Month: November 2013

Fire Department Offering Safety Tips for the Holidays

Residents of Mount Vernon will feel safer at home after they read and implement the tips provided by the Fire Department on home and holiday safety. Even if you’ve never had problems before, its always best to be aware of the dangers.

Safety First, the Fire Department’s newest campaign to promote fire safety awareness in the community, kicks off with holiday decorating tips, a carbon monoxide alert and home inspection checklists that every renter and homeowner should review. 

Winter weather brings more frequent fire hazards than in any other times of the year. The days are shorter and people are trapped indoors trying to keep warm. Awareness of the dangers and careful use of appliances and extra heating devices, such as space heaters, can reduce the number of incidents requiring emergency assistance.

Working smoke detectors are important and carbon monoxide detectors are crucial as homes become more energy efficient and airtight. It is stongly recommended that every homes have both. Batteries should be checked every month and be replaced twice a year. Most importanly, renters and homeowners should make sure there is a clear way to get out of the home in the event of an emergency.

For more information on fire safety, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 914-665-2611.

Check out additional fire safety information below:












fire carbon monoxide

certificates of occupancy

fire public assembly inspections






Small Business Saturday is November 30

Saturday, November 30, 2013 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our community.  

Please join the City of Mount Vernon, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and other  commuinities and organizations across the country in supporting local small business communities.  

Spending our dollars locally counts more than you think. Each dollar spent close to home makes businesses feel confident that their products and services are appreciated. Your purchase also contributes to the money that comes back to the city in sales tax revenue. The dollars we spend locally is almost like  investing money into our own community.

With our help—no matter what the sizes of our purchases—we can make a difference in small business survival.  See you next week!


Legal Notice – The Adoption of a South Fourth Avenue – East Third Street Urban Renewal Plan




Notice of Public Scoping Meeting

For the Project Known as:

The Adoption of a South Fourth Avenue – East Third Street Urban Renewal Plan


Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:00pm

MountVernon City Council Chambers

City Hall – 2nd Floor

1 Roosevelt Square

Mount Vernon, NY 10550


The City of Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency will hold a Public Scoping Meeting in the City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.  The Agency wishes to receive public comments on the proposed scope of the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) to be prepared pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and its implementing regulations for the proposed adoption and prospective implementation of a South Fourth Avenue – East Third Street Urban Renewal Plan.  The Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Mount Vernon will serve as the “Lead Agency” under SEQRA.

The DGEIS will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of adopting the South Fourth Avenue– East Third Street Urban Renewal Plan and its implementing zoning legislation and the prospective development of the Urban Renewal Area in accordance with the Plan. The DGEIS would identify issues to be further addressed in the review of specific development projects in the Urban Renewal Area and establish specific conditions under which such development projects will be undertaken, reviewed and approved. 

 The public scoping meeting is intended to provide agencies involved in the decision-making process, individuals or parties that have advised the Urban Renewal Agency of their interest in the project and the general public with an opportunity to comment on the range of environmental topics to be analyzed in the DGEIS and to provide input as to the types and methodologies of analyses employed therein.  Following the receipt of oral and written comments on the Draft Scoping Document, a Final Scoping Document will be prepared by the Urban Renewal Agency and Planning Department staff reflecting substantive comments received.

A Draft Scoping Document has been prepared to:

  • describe the proposed action,
  • present the proposed framework for the DGEIS analysis, and
  • outline the procedures to be followed in the preparation of the DGEIS.

 Copies of the Draft Scoping Document are available at the following location, as well as available for download at the following link 

Urban Renewal Plan DGEIS Scoping Document

 FINAL Urban Renewal Plan DGEIS Scoping Document – April 2014

Department of Planning and Community Development

City Hall –Roosevelt Square

Mount Vernon,NY10550


Oral and written comments on the scope of the DGEIS will be accepted at the Scoping Meeting.  Thereafter, written comments may be submitted to the Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency at the address shown below until the public scoping comment period closes on Monday, December 23, 2013..


PLEASE NOTE: The close of public comment on scoping applies only to the creation of the DGEIS Scope.  There will be opportunities for additional public comment on the DGEIS following its preparation and acceptance as complete by the Lead Agency.


Contact Persons:

 Louis J. Albano, Executive Director

Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency

1 Roosevelt Square- City Hall

Mount Vernon, New York 10550

(914) 699-7230


Dated: November 20, 2013


Special City Council Meeting

A special meeting of the City Council will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. for the purpose of accepting as complete, the Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS) for the proposed Senior Citizen Floating Overlay Zone, and any other business as may be presented.

Economic Development Presentation

Take a look at the City’s recent presentation at the International Council of Shopping Centers event.  With the event focused on developing downtown retail, the City outlined Economic Development strategies and Local Revitalization areas.  

View the Prezi presentation here.

For questions regarding Economic Development or the presentation, please contact the Department of Planning & Community Development at 914-699-7230.

203 Gramatan Avenue, La Porte

203 Gramatan Ave, La Porte rendering

The La Porte project is a mixed-use affordable housing development set to be constructed at 203 Gramatan Avenue.  The building will have 159 units of affordable housing overlooking Hartley Park in the heart of the City.  Situated in walking distance from local public schools, MetroNorth rail access, and in a thriving downtown business district, the building will also offer prime ground-level retail in a high-traffic area of the City.  Construction is slated to begin in early 2014.

For more details about the project, contact the Department of Planning & Community Development at 914-699-7230.