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Mount Vernon West DGEIS Public Hearing Jan 27, 2016 7 pm

The Mount Vernon West Rezoning Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) is available for public review.  A public hearing is scheduled on the document in City Council Chambers on Wednesday January 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm. 

A copy of the DGEIS is available at the Office of the City Clerk and available for download at the link below:

Mount Vernon West DGEIS

If you would like to submit any comments, please forward them to:

George Brown
City Clerk
1 Roosevelt Square
Mount Vernon, NY 10701

or by email at

“What’s the Word?”….ARTS ON THIRD!


On Sunday, September 6th, between 12 noon and 7:00 pm, Mount Vernon’s Mayor Ernest Davis with the Mount Vernon Arts Council and Montefiore Hospital present its seventh annual “Arts On Third” Arts Festival in Mount Vernon New York.  Arts on Third has established itself as Westchester County’s largest and most prestigious cultural celebration.

“Arts On Third”  attracts over 75,000 attendees and this year boasts three exciting stages: The Headliner Stage, The Power Industry Stage hosted by Power 105  FM and The Cultural Stage.


Headlining this year  is Mount Vernon’s own Al. B. Sure, Sure, a former Mount Vernon High School QB, went on to become a three time Grammy nominated R & B singer and a major producer during the “ New Jack Swing” era.  He is credited for introducing recording artists, Jodeci , Tevin Campbell  ,Faith Evans, Dave Hollister, Case, and Usher to the music world. Doug E. Fresh, The World’s Greatest Entertainer, and crowd favorite, is a producer, business man and is known as the original “Human Beat Box” who has been a performer at the festival since its inception; and Tito Puente, Jr , son of the incomparable band leader Tito Puente is back by popular demand. He is keeping the legacy alive through performances of his father’s classic hits , as well as his original mambo compositions.

Also, on the playbill are Jazz musician, Tex Allen,  Rap Pioneer Roxanne Shante, reggae artists, Red Fox, Jahteff and Little John, Cece Peniston (Finally), Pop Dollarz, GQ of “Disco Nights” fame, singer/actress, Cheryl “Pepsi” Riley and Desi Arnaz’ and Lucille Ball’s grandson, composer Joe Luckinbill.

other performers

The Cultural Stage captures the diverse make up and talents of the Mount Vernon community. One of the highlights of the “Cultural Stage” is Phyllis Yvonne Stickney and her brother, Timothy Stickney .  Ms. Stickney,  best known and respected for her work in film, stage, television and comedy, will perform an excerpt from “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”. Floyd Cromwell will be holding off stage auditions for “For Colored Girls as well and excerpts from the gospel musicals “Black Nativity” and Who Side Are you On? will also be performed. VH1’s “Black Ink Crew” will make a special appearance as well.
Other artists scheduled for the cultural stage are: Venezuelan violinist, Yamileth Furchi, owner and operator of the Alamo Restaurant who has played the violin since she was 12 and grew up helping develop the renowned integrated Venezuelan orchestral system,  Ballet Folklorico Nuevo Amanecer, a traditional Mexican Dance company,The Irish Step Dancers, The Korean Fan Dancers who wowed the crowd at the Festival Kick-Off at Maggie Spillane’s and Italian Opera singer Nathan Resika who has been praised for his “sonorous” voice by critics and colleagues alike.  

The free family friendly event spans over six city blocks with various activities such as the Children’s Village featuring interactive games, arts & crafts and storytelling; Artists Row where visual artists exhibit their handcrafted art and authors are on hand for book signings and readings: the Pedestrian Mall with over 100 merchandise vendors and the “Healthy Living Pavilion” for attendees to receive free screenings and obtain holistic health and wellness information.  Sports entertainment includes 2 olympic size rings; each ring has exhibitions of : boxing, martial arts ,body building and wrestling. This year’s wrestling will include FBI (The Full Bloooded IItalians) and former WWE Champion and recognized body builder “Mr. Atlas.

This year’s health focus is “Domestic Violence Awareness”. Every minute, 20 people are victims of  intimate partner abuse.   85 percent of domestic abuse victims are women and 15 percent  are men. Mount Vernon ranks high among domestic violence incidents in Westchester County.  The “Arts on Third”  health focus is to shed light on this fact, encourage the community to break the silence and aid in ending the violence. It takes all of our voices to stop domestic violence.

So where’s the place to be on September 6th?  Mount Vernon…Third Street between 1st and 5th aves.   “What’s the Word?ARTS ON THIRD”!!!!!

“Arts on Third” was founded in 1999 as the catalyst for redevelopment, sense of community pride and promoting the arts.  For more information on “Arts on Third” call (914) 699-7230 or log on to   For sponsorship opportunities, please email or

Relive the Arts on Third Experience in 2014 (Video courtesy of the Yonkers Voice)


Arts on Third Newsletter

Arts on 3rd Newsletter

On September 22, 2013, Westchester’s premier and largest arts and entertainment festival will kick off its 12th year. The festival, which began with a humble attendance of approximately 3500 people, has grown to over 40,000 festival goers. The arts on third festival began in 1999 as a precursor to Mayor Ernest D. Davis vision to transform 3rd Street into an arts district. Mayor Davis then formed a task force to research the development of an arts district. This blue ribbon task force, called the Third Street Task Force was composed of each sector of the community and became the impetus behind the Arts On Third Festival. Art was the vehicle used to revitalized the area and as a catalyst to social change. The festival brings together hundreds of volunteers and is the largest, single community effort in Westchester, New York.

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MVIDA Board Meeting Scheduled for June 30 has been cancelled

Please be advised that the previously scheduled 6/30/2017 MVIDA Board Meeting has been cancelled. Please see attached notice.

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Typist Exam now available. Test Date Sept. 23



Open Competitive/Decentralized

Exam No. 2017 – 5

DATE OF EXAMINATION:       Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 8:30am


                                                            350 GRAMATAN AVENUE MOUNT VERNON, NY 10550

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:   August 23, 2017 at 4:00pm – no exceptions

SALARY:                                           $40,254.00 – $53,731.00 (12 Months) Board of Education

                                                            $33,464.00 – $44,845.00 (10 Months) Board of Education

                                                            $34,319.52 – $50,281.41 City of Mt. Vernon 

This examination is being given for the purpose of establishing an eligible list to fill vacancies as they occur in the City of Mount Vernon City School District and the City of Mount Vernon.

For applications go to the Civil Service office Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm or send a self addressed, legal-sized envelope to the Civil Service Commission, Room 103 City Hall, One Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. You may also obtain applications from our web site ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE CIVIL SERVICE OFFICE WITH YOUR FILING FEE. 

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must be residents of Westchester County for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the date of the written examination and continuously up to and including the date of the appointment. PREFERENCE IN APPOINTMENT WILL BE GIVEN TO SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WHO HAVE BEEN LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF MOUNT VERNON FOR AT LEAST ONE (1) YEAR PRECEDING THE DATE OF THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION AND CONTINIUOUSLY UP TO AND INCLUDING THE DATE OF APPOINTMENT. A CANDIDATES RESIDENCY WILL BE INVESTIGATED AND VERIFIED PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT. Candidates are responsible for reporting in writing all changes in name and/or address directly to the Civil Service Commission. 

APPLICATION FEE: A fee of $15.00 is required for this examination for Mount Vernon residents. The application fee for non-residents is $25.00 the applicable fee is required and must accompany your application. Only MONEY ORDERS will be accepted for the application fee. The money order should be made payable to the City of Mount Vernon and write the exam number on the money order. CASH AND CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. YOU MUST HAVE A MONEY ORDER. As no refund will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission. 



  1. Graduation from High School or possession of a High School Equivalency Diploma recognized by the New York State Education Department or supplemented by a course in typing on a computers; Or
  2. Two (2) years of experience in office work which shall have included typing on a computer; Or
  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience as described in A and B above. 


Knowledge of office terminology, procedures and equipment; reasonable knowledge of business arithmetic and English; ability to type from a clear copy or rough draft at a reasonable rate of speed computer literate; ability to write legibly; Clerical aptitude; mental alertness; neatness in appearance; tact and courtesy; good physical condition.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: (Illustrative Only)

Performs difficult but routine typing and general clerical work including typing forms, letters, invoices, resolutions, vouchers, records, reports, index cards and similar materials; Transcribes longhand copy; Relieves telephone switchboard operator; Addresses envelopes on a typewriter and/or a computer; Sorts correspondence, vouchers and similar materials; Acts as receptionist, directing callers to the proper person or office; Operates an adding machine, fax machine, copy machine and other office machines; Files and indexes materials; Types 35 words per minute with accuracy on a computer.

SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:

Subjects of examination:

  1. Spelling: These questions test your ability to spell words that are used in written business communications.
  2. Alphabetizing:   These questions test your ability to file material in alphabetical order.
  3. Clerical Operations with Letters and Numbers: These questions test your skills and abilities in clerical operations involving comparing, checking and counting. These 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.
  4. Record Keeping: These questions test your ability to keep accurate records.
  5. Office Record Keeping: These questions evaluate your ability to perform common office 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 summarizing data using totals, subtotals, averages and percents.

NOTE: Candidates who receive a passing score on the written exam must also qualify on a performance test in typing at the required speed of 35 standard words per minute. However, the written score will be used to determine the final test scores, all candidates passing the written test; their names will be placed on the eligible list. The performance test will be given on a computer by the appointing authority at the time of your interview and the eligible candidate must demonstrate their ability to meet the required speed of 35 standard words per minute. 

Candidates are required to attain a final score of 70 on the written exam to be placed on the eligible list, all candidates passing the written test must demonstrate their ability at the time of your interview to pass the performance test in typing at the required speed of 35 standard words per minute tested by the appointing authority in order to be officially eligible for the position seeking to be filled. This examination is announced and will be rated in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law. The provisions of the NY State Civil Service Law, Rules & Regulations dealing with the rating of examinations will apply to this examination.

CALCULATORS ARE ALLOWED FOR THIS EXAM. Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell checkers, personal digital assistants, address books, language transistors, dictionaries or any similar devices are prohibited.

Any applicant wishing to claim Veteran’s credits must do so at the time of filing his/her application. You must submit form MSB-332 VP- I along with your DD214 (Discharge).

APPLICATION FEE WAIVER: Civil Service Law Section 50.5(b) states: “fees shall be waived for candidates who certify to the state civil service department, a municipal commission or regional commission that they are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household, or are receiving public assistance.” If you qualify for the application fee wavier based on the criteria outline above, request the fee waiver form when you submit the employment application. You will be required to proved documentation to prove your status (i.e. print out of unemployment benefit statement, Benefit card or proof of Social Security Income (SSI) payments).

RELIGIOUS ACCOMODATIONS AND HANDICAPPED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate on a separate sheet and attaché to your application at the time of submission. The alternate test date will occur on the Monday following the original examination date and will take place at City Hall at 9:00AM. Contact the Civil Service Office at 914-665-2357 for details on the room location.

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.

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 in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two (2) 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.


If you have applied for any other Civil Service Exams for employment with NY State or any other local government jurisdiction, you must make arrangements to take the entire exam at ONE test site. If you have applied for both STATE and LOCAL government exams, you must arrange to take all your exams at the STATE exam center by calling (518) 457-7022 no later than two (2) weeks before the test date.


Alternate test(s) date(s) may be arranged upon review of the circumstance, 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




Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting Scheduled for June 20 has been cancelled







A regular meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals to be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the City Council Chambers, second floor, City Hall, Mount Vernon, New York has been cancelled.


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Fireworks Spectacular June 24, 2017 at 3:30 PM

2017 Mount Vernon Fireworks Spectacular

Last year, Mayor Richard Thomas brought fireworks back to Mount Vernon for the first time in almost 70 years! Now, for the second year in a row, Mayor Thomas is bringing the Mount Vernon Fireworks Spectacular back to Mount Vernon High School June 24, 2017. That’s only 2 weeks away. Mount Vernon is doing it even bigger and better than last year’s fireworks show, which was an incredible event highlighting Mount Vernon pride, patriotism, and community values. This year is expected to feature bouncy houses, video game trucks, zip lining, a fidget spinner Guinness Book of World Records challenge, and of course an incredible fireworks show. Come out with the whole family for a great time, great food, great music, great activities, and great fireworks!

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