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MVToday Contributor G. Lamont Blackstone Wins Prestigious Award

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2011 ICSC William M. Sulzbacher Award Recipient G. Lamont Blackstone

G. Lamont Blackstone is the honored recipient of the ICSC William M. Sulzbacher Government Relations Leadership Award for 2011.  G. Lamont Blackstone is both a shopping center and economic development professional whose career encompasses accomplishments in government and the private sector.

A long-standing ICSC volunteer, G. Lamont Blackstone is the principal of G. L. Blackstone & Associates LLC, a commercial real estate development consulting firm specializing in urban markets, the crafting of public-private partnerships, and energy expense solutions for commercial properties.

Throughout this distinguished career, Lamont has always made service a priority.  He has served as Co-Chairperson of the New York State Government Relations Committee, held multiple Leadership positions with the Alliance Program, contributed to ICSC’s seminal research on inner-city and under-served markets including “Retail as a Catalyst for Economic Development” and served as Dean of the School for Economic Development at the University of Shopping Centers.

Lamont’s diverse contributions in both the public and private sector have brought a unique and valued perspective to ICSC.   Lamont’s leadership has made a lasting impact on the quality and caliber of the ICSC Government Relations Program.

Lamont was formerly Chief Investment Officer of The Retail Initiative, Inc. (“TRI”), the nation’s first commercial real estate equity fund to target inner-city retail development opportunities and supermarket-anchored projects.  At TRI, he was part of the development team for the Harlem Pathmark project which opened in 1999 as the largest supermarket in Manhattan.  Prior to TRI, he held commercial real estate development and leasing positions with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York State Urban Development Corporation, Pan Pacific Development Corp., and Cadillac Fairview Shopping Centers.

Lamont obtained his M.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate from The Wharton School and a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University.  In 2010, he was honored with ICSC’s Distinguished Service Award from The Board of Trustees for his years of service and promotion of the field of public-private partnerships.  He was also honored as one of the Ten Influential Blacks for 2010 by the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York


The ICSC William M. Sulzbacher Government Relations Leadership Award


New in 2011, the ICSC William M. Sulzbacher Government Relations Leadership Award will annually recognize an outstanding ICSC Government Relations Volunteer.  In the model of Mr. Sulzbacher, the Award recognizes an individual with great capacity for compassion, integrity and service.  Mr. Sulzbacher, a second-generation Jacksonville civic-Leader, began his career as a teacher before developing, managing and leasing mixed-use real estate in North Florida and across the nation.  He most recently was President of Hedrick Street Ventures, LLC.  At the heart of the Award is an appreciation of the qualities and values Bill possessed.  ICSC shares the belief that active community participation and leadership in government relations can be invaluable to personal and professional success.


Current ICSC member

Current/past ICSC Government Relations Volunteer in the United States

Has demonstrated unique leadership in government relations

Has a passion for giving back to the shopping center industry and the community

Nominated by a current ICSC Government Relations Chair or ICSC Trustee (Beginning in 2012)

There is no application process


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Memory Care Fair at The Wartburg

Tuesday, 15 November 2011 15:02 administrator
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In recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, on Saturday, November 19, 2011, a Memory Care Fair will take place at Meadowview Assisted Living at The Wartburg in the Lafkin Media Center, 2 Wartburg Place, Mt. Vernon, NY from 10 am to 2 pm.

There will be demonstrations of Posit Science Brain Fitness Training Program and Wii, information about brain healthy foods and refreshments.

The Wartburg  will be offering free confidential memory screenings the day of the fair.

Visit , call 914-513-5317 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register in advance or get more information.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 15:09

Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Joins Brazilian Consulate for Community Health Event

Friday, 14 October 2011 09:58 Phelicia Francis
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Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center (MTVNHC) partnered with the Brazilian Consulate on Thursday, October 6, at Our Lady of Victory Church in Mount Vernon to provide the community with information about access to high quality and affordable health care, free screenings, and education about preventive health.  The event included members of the MTVNHC paraprofessional staff providing health screenings and education in diabetes, blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, prenatal care, obesity, women's health, the Reach Out and Read Program, and others.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 October 2011 10:18

Citibank, Community Capital and Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce help Entrepreneurs Launch and Grow Small Businesses

Thursday, 13 October 2011 09:23 Phelicia Francis
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First Step: A Business Plan Writing Class

Mount Vernon, NY — Community Capital, a not for profit agency with offices in Hawthorne, Poughkeepsie and New Windsor, is partnering with Citibank and the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce to provide an 18-hour Business Plan Writing Class targeting entrepreneurs in Mount Vernon and surrounding communities. The course is designed to act as a catalyst for economic self sufficiency, enabling participants to start or grow their business enterprise, creating jobs and revitalizing communities.

The culmination of the course will be a presentation of business plans by each participant to a panel of experts.  These experts will provide constructive feedback to each entrepreneur.  In addition to class time, participants will receive one-on-one business plan technical assistance, access to free credit counseling, have access to small business loans and can enroll in Community Capital’s QuikBooks bookkeeping training program.

The recession has had a significant impact on the ability of small business owners to access credit.  Many traditional lenders pulled back leaving new or growing businesses with few affordable financing options.  In addition to providing financial education, Community Capital, an SBA-approved “micro-lender,” provides loans up to $50,000 at reasonable interest rates (currently 7.75%) for terms of up to five years.  The funds can be used for equipment, marketing, inventory, licensing, fees, leasehold improvements and similar expenses. 

Community Capital’s Director of Small Business Lending Tamara Underwood noted: “I think the wide variety of businesses that we see in our current portfolio – restaurants, manufacturing, service businesses, and construction – demonstrates that all sorts of enterprises are facing financing obstacles.  With our more flexible credit standards and collateral demands, many start-up and emerging companies find that our loans are a good fit for them and certainly much cheaper than trying to finance their growth on credit cards.”

These micro businesses represent about 21% of employment in New York State and hold the promise of creating new employment opportunities in Westchester communities. Successful businesses will also generate tax revenues for strapped municipalities and revitalize neighborhoods.

Helping to grow businesses and strengthen the communities we serve since 2003, Community Capital has made loans to more than 125 businesses, for a total of $1.3 million invested in start-up or existing businesses, contributing to the creation or retention of 275 jobs.

Interested business owners or would be entrepreneurs can get more information by contacting Tamara Underwood, Director of Small Business Lending at 914 747 8020 or by visiting the website at

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2011 09:57

Denzel Washington to host 100 Year Anniversary Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon Gala

Thursday, 06 October 2011 11:22 Phelicia Francis
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The road to the 100th Anniversary Gala of the venerable Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon just took a giant step. Award-Winning actor Denzel Washington, a proud product of the century-old youth organization, has agreed to host the celebration gala and benefit set for Saturday night, March 24, 2012, at the Rye Town Hilton (Rye Brook, Westchester County, New York), it was announced today by the Board of Directors. For information and reservations call 914.668.9580 or logo onto

The monumental announcement brings Washington, a two-time Emmy Award, two-time Golden Globe Award and Tony Award recipient, back to his Mt. Vernon roots. He has been a longtime spokesman and board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America since the mid-1990’s.

“Denzel’s presence at the Gala, and never-ending commitment to serve the children of our community will greatly enhance our major fundraising efforts for capital improvements to continue our mission,” said Boys & Girls Club President Danny Sawh, and Executive Director Lowes Moore in a joint statement. “The Boys & Girls Club of Mt. Vernon has been a bulwark against delinquency and a recreational outlet for youngsters for a century, and Denzel’s support of the gala will continue those efforts.”

With encouragement and lessons learned from the Boys & Girls Club, Washington overcame the tough streets to ultimately attend Fordham University in the Bronx, where he gained a roster spot on the freshman basketball team under P.J. Carlesimo, and earned his B.A. in Drama and Journalist at Fordham at Lincoln Center, and then embarked on a four-decade acting career that has been one for the ages.

Washington has said that he still applies the same principles in his acting career that he learned when he was a third-grader in the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. He teamed with director Ron Howard for a public service announcement that shows how the club has impacted his life along with 20 other celebrities and entertainers, who were once members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Denzel’s career came to prominence on the hit television medical show St. Elsewhere; he received two Academy Awards for Training Day and Glory, and his recent Tony Award for the Broadway hit Fences. In riveting portrayals, Washington has played such true-life characters as Malcolm X, boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Steve Biko,  Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas, and Herman Boone. He starred in the blockbuster Disney film Remember the Titans which grossed over $100 million in the U.S. box office alone.

Along with Washington, distinguished alumni of the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon include: Mount Vernon Mayor Clinton I. Young; historian and author Dr. Larry Spruill, PhD; Jack Haire, the President and CEO of Parade Publications, and former publisher of Time Magazine; the former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca; former NBA star Gus Williams, who enjoyed a lengthy career with the Seattle SuperSonics, Golden State Warriors and Baltimore Bullets; his younger brother, former Knicks standout Ray Williams, past and present outstanding NBA players Rudy Hackett, Earl Tatum, Lowes Moore, Carlton (Scooter) McCray, Rodney McCray and current Piston Ben Gordon; JB Smooth, the actor and stand-up comedian, best known for his roles on "Curb Your Enthusiasm,” "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Saturday Night Live"; Leon, the actor who starred in multiple films including Cool Runnings, The Flamingo Kid, The Temptations and The Little Richard Story; and 1050 ESPN Radio sports broadcaster Bill Daughtry.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon

Established in 1912, and firmly rooted in the Christian principles of charity, love and philanthropy, the organization was designed to serve as a recreational outlet for the children of the community. The Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon is a thriving, vibrant organization, with a dedicated Board of Directors.  The vision of the Boys & Girls Club of Mt. Vernon is to be the pre-eminent youth-serving organization in the City, developing the whole child, spiritually, mentally, physically and culturally. The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Mt. Vernon is to help all youth, especially those from high-risk neighborhoods, make the most of their lives.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2011 14:41

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