Not too many folks showed up at the American Idol style try-outs for the empty council spot during the Rye city council meeting Wednesday night.
But there were two folks that put their name in the ring:
Julie Killian of Forest Avenue, a 20 year resident put her name in the ring. Killian has a financial background and stated she has served on the Rye Finance Committee and worked with various local groups including the TWIG, library, arts center, historical society and others. She is a big donator to Republican causes (over $14,000 in 2010) and recently held a fund raiser in her home for Joe Carvin, the Rye Town Supervisor that is now running for Congress against Nita Lowey. One concerning item is she appears to be a die-hard Red Sox fan.
Charmian Neary of Midland Avenue, after arguing that the council keep the spot open until election season, said if they did not do this, she would throw her hat into the ring. Neary, a frequent poster on MyRye.com, has background in government including work with Mario Cuomo, Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani, Steve Forbes, the police union and the State DOT. She said she would only run to fill the gap before a proper election: "I am happy to make it an interim appointment and walk away in January."
Bob Zahm, also a frequent poster on MyRye.com, is not running but also spoke in support of keeping the spot open until the next election cycle.
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