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Lack Of Space Delays Public Access TV In Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – City Council member J. Yuhanna Edwards said Time Warner Cable has put aside a “significant” amount of money for a public television station in Mount Vernon, but the lack of a building to house one is holding up the project.

Edwards said there was a plan some time ago for a hip-hop center that also would house the public access channel, but that project never came to fruition. Currently, there is no public access television for the city, although Mount Vernon High School has a studio with broadcasting capabilities.

“We have the money, but right now we are looking for a building, which is the main thing holding the process up,” Edwards said.

Council member Richard Thomas said that resident Geoff Monroe, who previously brought the idea to the City Council for a public access channel in Mount Vernon, is working with a team for a plan when a building becomes available to house it.

“We need to make sure we have a business plan that will work with the city,” Thomas said. “We have embraced this issue because of the role communications play in our world.”

Even though Time Warner has money set aside, Verizon, which also has customers in Mount Vernon, would be consulted before any public access channel was created. Council member Deborah Reynolds said the City Council needs to find credible people to run the channel but should not choose what either telecommunications company does.

“We shouldn’t choose between companies,” Reynolds said. “That’s for the companies to do.”

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