A State of Emergency is hereby declared in Mount Vernon, New York effective at 6:00 p.m. on December 16, 2020 

The State of Emergency has been declared due to Winter Storm Gail. With heavy snow accumulations of anywhere between 12 and 18 inches and wind gust of up to 45 mph. The brunt of the storm is expected late Wednesday night into Thursday morning and could impose difficult and hazardous traffic conditions. The situation threatens the public safety and health of residents within Mount Vernon. 

This State of Emergency will remain in effect until end of day Friday, December 18, 2020. 

As the Mayor of the City of Mount Vernon, New York, I Shawyn Patterson-Howard exercise the authority given me under Section 24 of the New York State Executive Law, to preserve the public safety and hereby render all required and available assistance vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of this Municipality.  

I hereby direct all departments and agencies of the City of Mount Vernon to take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure, and to provide other such emergency assistance as deemed necessary. 

Shawyn Patterson-Howard 

Mayor, City of Mount Vernon