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Mount Vernon youth attend Public Safety Summit

Mount Vernon youth attend Public Safety Summit

Students and young people up to 25 years old partook in discussions about public safety in Mount Vernon on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at the City of Mount Vernon’s Youth Public Safety Summit. The event was hosted by the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau and Cities United, an organization committed to helping cities improve across America. 

Associate Superintendent of Operations and Accountability Mark Raimondi and students from the Mount Vernon City School District attended to join the discussion of public safety in Mount Vernon. 

“Everything we do is centered around the youth, that’s why we’re here,” said Mr. Raimondi. “The school district works with the youth so that they’re prepared for tomorrow. Getting their input is crucial to ensure that we are all aligned with the same interests, and we can accomplish all these goals together.” 

Young people learned about the different programs that are available to the youth, such as Safe Place for Our Girls and the Youth Bureau and discussed how they could get involved in improving safety in Mount Vernon.  

“Safe Place for Our Girls is a program where our young – 10 to 21 – girls can come and have something to do after school or work,” said Nadia Edwards, 10th grade student at Denzel Washington School of the Arts. “It’s just a safe place for everyone to enjoy their time and build a sisterhood and a friendship. It’s important to me because not every city has a program like this, so I feel like this is good for our community.” 

The evening started with snacks and a meet and greet. The group then discussed questions regarding public safety. They talked about the strengths of the city, where it needs improvement and how the youth can be a part of that improvement. 

5 students at public safety summit
Mr. Raimondi speaking at Public safety summit
Mr. Raimondi with DWSA students


Danielle Browne

Danielle R. Browne, Esq., founding attorney of the Browne Firm PLLC and city councilperson for the City of Mount Vernon, graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2006. She attended Barnard College, Columbia University, where she was the captain of the women’s basketball team, and received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Since then, she has started her own law firm and made her impact on her hometown as a city councilperson.

Dr. Smith receiving proclamation.

Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith received a proclamation from New York State Senator Jamal Bailey, recognizing her for her exemplary service to the community and the State of New York for Women’s History Month on Friday, April 5, 2024. Nakia Hiland, director of Safe Place for Our Girls, from the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau and Unique Groom, community liaison for Jamal Bailey presented the proclamation to Dr. Smith.  

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Dr. K. Veronica Smith, Acting Superintendent of Schools: 

Greetings MVCSD Community,

At approximately 10:23 a.m., there was a 4.8 magnitude earthquake in New Jersey. The aftershocks were felt throughout the Tri-State area. Several of our school buildings felt the tremors, which lasted for less than 30 seconds.

There have been no reports of staff or student injuries due to this incident. As a precaution, we will have indoor activities for our students for the remainder of the day. We will keep you updated on any developments on this matter if necessary.

Students strapping instructor onto board

Mount Vernon City School District students, equipped with medical supplies, administered care to mannequins during their emergency medical technician (EMT) training course at Mount Vernon High School on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department added a new EMT program earlier in the school year, and classes began in December. 

Dr. Waterman Superintendent for a Day

A new, but familiar, face occupied the Mount Vernon City School District superintendent’s desk on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Dr. Crystal Waterman, Edward Williams School principal, served as the superintendent for the day to begin Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith’s “Superintendent for a Day,” series. Dr. Smith served as the principal at Edward Williams.