Westchester steers $174K to Mount Vernon youth programs


Westchester County has earmarked nearly $200,000 for four youth programs run by the city of Mount Vernon.

The money–$174,000 of it–will partially fund the city’s Youth Empowerment Program; its Safe Haven Summer Camp and After School Program; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Saturdays; and the Step Up Program.

According to a news release from County Executive Rob Astorino’s office, “Nearly 200 at-risk youths ages 7-21 will benefit from academic enrichment, social counseling, violence prevention employment training, job placement and recreation programs, under an agreement sent this week to the Board of Legislators for approval.”

The announcement comes as Astorino and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson locked in a close race for county executive.

A request for comment from Mount Vernon’s Youth Bureau went unanswered.


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  1. Jackson Davies on

    It is called buying votes in a city where Astorino is not liked and is 90% Democratic. He also cut funding three years in a row for programs that many in Mt Vernon need to stay off welfare.

  2. Money Earnin on

    More great work from a JN ‘reporter’, this is money the little man CUT, he’s putting it back for votes PERIOD. and he’s doing it now cause he’s got one of his fake town meetings at Grace tonight. can’t show up with nothin after taking away everything