MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Mount Vernon resident Jamie Pessin will host a radio show about issues in Mount Vernon, beginning Dec. 4 on WVOX in New Rochelle. Pessin has been co-hosting a radio show on WVOX, 1460 AM, with Mayor Ernie Davis for more than a year, but said his new show, “Mount Vernon Matters,” will tackle issues that are not always brought up by elected officials. Pessin said the idea of the show is to allow Mount Vernon residents to voice their opinions on issues that need to be addressed by the city government. “Some people are happy with the hurricane response, while some are not,” Pessin said. “One reason I am starting this show is that, during that time, many residents didn’t have television or Internet, but they had radio. People in this city need an outlet which they can communicate with each other on. This show will directly cater to the needs of Mount Vernon.” Pessin said the show, which will run live from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, will feature elected officials and other community leaders; residents will get a chance to ask questions live on the air. The premise, Pessin said, will be to talk about local topics and shed a positive light on Mount Vernon while dealing with issues some may see as controversial. “I’m encouraging people to call in,” Pessin said. “A lot of the media only wants to show the negative side of the city, but there is so much more to it. This radio show will give residents another tool to communicate their problems to members of the City Council on a weekly basis.” Councilwoman Karen Watts-Yehudah said the radio show will fill in the community on more positive things happening in the city, not just the bad things. “We may have different opinions, but people need to know that we will constantly discuss those opinions,” Watts-Yehudah said. “We need the public’s input. There are controversies sometimes in opinions, but that is not a bad thing.”
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