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Jovanovich To Run For Rye Mayor

Rye City Councilman Peter Jovanovich will run as an independent for Rye City mayor this fall, challenging Rye City Councilman Joe Sack.

Here is the announcement from Jovanovich. What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Jovanovich Declares Candidacy for Mayor of Rye

Peter Jovanovich Rye NY

Councilman and Deputy Mayor Peter Jovanovich announced today that he is running for Mayor as an Independent. Through the petition process, he plans to be on the ballot this fall.

“I believe that the City of Rye can only be made a better place through the collaboration of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents,” explains Jovanovich. “The challenges we face are practical, not partisan; and we need volunteers from all points of the political spectrum.”

Here are some of the issues that he has addressed in his first term on the Council and will focus on as Mayor:

1. Infrastructure

Rye made a good step forward by approving the infrastructure bond last fall. But there is more work to be done: rebuilding the road bed and walkways at Station Plaza, improving traffic and pedestrian signals at Theodore Fremd/Purdy Avenue intersection, and upgrading crosswalks and sidewalks, particularly near schools.

2. Labor Negotiations

With the total compensation of City employees rising 7-8% a year, the City needs a new deal with its unions. In particular, the City must slow the rise in health care costs. The City Manager has advocated, in numerous negotiating sessions with our unions, to reform our labor agreements. “The Council must continue to support the City Manager in his negotiations with our unions,” says Jovanovich.

3. Environment

Working with members of the Sustainability Committee, Councilman Jovanovich enthusiastically supported the plastic bag ordinance. He further supports the Sustainability Committee’s agenda to preserve open space in Rye.

He pledges to protect our land use commissions from political influence. The Mayor and Jovanovich were pressured by the chairman of a Rye political party to fire the Chairman of the Planning Commission, and to appoint a “developer-friendly” replacement. They refused. Jovanovich states: “I promise to only appoint members to the land use commissions and boards who believe they are stewards of Rye’s neighborhoods, wetlands, and wetland buffers.”

4. Financial Sustainability

The City is now in excellent financial health because of the difficult decisions made over the last four years to deal with the worst recession in 75 years. Services were maintained while taxes stayed under the tax cap, expenses held flat, reserves restored, and our AAA rating reaffirmed.

5. The Rye Free Reading Room

The Recession put pressure on all City Departments and its non-profit partners like the Library. As Council liaison to the Library, Jovanovich worked closely with the Board of the Rye Free Reading Room to negotiate a sustainable labor agreement. He strongly promoted the use of bond funds to provide sprinklers and other improvements to the library’s historic building.

6. Golf Club

The Golf Club scandal revealed several shortcomings in the way the City of Rye conducts its business – particularly at the Enterprise Funds (Boat Basin and Golf Club.). First, the City needs stronger auditing oversight. Jovanovich proposes the City hire a full-time internal auditor, and, to supplement and provide further oversight, also contract with specialist outside auditors to review the Golf Club and the Boat Basin — places where a great deal of monetary transactions take place.

Second, to provide proper checks and balances in the operation of Enterprise Funds, Jovanovich supports new governance procedures, including the expansion of the Golf Club and Boat Basin Commissions to include citizens with financial expertise.

Third, reinforce the mission of providing low-cost recreation amenities. “We have lost sight of this goal: to provide affordable access to recreation,” says Jovanovich. “The cost of a pool membership at the Golf Club is now three times the average cost of other pools in Westchester. That’s not right.”

7. Playland

Councilman Jovanovich has strongly supported Sustainable Playland Inc.’s proposal, from its inception, to save the Park. If elected Mayor, he will work tirelessly to see this innovative approach to recreation in a parkland setting come to fruition.

Jovanovich says he will pursue a balanced approach to governing, combining sound fiscal management with improvements to Rye’s infrastructure and enhancements to its quality of life.

“That’s been my approach throughout my life in Rye,” he states. “Whether as a Director and Treasurer of the Friends of the Rye Nature Center, Council Liaison to the Rye Free Reading Room, or as a member of the Board of Architectural Review and the Planning Commission, I have concentrated on serving the best interests of Rye ¬without regard to political affiliation. If elected Mayor, I will continue in that manner.”

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and the candidate supplied bio:

Peter Jovanovich has enjoyed a varied career in book publishing, philanthropy, and public service.

Publishing

A graduate of Princeton University, he started in publishing as a college sales representative for Macmillan in 1972. He held various editorial and marketing positions in Macmillan’s College and Trade Divisions until 1977, when he was named a vice president of Macmillan Publishing and head of its trade division.

Mr. Jovanovich joined Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. in 1980 and held a series of positions, including President of HBJ’s Trade Division, Managing Director of HBJ, Ltd. (London), and President of Academic Press.  In 1989, he was named President and CEO of HBJ.

In 1992, Mr. Jovanovich was recruited to become CEO of Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing. In 1995, he became President of McGraw-Hill’s Educational and Professional Group. During his tenure, McGraw-Hill became the largest educational publisher in the world.

In 1997, Mr. Jovanovich joined Pearson, plc where he oversaw the creation of Pearson Education, which eventually surpassed McGraw-Hill to become the world’s largest education company with over $4 billion in sales and 20,000 employees. Mr. Jovanovich held the position of Chairman and CEO of Pearson Education until 2005, when, because of health reasons, he went on long-term leave.

Jovanovich also served as a director and Chairman of the Board of the Association of American Publishers. He was elected to the Educational Publishers Hall of Fame in 2007.

Philanthropy

For the past six years, Peter Jovanovich has served pro bono as president of the Alfred Harcourt Foundation, based in Rye. The Foundation provides college scholarships to low-income students from some of the lowest-performing high schools in the metropolitan area. Currently, the Foundation gives approximately $650,000 a year in scholarships supporting approximately 110 students, most of whom attend the City University of New York.

Uniquely, the Harcourt Foundation seeks students whose test scores are not stellar, but who have exhibited the personal strength to overcome significant life challenges. Through the provision of tutors and mentors, and the personal intervention of Mr. Jovanovich, who interviews each one of the students each year, approximately 75% of the Harcourt scholars graduate in four years. (The national average for low-income students is closer to 30%.)

Public Service in Rye

Peter Jovanovich was elected City Councilman in 2009, and for the last two years has served as Deputy Mayor. He has helped Rye restore its financial health, improve and invest in its infrastructure, and enhance our quality of life.

Mr. Jovanovich joined the Board of the Friends of Rye Nature Center in 2007, eventually serving as Treasurer. During the difficult times of the last recession, he worked with the Director and other Board members to make the difficult decisions necessary to save the “Friends” organization. Today, the Friends of Rye Nature Center is thriving: more programs are being provided to more children than ever before. 

He served Rye as a member of the Board of Architectural Review and the Rye Planning Commission. As Council liaison to the Rye Library, Jovanovich worked closely with the Board to negotiate a sustainable labor agreement. He strongly promoted the use of bond funds to provide sprinklers and other improvements to the library’s historic building.

His wife Robin, publisher of The Rye Record, has served as a director of the Rye Arts Center, and Vice-President of the Rye Free Reading Room. She is currently a member of the Board of Architectural Review. Her engagement in helping the non-profits around town is known throughout the community.

Robin and Peter have two grown sons, one a graduate of Rye High, and the other a graduate of Rye Country Day School. Both are married and living in Brooklyn.

123 COMMENTS

  1. Holy Mackerel!

    When I first saw the picture of this jackass I figured it was because he got arrested for all the corruption that has been going on in Rye since he became a councilman.

    This apparent delusional individual actually thinks he is running for Mayor. Alfano, Ted Dunn, Matthews, French, Filippi, Suzanna Keith, Matt Fahey and his sister Robin adds up to 9 signatures on a petition assuming he signs his own petition This leaves him about 500 signatures short of getting on the ballot.

    Now that Jovanovich was rejected by his own Republican party, and no doubt laughed at when he tried to get on the Democrat ticket, he now cites collaboration and non-bitarisanship. How convenient.

    Hit the bricks you pompous jackass and save us from having to look at your face and from throwing up reading your bogus accomplishments.

  2. Interesting bio, but I have never been one to buy into the “Princeton” bullshit. They don’t have a top 5 MBA program or a top 3 law school, therefore there are limited choices for undergrades to get exposure from the best Professors the country has to offer – frankly the degree is irrelevant except if you want to pimp yourself as God’s gift to international studies – bullshit in and of it self. Ok, let’s focus and get off the Princeton bashing. 1. OK, choice is good; 2. running against the Republican candidate to vet policy differences where Sack snatched the RGC investigation out of the hands of his fellow “Republicans” and handed it to a pipe hitting, all bitch Battery Park law firm (quickly do the math because I know Old Garnet will be – 1400 members and an average family of 4, and your frauding roughly 1/3 of the population) and where he narrowly escaped involving City government in a felony fraud for the police uniform bidding, and what other major policy differences is he going to hang his hat on; 3. draw away support from Rye Republicans and receive registered Democrats, seriously? He’s running independently rather than primarying Sack because he doesn’t want to get knocked out of the box in September but continue his poorly disguised facade until November. Bottomline, at this point in time August 2013, Sack literally walks on water in this town – he’s unbeatable. Fast forward to election results this November: Joseph A. Sack, Esq. 90.9%, Peter Jovanovich 9.1%, if that. Remember you saw it here first, folks…;)…and, most importantly, who is vetting his 377 signatures, and can he be trusted considering his performance since, what 2009?

  3. UNITED STATES DISTRICK COURT
    NORTHEN DISTRICK OF CALIFORINA (SAN JOSE)CASE No. C93-20824RMW
    Judith A. Hill V. Jovanovich/ McGraw-Hill

    8. (a) In April 1992, JOVANOVICH began working for
    MACMILLAN McGRAW-HILL.
    (b) At that time, JOVANOVICH began subjecting plaintiff
    to unwelcome physical contact and verbal sexual harassment, and
    continued with this behavior throughout plaintiff;s employment
    with MACMILLAN McGRAW-HILL.
    (c) Such unwelcome physical contact and verbal sexual harassment included:

    (i) At plaintiff’s first meeting with JOVANOVICH, during a dinner at Peter B’s Restaurant in Monterey, as plaintiff passed JOVANOVICH to take her seat, JOVANOVICH grabbed her hand and told her to sit next to him.
    (ii) Later, during the same meeting, JOVANOVICH looked directly at plaintiff and said,”I’m looking for a moll in the organization.”
    The below is taken from:
    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

    moll (m l)
    n. Slang
    1. A woman companion of a gunman or gangster.
    2. A woman prostitute.

  4. Let’s look at ‘The Record’

    PETER J’S MANY SO CALLED ‘SIDE SHOWS.’

    -Hen Island filth continues; infected cisterns now breeding West Nile Virus – a side show.
    -Dead boy’s family & neighborhood fights years for stop sign test – a side show.
    -Stop sign test finally reveals new signs are safe, effective & welcome – a side show.
    -Historic protected wetland swamp mysteriously dries up overnight – a side show.
    -Senior citizen swamp owner complains publicly; is mocked & dismissed – a side show.
    -Public records vanish from city hall about illegal upstream construction – a side show.
    -Mental health officials sent by city manager to examine complainer – a side show.
    -Senior citizen is secretly recorded by the city manager inside city hall – a side show.
    -Senior citizen falsely arrested for complaining about wetland violations – a side show.
    -Senior citizen falsely arraigned and charged in retaliation maneuver – a side show.
    -Senior citizen dies fighting to clear his name from false charges – a side show.
    -Missing and stolen city records recovered via subpoena; ignored – a side show.
    -Depositions under oath admitting illegal wetland destruction; ignored – a side show.
    -City Mayor revealed to be serial housing and tax law violator – a side show.
    -City attorney and manager lie about nature of mayor’s housing violations – a side show.
    -City sends false legal description of mayor’s property to title company – a side show.
    -Mayor’s violations “investigated” by his political appointees – a side show.
    -Mayor fully absolved of wrongdoing by his appointees – a side show.
    -Mayor forced to repay thousands in improper tax exemptions & penalties – a side show.
    -Mayor’s house illegally “cured” of all housing and property tax violations – a side show.
    -$5 Million of city working capital stripped & repurposed without a vote – a side show.
    -City roadways and properties deteriorate from lack of maintenance funds – a side show.
    -Special capital project bond required to partially replace missing funds – a side show.
    -City council set to accept largest loss in history rather than hire a broker – a side show.
    -Broker delivers bids far above prior city council “best offer available” – a side show.
    -City manager orders a public record concealed – a Class E felony – a side show.
    -Whistleblower exposing record concealment issued false reprimand – a side show.
    -Only whistleblower is privately questioned by mayoral appointees – a side show.
    -City senior staff never questioned (at all) about concealment violations – a side show.
    -City spends over $20K on lawyers to force whistleblower to resign – a side show.
    -City attorney repeatedly violates FOIL laws; council doesn’t stop her – a side show.
    -City labor lawyer billings top $600K, no new police contract in sight – a side show.
    -Police Comm has history of working for labor lawyer opposing PBA – a side show.

    -Golf Club members complain of opaque management & overcharges – a side show.
    -Golf scandal previously mocked mushrooms into largest loss in city history – a side show.
    -Former top city officials who initiated Golf Fraud arrangements not testifying – a side show.
    -City Mger, Atty & Police Comm get council to authorize fraudulent bid – a side show.
    -Current PBA head on front page of Journal News big shakedown story – a side show.
    -Rye’s corrupt influence peddlers panic at Sack Reform Slate accent. Developing.

  5. Bowing to peer pressure, when I referred to Brune & Richard as a “pipe hitting, all ‘bitch’, Battery Park law firm,” it was intended as a 100+++% compliment. Having already been accused to be a “sub-human misogynist troglodyte”…;)… it was an attempt to point out that they are a predominately female law firm, and nothing more.

  6. Mr. Lamont,

    We’ve never met so for now I’ll take you at your word that you intended to compliment Brune & Richard.

    It was the wonderful Tina Fey who first said (on SNL during the 2008 Democratic Primary) that Bitch is the New Black and, further, Bitches Get Things Done.

    Yes, we are are and yes we do.

    So you get a pass. Should another such phrase find its way from your keyboard to the Internet I will not be so understanding.
    Capisce?

  7. Ms. Neary, as I commented, I am very impressed with BR. When your time allows, I am wondering what your view is of the ADA handling the issue who has an alleged personal relationship with the City Manager, the same City Manager who allegedly approved $7 million in invoices over a number of years. Thanks.

  8. On October 10, 2012, the City Council voted 6-0 to take over the investigation into Rye Golf Club. Councilman Peter Jovanovich was absent from the meeting and therefore did not participate in the vote. Councilman Jovanovich also missed five additional meetings before the year-end including some special sessions where important decisions were made regarding the investigation. Prior to the investigation, when Golf Club members began questioning the excessive overtime hours and costly invoices (information obtained through FOIL), Councilman Jovanovich called the Rye Golf Club matter and/or Councilman Sack’s effort to obtain information from the City Manager on the part of club members, “a faux cause célèbres”, the “the latest mini-drama”, and “another Rye City Council sideshow”.

    “The latest mini-drama” actually turned out to be the largest theft in City of Rye history. It has been said that the city’s investigation report reads like a crime novel, and golf club members were shocked to learn of failure after failure to spot the level of fraud which took place over a six year period. City Manager Pickup signed off on $4 million dollars worth of the invoices- it remains unclear exactly how many hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out to the staffing company were fraudulent, and how much was syphoned out the other end to the ex-Golf Club Manager.

    Unfortunately in our city, right now, there is no accountability because of people like Peter Jovanovich. In 2010, Mr. Jovanovich sat on the City of Rye Audit Committee and was not only issued a written report which spotted bidding deficiencies and cash flow problems at Rye Golf Club, but he sat in Council Chambers and listened to a televised summary. Not once has Mr. Jovanovich been made to answer for his “mini-drama” comments and ridicule before the investigation even began. We never heard a public apology, or admission once the findings were made public. Further, Mr. Jovanovich has refused to address numerous problems with City Management- an issue he politicized in his 2009 campaign.

    Last fall, we learned the value of Open Government and transparency through FOIL, for without the efforts of club members, Commissioners, residents, and Councilman Sack asking for information, an investigation into Rye Golf Club might never had happened. It took months and months for Mr. Sculti, a golf club member, to obtain the information he requested through FOIL, and even now, in Council discussions regarding the city FOIL policy, Mr. Jovanovich has supported keeping the old system (in which the City Attorney and City Management have total control over what documents are released) and moving to a new system in which the honest people on our City Council- the people we elect to represent us- have no involvement.

    Councilman Jovanovich continues to support a City Manager who lied to club members at a September Commission Meeting- something that was documented in the Brune and Richard report earlier this year. In the past year and a half, City Manager Pickup has displayed numerous other examples of dishonesty and complete incompetence, yet none of them move Mr. Jovanovich in the least.

    No Rye resident deserves to be talked down to the way Mr. Jovanovich condescends members of the public. His snickering, eye rolling, and whispering at Council Meetings with the Mayor, reflect his pomposity and inability to represent his constituents.

  9. On October 10, 2012, the City Council voted 6-0 to take over the investigation into Rye Golf Club. Councilman Peter Jovanovich was absent from the meeting and therefore did not participate in the vote. Councilman Jovanovich also missed five additional meetings before the year-end including some special sessions where important decisions were made regarding the investigation. Prior to the investigation, when Golf Club members began questioning the excessive overtime hours and costly invoices (information obtained through FOIL), Councilman Jovanovich called the Rye Golf Club matter and/or Councilman Sack’s effort to obtain information from the City Manager on the part of club members, “a faux cause célèbres”, the “the latest mini-drama”, and “another Rye City Council sideshow”.

    “The latest mini-drama” actually turned out to be the largest theft in City of Rye history. It has been said that the city’s investigation report reads like a crime novel, and golf club members were shocked to learn of failure after failure to spot the level of fraud which took place over a six year period. City Manager Pickup signed off on $4 million dollars worth of the invoices- it remains unclear exactly how many hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out to the staffing company were fraudulent, and how much was syphoned out the other end to the ex-Golf Club Manager.

    Unfortunately in our city, right now, there is no accountability because of people like Peter Jovanovich. In 2010, Mr. Jovanovich sat on the City of Rye Audit Committee and was not only issued a written report which spotted bidding deficiencies and cash flow problems at Rye Golf Club, but he sat in Council Chambers and listened to a televised summary. Not once has Mr. Jovanovich been made to answer for his “mini-drama” comments and ridicule before the investigation even began. We never heard a public apology, or admission once the findings were made public. Further, Mr. Jovanovich has refused to address numerous problems with City Management- an issue he politicized in his 2009 campaign.

    Last fall, we learned the value of Open Government and transparency through FOIL, for without the efforts of club members, Commissioners, residents, and Councilman Sack asking for information, an investigation into Rye Golf Club might never had happened. It took months and months for Mr. Sculti, a golf club member, to obtain the information he requested through FOIL, and even now, in Council discussions regarding the city FOIL policy, Mr. Jovanovich has supported keeping the old system (in which the City Attorney and City Management have total control over what documents are released) and moving to a new system in which the honest people on our City Council- the people we elect to represent us- have no involvement.

    Councilman Jovanovich continues to support a City Manager who lied to club members at a September Commission Meeting- something that was documented in the Brune and Richard report earlier this year. In the past year and a half, City Manager Pickup has displayed numerous other examples of dishonesty and complete incompetence, yet none of them move Mr. Jovanovich in the least.

    No Rye resident deserves to be talked down to the way Mr. Jovanovich condescends members of the public. His snickering, eye rolling, and whispering at Council Meetings with the Mayor, reflect his pomposity and inability to represent his constituents.

  10. Andrew,

    I APPLAUD YOU YOUNG MAN!!!!

    Very well said/written!!!

    I know what you were forced to accept broke your heart, always keep in mind, your heart was broken because you have a heart…condescending corrupt cowardly above the law thinking individuals such as P. JOVANOVICH, S. PICKUP, D. FRENCH. W. CONNORS, F. COMPAGNONE, D. CASALE DO NOT POSSESS A HEART!

    At your young age you are a far better human being than any of these formentioned individuals could possibly dream of being in a lifetime!

  11. After several weeks of fruitless discussions with the Republican leadership, and in my final act for the 2013 election season, at 2:00 PM today I filed a Complaint with the Westchester County Board of Elections against Julie Killian and the Rye Republican Committee for alleged statutory violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act in light of its express preemption clause of State and local law requesting the disqualification of Ms. Killian for the November 5, 2013 election. Available for a limited time only at
    http://www.iviewitholdings.com/home/News/litigation

  12. Jury gives $450,000 to fired executive
    By Ken Schultz
    Herald Staff Writer
    A former CTB/McGraw-Hill executive in Monterey who was fired from her $125,000 a year job was awarded $450,000 by a federal court jury for wrongful termination.
    The jury of three men and five women in federal district court in San Jose also ruled the former Macmillian/McGraw Hill School Publishing Co. acted in bad faith when Judith Ann Hill, 41, was fired on June 10, 1993, from her position as vice president of finance.
    In her lawsuit, Hill said that Peter Jovanovich, president and chief executive officer of what is now McGraw Hill School Publishing Co., owned by The McGraw-Hill Companies, flew to Monterey from corporate headquarters in New York to personally fire her after she complained of being sexually harassed by him.
    Jovanovich told Hill at one point that “he wanted her to be his moll,” said Novato attorney Nancy Krop, who represented Hill.
    When Hill protested, “basically” that was the end of her career” with the company, Krop said.
    Hill had also accused the company of sex discrimination and Jovanovich with sexual harassment in her lawsuit, but the jury ruled against her on those points, said company spokesman Steve Weiss.
    The $450,000 judgment against the company, which later in 1993 became The McGraw-Hill Companies, was the maximum award allowed, Krop said.
    “I think the company had to learn you treat people more humanely,” Krop said yesterday.
    Weiss said the jury award was likely the result of the company’s failure to give Hill written warning that her job was in jeopardy before firing her.
    Even so, “We do believe that we have a very valid basis for appealing the jury’s decision,” Weiss said. He added that the company hasn’t decided whether to appeal.
    Hill, the mother of two college-aged daughters, began her career as a $17,500 senior accountant and rose in 11 years to become the chief financial officer of the company’s CTB division in Monterey, earning $125,000 a year, Krop said.

  13. I don’t mean to disappoint anyone, but I doubt there is any validity to the complaint about Julie Killian’s involvement with New Yorkers for Growth. It’s a legitimate PAC which backs fiscal conservatives but, as far as I know, they don’t lobby.

    Regardless, this is a thread about Peter Jovanovich so let’s post about Julie elsewhere.

    Regarding Peter, his quixotic run for mayor reminds me of Vito Lopez running for NYC Council, the primary difference being, Lopez could win. Learning about his history in the private sector, I find Peter’s hostility toward Andrew Dapolite (as a whistleblower) understandable, but still unforgivable.

    Quite honestly everyone on the council now has nothing to be proud of regarding Andrew. You all know he was telling the truth. If you were stand up people, he’d get his job back with back pay and an apology. Some of you of course are more craven than others but you all should be ashamed of your behavior regarding Andrew.

    Peter was especially nasty though. He has to live with that. He should not under any circumstances be rewarded with a term as mayor of Rye.