MyRye.com has invited all city council candidates to complete a Q&A for our readers this week. The election is this coming Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Today we introduce you to candidate and sitting councilperson Joe Sack:
What are the three most important issues for Rye in 2012?
- Open government – ensuring that ALL decisions are open and transparent, like with the defeated proposal to re-zone the Lester’s site.
- Quality of life – from flooding to pedestrian safety, and balancing the need for maintaining essential services while controlling taxes.
- Fighting for Rye – at Playland and Rye Town Park.
What current issue in Rye gets more than its fair share of attention?
I don’t think local issues can get too much attention. The more discussion of issues that affect our lives in Rye, the better.
Which of the current Rye Playland alternatives do you favor?
Sustainable Playland Inc. seems to best match the guiding principles outlined by Rye.
Beyond efficiencies through shared services, cooperation with non-profits or other initiatives, should Rye City consider reductions in various service levels to reduce expenditures?
We need to balance what we need and what we can afford, and everything should be on the table for discussion. This is the toughest and most important part of the job.
How did you come to run for Rye City Council?
My Jesuit education instilled in me a commitment to public service. I caught the politics bug as a young man while working for Andy O’Rourke as my day job, while putting myself thru Fordham Law at night. When I finally put roots down in Rye and started raising my own family, I was proud to get the opportunity to serve. It’s not for everyone, but I really enjoy it!
What Rye citizen (non-elected official, non-city employee) do you hold as a role model for the rest of us vis-à-vis their contribution to the city and its social fabric?
He’s going to kill me for singling him out, but it’s got to be John Carolin. John has more vitality than a man half his age. He is highly engaged, and has a compassionate but no-nonsense approach to issues in Rye. I’d be lucky to one day attain John’s level of wisdom and respect.
Where do you live in Rye?
Thorne Place, the lovely cul-de-sac next to Disbrow Park.
How long have you lived in Rye – since what year?
10 years. We moved to Rye right after 9/11.
What’s your day job?
I am a securities litigation attorney.
If your co-workers (from your day job) were to describe you in a single word, what word would they use?
As a young person, what was your first paid job?
Newspaper delivery boy, and then a caddy.
Tell us about your family.
Kerri and I have three beautiful daughters, who attend Osborn school and Rye Pres nursery school.
What’s your favorite Rye area restaurant for “date night” with your partner?
When we can get a babysitter, Ruby’s or Town Dock or the Roadhouse.
What’s your favorite Rye area restaurant for take-out or delivery when you are having dinner at home with your family?
Piazza Pizza for dinner, and Dock Deli for breakfast.
Where might we find you on a Sunday morning?
Reading the Sunday papers before the rest of the family wakes up, getting ready for mass at Resurrection, and then preparing for a travel soccer game with the kids.
What is your political affiliation?
Registered Republican. I have an independent streak, and was pleased to receive the Independence endorsement and then win the Independence primary in September.
Your favorite major league baseball team: Yankees.
Your Facebook page: I mainly just re-connect with old high school and college friends on Facebook.
Your twitter call: I signed up for it, but I have yet to arrive in the tweet generation.
Your campaign web site: www.BESTforRYE.com