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Rally in Mount Vernon to restore West 4th Street park and basketball courts

Irving Jeffers, of Mount Vernon, holds a sign

Irving Jeffers, of Mount Vernon, holds a sign at a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Mount Vernon leaders and residents gathered Saturday to rally to demand Westchester County funding to renovate the Fourth Street Park, which is called the city's basketball hub. Legis. Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon) joined the Rev. Edward Mulraine, of Unity Baptist Tabernacle and other community leaders to participate in the rally and march, which called for renovations to the basketball courts which have a history of producing NBA talent. They were part of the annual "Unity and the Community" event that focuses on issues of social justice. (June 22, 2013)

Irving Jeffers, of Mount Vernon, holds a sign
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Irving Jeffers, of Mount Vernon, holds a sign at a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

The Rev. Edward Mulraine, of Unity Baptist Tabernacle,
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

The Rev. Edward Mulraine, of Unity Baptist Tabernacle, speaks at a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, who is running
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, who is running for Westchester County executive, speaks at a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Mount Vernon basketball star Lonnie Webb applauds during
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Mount Vernon basketball star Lonnie Webb applauds during a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams chants as he marches with others at a rally in support of the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Jaheem Dunlap, 12, of Mount Vernon, plays on
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Jaheem Dunlap, 12, of Mount Vernon, plays on the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts after a rally in support of their renovation in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Former basketball stars of Mount Vernon stand and
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Former basketball stars of Mount Vernon stand and speak with politicians and community leaders during a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Isaiah Jeffers, 3, of Mount Vernon, marches with
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Isaiah Jeffers, 3, of Mount Vernon, marches with his grandfather, Irving Jeffers, during a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, who is running
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, who is running for Westchester County executive, listens at a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Westchester and Mount Vernon politicians and community leaders
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester and Mount Vernon politicians and community leaders lead residents in a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

The Rev. Darren Morton, of Macedonia Baptist Church,
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

The Rev. Darren Morton, of Macedonia Baptist Church, speaks at a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Mount Vernon's Stephan Ritter, center, stands with children
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Mount Vernon's Stephan Ritter, center, stands with children during a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Westchester and Mount Vernon politicians and community leaders
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester and Mount Vernon politicians and community leaders lead residents in a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Passerby Richard Sylvain, of Mount Vernon, shouts to
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Passerby Richard Sylvain, of Mount Vernon, shouts to agree with chanting marchers during a rally to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Curious residents look out at marchers during a
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Curious residents look out at marchers during a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Onlookers watch as marchers chant during a rally
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Onlookers watch as marchers chant during a rally calling to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Westchester and Mount Vernon politicians and community leaders
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester and Mount Vernon politicians and community leaders march with residents during a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

The Rev. Edward Mulraine, of Unity Baptist Tabernacle,
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

The Rev. Edward Mulraine, of Unity Baptist Tabernacle, speaks in front of his church during "Unity and the Community" event, after the rally and march to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

The Centennial Kings football team coach Rod Bowman
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

The Centennial Kings football team coach Rod Bowman grills food at the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts during a basketball tournament in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Children play basketball on the courts during a
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Children play basketball on the courts during a march calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Westchester and Mount Vernon politicians and community leaders
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester and Mount Vernon politicians and community leaders march with residents during a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams, center, listens as the Rev. Edward Mulraine, of Unity Baptist Tabernacle, speaks at a rally on the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams, center, and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson listen to the Rev. Edward Mulraine, of Unity Baptist Tabernacle, speak at a rally in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

Westchester and Mount Vernon politicians and community leaders
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester and Mount Vernon politicians and community leaders lead residents in a rally calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to free up funds to renovate the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon. (June 22, 2013)

The New Rochelle Remington Rebels pose for a
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

The New Rochelle Remington Rebels pose for a team photo before a tournament at the West Fourth Street Playground basketball courts in Mount Vernon, after a rally calling for the park's renovation. (June 22, 2013)

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