Press Release: City of Mount Vernon issues Stay at Home Advisory Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

November 13, 2020- As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in New York, the City of Mount Vernon has issued a Stay at Home advisory to protect residents and reduce the spread. In recent weeks, Mount Vernon has experienced a double-digit increase in daily COVID-19 cases. Our current active case count currently stands at 124 with 84 new cases added thus far in November. Therefore, the City of Mount Vernon strongly advises residents to stay inside their homes unless traveling for work, school, or essential needs. The Mount Vernon COVID-19 taskforce will continue to enforce social distancing regulations and shut down businesses that fail to follow COVID-19 guidelines s well as educating the public about the importance of wearing masks. The Stay at Home advisory goes into effect on Monday, November 16th.

This advisory follows the new order from Governor Andrew Cuomo ordering Bars, Restaurants, and Gyms to close at 10 pm and the public to significantly reduce the size of gathering. To report on COVID-19 issues contact 914-665-2626 or 914-665-2500.

We also urge residents to get tested at the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Mount Vernon Hospital, or other medical facilities. As the city continues to address the COVID-19 outbreak, the cooperation of the public will be essential. We will take the necessary actions to protect Mount Vernon residents and continue to urge the use of face masks and social distancing protocols when appropriate. 

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

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.

Mount Vernon Police department arrest suspect in Vehicular homicide

Mount Vernon – On October 1, 2020, at approx. 10:48 pm members of the Mt. Vernon Police Department responded to the area of 47 Grove St on a report of two gunshot victims. Upon arrival, officers observed two individuals who appeared to have been run over by a vehicle. One victim, who was later identified as Romo Jeffress (43-year-old Mount Vernon resident) was pronounced dead on arrival by paramedics. The other victim, a 35-year-old Mount Vernon resident, suffered non-fatal injuries to his leg and shoulder. At the time of the incident, there were no suspects on the scene.

After long work hours and the combined efforts of multiple units, the Mount Vernon Police Department Detective Division was able to identify the driver of the vehicle as Jalen Marin. Marin is a 26-year-old Mount Vernon resident. On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Marin turned himself into the Major Case detectives accompanied by his attorney, Alix Duroseaul Jr, Esq. Marin has been arrested and charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree and Assault in the First Degree. Marin has no prior criminal history. 

The men and women of the Mount Vernon Police Department extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of both victims.

Even though an arrest was made this is an open and ongoing investigation and certain information cannot be disseminated at this time. Anyone who has any information regarding this homicide or any past homicide is encouraged to contact the Major Case Unit at 914-668-6841.

Mayor Patterson-Howard Announces Mount Vernon Police Reform Commission

The City of Mount Vernon under the leadership of Mayor Patterson- Howard and Police Commissioner Glenn Scott have launched the Mount Vernon Police Reform Commission (MVPRC). The work done by the commission will coincide with the reform agenda Mayor Patterson-Howard launched at the beginning of 2020. With the hiring of Commissioner Scott, the police department has already created new policies, procedures, training, and other reforms.

Since July, under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Lackard, the idea of police reform has been front and center for the Mount Vernon Police Department. Her work to date has been integral in reforming the Police Department and will go along with the focus areas outlined below. Together, we are looking forward to the exciting and community-centered work to ensure that we create a safer Mount Vernon where residents are treated equitably. That includes taking up the mantle of 21st Century policing, following recommendations from the Obama Foundation, and changing the culture of policing in Mount Vernon. The MVPRC is comprised of elected officials, diverse community members, criminal justice advocates, and policymakers in Mount Vernon. The 24members of the MVPRC are (Co-chairs are in bold):

Hon. Derrick Thompson, Councilman Jennifer Lackard, PD Deputy Commissioner Hon. Jamaal T. Bailey. State Senator Danielle Browne, Attorney

Arthur Muhammad, MVCSD Youth Specialist

Tamika Coverdale, Attorney

Dwayne Murray, Coach & Community Advocate

William Wagstaff, Attorney

Andom Ghebreghiorgis, Community Advocate

Sylvia Tyree, Community Advocate

Cynthia Turnquest-Jones, MVCSD Trustee

Axel Ebermann, Community Advocate

Mary Kingsley, Community Advocate

Shawn Marshall, Community Advocate

Pedro Coelho, Business Owner

Joanne Dunn, Director of YSPW

Daniella Jackson, WC Dept. of Probation

David Patterson, Community Advocate

Vincent Stufano, Retired MVPD officer

Anika Hall, Resident Richard Morales, Resident Henry Terry, SNUG

Gilda Tavarez, WC Dept. of Probation

Pastor Arthur Rose, Family Restoration Project

Randy Scott, Social Worker

Amy Gelles, CEO of The Guidance Center

Kathy Marmolejos, Community Advocate

Overall, the commission will be tasked with addressing four focus areas outlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo, they include the following:

  • Functions Should the Police Perform
  • Employing Smart and Effective Policing Standards and Strategies
  • Fostering Community-Oriented Leadership, Culture & Accountability
  • Recruiting and Supporting Personnel

Mayor Patterson-Howard said, “My platform and career have always centered around police reform and public safety. At the start of my administration, I made it a top priority, and this commission provides an opportunity to include stakeholders in the conversation on how we further reform our police department. The work done by Commissioner Scott and DC Lackard are testaments to the priority we’ve placed on changing the culture of policing, and I look forward to making Mount Vernon the model community for public safety in the 21st century

The City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau receives $3.7 Million Federal grant

The City of Mount Vernon is the only municipality in New York State to receive the READY4LIFE grant from the Department of Health & Human Services. The funding will be distributed over five years, amounting to $3.7 million, and will be a tremendous aid to the Youth Bureau, which receives 75% of their $3 million operating budget from grants.

Debbie Burrell-Butler, Executive Director of the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, said, “I am elated to be the only city in New York State to have received the READY4LIFE grant. All those late nights and working on the weekends with Kenyatta Funderburk finally paid off. In 55 years, the READY4LIFE grant is the largest federal grant and second-largest overall received within the Department. This highly competitive grant adds to the Youth Bureau’s operating budget and its continued success.” said Burrell-Butler.

She continued by stating that this award wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of Community Change, Inc. (CCI). CCI’s fund development service supports organizations in writing proposals for funding to serve youth, families, and communities. CCI’s fund development service has raised nearly $35 million for its clients and programs since 2009.

The READY4LIFE Program will help fund programs geared at assisting 1,100 high school students in grades 9-12 (ages 14-18) in building healthy relationship skills, supporting positive social and emotional development. It will also aide youth transitioning from adolescence to young adults and help young people with job and career advancement.

Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard said, “The City of Mount Vernon continues to demonstrate its resilience with our continued services for the residents and programs for our youth.  I am truly thankful for the extraordinary work done by Director Burrell-Butler and her outstanding staff for their tireless efforts in securing this money. These funds will go a long way in supporting and uplifting Mount Vernon’s Youth.