New Technology and Science Center Coming To Mount Vernon

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An artist's rendering about what the potential learning center may look like in Mount Vernon.
An artist's rendering about what the potential learning center may look like in Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Mount Vernon Technology and Science Youth Center for Advancement has announced plans to erect a new center that will focus on preparing city school children to continue their education following high school.

Mount Vernon’s new technology and science center will provide lower income families the opportunity to provide their children with a top-tier educational experience that will guide them toward college and meaningful careers.

The announcement of the education center comes at a time when Mount Vernon students could use it most. The district is in a state of transition, as it searches for interim Superintendent Judith Johnson’s permanent replacement and prepares to switch to a “K-8 model” next year. Student scores on mandatory tests were also among the lowest in the state.

Outside of its uses for students, the science and technology center will also bring both visitors and money to Mount Vernon, as it will be open to curious visitors.

The facility will include a brand new theater, small classrooms, offices and laboratories. Ideally, it will cater to as many as 1,000 visitors at any given time.

When it’s constructed, the learning center will be located in the heart of the South Side shopping district. Teams have discussed two Fourth Avenue locations where construction can begin. Once completed, the center will provide an interactive learning experience for students and visitors with a passion for science and technology.

Robert Holland Jr., the man who will bring the learning center to the city, said that the center has the potential to become a vital cog of the city. He has already raised the money to make his dream a reality.

“The center will bring tremendous value to our children and the community,” he said. “There is already a great deal of support for this resource, as several major entities have made early financial commitments.”

James Wilson, a father of two, said that he would welcome any educational resources that can be made available for his children.

“The school district has been struggling lately, so it certainly couldn’t hurt to have it around,” he said. “If my kids needed it, I think I’d be willing to take them down there to get some help.”

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It seems from the comments that there is developing a critical mass of residents who immediately see through the facade of these projects to their real purpose of further enriching the MV club of corruption. The question is how do we translate this into action to effect change? How do we come together as a group?

As the days past, I pay more attention to what is done and less to what is said. I believe the worst form of any crime or deception is the misuse of children to accomplish the goals of those involved.
Seeing makes one believe; one may believe when one sees. I wish you well and hope that I am wrong on what I believe will happen.

A practice always utilized within the field of medicine when lives are at stake: always examine and re-examine closely and thoroughly prior to making a determination! While actual lives may not be directly aligned with this matter, a generation of innocent young people continue to face limitations that can define and confine their future, be prudent in your desire to judge with so little knowledge or facts but instead driven by past experiences, real or imagined.

Again, please re-consider:

“Above all we need, particularly as children, the reassuring presence of a visible community, an intimate group that ENFOLDS US WITH UNDERSTANDING AND LOVE, and that becomes an object of our spontaneous loyalty, as a criterion and point of reference for the rest of the human race.”
—Lewis Mumford

What has happened in the past, concerning proposals and unfilled promises, is relevant to the present. Promises and incomplete proposals, of the past, have led to a community of non-believers with attitudes of cynicism and distrust towards politicians and religious leaders. If this project comes to fruition, it MAY create some trust for those who HONESTLY mean what they proclaim.

There is nothing "honest" about anything in Mount Vernon, other than the taxpayers who always pay their taxes on time, including the taxes for those who, for their political connections, don't pay anything.

It will be "privately funded"? Famous last words! In Mount Vernon, every such project is linked to City Hall, and the taxpayers will be on the hook for this, as they are for everything else.

As you state, there are many situations in the past that support my cynicism! This is not meant to be an attack on the project if indeed the project is legit!
My frustration at the powers that be and their willful arrogance toward the residents of this city is anything but baseless.

I had seen your earlier post, but outside of that post, there is nothing I see in the article that even intimates, much less "clearly state" that there is no connection to city hall. And while it does not say that the project IS connected to city hall, it's difficult to understand how it would not be, considering the city gov't stranglehold on such matters in the past.

All that said, I should very much like to believe that this is on the up and up, and I pledge to look into it further, however you must understand that as a frustrated resident I will take to these pages to express my frustration when the initial reportage doesn't pass the smell test. If you are as entrenched in the project as your post seems to say, then you should also know that the burden of proof falls on you to sell the legitimacy of this project to the public.

I look forward to heading over to to learn more and I wish you luck in making this center a reality!

-Mike Patterson

At least you did get one thing right- we are not all idiots!

Although you may find situations in the past that support your cynicism, if you have the capacity and courage to examine the specificity associated with this particular project, you will learn that your assertions are completely without merit. While you may elect to reject the facts and resulting truth, that changes noting other than additional time and energy wasted on extending meaningless diatribe. As clearly stated, there is no link to City Hall, it is a 501(c)(3) foundation and the center it will be privately funded. Most important, it is an independent project driven by a group of capable/credible individuals that possess the talent and will to drive meaningful change for children attending public schools in Mount Vernon that deserve much more and will get it!

The center is not intended to be the answer to all things wrong but is will address some of the existing limitations associated with providing our public school children the opportunity to experience technology and science at a level that does not now exist. Given the general history of Mount Vernon, baseless criticisms are to be expected but only good will derive from this important project and all involved will held to the highest levels of accountability. The collection and utilization of all funds secured will be monitored by a credible and major accounting firm within Westchester County and consistently made publicly available. While this commitment to do things right in the right way may be unusual to some, it can and will be at the core of this endeavor to help secure some of the change our children are in desperate search of.

The website can and should be viewed at: but only if you seek facts and truth!

Again, please consider:

“Above all we need, particularly as children, the reassuring presence of a visible community, an intimate group that enfolds us with understanding and love, and that becomes an object of our spontaneous loyalty, as a criterion and point of reference for the rest of the human race.”
—Lewis Mumford

The website doesn't identify the people behind the project or the organization. A bit of research turned up an office in Tuckahoe and the name of Gerald Dennis. We will have to wait until the project comes before the city council and planning board. At that point, some of them will come out of the woodwork and discerning observers can piece together whose getting the financial benefit. Make no mistake, though, nothing happens in MV without the prior approval of the mayor.

The stones it takes to even bring this half assed proposal to the public's attention is insulting! This gov't cannot resist acting like refugees from "The Wire"

It's so completely transparent that this is a cash handoff to someone in or connected to city hall that it doesn't pass the smell test.

Let's predict how this will go down....

A contract will be given to some "company" or "companies" to build this thing, except there will be zero accountability for when they do not complete the project (which is inevitable). They'll have to make a go of it of course, some politically expedient location will be selected... there will be a ground breaking ceremony with local kids with pigtails and juice boxes in attendance and after about 2 years you'll have a shell of an edifice at the cost to the Mt. Vernon tax payers of 10s of millions of dollars!

People will say... "yeah whatever happened to the science center" except by then, the money paid will have been absconded away with and you will never know what happened to it.

Nor will you be told.

I'll just say this. When the contracts are handed out, can someone PLEASE investigate the layers of separation between the contractors and anyone in the local gov't??? Just do us that favor! Raise the question for ONCE before it gets out of hand!

And as for city hall... can you at least try to hide this crap a little better??? We're not all idiots!!!

City Hall has become so brazen, they no longer feel the need to disguise their schemes. One can hope that this hubris will lead to their undoing. If you want a truly egregious example, look at this phony "international trade agreement" with our "sister city". The reality is that it's a product distribution agreement between a Korean firm and a company owned by one of MV's dynastic families. The LED traffic lights are sold to the city at inflated prices through the MV company. Insiders get rich; taxpayers suffer. Then they take a trip to Korea at our expense to celebrate and splash it across the front page of their captive news outlet. They treat us like suckers and we let them.

If all ”roads lead to Rome, will the fourth and 3rd roads lead to sixth, eight and ninth? You might want to include religious organizations. Beware the turned around collars and diamond laced fingers.

The Mount Vernon Technology & Science Youth Center for Advancement is an independent entity being created in direct response to the many challenges and limitations that cannot be adequately addressed by our public school systems due to resource and budget constraints. In addition to being a destination location in Mount Vernon, the center plans to partner with public school leadership to ensure that our children have access to state-of-the art science and technology resources that complement the formal educational curriculum and prepare them for careers as teachers, scientists, computer technologists, doctors and engineers. Similar to other independent efforts in urban areas around the country, our center will have the potential to produce transformative change for our children and other critical aspects of the city, including cultural and economic change.

If you really care, you should seek to learn how this new and independent technology and science center, an IRS approved 501(c)(3), will help prepare our public school children for bright futures and meaningful careers by offering all the resources of an informal learning environment along with supplemental educational after-school, weekend and summer programs, professional mentors, scholarship opportunities, internships and more.

The center will be 100% privately funding and operated independently and driven to support real change for our children!

“Above all we need, particularly as children, the reassuring presence of a visible community, an intimate group that enfolds us with understanding and love, and that becomes an object of our spontaneous loyalty, as a criterion and point of reference for the rest of the human race.”

—Lewis Mumford

Where is the funding for this facility coming from? Any monies should first and foremost go to the existing schools and their programs to help and mentor the Mt. Vernon resident students first...

The funding will very likely be taken out of the School District budget, and once again the taxpayers will be footing the bill for this unjustifiable project.

This school district has been struggling for the past 20 years. Obviously, much is being done wrong. How about changing the culture within the schools? When teen pregnancy is dropping nationwide, Mt. Vernon's has stayed the same???? Or even gone higher??? Something is terribly broken in these few square miles. Davis (and his schemes) are not the answers..remember that downtown hotel? anyone looked at the large empty CVS on Sandford recently? What did Davis give CVS in way of tax breaks to allow them to open that location? Does anyone know the real story there?

The corruption from City Hall has increased significantly since the first day of the first term of Mayor Davis, and he's more than half way through his fourth term. The people continue electing him, and I don't know why. But then, I don't believe all the voting "results" have been honest - everyone knows there's plenty of voter fraud in Mount Vernon during the Mayoral elections and the School Budget voting.