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Board of Ethics Meeting

The Board of Ethics will meet on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room.


Summer Breeze Jazz and R&B Nites

This week Sumer Breeze will feature the smooth sounds of Kenny LeeAllstars and R & B sounds of Mabu’s Ark Band. Jazz trumpeter, Kenny Lee, a  retired White Plains Police Officer and Regional Security Manager for the Bank of New York, played trumpet in the White Plains elementary and high school jazz and marching bands and the United States Marine Corps Band. He studied trumpet at the Westchester conservatory of Music in White Plains and has gained the respect of musicians throughout the tri-state area and continues to perform at many notable clubs and restaurants with his band, the Kenny Lee Allstars.

Next week Brad “Mabu” Young hits the stage with a band he formed 40 years ago as a teen in the Mount Vernon High School. The band, who plays mostly in the New York area, captures the sound of Soul, Jazz, Fusion, Reggae, African and spoken word in one sound. The band has also played in Jamaica, Senegal and Canada.

Don’t miss the shows. They’re sure to be smooth and cool.


The Westchester County Clerk will bring its community outreach mobile office to Mount Vernon City Hall to process passport applications on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 11 am – 2 pm. Community outreach staffers will be on hand to assist residents with applying forUnited   Statespassports, including having a photo taken.

To make the process move faster, applicants can fill out Application for Passport, Form DS-11 (downloadable at that must be signed in front of a staff member. Bring along a Certified Transcript of Birth with raised seal (commonly referred to as long form Birth Certificate that includes parents’ names), valid state or government issued identification such as a valid driver’s license, government identification card or military identification card and a passport photo if you have one.

It will cost $135 for adult applicants (16 and over) and $105 for child applicants (under 16) and can be paid by check, money order or credit card. This amount includes a $25 processing fee.

All children, including newborn infants, must have their own passport and children must appear with the parent when applying for a passport. Parents of children under age 16 must provide consent of both parents in order for a passport to be issued if one parent makes the application.

Applicants age 16 through 17 must sign their name on the application. Minors involved in custody disputes may not apply for passports if a child’s name has been entered in The Children’s Passport Issuance Alert.

For more information contact the Westchester County Clerk at 914.995.3086 or visit them on the web at

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Board of Ethics Meeting Cancelled

The Board of Ethics meeting scheduled to be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. has been cancelled.



Recreation Department Offers Variety of Camp Options This Summer

Mount Vernon Recreation Department is offering three different affordable camps this summer for youth aged 5 through 12. Each camp will provide young people lots of fun filled organized activities during the summer.  

  • Junior Summer Day Camp will be held at the Traphagen      Elementary School, 72 Lexington Avenue and is specifically designed for boys and girls ages 5 through 7. Young campers will be offered activities more suited to their age. Camp runs July 8 through August 16
  • Senior Summer Camp for boys and girls aged 7 to 12      years will be held at the Holmes Elementary School, 195 North Columbus Avenue. The camp offers a range of activities including swimming, field trips and more. Camp runs July 8 through August 16
  • After-Camp Activities – July 8 – August 15 for ages 5 – 12 at the Doles Community Center, 250 South 6th Avenue from 3:30 pm – 6 pm. After camp activities include snacks and organized activity.



  •  Rose Simon Day Camp offers children with dishabilles due to mental retardation, cerebral palsy, neurological impairment, epilepsy, and autism to engage in specialized summer programming.  Registration includes free door to door transportation, breakfast and lunch. Camp runs July 8 through August 16. For detailed information call  914-665-2437 
  • Tennis Clinic offers instruction by resident tennis instructor, Lennox Dressik on courts at the Westchester Plaza Tennis Court, 40 East Sidney Avenue. Dressik, who has instructed the Department’s tennis programs for nearly 2 decades, is a member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and certified by the United      States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). He has additionally taught tennis at the renowned Joel Ross Junior Tennis Camp. Camp runs on Fridays from 5 pm – 8 pm for ages 7 – 17. This clinic runs from May 31 through July 12. Cost is $70 for this 6 week clinic. 
  • Basketball Clinic – July 8 through August 16 from 1 pm – 5pm at the Mount Vernon High School for ages 7 – 17. Weekly sessions      cost $75 per week and the full 6 week clinic costs $425 
  • Soccer Clinic – July 8– August 15 for ages      8 – 12 at Hutchinson Field just off of East Sandford Boulevard. The Clinic      runs in 3 sessions; Session #1: July 8-July 18; Session #2: July 22-August 1; and Session #3: August 5-August 15. Cost is $125 per session 
  • Track & Field Clinic – July 8 – August 15 for ages  7 – 12 at Mount Vernon High School. Clinic runs in 3 sessions; Session      #1: July 8-July 18; Session #2: July 22-August 1; and Session #3: August 5-August 15. Cost is $120 per session 
  • Summer Parks Program – July 15 – August 9 – Open ages (Children under 7 years must be accompanied by an adult) in at 4 Park locations: Hartley Park, Fleetwood Playground, Purdy Park/9th Avenue and Old 7th Avenue playgrounds. Organized activates include sports, arts and crafts, board games, as well as free trips to Mount Vernon Ice Hutch and Batting Cages. There is no cost to participate in our parks programs. 

Registration for summer activities is still open. Enrollment is on “first come, first served” basis.  Applications are available in the Recreation Department at City Hall, One Roosevelt Square, Room #11 on the Ground Floor. Office hours are Monday through Friday; 8:30am – 4:30pm. All fees are due at time of registration by cash/personal check/money order

Complete our online fillable application:

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Farmers Market Opens Thursday, June 20

 Looking to buy farm fresh fruit and vegetables this summer? Beginning this Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Mount Vernon Farmers Market will open  at City Hall’s plaza. The market will return as a traditional market offering more diversified offerings to market goers.

The Farmer’s Market was first introduced to City Hall Plaza in 2006. People liked the idea of the market being so centrally located and since then the market has become a weekly shopping place for people to pick up select favorites and to try new items during the summer and early fall.

Besides the usual fare of seasonal pickings, the market will also offer baked goods, cooked food, handmade soaps and crafts. Information on healthy living, free blood pressure screenings as well as a selection of nontraditional green grocer items will also be available. “With more local establishments wanting to become involved, it became necessary for us to think about expanding beyond the focus of the past few years,” said Rene Davis, this year’s Market Coordinator.

Local gardeners are encouraged to join the market’s Home Growers Cooperative. Booth space will be made available for members  to sell backyard and container grown plants and produce. City officials hope to encourage more home gardening and give gardeners an opportunity to cash in on an overabundance of home grown crops.

The market will run weekly on Thursdays from 10am to 2pm, June 20th until October 17th. Vendors are still welcome.



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