Mount Vernon Weekly Report — May 24, 2021


*original statement from Mayor was included in DA Rocah’s earlier press release*

Since taking office in January, 2020 my mandate has been transformation and accountability across city agencies including the police department. We are working hard to dismantle systemic issues and reform policing to ensure that our community is a safe place for all,” said Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard. …


As mayor, my administration is built on a platform of anti-corruption and transparency. I remain committed to these principles. When the city learned of this issue last October, my team and I took it seriously. We requested that any employees who received SBA Loans/ Grants contact their commissioners.

Seventeen employees came forward. Police Commissioner Glenn Scott compiled the information then handed it over to the proper authorities. My administration has fully cooperated with authorities and will continue to do so.

This is a hard day for Mount Vernon as we are a small and connected community and a situation like this will undoubtedly reverberate throughout our network of neighbors, family, and friends.

MOUNT VERNON, NY — March 12, 2021 — Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard announced the Mount Vernon Police Reform Commission (MVPRC) final report, consisting of forty-three recommended reforms to the Mount Vernon Police Department. The final report is open for public comment through Sunday, March 21, 2021 at all comments can be submitted to

The Mount Vernon Police Reform Commission will be hosting three listening sessions on the report over the next week. The meetings will be Monday (15th) from 10am-11:30am, Tuesday (16th) from 1pm-2:30pm and Wednesday (17th) from 6pm-7:30pm. They will take place on and

New York nursing homes will resume indoor visitations on Friday under new rules that ease current COVID-19 testing requirements for visitors and increase the capacity for each facility.

New Rules:

  • No visitor testing would be required for nursing homes in counties with COVID test positivity rates below 5%, but health officials would still encourage visitors to get tested before entering the facility.
  • If a county has test positivity between 5% and 10%, nursing home visitors are required to obtain a negative COVID test result within 72 hours before entering the facility.
  • The number of visitors to the nursing home must…

Today, Friday, Feb. 19, Governor Cuomo announced that residents in parts of Yonkers and Mount Vernon will be able to begin making an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the new FEMA/New York State vaccination site in Southwest Yonkers, New York National Guard Armory at 2 Quincy Place.

Appointments for testing will open first for those with Mount Vernon zip codes 10550, 10552 and 10553 and Yonkers zip codes 10701, 10703, 10704 and 10705. On March 3, all Westchester County residents can begin making appointments.

All appointments will be made through the state site

The new…

Mount Vernon, NY — Today, the City of Mount Vernon is providing an update on the status of its internal investigations around allegations of corruption and police misconduct within the Mount Vernon Police Department (MVPD). The investigations commenced in July 2020, when MVPD requested audio tapes from Officer Murshea Bovell that alleged wrongdoing in the Narcotics squad of the department. These tapes were sent to Westchester County District Attorney’s office in February 2019 and shared with local media.

In August 2020, at the direction of Commissioner Glenn Scott, the MVPD transcribed the tapes began its internal investigation. After careful review…

Beginning around Thursday, February 18 for approximately eleven months

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is advising motorists that the East Lincoln Avenue Bridge over the Hutchinson River and the Hutchinson River Parkway at Exit 12 (East Lincoln Ave/Mount Vernon/Pelham) in the City of Mount Vernon and the Village of Pelham is expected to close in both directions.

A new traffic pattern will begin on or around February 18, 2021 for approximately eleven months, weather permitting. Traffic will be rerouted to a temporary bridge just south of the existing bridge, where one lane of traffic in each direction…

Earlier this month Governor Andrew Cuomo has released the list of comorbidities and underlying conditions that New York State will use to determine eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. New Yorkers who have one of the comorbidities on the list can make appointments at state-run mass vaccination sites beginning February 14th, with the first appointments scheduled for February 15th. Local health departments supervising local distribution sites determine how to schedule appointments at their sites, which began for the comorbidity population on February 15th.

The full list of comorbidities and underlying conditions is available below. The list is subject to change as…

Shawyn Patterson-Howard

1st African American Woman Elected Mayor for the great City of Mount Vernon, NY.

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