Author: Shari Harris


final Report_EDDOn Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Mayor Ernest D. Davis will present his final report to the City Council at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. At that time Mayor Davis will detail the city’s economic development potential and provide a report on the city’s financial and physical health.

“As I will be leaving office at the end of the month, it’s important that the City Council, incoming members and citizens understand how the groundwork that was laid out affects the potential that exists for the city to build upon,” said Mayor Davis. “If the city is to move forward we must continue with smart choices so that we can be propelled into a prosperous future for the benefit of our taxpayers, residents and businesses. If our leaders are not careful with the decisions they make, the results can be disastrous.”

Mayor Davis will also provide a detail on shovel ready projects, completed and nearly complete projects and programs that the city has been involved since returning to office. After the presentation a light reception will be held in the Rotunda. For additional information contact Shari Harris, Special Assistant to the Mayor at 914-665-2572.


The following garbage pickup schedule will be in effect for the week of December 21, 2015.

– Regular garbage pickups on the SOUTHSIDE will be on Monday, December 21, 2015.
– Regular yard waste pickup on the NORTHSIDE will be on Monday, December 21, 2015.
– Regular yard waste pickup on the SOUTHSIDE will be on Tuesday, December 22, 2015.
– Regular garbage pickup on the NORTHSIDE will be on Tuesday, December 22, 2015.
– Regular Thursday garbage and rubbish pickup on the SOUTHSIDE will be on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.
– Regular recyclable bottles, cans and plastics, on the NORTHSIDE, will be on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.
– Regular Wednesday pickup of recyclable bottles, cans and plastics, on the SOUTHSIDE will be on Thursday, December 24, 2015.
– Regular Friday pickup of garbage and rubbish on the NORTHSIDE will be on Thursday, December 24, 2015.
– There are no pickups on Friday, December 25, 2015.
– Alternate side of the street parking is suspended on both sides of the street on Friday, December 25, 2015.


Mount Vernon Film Program to Welcome Young Haitian Filmmakers

SignUp_Flyer-20150323[1]Exchange Program Exposes Filmmakers to United States and Offers Opportunity to Assist in Training Budding Filmmakers

Thanks to the support of Mayor Ernest D. Davis, Media Magic EVTED@the Doles will launch its new visiting filmmaker’s project in collaboration with Building Sustainable Borders and Cine Institute of Haiti. It’s part of our ongoing effort to expose Mount Vernon student-participants and the wider community to as wide and varied a media experience as possible. “Media Magic EVTD is a program that I strongly support that offers opportunity to our young people by trained professionals,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “Eric Tait is a well-respected media consultant and award-winning broadcast journalist and documentarian who previously mentored Mount Vernon youth while filming for a documentary on New York City’s African Burial Ground. He’s been back in the city for over two years to help young people prepare for careers in television, production and filmmaking.” From January 11 thru April 8, 2016 graduate students from Ciné Institute in Jacmel, Haiti will join Media Magic’s instructors as teacher’s assistants in film, audio, lighting and editing techniques. Some of the graduate student’s film works may be screened in the Spring Mount Vernon International Film Festival slated for March 31 – April 2, 2016. By screening their films and sharing their personal stories in this event, the filmmakers will focus a spotlight on this special cultural exchange opportunity in the City of Mount Vernon, New York. Support for the Visiting Filmmakers will be provided by a number of churches, organizations and individual sponsors in the Mount Vernon area. Building Sustainable Borders has served as a clearinghouse for more than 5 years, to expose underserved youth from developing countries to study abroad opportunities that exist in the United States as well as humanitarian service opportunities for travelers abroad. With previous successes of students from the Dominican Republic in 2014 hosted by N J I T and again in the 2015 in collaboration with Essex County College in Newark, they are continuing their dedication to work and expand reach on the island of Hispaniola with Ciné Institute in Jacmel, Haiti. Ciné Institute is a premiere film school that offers their students a world-class education and professional exposure. As young filmmakers and journalists, they share their educational advancements with Media Magic as a cultural exchange experience. Ciné Institute’s unique model begins with tuition-free education and hands-on college-level training in a two-year program. Their employment division brings in clients like Arcade Fire, Google, Partners In Health and Donna Karan who provide real jobs and experience for students and alumni while producing top quality work. The organization’s professional support division builds on these programs, and gives a powerful voice to Haiti’s storytellers broadening the vision of student filmmakers. Media Magic EVTEd@the Doles is a hands-on Media Training Program that exposes Mount Vernon residents 14 years and older to a wide variety of film, broadcast, graphic-arts and other media-related creative, journalistic and technical skills. For more information, contact Keith Gonzales, 250 So. Sixth Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York Ph: 914-371-6735


XMAS_TREE_NEWDATEThe holiday tree lighting ceremony has been rescheduled from Monday, December 14 to Wednesday, December 16 due to a predicted rainy forecast and filming in the city hall building. The new date will be Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. on the City Hall Plaza.

Mayor Ernest D. Davis will light the tree at the start of the festivities that include refreshments and holiday music. “Despite the challenges that some of us face, we hope our celebration will spread some cheer among those of us who are facing difficulty this holiday season,” said Mayor Davis.

American Christmas, a local company responsible for magnificent displays at Manhattan locations such as Macy’s, Radio City Music Hall, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman and Rockefeller Center, has been donating a 20 foot tree for a number of years. Every year a team of designers erect an artificial tree decorated with LED lights not only at city hall but at the police and fire departments as well.

The annual gift giveaway brings out loads of children. Parents are reminded that children must be in attendance, accompanied by an adult and be under 12 years of age in order to receive a toy. The Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce will supply free candy canes and refreshments will be served.

Holiday performances will be provided by the Columbus School Band, Mount Vernon School of Music and the Mayor’s Interfaith Choir. Also in attendance will be a young Christian Hip hop artist Vill E. Wright.

For additional information contact Shari Harris, Special Assistant to the Mayor at 914.665.2572.


PEACE_DECEMBEROn Monday, December 30, 2015 Mayor Ernest D. Davis will join with the New York Peace Coalition to bring light to violence and violent acts that reduce the quality of life for residents in the city and the world. “Peace December is a movement that started in New York City and is gaining momentum in countries across the world,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. ‘With so much violence occurring over the past year in nations across the globe, we will also pay our respects to victims of countries suffering loss of life and property.”

Peace December is an initiative that started as an interfaith response to the disturbing high levels of violence in New York, and later became worldwide. With the escalation of violent acts across the globe and most recent acts of violence in France and Mali, as well as the global alert on terror, the Peace December Lighting will shed light on the importance of finding peaceful resolutions to conflicts which threaten individuals in countries worldwide.

The ceremony will include a Peace Lighting for victims of attacks and prayer for an end to the violence so the peaceful means to resolve conflicts can be found. Candles for the 193 UN participating countries will be lit as a symbol of community support. An additional component of the program will include recognition of civil rights pioneers Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks.

Claudette Colvin, at the age of 15, was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation. Shortly after being arrested the young teen became pregnant and was considered not to be suitable to be the symbol for civil rights. Some nine months after her arrest Rosa Parks became the face of the civil rights movement. Colvin moved to New York in 1958 and became employed as a nurse’s aide. She retired in 2004 and currently resides in the Bronx.

Peace December was organized in 2010 by the New York Peace Coalition, a coalition of representatives from houses of worship, elected officials, schools, civil society, community and business leaders who came together for a historic installation at the offices of the Bronx Borough President. The initiative was endorsed, supported and welcomed by all the elected officials including Governor David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Ruth-Hassel Thompson. Today Peace December has international chapters and develops programming aimed at reducing violence within communities. Members are a diverse team of volunteers who are committed to providing the highest level of service to those in need who strive for peaceful coexistence of all people.

For additional information contact Shari Harris, Special Assistant to the Mayor at 914-665-2572.


The following garbage pickup schedule will be in effect for the week of November 23,2015

o Regular Southside garbage pickup on Monday, November 23, 2015, as scheduled.
o Regular North side yard waste pickup on Monday, November 23, 2015, as scheduled.
o Regular North side garbage pickup on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
o Regular Southside yard waste pickup on the on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
o Regular Thursday Southside garbage and rubbish pickup on Wednesday, November 25, 2015
o Regular North side recycling of bottles, cans and plastic on Wednesday, November 25, 2015
o Wednesday Southside recycling of bottles, cans and plastic on the will be on Friday, November 27, 2015.
o Regular North side garbage and rubbish pickup on Friday, November 27, 2015.

Alternate side of the street parking is suspended on both sides of the street on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015,


For additional information, contact the Department of Public Works at 665-2460.

Shop Mount Vernon on Small Business Saturday 11/28/15

SBS_1128 (2)The City of Mount Vernon is joining with The African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester Inc. (AACCWR) and Rockland Counties, in partnership with the US Black Chamber, Inc. for the second year to encourage encouraging local holiday shopping on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 28.

American Express’s “Shop Small Business Saturday” campaign encourages shoppers to patronize small businesses within their communities to help grow local economies. Participating businesses can be identified by the “Shop Small Business” mat in front of their establishment. These businesses will be giving gifts like cloth shopping bags, buttons those who shop at their business.

The AACCWR, Inc. was established on June 28, 1996 as an independent not-for-profit agency to aid, counsel and protect the interest of African American businesses. The organization’s mission is to preserve competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of Westchester and Rockland Counties. Volunteer based, the Chamber’s members are individuals and businesses who work together to advance the commercial, financial, industrial and civic interests of a diverse community. The Chamber sponsors small business seminars, networking events and procurement diversity workshops. Topics range from financial planning, marketing and business management.

Friends of Mount Vernon Animal Shelter Fundraising Night at Panera Bread in White Plains

The Friends of Mount Vernon Animal Shelter will be holding a fundraising night at Panera Bread in White Plains to solicit donations to help defray costs associated with running the shelter. The shelter, founded in 1974 is a municipal shelter that serves as a safe haven for thousands of domestic animals. They promote both adoptions and fostering, and welcome volunteers to raise funds and collect supplies.

A program of Pet Rescue, the Friends sponsor a behavioral training and evaluation program for dogs, purchase beds for kennels, promote adoptions, help with vet care, and provide an ongoing supply of treats and toys for both the cats and dogs. See the flyer below for details on the event. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

panera bread fundraiser

Civil Service Clerk Examination – December 12, 2015





PLACE OF EXAMINATION: AB Davis Middle School – Mount Vernon, New York @ 8:30 AM

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:   NOVEMBER 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm sharp – no exceptions

SALARY RANGE:    $31,941.56 – $46,797.47                            

The eligible list established from this examination will be used to fill appropriate vacancies in the City of Mount Vernon.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must be residents of Westchester County for not less than one year prior to the examination date.

REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING THE EXAM: Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma issued by the State Education Department of New York PLUS ONE year of clerical experience.

DUTIES: Assists in the routine work of an office by performing none or more simple tasks. Positions in this class involve the performance of clerical work in accordance with a prescribed routine. Detailed instructions are given for new or difficult assignments. Does related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Some knowledge of office terminology, procedures and equipment, reasonable knowledge of business arithmetic and English; ability to understand and follow simple oral and written directions; ability to write legibly; clerical aptitude; mental alertness; neatness of appearance; instructions; ability to effectively use computer applications such as spreadsheets, excel, calendar, email and database software; ability to deal with others tactfully and effectively; ability to communicate in English sufficiently to perform the essential functions of the position; good judgment; initiative integrity; accuracy, dependability and physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION: The written test will cover knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:

  1. Clerical Operations with Letters and Numbers 2. Spelling 3. Record Keeping 4. Alphabetizing.

Subjects of examination: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:

  1. Clerical operations with letters and numbers :These questions test for skills and abilities in clerical operations involving alphabetizing, comparing, checking and counting. The questions require you to follow the specific directions given for each question which may involve alphabetizing, comparing, checking and counting given groups of letters and/or numbers.
  2. Spelling – These Questions test your ability to spell words that are used in written business communications.
  3. Record keeping :These questions evaluate your ability to perform common record keeping tasks. The test consists of two or more “sets” of questions; each set concerning a different problem. Typical record keeping problems might involve the organization or collation of data from several sources; scheduling; maintaining a record system using running balances; or completion of a table summarizing data using totals, subtotals, averages and percents.
  4. Alphabetizing – These questions test your ability to file material in alphabetical order.


Candidates are required to attain a final average rating of 70 in order to be eligible to have their name placed on the eligible list established as a result of this examination. Life on the list will be stated at the time the list is established.

APPLICATION FEE: A $15.00 NON-REFUNDABLE FILING FEE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EXAMINATION FOR MOUNT VERNON RESIDENTS. A FEE OF $25.00 IS REQUIRED FOR NON-RESIDENTS. The applicable fee is required and must accompany your application. If your application is received without the required fee, it will be considered incomplete and you will not be admitted to the examination. Only MONEY ORDERS will be accepted for the applications fee. The money order should be made payable to the City of Mount Vernon and be sure to write the examination number on the money order. CASH OR CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Because NO REFUND will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission.

FEE WAIVER INFORMATION: A waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and are primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, receiving Supplemental Security Income payment, or Public Assistance. All claims for an application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for the application fee waiver, you must complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver” form. This form is available in the Civil Service Office. You must submit the completed fee waiver form with your completed application.

Applications are available in the Mount Vernon Municipal Civil Service Commission Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM or send a self-addressed, legal-sized envelope to the Civil Service Commission, Room 103 – City Hall, One Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. Applicants may also obtain applications from the City of Mount Vernon’s website at All applications must be returned to the Civil Service Commission Office on or before the application deadline date,

Applications received via mail will not be accepted if postmarked after the closing date deadline of November 10, 2015.

SABBATH OBSERVERS AND DISABLED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application and submit on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to your application at time of submission. You will be notified of the alternate test date which will take place in City Hall.

SPECIAL REQUEST FOR MAKE-UP EXAM DUE TO ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY: A make-up test will be available for written, physical agility or any medical exams necessary to be placed on an eligible list, for person who is in the active military. A person eligible for military make-up test does not have to wait until discharge from active duty to take the test. Applicant must submit to this office a copy of military order DD214, or other official military document that substantiates active military service prior to the make-up test.

ALTERNATE TEST DATE POLICY: Alternate test(s) date(s) may be arranged upon review of the circumstances according to the alternate Test Date Policy adopted April 14, 2008 by the Civil Service Commission. Under specific circumstances an alternate test date may be arranged. Your request with written documentation must be received in the Mt. Vernon Civil Service office no later than two (2) weeks preceding the examination. If an emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify the Civil Service office in writing no later than the Friday before the test date and provide verifiable documentation of the reason. A determination will be made as to if an alternate test date will be scheduled.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Civil Service Office of any change in name or address.

No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.

In conformance with Section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.