Continuing the discussion on possibly locating the police/courthouse facility at Disbrow Park, Councilman Joe Sack has submitted the following additional op-ed to MyRye.com in response to comments from Rye Mayor Steve Otis:
I am glad to read the Mayor’s representation that he is opposed to building the police station at Disbrow, and his vouching that it will never happen. If there is no chance that it will be built there, we should never have been seriously talking about it in the first place, wasting our time and the consultant’s fees. Unfortunately, at least two other members of the Council suggested that we specifically consider Disbrow as recently as Monday night – and it wasn’t just for “illustrative” purposes, although even that approach makes no sense if the site was truly off the table. Based on that, it seems my early and forceful opposition to the Disbrow site has achieved the purpose of nipping this misguided plan in the bud. I am disappointed, however, that the Mayor has decided to inject into this policy debate an attack on me personally, using phrases such as “intentionally mischaracterized” and “completely disingenuous”. Despite the fact that it is well known that the Disbrow courts are just feet from my own family’s front door, and that I am a staunch advocate for quality of life issues especially along the Oakland Beach Avenue corridor, I will not question the motivation of those proposing this specific site, despite its obvious inappropriateness in my view. I am also glad that we can have this conversation on the MyRye.com forum, as I think it is useful in bringing the public into the debate, on both the Disbrow site and the wider police station issue. While the Council talked about all this at a public meeting the other night, unfortunately not a single member of the public was able to attend. Either on-line or off-line, therefore, I continue to welcome comments of all kinds from the public, as well as the Mayor.
-Councilman Joe Sack