The Rye City inauguration event for Douglas French (mayor) and Peter Jovanovich, Richard Filippi and Suzanna Keith (city council) will be held on (the renovated) Rye City Hall steps on Friday, January 1st, 2010 at 4:00 pm.
The event is open to the public. There will be a swearing in for each new politico by the Honorable Judge Peter Lane. Outgoing Mayor Steve Otis will be present to make opening remarks and assist in the orderly transfer of power. It is unknown if outgoing council people Andy Ball, Mack Cunningham and George Pratt will be in attendance. A reception in the city council chambers to follow.
In anticipation of the incoming French & company group, Midland Avenue's Jim Amico, never a shrinking violet, sent along this poem:
Twas the week before Christmas, when we all gathered at the Carroll's house
Not a creature was stirring, not even Mayor Otis the mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Doug French would soon be here.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
We sprang from our seats to see what was the matter.
Away to the window we flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon shined on the breast of our newly crowned Mayor
When, what to our wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and six of his friends.
With a happy young driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be Mayor French.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
"Now Suzanna! now,Rich! now Peter and Joe!
On, Catherine! on Paula! We have got to go!
To the top of the porch! to the top of City Hall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
He sprang to his sleigh,to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim,'ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Times to all, and to all it was a good – fight!"