Public Works

Damani Bush

Commissioner of Public Works

  • Role

Damani Bush currently serves as Commissioner for the City of Mount Vernon Department of Public Works. He was appointed to this position by Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard in August 2020.

As Commissioner, Mr. Bush is responsible for all personnel within the department including, but not limited to day-to-day maintenance of the City’s infrastructure services, sanitation, street maintenance, city storm and sanitary sewer operations, and emergency response for snow and ice, flooding, severe weather conditions. He oversees the Bureaus of Sanitation, Street Cleaning, Highway Maintenance, Building Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Control, Parks, Engineering, Sewers & Stormwater Management, Street Lighting, and Traffic.

Commissioner Bush supervises a staff of 129 men and women and is responsible for a $16 million operation budget.


The Department Of Public Words is divided into operating units under the supervision of the Commissioner of Public Works. Each unit is responsible for all matters falling under their respective jurisdiction:

Curtis Woods, City Engineer

This Bureau has jurisdiction over land surveying, making borings, drafting, designing, and preparation of maps, and diagrams relating to the City of Mount Vernon. In accordance with the Code of the City of Mount Vernon, permits are issued through the Department of Public Works.

Giovanni Montemarano, Parks Supervisor

The planting, preservation and care of shade trees, shrubs, flowers and lawns in all public parks, recreation facilities, streets, avenues and public places in the city are done by the Bureau.

Steve Dandridge, Sanitation Foreman

Dwayne Jones, Sanitation Foreman

Lawrence “Brick” Lee, Sanitation Foreman

Ray Rodgers, Sanitation Foreman

Garth “Gary” Rowell, Sanitation Foreman

Responsible for garbage, rubbish, recycling and yard waste collection, as well as code enforcement.

Clifford Johnson, Sweeper Foreman

Responsible for clearing all the debris and leaves along the curb lines of all City streets.

Maintains approximately 100 miles of local streets and roads; 180 miles of sidewalks; and 15 bridges throughout the City.

Neil “Chuck” Carretta, Building Maintenance Supervisor

This Bureau is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all City-owned buildings.

Vincent Rodriquez, Acting Garage Superintendent

Having jurisdiction over the repair, maintenance, fueling, servicing and inspection of all rolling stock and vehicles owned by the City of Mount Vernon, the Bureau of Motor Vehicle Control keeps city vehicles moving. Approximately 100 rolling stock/vehicles are inventoried and assigned for use by the various departments, bureaus, officers, and employees of the city.

Ramone Bennett, Acting Sewer Foreman

This division cleans, maintains, and manages repairs on hundreds of miles of storm and sanitary sewer lines, over 3,000 catch-basins, and 3,000 manholes City-wide. The Sewer Bureau is also responsible for executing the City’s Storm Water Management Pollution Prevention Program through inspection, monitoring, enforcement, and correction of sources of illicit discharge to our storm sewer system and waterways. They must be in accordance with our commitments to the USEPA, NYSDEC and US Department of Justice regarding compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act and New York State Environmental Laws

Aaron Lewis, Streetlight Maintainer

The installation of new street lighting equipment, the inspection of street lighting equipment to determine the need for replacement or repairs, and the general upkeep and maintenance of street lighting equipment are the primary functions of this bureau. There are approximately five thousand (5,000) streetlights in the City of Mount Vernon.

Harold Wimbush, Traffic Supervisor

Christopher Piarulli

This Bureau is responsible for painting traffic lines and pedestrian crosswalk lines on City streets. They replace and repair all street signs, repair and replace traffic lights and keep all the parking garages and lots clean.

Permit Requirements

Street-Sidewalk Opening – View Here

Street-Sidewalk Obstruction – View Here

Sidewalk Repair – View Here

Street Sidewalk Specifications – View Here

Scaffolding-Sidewalk Bridge – View Here

Dumpster – View Here

Licensed Carting List – View Here

Curb Lowering – View Here

Permit Application

DPW Permit Application – Download Here

DPW Crane Permit Application – Download Here


Accepted forms of payment:

  • Certified Check made payable to “The City of Mount Vernon”
  • Money Order made payable to “The City of Mount Vernon”
  • Credit or Debit Card (3.5% fee)
  • Cash


Please be advised that metal pick-up will begin Thursday, April 8, 2021. We will begin scheduling appointments the week of March 29, 2021. You may call 914-665-2465 or 914-665-2343 to schedule an appointment. Please note that there will be no appointments scheduled during holiday weeks.

The following items can by picked up by appointment:

  1. Stoves
  2. Hot water tanks
  3. Metal cabinets
  4. Refrigerators (EPA sticker is required, showing freon has been removed) Cast iron tubs
  5. Metal sinks
  6. Metal desks
  7. Washers / Dryers
  8. Grills (NO PROPANE TANKS)
  9. Sofa bed frames (*frames only)


Yard waste collection will commence in April. Yard waste must be in an open container or brown paper refuse bag for proper collection.


Please be aware that our regular scheduled sanitation collection rules are back in effect! Yard waste collections will resume this week.


Please remember that recycling this Wednesday 8/04 is for *𝘾𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙗𝙤𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙋𝙖𝙥𝙚𝙧*, please break down and tie up all boxes for collection.


You may email or Call 914-665-2465 between 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM for all *appliance* and *metal* item pickup appointments.


We thank you so much for your continued patience and understanding and for your cooperation in helping us to enhance the quality of life in our City.


Sanitation Schedule

Download Sanitation Schedule PDF

North Side

South Side


Complaints: 914-665-2465

24-Hour / Emergency: 914-665-2719

Commissioner’s Office (Business Hours Only): 914-665-2343