Mount Vernon residents, leaders rally to hasten downtown project
Mount Vernon residents and politicians rallied today to protest the city's delayed revitalization project. According to Mayor Clinton Young (D-Mount Vernon), the project has stalled due to political pandering by the county executive's office. Young called for the plans to move forward, announcing they would provide hundreds of construction jobs to the community and nearly 80 permanent positions. The proposal includes 20,000-square feet of retail space, a 14-story residential building and new landscaping.
The project's price tag is about $120 million, and county officials say they are $4 million short. A spokesperson for County Executive Rob Astorino (R-Westchester) says developers have not gotten the right approval from the planning board, causing the delay.