Mayor Richard Thomas Weekly Report — December 30, 2017

Extreme Cold Weather Advisory: Warming Centers Available

The City of Mount Vernon is currently under an extreme cold weather advisory from now until January 2, 2018. The National Weather Service has forecasted that temperatures will be freezing throughout the week.

Temperatures are anticipated to be at dangerously low levels with the potential for intense winds, snow, and wintery weather. Warming centers are open and available for public use in several locations in the city.

Warming Center Locations

The Doles Center — 250 South 6th Avenue — Mount Vernon, NY

The Armory — 144 North 5th Avenue — Mount Vernon, NY

Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital — 12 North 7th Avenue — Mount Vernon, NY


* Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and home-bound.

* Keep animals indoors.

* Don’t overload electrical power strips.

* KEEP space heaters away from curtains, blankets, and flammable materials.

* DON’T use a stove, oven, grill, or any other open flame to heat your home. This is dangerous and can lead to fires or carbon monoxide poisoning.

DEC Consent Order on DPW Yard

In a special Board of Estimate and Contract Meeting this past Thursday, Comptroller Maureen Walker and City Council President Roberta Apuzzo decided to leave some tough decisions behind for their successors. Namely the decision on how to pay for the compliance aspects related to the latest Department of Environmental Conservation Consent Order to address environmental issues at the Department of Public Works yard along the Hutchinson River. The outgoing Comptroller and Council President agreed to pay the $55k fine to the DEC but stopped short of addressing the specific terms of the consent order, which includes mandatory milestones that the city must meet.

Mount Vernon is a place of limitless potential. The city boasts the only waterfront access to the Hutchinson River; a location that can be used as a destination for families and recreational tourism. For example, when the new park is ready, you can skip traffic, grab your bike and take a ferry to City Island from Mount Vernon’s Target. Click here to read more about the long-term plans for Mount Vernon’s waterfront and here to watch an update on the Hutch Greenway clean-up.

Mount Vernon Spread the Warmth Coat Drive

No one should have to go without a coat in the frigid winter weather! Mayor Richard Thomas and the Mount Vernon Planning and Community Development Department are collecting gently used coats for those in need. If you have coats hanging in your closet that you don’t wear anymore, please bring them to City Hall Room 211. Help spread the warmth this blistery winter and take care of our Mount Vernon family members who may be in need. The Planning Department will be accepting donations from now until January 12th, during the regular City Hall operating hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Fresh Market Food Distribution Moves Indoors for the Winter

The Fresh Market Food Distribution has relocated to a new indoor location for the winter season. Every other Friday this winter, the Food Bank for Westchester, in collaboration with the Thomas Administration, will be giving away thousands of pounds of free food to Mount Vernon residents. The winter location is The Doles Community Center, at 250 South 6th Ave, Mount Vernon, NY. If you or someone you know would like some fresh, free produce, mark your calendars for January 12th, 2018. The food giveaway lasts from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Mount Vernon Best Decorated Home Contest

Happy Holidays Mount Vernon! Thanks to all of you who entered our Best Decorated Home Contest. The spirit of the season was strong throughout the North and South Sides but, in the end, only one home was victorious. Ms. Carolyn Harris and the entire Harris family have turned 54 North 10th Avenue into a magical winter wonderland that makes Santa proud. Congratulations to the entire Harris family! Special congrats as well to the runners-up including 207 South 1st Avenue, 121 Ridgeway Street, 199 Esplanade and many more! Click here for video of the festive competition.

Mount Vernon Youth Bureau S.T.R.O.N.G Program Learns Coding During the Winter Break

Students from the Mount Vernon S.T.R.O.N.G Program sites spent their holiday break learning how to code. Studies show that young people who engage in STEAM education, like coding, have a greater likelihood of long-term academic and career success. The students were exposed to both PC and Apple based coding lessons. If you look closely at the photo on the right you will see a basketball based game in PC format, while the students on the left created a ping pong game using the Apple format.

Babysitting Certification with the American Red Cross

The City of Mount Vernon’s Youth Bureau partnered with the American Red Cross to train youth ages 11–15 to become “certified” babysitters. The training was designed to help youth develop leadership skills, learn the fundamentals to build a baby-sitting business, help keep themselves and others safe, help children learn how to behave, learn basic child care, and first aid.

Battle of the DJ’s

On December 27th, Brother Arthur Muhammad facilitated a Battle of the DJ’s workshop at The Guidance Center of Westchester to expose students to the art of disc jockeying and the history of hip-hop. Mount Vernon High School student Simeon King represented our city where he showcases his burgeoning skills on the one’s and two’s. King learned how to blend, scratch and mix at a greater level. After attending this workshop, Mr. King was excited to possibly pursue a career in DJ’ing, radio production, or media. To learn more about opportunities in music, arts and upcoming skills sessions, email us at

The Shamoya McKenzie Foundation Celebrates the Life of Shamoya McKenzie

On Saturday, December 30, 2017, at 3:00 pm, the Shamoya McKenzie Foundation will celebrate her life. People are invited to gather at the location where young Shamoya lost her life for prayer and community togetherness, 3rd Street and Pease Street

From 4:00–6:00 pm there will be a service at Macedonia Baptist Church

141 S 9th Ave, Mount Vernon, NY 10550


Then, Sunday, December 31, 2017, at 11:00 am at the Bronxwood International Church of God, there will be a follow-up service.

3232 Lurting Avenue, Bronx, NY

Mount Vernon Celebrates Three Kings Day 2017

Mayor Richard Thomas and The City of Mount Vernon are holding a Three Kings Day celebration on Saturday, January 6, from 1–2:30 pm in the City Hall Rotunda. Light refreshments will be served. Come join us in celebrating Día De Los Tres Reyes. For more information, please call 914–840–4040.

Listen to us live:

Mayor Richard Thomas is live and on-the-air several days a week, taking your calls, addressing your concerns, and answering your questions. See the schedule below and be sure to tune in!

On Tuesdays at 7:20 am, Mayor Richard Thomas joins WVOX’s Bob Marrone to discuss pressing political news in Mount Vernon, Westchester County, and the country. You can hear this week’s discussion here.

Also on Tuesday at 8:30 am, you can hear the Mayor on “Mornings with the Mayor” on 104.5 FM Linkage Radio. Listen to last week’s episode here.

On Wednesdays, the Mayor heads to Minister Patrick Tyson’s corner on Future FM Radio at 98.9 FM. Catch this week’s episode here.

On Thursdays, Mayor Thomas appears on “Westchester on the Level” BlogTalk Radio hosted by Hezi Aris of the Yonkers Tribune. This week’s interview can be found here. Listen to hear Mayor Richard Thomas speak about how tax deductions no longer permitted may reduce housing development, housing valuations, and whether the tax structure will hurt the City of Mount Vernon.

On Fridays, the Mayor joins Fada Gassy for “Gloves On Gloves Off” on Future FM Radio at 98.9 FM. Catch this week’s episode here.

Mayor Thomas hosts “Mount Vernon Moving Forward,” every Friday between 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on WVOX 1460 AM Radio. This is your opportunity to call-in and speak to the Mayor directly. The number is 914–636–0110. You can listen to last week’s show here for a conversation on public safety following the federal indictment of some Mount Vernon gang members. Mayor Thomas also discusses the Trump Tax plan and the implications for Mount Vernon.