Rye Mayor Doug French and the "Scotts" – City Manager Scott Pickup and former Rye Golf Club manager Scott Yandrasevich – were skewered by a LoHud.com article by columnist Phil Reisman.
In a piece profiling the work of "citizen soldier" Leon Sculti, the Rye resident who has hammered on French and the Scotts for various alleged abuses, Reisman lays it down. In addition to detailing Sculti's attacks on French for alleged tax abuse, both Scotts get it:
[Regarding the Rye Golf Club scandal:] "Pickup further claimed that the city attorney vetted the arrangements with RM Staffing, which were exempt from the bidding process. Pickup later admitted none of the claims were true, explaining that he feared a “mob mentality” had taken over the meeting, in part because some of audience members had been drinking…
At considerable expense, the city hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation. In a report released Feb. 27, the firm concluded that Yandrasevich “received improper financial benefits” in the setup between the golf club and the staffing company. The findings were turned over to the Westchester District Attorney’s Office.
Yandrasevich, who was paid a salary of $109,000 and given a house on the golf club grounds, resigned after initially being suspended.
Pickup is still the city manager but it’s hard to see how he can keep his job in the long run."
In an email thread Sunday, French went on the attack: "As many know, what Phil has left out in his piece is the alleged illegal renovations attributed to me were done in 1972 when I was in the 3rd grade. However, like many homeowners in Rye experience, we obtained the proper C of O that the previous owner should have gotten."
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Read the full column on LoHud.