In response to an inquiry about the Rye PBA's lawsuit against former Rye cop Tim Chittenden, Rye PBA President Franco Compagnone released the following statement to MyRye.com expressing regret for the entire matter and providing a draft copy of the complaint against Chittenden and a letter received by the Rye PBA from Chittenden in December (page one and page two) when this entire matter was unfolding.
"…this is huge embarrassment to our Membership. A person we trusted like brother took advantage of our friendship for selfish benefits… I just want the community to know that we are a charitable organization, we give 100% back in the form of PBA contributions, scholarship awards, children's activities and charitable causes. Tim took advantage of that Charitable spirit that exudes from the Rye community and Police Association. I can't tell you how much this has bothered myself personally thru the Holiday season trying to resolve this matter in an orderly fashion. To this day I don't there are any words that can be said to the Rye community than, I'm sorry that this happened. I hope they understand the circumstances of how it happened and that we had total trust in this person not only with our lives at work, but with our total finances."