Rye Mayor Steve Otis provided MyRye.com the following comments with regard to the police/couthouse facility and Disbrow Park and Councilman Joe Sack's op-ed on this subject.
There is no possibility that the police/courthouse facility will be located at Disbrow Park. I have long opposed placing such a facility there and at least four of my fellow City Council members support my view and are against such a siting. Disbrow Park was one location studied and rejected by the City in the mid-nineties. I would like to see the police/court functions remain in the central business district, not near any residential neighborhoods.
In his contact with you, Councilman Sack has intentionally mischaracterized the discussion. Councilman Pratt opined that Rye residents will expect the Council to review all options where the building could be built on vacant land in order to fully compare costs and savings of various alternatives. Disbrow was mentioned by Councilman Pratt for illustrative purposes only, as one of a number of hypothetical examples of vacant land. He also mentioned the Metro-North parking lot, the former Biltmore Jeep dealership, and the Avon property lawn. To have this general due diligence/fiduciary responsibility discussion cast as an attack on a neighborhood was inaccurate and completely disingenuous. In fact, it was Councilman Sack who requested that the City staff compile a list of all vacant parcels for this very purpose this past July.
I have strongly opposed moving the police department and courthouse to Disbrow for many years and am joined by a clear majority of the City Council to back up that view.
-Rye Mayor Steve Otis