Author: Daniel Terry

Rebounding Resilient: Mount Vernon is Bouncing Back

 
Mount Vernon has seen a significant jump in sales tax and is now 220k short from 2019 revenues. We have reported more positive growth than any other major city in Westchester County.
 
The actions of the Patterson-Howard administration around recovery/reopening and the resilience of the Mount Vernon small business community should be a hallmark model for communities to recover from.
 
 
 

Grab & Go

Join us for more FREE “Grab & Go” food distribution events.
The continued partnership between @mayorsph and @feedingwestchester has provided our city with over 1 million pounds of food this year.
 
 

A message from the Mayor: Election Day

Dear Neighbors,

Today is the most important national Election Day of our lifetimes. As we witness brazen voter suppression attempts in crucial battleground states, it’s clear that the power of the vote and the right to participate in this country’s democracy, for which so many of our ancestors fought and bled and died, is on the line. I’m heartened by the thousands of Mount Vernon residents that have already cast early ballots. This election, we must vote as if our lives depend on it, for ourselves and our children, who deserve a future brimming with promise and potential. 

I also urge you to choose a brighter future for Mount Vernon by voting yes on the four charter revision propositions to make our beloved City better through increased fiscal accountability and financial transparency and the ability to effectively plan for its future. 

To restore our bond rating, repair our crumbling infrastructure, and improve our financial standing we must:

  • Fund and adopt a comprehensive plan for the city’s economic development and growth at least once every 10 years.

  • Require independent audits of city government, as well as the Urban Renewal Agency, the Industrial Development Agency, and the Board of Water Supply, at the end of each fiscal year, with no outside auditor doing the work for more than five years.

  • Require quarterly financial reports by the city Comptroller.

  • Create and fund a new charter review commission in two years and every 10 years after that.

Together, we can transform Mount Vernon and our nation and continue our march towards progress.

Sincerely,

Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard

PLANNING BOARD WORK SESSION CANCELLATION NOTICE

The Planning Board Work Session Scheduled for Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:30pm has been CANCELED due to no pending business.

The Regular meeting of the Planning Board scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm will still be held via ZOOM (https://zoom.us/). Please continue to monitor the City’s Website (www.cmvny.com) for meeting updates.

Meeting ID: 898 4047 0735

Password: 072289

Dial In: (646) 876 9923

A Message from The Mayor: Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection, and treatment of breast cancer.

There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458,000 deaths from breast cancer each year. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in developed and developing countries. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. This year, an estimated 42,170 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S. Although rare, men get breast cancer too. In 2020, an estimated 2,620 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. and approximately 520 will die. While you can’t prevent cancer, it is important to be proactive about your health.

Being in a diverse city, predominately made up of Black and Brown people, we have the highest risk to get of cancer and other horrible diseases. We have genetic comorbidities that leave us more vulnerable to get sick. Since Mount Vernon Hospital could potentially be closing, this is the time more than ever to be supportive and united as a community. Pay attention to the health of your friends, loved ones, and neighbors. Take care of each other and check up on one another. We are all in this together.

2020 has been a powerful reminder that we are all in this together, and our choices and actions have the power to protect the most vulnerable among us in a big way. The same holds true when it comes to breast cancer. It is important that we stay on top of our health and have routine physicals and check-ups. We encourage everyone to continue getting tested and performing the proper social distancing and mask-wearing protocols for COVID-19 to reduce the risk of other developing health issues.

With your help, we can show every woman that her life is important. If you or a loved one were affected by breast cancer, there are many ways you can show your support and tell your story. To get involved in the cause, www.nationalbreastcancer.orgprovides many resources, information, and volunteer opportunities for people of all ages. There are also opportunities to share your story to inspire and inform others.

            The City of Mount Vernon is dedicated to supporting the cause and wants to spread awareness as much as possible. Let’s work #ToGetHer for this October’s #BreastCancerAwareness Month by uniting as a community that recognizes the value of all women. We can work #ToGetHer to make sure every woman has access to education, screening, treatment, support, and hope, regardless of her circumstances.

Halloween should be spooky, not scary! Governor Cuomo asks for your help to make sure everyone has a healthy and safe Halloween.

Halloween celebrations and activities, including trick-or-treating, can be filled with fun, but must be done in a safe way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The best way to celebrate Halloween this year is to have fun with the people who live in your household. Decorating your house or apartment, decorating and carving pumpkins, playing Halloween-themed games, watching spooky movies, and trick-or-treating through your house or in a backyard scavenger hunt are all fun and healthy ways to celebrate during this time.

Creative ways to celebrate more safely:

• Organize a virtual Halloween costume party with costumes and games.
• Have a neighborhood car parade or vehicle caravan where families show off their costumes while staying socially distanced and remaining in their cars.
• In cities or apartment buildings, communities can come together to trick-or-treat around the block or other outdoor spaces so kids and families aren’t tempted to trick-or-treat inside –building residents & businesses can contribute treats that are individually wrapped and placed on a table(s) outside of the front door of the building, or in the other outdoor space for grab and go trick-or-treating.
• Make this year even more special and consider non-candy Halloween treats that your trick-or-treaters will love, such as spooky or glittery stickers, magnets, temporary tattoos, pencils/erasers, bookmarks, glow sticks, or mini notepads.
• Create a home or neighborhood scavenger hunt where parents or guardians give their kids candy when they find each “clue.”
• Go all out to decorate your house this year – have a neighborhood contest for the best-decorated house.
• Carve and decorate pumpkins at home – try some new creative ideas and have a
family contest.
• Play Halloween-themed games with members of your household.
• Watch spooky movies.
• Trick-or-treat room to room in your home.

If you feel your family can’t wait until next year for the more traditional Halloween activities, and you are planning to celebrate outside your home this year, make sure you follow these simple Do’s and Don’ts to help keep your family and your community safe and healthy.

Do:

• Enjoy virtual celebrations or socially distanced activities that are outdoors as much as possible.
• If there are a high number of cases in your area, it is important to skip any in-person celebrations or activities altogether.
• You can check the number of cases in your area on the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Tracker.
• Trick-or-treat only with your household family group. Consider a family costume theme!
• Always stay socially distanced from those who are not living in your household. (You don’t want to get too close to a witch, a ghost, or especially a virus!)
• For those choosing to give out treats, avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
• Give treats outdoors. Set up a station with individually bagged or packaged treats for kids to take. Participate in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard).
• It is best to take candy only if it is individually wrapped in a sealed wrapper or baggy, and is available to grab and go placed separately from other candies, so kids can easily pick up their treats without touching candy another child will take (e.g., no bowls).
• If setting a grab and go station, set it six feet from your front door, which will allow trick or treaters to feel comfortable
to approach, knowing they will not be in close contact with anyone at the location.
• All individuals over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear face coverings or cloth masks. Most Halloween masks won’t be sufficient to meet Department of Health guidance, so ensure you wear a face covering that provides adequate protection.
• See if you can incorporate your face covering into a costume, but remember, a face covering must always be made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
• Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before, during and after any Halloween activities.
• Consider carrying Halloween-themed or decorated hand sanitizer or leaving some out for your treat-or-treaters to use.
• Only give out, or pick up, commercially wrapped treats that are sealed.

Don’t:

• Trick-or-treat or leave out candy if you are sick, live with someone who is sick, have been exposed to someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, are under isolation or quarantine, or have traveled internationally or to a state affected by the
NYS Travel Advisory in the last 14 days.
• Participate in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed out at the door and where you cannot stay socially distanced.
• Pick out candy from a bowl or receive candy directly from someone’s hands.
• If there is crowding in front of a home, or if treats are directly taken from a bowl or directly handed out from someone’s hands, skip that house and find a safer option.
• Trick-or-treat in crowded streets or neighborhoods where social distance cannot be maintained.
• Trick-or-treat indoors, unless you are at your own house with family members. 
• You should especially avoid any crowding in elevators, hallways or stairwells.
• Trick-or-treat in large groups.
• Take candy from someone else’s candy bag.
• Host or attend a party or any type of gathering or event, whether it is indoors or outdoors over the mass gathering limits set for your area.
• Events lasting several hours or that have people who have traveled from other areas where transmission is higher put your family most at risk of COVID-19 transmission.
• If you do go to an event and see a large crowd, or if there are others there who are not wearing face coverings or staying socially distanced, you should leave and find another way to celebrate Halloween.
• Wear a Halloween mask instead of a face covering, unless the Halloween mask meets the face covering guidance.
• Wear a Halloween costume mask OVER a cloth face mask; it can make it difficult to breathe.
• Instead, skip the costume mask this year and choose a
cloth face mask that compliments your costume or is Halloween-themed.

A Message from the Mayor: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence was already an epidemic before COVID-19, but the health crisis has caused a tremendous spike in incidents of abuse. Even as lockdown restrictions are lifted, the abuse will not simply end. It remains a critical time for survivors, and greater awareness, education, and bystander intervention are desperately needed. The time when domestic violence is the most lethal is when the person is trying to leave the situation. That’s why this October and every month going forward we ask you to join the City of Mount Vernon in sharing information that can help those who are experiencing violence during this unprecedented time. For those who are seek help or know those in need of assistance, a list of Domestic Violence partners to help protect those who are vulnerable is available at https://women.westchestergov.com/domestic-violence.

Between the pandemic of racial injustice, COVID-19 and the longstanding disparities it has highlighted, and the increased visibility of domestic violence and isolation of survivors due to physical distancing measures, it is difficult not to feel overwhelmed by the widespread injustice that we are experiencing in the world right now.

We are encouraging everyone to listen for abuse and, if necessary, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233)  if you want advice, and call the police if you hear somebody getting hurt, or if you think their life is at risk. Many children will also suffer—maybe witnessing the abuse for the first time and having nowhere to escape. We all know the devastating effects that this can have on both their current mental health and their growth into adults. Please, share this message with all your friends and contacts—so that the abusers know we are watching, and their actions will not go unnoticed.

If you know or suspect that somebody suffers from domestic violence, please contact them, and keep that vital line of support open. This is one disease where washing our hands amounts to indifference. We cannot ignore the neighbor who is shouting or the sister who is crying on the phone. We must do all we can to help those who may feel desperate. We are one community, we are one Mount Vernon. 

Mount Vernon Police Department arrest suspect for A loaded firearm

Mount Vernon On October 22, 2020 at approximately 10:45 am. Mount Vernon Police Detectives Benny Gutierrez, Edward McCue and Ronnie Williams (ATF Task Force Officer), along with Senior Special Agent Robert Soukeras (ATF) stopped Dante McAllister in front of 227 Franklin Avenue. Mr. McAllister was found to be in possession of a loaded Smith & Wesson firearm secreted in his right front jacket pocket. Mr. McAllister was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Mount Vernon Police Department. He was then turned over to the above-named agents of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)Mr. McAllister is a 29-year-old Mount Vernon resident.  He has a prior violent felony conviction in NY and pending charges (including a violent felony for a domestic incident) out of Connecticut.  Mr. McAllister is a known gang member. 

Anyone with information on this or any other crime is urged to call the Mount Vernon Police Department Detective Division at 914-665-2510 or send an anonymous text message to (Text-a-Tip) by texting “MVPD” and your tip to 8474011.

Early Voting 2020: Schedules, Locations, FAQ’s

Westchester County registered voters are eligible to cast an early voting ballot. Registered voters will be able to cast their ballot at ANY of the 17 designated early voting locations

Westchester County’s Election Inspectors will now use Electronic Poll Books and Ballot-on-Demand systems to facilitate early voting. There will be nine days of Early voting before each election

General Election, Nov 3, 2020

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 from noon until 5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct 25, 2020 from noon until 5 p.m.

Monday Oct. 26, 2020 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020 from noon until 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 from noon until 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct 30, 2020 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Saturday Oct 31, 2020 from noon until 5 p.m.

Sunday Nov 1, 2020 from noon until 5 p.m.

Westchester County Early Voting Centers

Mount Vernon City Hall, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mt. Vernon NY 10550

Frequently Asked Question for the 2020 General Election

For the 2020 November General Election you can vote in person before Election Day

What is Early Voting?

Westchester County registered voters can vote in-person before Election Day at ANY of the Early Voting Centers.

Who can vote early?

All Westchester County registered voters can vote early

When can I vote early?

Early voting period will be from Saturday Oct 24, 2020 through Sunday Nov 1, 2020. The complete schedule is listed above.

Where can I vote early?

You can vote at ANY of the designated early voting sites throughout the County.

A special meeting of the City Council 10/15/2020

Mount Vernon City Council
Thursday, October, 15, 2020 AT 9:30 qm
For the purpose of: special legislation Session, and any other business presented.


Memorial Room, City Hall, Mount Vernon, NY


NOTE: In compliance with social distancing guidelines, seating capacity in the meeting room will be greatly limited.
QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT 1-914-665-2348