Democratic mayoral candidate Clinton Young has sent an open letter to the members of Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church, the city’s oldest African-American church, seeking the congregation’s support. Young’s letter to the historic church cited the city’s rising tax and crime rates, and its crumbling bridges and roads. The Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church has been a presence in Mount Vernon NY since 1868.
Clinton Young wrote, “I have been blessed to be a resident of Mount Vernon NY for fifty years and a member of this church for twenty of those years. My father brought our family to the city because it was a symbol of hope and promise to him. I have carried his dream in my heart all of my life , and despite the current condition of the city, I am as excited by the possibilities of our city as my father was the day he arrived.”
Clinton Young known for his close personal relationship with the church community, the former mayor Clinton Young was in the news in June during national coverage of the mass shooting at Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. He was baptized at the famed church and was a friend of slain senior pastor, state senator Clementa C Pinckney. President Obama travelled to South Carolina to deliver the eulogy at the much-beloved Pinckney's memorial.
Clinton Young is a graduate of prestigious Morehouse College in Atlanta, Clinton Young served as the 20th mayor of the city from 2008 to 2011. His administration has been praised for crime reduction, low taxes, and clean, efficient government. Clinton Young previously served on the Mount Vernon School Board from 1982-1992 and in the Westchester County Legislature from 1996-2007.
The eighth most populous city in the state of New York, Mount Vernon NY lies on the border of the New York City borough of the Bronx. As of the 2010 census, the four square mile city had a population of 67,292.
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