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Mount Vernon Receives $618K from CitiesRISE

Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard is happy to announce that Attorney General Letitia James awarded the City of Mount Vernon a $618,000 grant award as part of the Cities for Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement (“Cities RISE”). Mount Vernon will use this grant to launch innovative programs related to housing and hire strategic code enforcers. Additionally, the money will be used to bring Mount Vernon up to speed following the scathing report that listed Mount Vernon as one of the worst in the state when it came to code enforcement. The program aims to innovatively address and transform blighted, vacant, or poorly maintained problem properties using housing and community data from various state agencies. New York State Attorney General James said, “In the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis, New Yorkers are continuing to struggle to find and maintain quality affordable housing options,”. “Cities RISE provides a thoughtful approach to how municipalities revitalize its communities and ensure that housing issues are addressed. My office will continue to proudly use the funds secured from settlements with banks to combat New York’s housing crisis.” Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard said, “First and foremost, I would like to thank NYS Attorney General Letitia James for her continued support in the fight against urban blight. Mount Vernon was designated as one of the worst cities in the State when it came to code enforcement. Mount Vernon has been plagued by predatory property owners and slumlords that have been taking advantage of our communities most vulnerable citizens, the poor and elderly. Due to our city lacking the capacity to enforce our housing & fire codes and standards they have not been checked. This grant which includes housing rights, partnerships, community involvement and legal resources, combined with increased support from our proposed 2020 budget will go a long way in rectifying this issue. I look forward to working closely with NYS Attorney General Letitia James, Harvard University, and Cities RISE as we move Mount Vernon towards a brighter future. City Council President Lisa A Copeland said, “I had the opportunity to attend the Cities RISE Leadership conference at Harvard University and I am excited to see that Mount Vernon was chosen for this transformative project. I’ve worked with Attorney General in different capacities over 20 years and it is great to know that we will continue to work together to benefit the residents of Mount Vernon. Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Community Development Marlon Molina said, The Cities RISE program from Enterprise Community Partners and the NYS Attorney General’s Office has enabled the City of Mount Vernon to examine and improve its housing code enforcement process and how residents are impacted by housing code enforcement. With the support from the Phase 3 Innovation Grant, the City will also work with Mount Vernon United Tenants to raise tenant rights awareness through the Mount Vernon Tenant Bill of Rights initiative to deliver on the promise of improved housing code enforcement for our most vulnerable populations – Seniors, low- income families, recent immigrants and undocumented residents will have greater access to code enforcement services

For detailed information on the Cities Rise Program visit their website here

View the video of the announcement here

Water Amnesty Program – Dec – Feb 2020

Act now, pay early and save money on interest payments.

The Mount Vernon Board of Water Supply mailed out Amnesty Program letters to all account holders with over 30 days of outstanding water bills. Residents and businesses of the City can pay their bills in full and avoid interest and penalties. This is a considerable savings. To satisfy your bill the principal must be paid in full on or before February 15, 2020. The Board of Water Supply will accept partial payments. Failure to fully satisfy the outstanding water bill on or before February 15 will reconstitute the penalty and interest on the account.

Payments can be processed by mail, in person or online at the link provided below. The Board of Water Supply will have extended office hours until 6:00 p.m. on the Thursday of each week during the Amnesty period.

Amnesty was made possible through Mayor Andre Wallace and legislative approval from the Mount Vernon City Council.

Pay Bill Online

City Council Ceremony Dec 11, 2019

The City Council honoring ceremony will be held during a regular meeting on Wednesday,  December 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

Honorees are:
• Geneve & Neville Adair.
• Elias Gootzeit- social worker, attorney,  community organizer, and former Mount Vernon School Board Trustee;
• Yvonne McKitty- nurse, innovator, and mentor. 
All are welcome to attend the honoring ceremony as the City Council recognizes these distinguished citizens. 

Proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan – Available for Review


The City of Mount Vernon Proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan is available for public review and comment for 30 days from July 1, 2019 through July 30, 2019.

All interested citizens are invited to submit written comments during the 30 day review period.  Notice of the comment period was published July 1, 2019.

Download the Annual Action Plan Here

Public Comments

The Public is hereby notified that comments on the Proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan will be accepted via email to:  Dominique McCoy Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency email:

The 2019 Annual Action Plan is available on the City website at:

Hard copies are available for review at the:

City of Mount Vernon Department of Planning & Community Development
1 Roosevelt Square, 2nd floor, Mount Vernon, NY 10550


City of Mount Vernon City Clerk’s Office
1 Roosevelt Square, 2nd floor, Mount Vernon, NY 10550


Mount Vernon Public Library

28 South First Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550

No comments will be accepted via telephone.

2019 Community Development Block Grant available now!



The City of Mount Vernon, Urban Renewal Agency, is seeking applications from qualified non-profit organizations interested in providing services that address one or more of the public service needs targeted in the city’s CDBG program.

The City of Mount Vernon’s CDBG allocation for FY 2019 is $1,661,732.  The City’s HOME allocation for FY 2019 is $440,662.  A maximum of 26.6% ($442,020.71) of the total CDBG allocation will be made available for public service programs and projects to be administered by the City or by sub-recipients. (Note:  This amount exceeds the 15% public service cap.  Mount Vernon is one of three entitlement communities that can exceed the 15% public service cap per HUD).

While there is no limit to the number of applications that an organization may submit, each project must be submitted as its own application.


It is mandatory that applicants attend a pre-application workshop. The pre-application workshops will be held on:

May 15, 2019 at 5:00pm, Memorial Room, City Hall
May 17, 2019 at 10:00am, Memorial Room, City Hall


It is mandatory that applicants participate in the Public Hearing on June 17, 2019 at 5:00pm.  Applicants must present a summary of their application and, if previously funded, a summary of past performance.  Applicants will have a limit of three minutes for presentations.  Applicants that have received CDBG funding in the past must also report on past performance within the same time limit.


Friday, June 7, 2019 at 4:00pm

The FY 2019 CDBG Application is available here

Fillable Version (41 pages) available here


Any questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Deputy Commissioner Sylvia Bolivar via phone at:  914-699-7230 or via email at: