.

The day starts off with a  wreath laying ceremony at 8:30am on the Plaza of City Hall follwed by the parade that steps off promptly at 9:30 a.m. A police escort will precede this year’s Grand Marshall, Anthony Frusciante, Chairman of the Central Committee for Veterans Affairs.

The procession will proceed from East Prospect Avenue to Park Avenue, right on Park Avenue to South 1st Avenue, right on East 3rd Street to South 4th Avenue, right on south 4th Avenue, north to Gramatan Avenue.  The parade will end at Hartley Park, where the city’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony will follow at the Gazebo .

Sergeant First Class Dwuan E. Martin, a Mount Vernon native and recent retiree of the city’s Public Works Department will be this year’s keynote speaker. He is an  Army  retiree who served with the Military Police and Airborne Military Police and is currently enlisted in the Army National Guard where he deployed and trained in Germany, Bosnia, Sarajevo, and Stateside.

Participants in the parade will consist of city, state and national representatives, veteran’s groups, fraternal and civic organizations, members of the Mount Vernon Board of Education Trustees, members of the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon schools students, JROTC, bands and members of the city’s police and fire departments.

All parade participants will assemble at East Prospect Avenue between Park Avenue and North 3rd Avenue at 8:30am. One Roosevelt Square.  In case of inclement weather, the wreath laying ceremony will be moved to the City Council Chambers, Mount Vernon City Hall / 2nd Floor.

For additional information please call the Mount Vernon Veterans Service Agency at 914-665-2391 or 914-665-2319.



Public Works employee installing camera in 7th Avenue playground

Mount Vernon plans to keep a close eye on activities in twelve of the city playgrounds. City officials will demonstrate how that will be done on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in the Ben Gordon New Life Playground on South 8th Avenue and Sandford Boulevard.

“We’re putting in video surveillance cameras that will help us monitor activities in our playgrounds, especially after hours,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis.  “Complaints from residents and police response to people hanging out in the playgrounds even after they were locked helped us make this decision that will improve quality of life for people living near neighborhood playgrounds.”

The surveillance cameras, purchased from bond monies earmarked for playground renovations, will assist police and city officials in curbing activity in the playgrounds affecting quality of life for residents. Activated by motion, the surveillance system will warn trespassers the playgrounds are closed.

“Cameras will certainly help us reduce incidences of vandalism and rowdiness in the playgrounds,” said Darren Morton, Commissioner of the city’s Recreation Department. “Every year we have to disband groups who oftentimes damage equipment and damage or destroy equipment when playgrounds are entered after hours.”

Last October the City Council approved the purchase of portable, solar-charged, motion activated deterrent security cameras. The individual units are equipped with monitoring devices and provide high resolution recorded images. These images will help law enforcement identify trespassers, vandals and others committing illegal activity in the playgrounds. 

“This will be a useful crime fighting tool,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Burke. “We want everyone to know that our playgrounds have surveillance and it’s better to stay out of them after hours than risk getting charged for trespassing or some other crime.”

Installation of cameras will be completed by the Department of Public Works. A demonstration of the new surveillance cameras will be conducted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in the Ben Gordon New Life Playground on South 8th Avenue and Sandford Boulevard. For additional information contact Recreation Department Commissioner Darren Morton at 914-665-2420.


Safe Haven Summer Program – Enroll now!

The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau would like to welcome the children and parents to the 2013 Safe Haven Summer Program. Program participants must be between ages 6-12 as of June 2013 in order to attend. Attached, you will find a complete registration package which must be completed prior to enrollment in the Safe Haven Summer Program. The deadline for application submissions is May 31,2013.

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Arts on Third Committee Seeking Members

Arts on Third, the city’s biggest arts and culture event drew 40 thousand people last year. We’re set to begin planning for this fall’s highy anticipated event.

We’ll need lots of volunteers dedicated to putting on this free music, arts and education festival.  Our Committee, composed of city and community representatives, will be meeting to get the big ball rolling. We’ll need people to take the helm of any number of tasks.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in getting involved in this city event, come out and join us on Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. Call 914-699-7230 ext. 113 for information.

Spread the word….We’re busy preparing for September’s big event!


Rose Simon Summer Camp

The Rose Simon Summer Camp program provides safe and secure recreational activities for children with developmental disabilities due to mental retardation, cerebral palsy, neurological impairment, epilepsy and autism. Activities include games, arts and crafts, swimming, bowling, movies, barbecues, and sporting activities. Campers will take trips to the New York Hall of Science, Rye Playland, Sportstime USA and various museums.

Rose Simon Camp Flyer

Basketball Clinic

The Department of Recreation will be hosting a basketball clinic at the Mount Vernon high school for children ages 7-17. This program will teach children the fundamentals of basketball from dribbling, to passing and shooting. The program will run from Monday – Friday, from 1pm – 5pm. Program Fee: $75 per week.