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The Rye Perspective with Mayor Douglas French

Rye Mayor Doug French has started to publish occasional missives regarding Rye City Council updates. MyRye.com will bring them to you – our readers. And then we'll bring your questions about these issues to Mayor French.

Leave your questions on these specific issues as a comment below. Mayor French has promised to answer questions posed by MyRye.com readers. Keep it clean people. Here is the mayoral manifesto:

Council Updates and Actions that Impact You

Highland Hall Settlement

This week the City of Rye announced it reached agreement with the plaintiff 151 Purchase Street Associates in a lawsuit commenced by them back in 2007 on the City's resolution for Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) at the Highland Hall Apartments. ETPA is not a permanent designation and can be removed based on the total unit vacancy rates. The agreement re-affirms ETPA for all 99 units at 131 Purchase Street and provides certainty for those tenants that ETPA cannot be challenged or lifted. The agreement also establishes a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the 151 Purchase Street building that is consistent with MOUs and terms of other buildings in Rye of 10 units or less. As part of the MOU, the 7 remaining tenants at 151 also have the right of first refusal to move into 131 Purchase Street for ETPA protection based on unit availability.

Beaver Swamp Proceeding

The City will have another meeting next week with the Town/Village of Harrison, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Administrative Law Judge conducting the proceeding. There is still disagreement on the estimated amount of flood storage that can be held on the site with the revised plans for the park. Our position is to clearly understand why the estimates vary greatly, and that this project represents a good opportunity to meet the objectives of both communities and residents in the surrounding area for parkland and flood mitigation. However, we need to make sure we understand the flood and environmental impacts up front so that the proper remedies can be addressed.

Commuter Parking Fee Increase

The Council last week made the first in a series of difficult decisions as we begin to restructure the City's budget not only for 2011 but to make it sustainable for the long-term. Commuter parking fees were raised to $720 — more than doubling the current rate. Resident rates had not been raised for almost 10 years and parking was being subsidized to the point where all-day parking rates were roughly only $1.50 per day; well-below levels charged by surrounding communities. The demand for commuter parking remains incredibly high and the Council moved to set the rates to market levels. The move to one price also begins the implementation of our strategy to use technology to make the City more efficient. The permit process will now be automated where it used to take the Clerks' office 6 months to coordinate, manage and process.

Rye Town Park to Breakeven?

With the summer over, Rye Town Park is ahead $142,000 in revenue over expenses. Although there are still 4 months to go in park maintenance and operating expenses until year-end, there is the real possibility that Rye Town Park will breakeven for the first time in a very long time. In combination with the improved safety and park enhancements, not to mention the improved overall impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods, this is a good first step in a joint effort between the Town of Rye and City of Rye to bring our residents back to the beach and park where 90% of the users are not residents of Rye City or Rye Town. What does breakeven mean — no additional cost to the taxpayers to offset operating deficits and a much better park and beach experience for all.

Friends Meeting House

If you have driven down toward the end of Milton Road for the better part of the last 10 years, you will have seen the continued deterioration of the Friends Meeting House. Despite best efforts, Government is not working. The Council heard a presentation from a resident group who in combination with a pending City grant and a private donor will be able to get the meeting house rehabilitated and operational within a year. This is exciting news for our Landmarks Committee, the Historical Society, surrounding residents and the City overall. We will continue to explore this opportunity.

Additional information on these matters is posted on the City of Rye Website at www.ryeny.gov or, please contact me, your City Council members, or our City Manager if you have questions of comments. Your feedback is greatly encouraged. I also hold Mayor office hours at 7:00 pm in the Mayor's conference room at City Hall on the nights of regularly scheduled City Council meetings (not workshops or special meetings).

-Mayor Doug French

September 23rd 2010

4 COMMENTS

  1. “There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
    He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
    He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
    And they all lived together in a little crooked house.”

    Wonder of wonders I understand the missing clean broom might have been located. Good first step. Now grasp it and consider using it.

  2. Have any of us that live in Rye ever gone to Jones Beach? It is a very beautiful beach. If you lived in Long Beach (which is the town I think Jones Beach is located)would we be considered “outsiders”. I don’t usually Rye or Oakland Beach. I go to the park constantly with my young children. I have NEVER thought it was dangerous having the cars parked the way they used to. More importantly, when is everyone going to admit the rich snobs from Rye Beach Avenue just didn’t want Hispanics or African
    Americans in their sight. I have no problem raising the parking rates to try to make some money but please, most people that live in Rye go to Rye Golf or the country clubs. They won’t go to Rye Beach and be seen with “others”. Open your eyes the Rye town park issue was never about safety.

  3. “HonestCitizen” (you’d come across as more Honest if you used your real name), I appreciate your concern about prejudice driving the local actions around the park, but I am hopeful that the motivations are a little less base. I’ll stay out of the dialog about parking yes/no, but think that raising rates just plain made / makes sense.

    We go to the pool at Rye Golf Club and not the Rye Town Park. We skip the Sound for a number of reasons – don’t want to deal with the dirty LI Sound water; sand is a mess; crowding; water temperature; parking pain; etc. More importantly, we like swimming in a pool, our kids meet many of their friends at the Club pool, and the food service is frankly better than Sea Side Johnnies, etc.

  4. “HonestCitizen” (you’d come across as more Honest if you used your real name), I appreciate your concern about prejudice driving the local actions around the park, but I am hopeful that the motivations are a little less base. I’ll stay out of the dialog about parking yes/no, but think that raising rates just plain made / makes sense.

    We go to the pool at Rye Golf Club and not the Rye Town Park. We skip the Sound for a number of reasons – don’t want to deal with the dirty LI Sound water; sand is a mess; crowding; water temperature; parking pain; etc. More importantly, we like swimming in a pool, our kids meet many of their friends at the Club pool, and the food service is frankly better than Sea Side Johnnies, etc.

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