It's beginning to smell like a contest…
A third candidate has tossed his hat into the proverbial ring to try and snap the appointed spot for the "Keith seat" on Rye City Council. Local real estate agent Jason Mehler has added is name for consideration. He joins Julie Killian of Forest Avenue and Charmian Neary of Midland Avenue.
The letter Mehler sent to the council today:
"Dear Mayor French and members of the Rye City Council,
My name is Jason L. Mehler and I would like you to consider me to fill the position on the Rye City Council vacated by Suzanna Keith.
As an 11 year resident of Rye, my family and I have become active residents of our adopted hometown. My wife, Carin, is a fourth grade teacher at Osborn School; I have worked locally since 2004 as an Associate Broker at Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty and our daughters Emily and Rachel are students at Milton School.
My background in economics – I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Accounting from SUNY at Plattsburgh and worked as a corporate controller for more than 15 years in Manhattan – will be a great addition in helping the council with its essential task of fiscal accountability. I have also worked in Public Accounting for M.R. Weiser & Company, CPA’s, Rosenblatt, Slavet and Radezsky,CPA’s, Weber, Lipsky & Co, CPA’s, Kass & Jaffe, CPA’s, as an auditor and accountant. Additionally, I have worked privately in the employment industry, payroll industry and specialized in internal accounting and taxation and finance.
I understand we must do more with less. Expenses continue to rise and we must think differently to balance our budget. I have a proven professional record of developing new ideas. In addition, my extensive real estate background would be beneficial to understanding many current issues before the council.
In 2011, I was appointed to the Rye Town Park Advisory Committee and have attended every meeting since. I have had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of Rye residents in this role.
I would like to immediately step into the position and assist wherever I can most be utilized. I am fully committed to doing everything possible to fill the position. I am looking forward to solving problems, making positive changes for the future of Rye and working with all members of the council.
Rye is a great place to live and to raise a family. I would consider it a privilege to serve on the Rye City Council. Thank you for your consideration and support.
Jason L. Mehler