A Guest Column from Rye City Councilperson Peter Jovanovich
The public should be aware of the background to Joe Sack’s complaint about not getting information from the City.
For over a year, Joe as been admonished by the Corporation Counsel, the Mayor, and the City Manager about his use of his private email address for public business. All Council members are told, explicitly, to only use their rye.gov email addresses for public business. As the Corporation Counsel Kristen Wilson has explained: this procedure ensures that information requests can be fully complied with.
Joe Sack, uniquely, refuses to comply. All other Council people do. Recently, the Mayor and the City Manager warned Joe that they would no longer reply to his emails from his private address. They said they would answer, and provide information, if he adopted his City email address. He still refuses.
Meanwhile, in the real world, the City struggles with a budget, which is being eaten up by skyrocketing benefit and pension costs. With the little money that’s left, we try to provide crossing guards, keep the library open more hours, and generally serve the City while not overburdening the taxpayer.
Joe Sack’s recent sally against the Mayor and the City Manager accomplishes nothing while chewing up time. To paraphrase Shakespeare, it’s an expense of spirit in a waste of silliness.
Rye City Councilperson