Rye Mayor Doug French will not run for re-election this fall, according to a statement he released. The statement was not sent to MyRye.com, but to other media. We have asked for a full copy of the statement and will post it when available.
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here is the Mayor's full statement:
"Given the demands of my career, I cannot commit to another 4 years as Mayor, but volunteer public service is what we do in Rye so I will continue to be active — just not in the top job.
Most working business professionals through the years in Rye only serve 4 and not 8 years. The first question I asked was, do I want to do it — and the answer is yes. Serving Rye is an honor and great fun to give back something larger than yourself. The second question is, can I do it for another 4 years — and the answer is no. The 12 to 13 hours a day in and out of NYC plus business travel makes it impossible to sustain for another 4. If it were 2-year terms like other munis, then I would.
For the balance of my term, the focus will be to continue to strengthen the City's financial position and finalize the 4-year plan, continue the implementation of the rebuilding Rye initiative — roads, sidewalks, sewers, and flood mitigation, to complete emergency preparedness planning and communication, to finalize the City Code revision project, and to re-structure the RGC and Boat Basin operations for the long-term."
Mayor, City of Rye