Doug French, Mayor of the City of Rye, released the following statement to MyRye.com in regards to today's accident where a vehicle being driven by Rye Police Commissioner William Connors struck an 8th grader from Resurrection School. He is calling for Rye to "re-dedicate ourselves to pedestrian safety".
"I have spoken with the child's mother and the police and both the boy and Commissioner Conners are OK after going to the hospital. However, this is another traumatic event for all involved as well as for our City. Westchester County is conducting an investigation on the accident and should have a report in a few days. There are no simple answers and they are called accidents for a reason. Yet, we will re-dedicate ourselves to pedestrian safety. We will begin Tuesday, February 9th in the joint meeting of the City Council and the Board of Education to address the key locations around town where the City, Schools and the community need to come together on pedestrian education, traffic enforcement and engineering solutions."
If you are interested in attending the February 9th meeting, here are the details:
The Rye City Council and the Rye City School District Board of Education will hold a joint meeting on February 9th for a public discussion of pedestrian and traffic safety.
The regularly-scheduled February 9th Board of Education meeting will be held early – at 6:00 p.m. It will be followed at 8:00 p.m. by a public meeting with the Rye City Council. Both meetings will be held in the Rye Middle School Multi-Purpose Room.
Residents are encouraged to participate.
"Pedestrian safety has been an issue of public concern for many years, and while the Safe Routes to School programs have had positive effect, we need to continually consider new perspectives as they arise. This joint meeting will facilitate collaboration between the City and the District on this topic, as together we receive input from residents," said Board of Education President, Josh Nathan.
Tuesday, February 9th in the Rye Middle School Multi-Purpose Room
6:00 p.m. – Board of Education Meeting (normally scheduled for 8:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m. – Rye City Council and Board of Education Joint Public Meeting on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety