(PHOTO: Bob Schubert) Rye resident Bob Schubert and his supporters came out swinging at the city council meeting tonight after City Manager Paul Shew sent Westchester county mental health experts to Schubert's home last week in an apparent attempt to discredit the 86 year old.
Schubert, a constant at the open mic portion of council meetings, has asked Rye to take responsibility for the loss of water on his property, alleging violation of wetland code by a neighbor. The city has refused to become involved.
Schubert thanked Shew although he said he "doubted his sincerity" in sending the mental health experts to his home. After two hours of "interrogation" (by the mental health experts) Schubert reported he was given a "clean bill of health". He then turned to pressing the case of having water restored to his wetland garden.
(PHOTO: Sis D'Angelo with sign supporting Schubert) Five others spoke in support of Schubert including Ellen “Sis” D’Angelo, a member of the 2008 Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame. "You should all be ashamed of yourselves," said D'Angelo, addressing the council. During a second turn at the podium, she demanded City Manager Shew apologize for his actions (sending mental health experts to Schubert's home). In response, Shew stated he was "pleased to hear Mr. Schubert had a favorable experience" and then demurred saying any more, citing Mr. Schubert's privacy.
In discussing the actual wetland issue at hand, Councilman Joe Sack said "it almost seems like groundhog day" and "it has devolved into a blame game". Sack suggested that the city, without changing its original ruling, take another look and see if a resolution can be had by approaching the neighbors. Mayor Steve Otis said "a new attempt can be made".