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Got Trees? Less Review, More Money, Hot Fudge: Items on the Rye City Council Agenda for May 9, 2012

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(PICTURE: Rye City Hall by local artist Heather Patterson)

The city council's agenda for its meeting on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 is out.

This is the Annual Square House Meeting. The meeting starts in the Square House Museum at 8pm and adjourns and moves to Council Chambers in City Hall at 8:45pm.

Office Hours of the Mayor by appointment by emailing dfrench@ryeny.gov.

Meetings are also aired on Cablevision Channel 75 and Verizon Channel 39. We'll also see you on the Internet (live and archive).

Let's check the batting order and highlights from the 18 agenda items.

  • Doug's Details. Update on Rye Town Park Capital Grant; Update on 120 Old Post Road; Legal Update
  • OG: Got Trees? Resolution to accept a donation from the Alumni & Friends of Rye High School for the landscaping and tree replacement on the easterly side of Boston Post Road from Parsons Street to the Rye High School Stadium.
  • Bond-erific! Public Hearing to discuss potential capital projects to be included in a November, 2012 Bond Referendum.
  • Tapping Legal Help. Authorization for Harris Beach, PLLC to represent the City on pre-trial motions and settlement discussions in the Westchester Joint Water Works tax certiorari proceeding. Roll Call.
  • Marriott Courtyard. Home Rule Resolution supporting S5902B(Oppenheimer)/A8556C(Latimer) extension of the City of Rye Hotel Occupancy Tax. Roll Call.
  • Less Review. Discussion of amending City of Rye Local Law Chapter 53, “Architectural Review” to reduce the number of applications subject to architectural review.
  • That Will Be More Money… Discussion of proposed changes to amend local law Chapter 180, “Taxicabs”, Section 14, Payment of Fares, of the Code of the City of Rye to increase taxi fares.
  • Open Mic. Residents may be heard who have matters to discuss that do not appear on the agenda. Always a crowd pleaser…
  • Patronage. One appointment to the Rye Playland Advisory Committee for a three-year term, by the Mayor with Council approval.
  • Pretty Please? With Hot Fudge on Top? Consideration of a request by Longford’s Ice Cream for the use of City streets for their 20th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, June 10, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The next regular meeting of the City Council will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.


    (Wadayathink Peter? Sound “real world” enough?)
    RYE REWARDING CRONYISM? – (with today’s WSJ Update Below)
    Prior Commentary: That was quite a written blast last week from the so called Rye “Ethics Committee” don’t you think? So just what are the four “Change for Rye” slate still doing up there on the council bench?
    Led by a Mayor who now can’t even candidly say that he did – or did not – replace his home heating system (and lots of other things) in the 1990’s without any required City of Rye permits or inspections.
    Likewise this same Mayor is surprised (shocked!) when confronted with the fact that he had illegally taken a STAR tax exemption on his Rye rental property for a decade – yet then somehow provided his handpicked Ethics Committee with a wholly different set of recollections about a supposed existing process path to repayment for their closed door contemplation – leading invariably to their hollow local public absolution of him from felony wrongdoing. Sort of.
    And dutifully assisted by a Deputy Mayor who forced a second referral of the whole stinky mess back to this same Ethics Committee – but this time he slyly knew in advance that the “implicated for lying” City Attorney and the “implicated for lying” City Manager would NOT recuse themselves from the second session – and would if fact close the doors in the public’s face and then call in multiple direct subordinates to testify without any oath’s or session recordings about their supervisor’s integrity?
    What would you do were brought into a similar room and wanted to keep your key paycheck job in an economy like this? Is this an example of how the Deputy Mayor did it in the big leagues? Or didn’t perhaps this false absolution from a flawed secretive process just give this same attorney and manager the confidence to soon assure the public that – “The meeting was not recorded?”
    As for the two other “Change” team members – well – they’ve had their hands full dutifully trying to distract the public’s attention from these and other dirty top-of-ticket shenanigans into grander local visions. Misguidedly loyal soldiers to a defrocked transparency and good government cause. A little independence would have served them and us well.
    ALL OF THIS is very germane when today, out here in the real world, managerial and board credibility is pretty critical to constituent trust and thus any legitimate executive managerial mandate. Perhaps it might be instructive for Rye taxpayers to follow this current example of real world credibility evaluation through to its ultimate outcome –
    Yahoo Probes CEO’s Hiring – Tuesday May 8th – WSJ
    Yahoo Inc.’s board is moving forward with an INVESTIGATION into how its chief executive’s academic credentials were misstated in company regulatory filings.
    The board, which met on Sunday and Monday, has created a special three-person COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE the matter and is hiring an OUTSIDE LAW FIRM to help oversee it, said people familiar with the situation. The committee’s trio are all newcomers to the board.
    Read more here – http://on.wsj.com/KirWqZ


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