Tuesday December 29, 2020 at 9:30 am.
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.
Mayor, City of Mount Vernon
Tuesday December 15, 2020 at 9:30 am
This Thanksgiving will be a holiday unlike any we’ve ever experienced. With COVID-19 upending daily life and grim rising infection and death tolls, traditional celebrations seem like quaint relics of a different era. We recently issued a Stay-at-Home advisory in Mount Vernon and I urge all of you to rethink your planned events. Getting together poses an undue risk and may endanger those we love and cherish most. Instead of large in-person celebrations, be creative and share virtual time with loved ones.
If we embrace this time of shared sacrifice, follow social distancing rules, wear masks, and minimize our contact with those outside of our immediate households, eventually we’ll be able to gather again. The promise of safe, effective vaccines and national protocols is on the horizon, and with it a return to our cherished traditions, hopefully in time for Thanksgiving 2021.
Our celebrations this year may be different, but the spirit of the holiday remains the same. There is always something to be thankful for, particularly during this unprecedented time: faith and family, health and strength, and our hopes for the future.
Even now, my heart is filled with gratitude. I am grateful for us, our strength and resilience, our courage to stand together in the face of disease and death and support each other through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through our challenges, Mount Vernon continues to evolve and transform. Our march towards progress and prosperity continues.
I wish all of you a joyous, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving. As we adapt to our current realities, let us also prepare for a future brimming with possibility. This is a time to cherish the positive, to focus on our collective strength and compassion as a city, and as a country. United, we can overcome any obstacles. Forward together.
Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard
Tuesday December 1, 2020 at 9: 30 am
Tuesday November 24, 2020 at 9:00 am
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.
Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard
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.
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.