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State of Rye City 2013: The Transcript

Rye Mayor Doug French delivered the following Rye City State of the City address to the council and public this evening, January 9, 2013:

2013 STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

Douglas
French — Mayor, City of Rye

January
9, 2013 

Good evening to those of you
who are here tonight or watching at home. 
It is an honor to once again, for the fourth year now, to stand before
you as Mayor of the City of Rye
and present the State of the City addressAs
I represent Rye across Westchester
County and New York State,
our way of government – volunteers working simply for the benefit of their
community continues to be the envy of all others.

In a book about Rye’s
history, former Rye Librarian Marcia Dalphin wrote:  “First as a Village and then as a City, Rye
has had an efficient government; its Presidents, Mayors, Trustees, Councilmen,
(and Committees) have been sincerely devoted to its welfare – men and women
with no financial gain, have labored faithfully and long – often at personal
sacrifice – to direct their Village into ways of progress, to keep it
financially sound, and to make Rye a pleasant place in which to live and bring
up children.”

That is Rye.  That is who we are and what we continue to
strive to be.  And it works.  In that spirit, 2012 was the year of
accomplishment.  The City accomplished a great
deal this past year that makes ours a better community, and I want to thank
those that serve the City from the paid professionals to the volunteers for
their extraordinary efforts, hard work and long hours.  And as we look to 2013, we continue to face
challenges from the Great Recession and Mother Nature and threats of the
unknown, but the hard work and foundation we have put forth in 2012 and the
resilience we have shown has positioned the City for great things in 2013 and
beyond.  The State of the City of Rye is strong.

The key to our success and
our future rests on 5 fundamental principles:

            1.  A Continued
Focus on a Strong Financial Position

            2.  Capital
Investment in the Basics

            3.  A Renewed
Commitment to Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

            4.  Collaborative
Relationships with our Institutions and Gov’t Partners

            5.  Increased
Management Oversight and Governance

1.  A Continued Focus on a Strong Financial
Position

According to a report from
the New York State Comptroller, he states –“For the past 5 years the financial
trends in our municipalities and school districts have become of heightened
concern.”  At a time when grants have dried
up, elastic revenues are flat, and assessments have declined, in Rye, we have been the
financial stewards by providing property tax relief for our residents, holding
the line on expenses and restoring our fund balance.

For the 4th year
in a row, the City has delivered a solid
budget that keeps taxes low and continues to deliver the same level of
services.  The tax rate increase is 2.7%,
well
under the New York
State property tax levy
cap.  The property tax increase for the
last 4 years has totaled only 8.1% — or an average of just 2% per year.  During
the period of 1999 to 2009, property taxes rose 6.3% on average per year for 10
years.

The City’s undesignated fund balance (our savings
account) is at $4.3M or back to a healthy 14% of the annual operating budget,
which is good for the City’s financial position and AAA rating.

The
results speak for themselves.  But it
does not end there.  We need cost
certainty, and in 2013 we hope to have that with our union contracts that have
been expired for years.  Fair and
affordable labor deals that not only look at salaries, but healthcare is a
necessity. The City was pleased to come
to agreement with the clerical unit at 0%, 0% and 2% salary increases
over the period along with an increase in the cap for healthcare
contribution.  The City was also pleased
to assist the Rye Free Reading Room in their agreement with their union.  As
we plan ahead, the City has engaged its Citizen’s Finance Committee to look at
financial and operational issues for long-term financial sustainability.  In our 4-year plan, all things being equal,
by 2016 the City could be running at an annual operating deficit of $2.4M.  We will be diligent in exploring all options and will share those with
you.

2. Capital
Investment in the Basics
  

The second key to our
success is that we need to continue to focus on capital investment in the
basics not only to prevent higher costs in the future, but also to reflect the
active nature of our community.

Last year at the SOC, I
stood before you and said the City was crumbling.  The City had gone through a period of
expansion, building new buildings, but the basic infrastructure, roads,
sidewalks and sewers are worn.  After nearly 6,000
votes cast, a record for any bond in recent memory, Rye residents overwhelmingly passed by 3 to 1
the two bond referenda for $1.86M to address critical infrastructure and safety
needs in and around our downtown and schools.

The Central Avenue bridge —
Despite years of regulatory and compliance delays with the New York State
Department of Transportation who is funding the project, the perseverance of
City leadership paid off and we received final approvals, awarded the project
and will complete construction this year.

1037 Boston Post Road site – The
Council reversed the decision to develop a Police Station/Court House facility
at the site for $25M, reviewed zoning options, lease options, and has put the
building up for sale.  The City will
review bids later this month.

2012 marked the first significant progress toward flood
mitigation since the 1940s.  The first
phase of the city's flood mitigation plan, the Bowman Avenue Spillway Sluice
gate, got final funding, project approvals, and was installed.  The sluice gate will regulate upstream water
flow to help flood mitigation efforts. 
The second phase is to retain more water upstream, starting behind
Bowman Dam.  Fundamental hydrology analysis
has been done to identify retention options for future projects and we will continue
this year to test and gauge water flows. 
Through code enforcement and a resolution from the Council to Boards and
Commissions, a heightened awareness was implemented to ensure that individuals
and businesses make smarter/safer decisions for preparedness downstream. A Rye Flood committee was established
to advise the Council and assist the City in the implementation of the City’s
flood mitigation plan and to monitor upstream development.

There were also many pedestrian safety improvements.  Forest
Avenue is a regular thoroughfare for walkers,
bikers and runners.  This past summer the
City re-striped the road to include lane sharrows to improve pedestrian and
bicycle safety.  The project was funded
by the YMCA’s generous grant of $20,000. In addition, a grant of over $200,000,
thanks to the YMCA for Safe Routes to Schools Initiatives to include sidewalks
and crossings in and around our schools. 
The City worked through Federal
and County regulatory issues and installed stop signs to allow for safer crossing
at Midland Avenue.  The bridge at Old Post Road was widened for safer
passage and was funded by Westchester
County.

In 2013, we need to look at adding parking to our
downtown for shoppers, merchants, residents and commuters.  A decades old problem, and not a simple
answer by any means, but it’s time to revisit our options.

3.  A Renewed Commitment to Public Safety and
Emergency Preparedness

Irene, Lee, Sandy
and Sandy Hook are just a few events that have
tested our City.  Our emergency personnel
have performed exceedingly well, and it’s imperative that we ensure the best
coordination, preparation and communication with our personnel and residents.

We were pleased to work with
the Board of Fire Wardens in making changes to the City Charter that aligned
both paid and volunteer resources in conjunction with the City Manager and will
allow for better coordination in fire services. In addition, our public
notification e-mail and text system – nixle.com that complements the reverse
911 phone calls continues to prove effective and we will look to incorporate
social media in our communication efforts. 
Every Rye
resident should sign up for our nixle notification service to stay informed of
emergency, public safety, and weather issues. 
Further, the City has begun coordinating and implementing a citizen
preparedness plan that supplements the City’s emergency preparedness plan so
that all residents are better informed well prior to an emergency and can take
appropriate action as needed. 

4.  Collaborative Relationships with our
Institutions and Gov’t Partners

The
fourth principle is to foster the partnerships that make Rye what it is.  Part of why people come here is for the Arts Center,
Nature Center,
Historical Society, Rye Free Reading Room, YMCA, Rye Town Park, and more.  These relationships have been critical to Rye throughout our
history.

A New Direction for Playland – In
1929 the director of Playland announced that he “shall conduct it solely out of
consideration for the thousands who come there for wholesome recreation whether
or not that runs counter to the complaints of Rye residents.”  Two years ago when the County
Executive first announced they were
looking at reinventing Rye Playland, the City sought to make sure Rye’s voice was
heard.  We established the Rye Playland
Strategic Committee to make recommendations on activities that met not only the
needs of Rye, but also those of today’s Westchester families. 
The result is a proposal with great promise from Sustainable Playland
Inc. in which a letter of intent was signed to develop playing fields,
restaurants, a field house, ice-skating rink, as well as the preservation of
historic amusement rides, Kiddyland and more. 

We
support this initiative.  I also think
the Council needs to drop its tax assessment lawsuit against the County and Rye Town
– in essence suing ourselves — and work with these entities on these exciting
improvements rather than pay lawyers and have the courts decide.  A PILOT or impact fee can easily meet the
City’s needs.

Rye
Town Park –
Most of the financial and operational
controls from the Rye Town Park Commission have been fully implemented and the
park had a terrific year in terms of user experience and expected financial
results.  We have established a capital
planning committee to look at opportunities for the park.  I have also called for the Commission and our
state representatives to increase Rye’s
representation on the RTP Commission equal to our contribution.

Historic
preservation –
Thanks to our support, the Friends Meeting
House and Bird Homestead continued this year to develop and generate a lot of
program activity and excitement after years of being dormant.  Further, the historic walking tour from the
Rye Historical Society was launched.

The
Rye Free Reading Room –
Contrary to some parting comments by the
Director, the relationship between the City and the Library is very good and
reflects the community.  We have invested
in capital, increased the annual financial contribution, and assisted in their
labor negotiations.  They have been a
terrific community partner – and most recently with post Sandy.

Sustainability
Committee –
This committee has been active in developing
the City’s environmental sustainability plan to look at our community carbon
footprint, recycling improvements and community education.  Their efforts reflect the growing interests
of a broad cross-section of Rye
residents.  In addition, the City was the
first in Westchester to implement a plastic
bag ban ordinance.

5.  Increased Management Oversight and Governance

Governments need to focus on core competencies such as
picking up trash and public safety – not running restaurants.  The actions at Rye Golf will prove to be the
City’s Madoff moment going back years and has caused real doubt in the Enterprise
Fund model because although somewhat autonomous entities, ultimately, it is Rye
residents that are accountable for Rye Golf and the Boat Basin. We need to
change these structures for increased independent management oversight and
governance outside of just the membership by incorporating a separate Board of
Directors to oversee operations.  More to
come on this as we conduct our management review of these entities.  In addition, the City will be instituting new
financial disclosure policies.

So, if we stay on the path
of these five key principles, Rye’s
future will continue to be bright.  Again
thank you to our City Manager Scott Pickup, his management team and the City
employees.  In particular, Eleanor
Militana who serves both Scott and I, and does a fabulous job.  Thanks to our Corporation Counsel Kristen
Wilson who is away tonight and our City Clerk, Dawn Nodarse.  Thank you to our many committees, groups, and
organizations — the volunteers who spend hours advocating for their
organizations, serving government committees and planning for our future. 

A special thanks to my
colleagues for your public service to Rye.  So, on behalf of the Council, we look forward
to 2013, ready to represent you and ready to serve.  Thank you.

35 COMMENTS

  1. Mayor French,
    After watching the City council meeting, I could not help but notice item # 3 from your fundamental principles for Rye in 2013:
    “ A Renewed Commitment to Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness”
    Are you aware that there are at least nine one hundred pound propane tanks that have been washed into Milton Harbor from Cottages on Hen Island after Hurricane Sandy?

    The Hen Island Board of Directors has confirmed at least six of them in a recent letter. Additionally confirmed in that correspondence was the fact that the City of Rye has been made aware of the situation.

    As you know, I have been publicly vocal regarding the still missing propane tanks that washed into the harbor during the “no name storm” in 1992 and I have been both ignored and then publicly chastised for raising this public safety issue for over a decade. (The same has been the case with West Nile Virus mosquitoes breeding in Island cottage water cisterns, untreated sewage entering the Sound from Island cottage cess-pits and cottage use of non potable water.)

    If this issue of submerged missing propane tanks continues to be ignored, the tanks abandoned from 1992, and the 100 pound tanks lost in Hurricane Sandy, are directly akin to submarine type below surface antipersonnel mines – waiting for some innocent family out for a pleasure boat ride off the shores of Hen Island during the boating season.

    The increased lethal dangers, legal exposure and liability from the past failures to admit and address this submerged propane problem has now increased by at least two fold due to the new 100 pound propane tanks that have been deposited by Hurricane Sandy. Please advise me and the other concerned Rye residents how the City of Rye intends to address this very dangerous situation with a Renewed Commitment to Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness?

  2. For those of you just getting back in the swing of things, please be sure not to miss our short yearend 2012 wrap-up listing, (aka “All Things Corrupted”) in Rye. So much malfeasance, so little time…
    12 in 12 – RYE’S POLITICAL CLASS OBSESSION WITH THEMSELVES CONTINUES WITH A VENGEANCE. WHO’S PUTTING TAXPAYER INTERESTS & THE LAW FIRST?
    http://www.lausdeo10580.com/lausdeo10580/2012/12/christmas-past-mayor-french-served-building-violations-for-illegal-rental-property-in-rye-fined-1000.html?cid=6a0168e5e944ea970c017c352e275e970b#comment-6a0168e5e944ea970c017c352e275e970b

  3. Milton Harbor naval mines are to Ray Tartaglione as the strawberries were to Captain Queeg. Somebody quickly find those things before an innocent boater blows up!

  4. Will somebody please listen to what I have to say so my petty , insignificant, cess pool of a life can have some meaning . Please visit my blog and read all my complaints and whinny rants. It’s all I have to live for.

  5. There are 9 missing boxes of strawberries…..uh……I mean….. naval anti-ship mines missing from Hen Island. Has anyone warned the AYC since their kids are sailing in Milton Harbor EVERYDAY during the winter??? Oh God.

  6. Oh God, Please give me the strength to survive a propane mushroom cloud exploding beneath my boat, The wisdom to know its from Hen Island and the courage to start a blog to warn people about it before it happens.

  7. My friend told me that with a used fish finder and a little ingenuity, you could turn a row boat into a 21st century naval minesweeper. No longer would Rye be held hostage by the terrorist tactics of Hen Island by purposely mining the waters of Milton Harbor and jeopardizing the safety of our citizens. Does the AYC know how unsafe Milton Harbor is right now with propane tanks lurking just below the surface ready to strike at any moment???? I’m surprised the Federal Homeland Security Agency hasn’t been notified yet.

  8. Last year turned out to be very disappointing. Not ONE person in Westchester died of West Nile Virus. Hopefully with the start of the new year the carnage associated with West Nile will fulfill my wildest fantasies and then I can blame all the deaths on Hen Island and Mayor French.

  9. Hey D!
    Its nice to see someone else out this miserable publicity seeking midget.

    I tried to get him interested in theater as a munchkin in Darien’s upcoming production of Wizard of Oz to keep him occupied but he chooses to bother decent folks with his completely meritless tirade.

  10. Chris Henn,

    You got me all wrong. I believe Ray Tartaglione is correct. There ARE propane tanks floating just below the surface in Milton Harbor that have been there since 1992. I think I saw one a few years back floating just below the surface in front of the AYC. I named it Nessie. It’s the only possible answer to the question “Where are the missing propane tanks that floated away in 1992?”. Where else would they be? Obviously, they’re floating around in Milton Harbor just waiting to explode. Do you have a better explanation as to where those tanks are?? And please don’t tell me they washed up on shore somewhere, I wasn’t born yesterday. BTW, I think if we offer them $200,000 for the minesweeper I think they would take it.

  11. Ray Tartaglione writes to Mayor French:

    “As you know, I have been publicly vocal regarding the still missing propane tanks that washed into the harbor during the “no name storm” in 1992 and I have been both ignored and then publicly chastised for raising this public safety issue for over a decade…………….If this issue of submerged missing propane tanks continues to be ignored, the tanks abandoned from 1992, and the 100 pound tanks lost in Hurricane Sandy, are directly akin to submarine type below surface antipersonnel mines – waiting for some innocent family out for a pleasure boat ride off the shores of Hen Island during the boating season.

    The increased lethal dangers, legal exposure and liability from the past failures to admit and address this submerged propane problem has now increased by at least two fold due to the new 100 pound propane tanks that have been deposited by Hurricane Sandy. ”

    Mr. Mayor, there may also be tanks lurking just below the surface from the hurricanes of 1938 and 1960. I think it’s time to purchase the minesweeper. It’s Rye’s only choice.

  12. RYE SENIOR MANAGEMENT – WHEN WORDS NO LONGER MATTER

    IN•TEG•RI•TY [in-teg-ri-tee] noun
    1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. 2. the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.

    CRED•I•BIL•I•TY [kred-uh-bil-i-tee] noun
    the quality of being believable or worthy of trust: “After all those lies,his credibility was at a low ebb.”

    TRUST [truhst] noun
    1. reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.2. confident expectation of something; hope. 3. confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit: to sell merchandise on trust. 4. a person on whom or thing on which one relies: God is my trust. 5. the condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.

    NEW FROM LAUSDEO10580 –

    The Rye Police “Investigation” into Rye Golf Club.

    http://www.lausdeo10580.com/lausdeo10580/2013/01/city-mangr-city-atty-contradict-themselves-on-police-investigation-of-rgc-as-public-learns-police-co.html

  13. And behold – the newly proffered answer to top city officials making repeated untrue and misleading statements to the public – A Personnel Director.

    Who will report to

    ….wait for it….

    Scott Pickup.

    “But one of the concerns with adding a personnel position is it would likely still report in to the city manager. Therefore, what benefit would it have played if the personnel officer were vetting accusations against his boss, like in the instance of the Rye TV scandal? The councilwoman agreed that could become an issue in such an instance but remained confident that the city could find a way to balance that power question.”

    http://www.hometwn.com/hometown-media-group/rye-sound-shore-review/personnel-officer-being-mulled/

    That’s it! Why have I spent decades in top management and on boards of directors and yet somehow missed this fundamental municipal enterprise truth?

    What we have here is simply a failure to communicate!

  14. Mayor French,

    As you know, I have NOT been publicly vocal regarding my missing dock that washed into the harbor during Superstorm Sandy. I failed to mentioned it because I was hoping nobody would find out. …………….If this issue of my missing dock continues to be ignored, the dock is akin to submarine type below surface anti-ship mines waiting for some innocent family out for a pleasure boat ride off the shores of Hen Island during the boating season. Wood has a way of getting water-logged and “lurking just beneath the surface of Milton Harbor”.

    The increased lethal dangers, legal exposure and liability from the past failures to admit and address this submerged dock problem has now increased by at least 100 fold due to the fact that every other dock and cabana on and around Milton Harbor has been deposited in LI Sound by Hurricane Sandy. I failed to mention this in my propane letter because then I would look like a schmuck and would lose all of the little credibility I had left.

  15. CHRISSY,
    My dock is not missing. What was left of it was deposited in one of two, forty yard dumpsters that we painstakingly filled after we spent three weeks cleaning up all the debris from the storm. Not only did we fill the dumpsters with all five of the docks wiped out on Hen Island but we were also the proud new owners of all the debris from Shenorock, including the Ice Machine from AYC.

    The debris from the south end of Hen Island, you and your girlfriends burned on the beach in the usual unhealthy and unsafe manner that you are accustom to.
    http://rye.patch.com/articles/police-debris-fire-on-hen-island-south-trapped-squirrel

  16. The only thing that’s allowed to float off Hen Island are propane tanks. Wood always floats directly in place and never is moved by the waves or wind. The wood floating in the water from smashed up Hen Island docks miraculously floats directly into dumpsters provided by GOD during the storm to ensure there is never any wooden debris in the LI Sound from Hen Island after large storms. GOD even refuses to afford such divine intervention to the AYC as evidenced by their ice machine ending up on Hen Island. Every stick of wood from the five Hen Island docks destroyed by Sandy was accounted for. Each piece of wood is numbered with a permanent marker before the dock is built. To ensure all the wood is accounted for when the dock is destroyed, each stick of wood is placed into the dumpsters by GOD in numerical order to ensure no piece floats around LI Sound.

  17. Chris,

    Ray Tartaglione writes:

    “My dock is not missing. What was left of it was deposited in one of two, forty yard dumpsters ”

    What about the stuff that wasn’t “left”??????????? Where did that go ??

    Can you say “lurking just beneath the surface of Milton Harbor”????

  18. This is comical and grotesque at the same time. Mayor French has no shame. We may, in fact, have a psychopath as mayor. Let’s be clear on the characteristics of a psychopath: shallow emotions, coldheartedness, egocentricity, superficial charm, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, and criminality, among others.

    From his address: “In a book about Rye’s history, former Rye Librarian Marcia Dalphin wrote: “First as a Village and then as a City, Rye has had an efficient government; its Presidents, Mayors, Trustees, Councilmen, (and Committees) have been sincerely devoted to its welfare – men and women with no financial gain, have labored faithfully and long – often at personal sacrifice – to direct their Village into ways of progress, to keep it financially sound, and to make Rye a pleasant place in which to live and bring up children.” That is Rye. That is who we are and what we continue to strive to be. And it works. In that spirit, 2012 was the year of accomplishment.”

    That is the statement of a psycopath. It’s the complete opposite of what’s actually gone on in Rye since the French team has been in charge. It’s been scandal after scandal and revelation after revelation culminating with a $6MM+ fleecing of RGC members. Scott Pickup and/or Mayor French have been at the center of every single one of these scandals. Let’s not forget what we learned before 2012, either: Mayor French is a slumlord who rents firetraps with illegal 3rd floors and sleeps like a baby while collecting $48,000 a year in rent. This personal financial windfall was further boosted by French claiming a double STAR exemption (stealing from the rest of us who pay our taxes). Now back to 2012. Does anyone remember Mayor French aggressively calling out Councilman Sack about his golf club inquiries? Now reread the passage cited above and make the case it’s not the work of a psychopath. Does this comment have anything constructive to add? It serves only as a reality check. We have to wait and vote these creeps out of office. In the meantime, let’s not let them get away with rewriting history and pushing false talking points.

  19. Anne,
    I must tell you, both my husband and I feel the same way about the Mayor and the City Manager. I find it absolutely astonishing that the district attorney’s office has not investigated what the hell is going on in city hall and at RGC. Kudos to you girl, for using your real name. I wish I could but my other half would flip his lid.

  20. Sandy P – only by speaking up will change occur. As you read this the Rye political class insiders are quietly gauging how to best retain their privileges and protect their city hall influence peddlers because – word has it – that ugly truths are soon to be officially revealed about Rye Golf management and oversight. And blame spreaders are poised to go into hyperdrive. Pathetic.

    This municipal malfeasance mudslide actually can’t come soon enough and in fact didn’t come soon enough for Andrew Dapolite or Bob Schubert. At least Andrew is still with us and we can make it up to him some time.

    Tell your other half that what he should be afraid of is if the clean up effort we started at a grass roots non partisan level in 2008 is delayed any further through additional subterfuge. Every time bad actors succeed in crushing good guys they get bolder. Your other half should know that already anyway.

  21. Mayor French is under a tremendous amount of pressure and has been since this time last year after he was exposed for his illegal Building Department and STAR Tax issues. The public is seeing a Mayor that has cheated, lied and stolen from the taxpayers of Rye for years.

    We are now seeing example after example of how he has failed to protect the health and safety of the public in an effort to further his own political and personal agendas. He has jeopardized the jobs of many hard working Rye City employees by asking them to cover him in his underhanded efforts. We have recently seen examples of hard working concerned citizens that have resigned from committees and employees that have quit high paying city jobs to avoid involvement. He has now resorted to threatening reporters that publicly report on his inappropriate behavior and activities.

    The pressure is taking a toll on the Mayor and we are not sure yet of the depths of his involvement in the RGC fiasco… Look at the fact that he cannot even complete a thought in his letter to Leon Sculti and he is now going after his fellow council members in addition to the GOP hands that feed him…. I believe we should publicly call for him to resign so we may return the City of Rye back to where it belongs, a law abiding community that enforces all the laws that protect the health and safety of the entire public.

    http://www.lausdeo10580.com/lausdeo10580/2012/12/we-will-continue-to-keep-an-eye-on-your-behavior-toward-city-employees.html

  22. I hope everyone forgot that I was a huge supporter of Mayor French when he ran for Mayor. Truthfully, I never really supported French, I just campaigned aggressively against Otis in a two candidate election and then claimed I didn’t support French. I’ll do the same thing in the next Mayoral election. I’ll campaign against French but claim neutrality in regards to the other candidate that way I can run him out of town too if he doesn’t do exactly what I want. Remember how corrupt Mayor Otis was because he wouldn’t circumvent the building codes for my own personal benefit?? That’s why I campaigned against Mayor Otis then claimed I never supported Mayor French. Remember that? I figured Mayor French would be easier to influence for my own personal benefit but, I was wrong. I needed a Mayor to circumvent the laws or, at least, not obey them so I could force all the rift-raft off Hen Island. So far I’ve been thru 2 Mayors, 3 City Managers, 4 Westchester Board of Health Commissioners, 2 building inspectors, 1 City Engineer, SCORES of City Council members and NONE of them ( well maybe Joe Sack ) will circumvent the existing laws for me so I can get what I want. I need a whole new slate of candidates, city officials and BOH officials that I can influence. Just like Mayor Otis, Mayor French was never flexible enough to circumvent the laws for me. Just like the City Managers that preceded him, the current City Manager hasn’t seen things my way either. We need to get rid of the Mayor along with the City Manager. We also need to get rid of 6 of 7 City Council members. Isn’t there ANYONE out there that I can intimidate and influence??? If I can find those type of people, they would make great city, state and county officials.

  23. CHRISSY,
    “I needed a Mayor to circumvent the laws or, at least, not obey them so I could force all the rift-raft off Hen Island.”
    That should read ” I need a Mayor that will enforce the law so myself and the rest of Rye will not be jeopardized by the Hen Island rift-raff that does not want to spend the money (like the rest of the us are required to) to protect their neighbors, the health and safety of the public and the environment.

    If you think I never supported French watch this one and tell me what you think.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgPPTrlEZbE

    I agree with Anne, I think we are dealing with a psychopath!

  24. I didn’t report to Rye officials that the part of my dock that wasn’t “left” was floating somewhere in Milton Harbor putting everyone that uses the harbor at risk. That shows you how much I can be trusted for the safety and well-being of Milton Harbor users.

  25. WANTED:

    Gutless and spineless candidates to run against current City oficials in 2013 Rye City election. Only qualifications are low self-esteem and many skeletons in your closet so if you don’t do as I say, I will run you out of town too. Even tho I don’t live in town, I think I run it.

  26. Chrissy,

    He can’t be the Mayor because he doesn’t live in RYE. It’s amazing how many people who DO live in RYE and post on this site drink the kool-aid he hands out. It’s pretty pathetic but, then again, just look at the people we’re talking about.

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