Month: June 2014



The Freedom Bell, 1,800-pound twin of the more famous Liberty Bell, was cast in 1752 by the same foundry that manufactured the Liberty Bell hangs in the tower of St. Paul’s Church.

The City of Mount Vernon will host the annual July 4th Independence Day celebration at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, South Columbus and South Third Avenues on Friday, July 4th. The public is invited to learn more about the Mount Vernon’s Old Village Green and the important role it played in American history and freedom of the press. 

Originally located on the Village Green of the Town of Eastchester, St. Paul’s Church is famous for its connection with the patriotic printer John Peter Zenger and the establishment of an American free press. A pre-program concert will begin at10:30 a.m. A formal program will begin at 11 a.m. with greetings by Mayor Ernest D. Davis.

A keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Phillip Panaritis, ‎teacher, historian and project director at NYC Department of Education, is responsible for overseeing Telling America’s Story (TAS), an intensive, federally-funded professional development project for American History Teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools in the Bronx Community School Districts 8, 11, & 12.. TAS is a partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the history and education departments of major universities and cultural institutions. The program combines content-rich traditional American History and teaching skills development for Teacher-Historians. Workshops take place in museums, historic houses, and universities. Instruction and content is provided by nationally-known historians and educators.

John P. Baning, Jr. will read America’s founding charter for the 130th year by a member of the Banning Family. The reading will be  is accompanied by a 13-ring salute on the historic church bell, which was cast in 1758. Banning’s grandfather, Archibald T. Banning, was elected Coroner and Health Officer in 1893 and was the promoter and one of the founders of the Mount Vernon Hospital. He also held the position of President of the Mount Vernon Medical Society.

The public is invited to tour St. Paul’s in commemoration of the 251st  anniversary of the 1763 beginning of construction on the fieldstone church.  Music will be performed by the Peter Lawrence Jazz Band and refreshments will be served. Children can enjoy historic games and toys on the Old Village Green. The Mayor’s Independence Day Committee is chaired by Mrs. Rosemarie Cornacchio. For additional information, please call 914.665.2312.

City Council to Continue the Public Hearing on the Special Permit Application for 42 W. Broad Street

The City Council will continue the public hearing on the Special Permit application of the Alexander Development Group’s proposal to develop a mixed use project at 42 West Broad Street, which shall include 249 market rate residential units, approximately 19,680 square feet of commercial development, and the renovation and management of an existing City parking structure in the DB (Downtown Business) District.

The continued public hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. 

City Council Radio Show

Be sure to  tune your radios to WVOX 1460 AM on Monday, June 30, 2014 from from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as the City Council continues to provide residents with the latest City of Mount Vernon news and information. 

This month’s City Council Radio Show will feature the newly elected members to the Mount Vernon Library Board of Trustees:  Linda Bryant, Oscar Davis, Jr., Brian G. Johnson, and Darren Morton.   You are invited to join in on the conversation as they discuss the recent library elections as well as the visions, goals, and plans for the Mount Vernon Public Library.  

Count on the City Council to keep you informed!


WMPF Planning Commendation Senior Housing Floating Overlay Zone

Mount Vernon, NY, June 9, 2014 – Mayor Ernest D. Davis announced today that the City of Mount Vernon has received a Planning Commendation from the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF) for the recently adopted Senior Citizen Housing (RMF-SC) Floating Overlay Zone.  “We are so pleased to be recognized by the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation for our work here in the City of Mount Vernon.  The County, the region, the State and the world for that matter, should expect to see further good work through sound planning in the immediate future,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis.

 The award was received by Jaime Martinez, Acting Planning Commissioner, Susanne Marino, Deputy Commissioner and William Long, Planning Administrator, on behalf of the City at the WMPF’s 41st Annual Awards Dinner on June 5, 2014, where honors went to the communities with the most outstanding contributions to planning in Westchester County this year.

 In December 2013, the City of Mount Vernon adopted the comprehensive Senior Citizen Housing Floating (RMF-SC) Overlay Zoning Ordinance.  The ordinance was created to foster the orderly development of senior housing within the City.  The City’s original senior housing ordinance, established in 1978, was created to permit senior housing primarily in conjunction with Federal and/or State housing programs.  As the City’s senior citizen population continued to grow, the City realized that senior housing of all types and for all incomes should be directed to areas within the City that warrant and could support higher density development. 

 According to Roberta Apuzzo, City Council President, “This senior citizen housing ordinance provides a great opportunity to foster the orderly growth and development of the City while enhancing the City’s tax base.”

 Following environmental analysis by the City’s planning consultants Ferrandino & Associates Inc., which looked at four prototypical senior housing sites, the RMF-SC Floating Overlay ordinance was established to identify locations within the City, close to mass transportation, shopping and other senior services, where senior housing could be constructed, provided it is compatible with the City’s proposed comprehensive plan.  The ordinance further ensures that any senior housing built preserves neighborhood scale and character and allows for enhanced building design while encouraging commercial development along the City’s existing commercial corridors.  The ordinance, developed in concert with the community, including prospective senior housing developers, not only simplifies the senior housing development process but aligns the City’s zoning code with current national, state and county population trends.

 Following the adoption of the ordinance in December 2013, an application for the Grace Terrace senior housing development on South Fifth Avenue was filed, and approved by the City Council for rezoning to the RMF-SC zone in March 2014.