Mayor Shawyn Patterson Howard’s Weekly Report — January 27, 2020
The 88th Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors
Last week, we joined the 88th Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C. I was joined by leaders from every corner of our great nation and had the opportunity to meet Bryan Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills Michigan and 77th USCM President. This trip was essential to discussing ways to address critical issues around our bond rating, economic development, homelessness, infrastructure, public safety and much more.
Mount Vernon’s Public Hearing on the 2020 Budget
Residents packed the city council chambers on Thursday, January 23rd to speak on the proposed budget for 2020 which includes a 1.97% tax increase. The budget proposed by Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard falls under the New York State 2% tax cap and makes crucial funding investments in infrastructure needs for Public Works, Police, Fire and IT departments.
The 2020 Proposed budget allocates money to public safety and code enforcement to strengthen the quality of life of Mount Vernon residents. Included in the budget are three positions for code enforcement, that were created with monies from the $618,000 grant awarded to Mount Vernon by NYS Attorney General James from the Cities RISE grant. Additional funding has been allocated for a grant compliance officer to help Mount Vernon manage nearly ten million dollars in grants which alleviates the tax burden on homeowners.
The creation of positions in the fire and police department also strengthen our IT capabilities and allows
more personnel on the streets to keep Mount Vernon safer. The budget also makes investments in our senior citizen centers, our youth, and protects tenants through stronger code enforcement, fire prevention, and technology upgrades.
“Mayor Patterson-Howard said, “This is a budget that is fiscally responsible and ensures that our departments are properly funded and can receive crucial upgrades in staffing and equipment that they are in desperate need of. These investments will improve the efficiencies of government operations and create revenue-generating opportunities that will lessen the tax burden. The budget also makes investments in the Comprehensive Plan and the Census 2020. These two initiatives are essential to economic development and are deciding factors on the amount of federal funding we receive. I look forward to working with my colleagues in city government to push forward this budget and start working on closing out our audits and getting our bond rating back.”
Our Transition Team is Moving Forward
Last week we met with our Economic Development transition team led by Marsha Gordon. The team broke out into four subcommittees that will cover everything between real estate and small business.
Our transition will be taking place over the next few months and for those who have submitted resumes we will be reaching out to you shortly.
Office of Emergency Management’s Winter Garment Drive
We will be hosting a Winter Garment Drive from now until March 31! We are accepting new and lightly worn garments. Please deliver said items to one of our drop off location boxes:
City Hall | 1 Roosevelt Square West
The Armory | 144 N 5th Avenue
Please contact the Office of Emergency Management at Tjames@cmvny.com or (914) 665-2391 for further information.
Westchester Barber Academy Joins Saturday’s With Shah on Feb. 1st
SATURDAY: This week’s “Saturdays With Shah” is set to be a special one as volunteers from the Westchester Barber Academy are joining in on the beautification efforts. The transformation begins at 9:30am on the corner of Fulton Avenue and Third Street. Be there! 🗑💪
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