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Mount Vernon mayor's 2011 State of City speech

Mount Vernon mayor's 2011 State of City speech

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Published by Ernie Garcia
Mount Vernon Mayor Clinton Young delivered his 2011 state of the city speech on March 30. This document is a copy of the speech released by his office earlier that day.
Mount Vernon Mayor Clinton Young delivered his 2011 state of the city speech on March 30. This document is a copy of the speech released by his office earlier that day.

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 STATE OF THE CITY MESSAGE 2011:
WE’VE COME TOO FAR TO TURN BACK NOW”
 EMBARGOED UNTIL 7:00PM 3-30-11
WELCOMEThank you Council President Karen Watts, CityCouncil members Steve Horton, Roberta Apuzzo,Yuhanna Edwards, Diane Munro-Morris, City ClerkGeorge Brow n, and City Comptroller Maureen Walker;ladies and gentlemen—good evening and welcomeeveryone to my fourth State of the City Address.I am proud and honored to stand before you thisevening to state with clear and defensible certaintythat the great City of Mount Vernon is strong and w eare secure. We are strong and secure as a city, becausewe are strong, secure and UNITED as a community, the
 
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Mount Vernon Family. Together, we have madedramatic and considerable progress as a result of significant changes that have positively touched themany lives in our beloved city who w e have theobligation to serve and provide the very best. Our taxdollars are stretching further than before, because of awell defined philosophy of spending to protect thetaxpayers as we meet the increasing demands of thepublic. Yet, there’s so much more to be done during thisdifficult economic and political climate. I thereforerespectfully urge my partners in government to workcooperatively with me to do what’s best to progressMount Vernon. We must continue to move Mount Vernoninto the 21
st
century. And we will, because … We’vecome too far to turn back now. Progress, Yes Progress,must continue!
 
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There is a vibrant and evident spirit of pride andsuccess flowing throughout Mount Vernon. As acommunity, we have faced many recent challenges. Wehave met each challenge head on, and as a communitywe have succeeded.One of the biggest challenges w as the possibilityof losing Mount Vernon Hospital. Planned reductions invital health care services and staff at Mount VernonHospital would have changed the course of health carein our community.This hospital serves over 22-thousand peopleannually, whether they have insurance or not. Theproposed cuts in services w ould have been devastatingto our community. Not to mention, the economic impactsince Mount Vernon Hospital is one of the largestemployers of city residents.When I sounded the alarm our community cametogether to save our hospital. Tonight, I am happy toreport, thanks to the hard work of community memberslike Wendy Clark, who worked at the hospital for close

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