Rye citizens were out in force Wednesday night at the Rye city council meeting to protest various cuts including the Rye PD D.A.R.E. program and reductions in the Marine unit (read the statement from Rye PBA head Franco Compagnone).
Perhaps most interesting was late in the evening when part of the crowd had emptied out. Former Rye City Mayor John Carey offered to do legal work for Rye City for $1/year. Confirming his comments after the meeting, Carey told MyRye.com "I said that if they deduct from the Law Dept budget the fair market value of a deputy corp counsel working twenty hours a week, all but $1, and pay me the $1, I will serve as Deputy."
Carey also suggested city staff look at the legalities of placing a property tax levy on the Wainwright House and on the private concessions in Rye Town Park and Playland (Seaside Johnnies and the Tiki Bar, subject of the recent expansion controversy). Some say he Wainwright House has transformed from a non-profit to a Wedding event mill. City Manager Scott Pickup said the city was already looking at these three properties.