In further response to the Phil Reisman column, Rye Maypr Doug Frrench is biting back. In an email, French made the following statement:
"I read the Phil Reisman article on the supposed corruption in Rye and the "citizen soldier" who is waging his personal war on the City. Really? While I realize Mayors get blamed for everything, the alleged illegal renovations on the Mayor's home referenced in the article took place in 1972.
I was in the 3rd grade at the time. But the values my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Puritz from FE Bellows instilled in me are the same ones that led me to one day serve my community on a volunteer basis in the top public service job in Rye.
Similar to what many homeowners experience, we got the proper CO that the previous homeowners should have gotten. In the end, the only thing we were asked to do was to remove the rug that we put in which replaced the green, shaggy rug that was previously there (Mike and Carol Bradyesque style). Can you blame us?
Be glad to talk about the real issues in Rye — Financial sustainability, Playland, Rye Golf, flooding, pedestrian safety, capital infrastructure — even home decor. No corruption in Rye, just dedicated volunteers and professional staff doing the right thing."