Former Rye City police officer and vocal critic of Rye City council Tim Chittenden has decided to run for office himself this November. Chittenden will seek the Republican line for one of the three spots on Rye City council that are up this fall. He plans to run independently if he does not receive Republican endorsement.
His announcement follows:
From: Timothy Chittenden
Sent: Thursday, April 2, 2009 10:44:01 AM
Subject: Running for Rye City Council
After much thought and consideration, as well as at the urging of numerous residents and employees of Rye, I have decided to run for a seat on the Rye City Council this November.
I am currently seeking the Republican line. If for some reason I do not receive it, I will get the necessary amount of signatures to run.
Some of the issues I plan on addressing:
1. Looking into the feasibility of splitting Police functions with the Harrison Police Headquarters with the Rye Police Headquarters. Perhaps Rye could be used for Administration and Investigations while Harrison Headquarters could be used for Patrol functions. This could eliminate the need for Rye to spend upwards of $20,000,000 on a new Headquarters. This plan would not eliminate any services.
2. Bringing accountability back to Rye government. The taxpayers deserve to know how their money is being spent and to get answers to their questions in a timely, respectful and non confrontational way.
3. Bringing transparency to Rye Government. Currently almost every Rye City Council meeting consists of an Executive Session where City of Rye business is conducted in secret. In addition, City Council meetings are not properly noticed and Open Meeting Laws are sometimes not followed.
4. Changing the City of Rye Charter back to the City Manager having to live in Rye.
5. Not giving any City Manager a contract without an expiration date.
5. Eliminating the position of Assistant City Manager.
6. Having a full time Corporation Counsel.
7. Having FOIL requests responded to timely and properly. Also, bringing Rye into the 21st Century with their record keeping and the New York State Public Officers Law.
8. Eliminating the position of Police Commissioner and having a Police Chief instead. All Rye Police Sergeants and Lieutenants would have the opportunity to take the Chiefs Exam.
I am open to any and all ideas, suggestions, opinions and help so please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to a fair and lively campaign and to a common sense approach to bringing about the change in Rye government that we need.