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Busting the Cap, Budget Approval, RGC Settlement & More: Rye City Council Agenda for December 21, 2016

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(PICTURE: Rye City Hall by local artist Heather Patterson)

The city council's agenda for its meeting on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 is out.

There will be regular meeting and a budget workshop held by the City Council of the City of Rye on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 in Council Chambers in City Hall at 7:30pm. The Council will convene at 6:30pm and will adjourn into executive session to discuss personnel. 

Office Hours of the Mayor by appointment by emailing jsack@ryeny.gov or contacting the City Manager’s Office at (914) 967-7404.

Meetings are also aired on Cablevision Channel 75 and Verizon Channel 39. We'll also see you on the Internet (live and archive).

Let's check the batting order and highlights from the 22 agenda items.

  • Old Man and the Seawall. Update on the Dearborn Avenue Seawall project.
  • Busting the 2% Cap. Continuation of the Public Hearing to adopt a Local Law to override the State enacted tax
    levy limitation.
  • Money Talk. Continuation of the Public Hearing on the proposed 2017 Budget.
  • Budget Vote. Resolution to adopt the 2017 Budget and establish the 2017 tax levy and 2017 tax rate. Roll Call.
  • Money Transfer. Resolution authorizing the City Comptroller to make the necessary year-end closing transfers. Roll Call.
  • H2O Emergency Powers. Continuation of the Public Hearing to amend local law Chapter 194, “Water”, of the Rye City Code by amending Section §194-1, “Conservation in times of emergency”, to give the City Manager the authority to declare conservation in times of water emergency.
  • Rye PD & FD Merger. Continuation of the Public Hearing on the proposed revision to the Rye City Charter to rescind Article 12 “Police Department” and Article 13 “Fire Department” and create a new Article 12 “Department of Public Safety” and to create a new position of “Commissioner of Public Safety” which position shall have charge and supervision of the Police and Fire Departments.
  • Open Mic. A crowd favorite. Residents may be heard on matters for Council consideration that do not appear on the agenda.
  • Golf Club Worker Settlement? Consideration of settlement in the litigation Rvin Reyes, et al v. City of Rye, Rye Golf Club, RM Staffing & Events, Inc., Morris Yacht and Beach Club, Inc. and Scott Yandrasevich, Jointly and Severally.
  • County Services. Resolution to authorize participation in Westchester County contracts. Roll Call.
  • Check-out. Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with the Rye Free Reading Room to furnish library services for 2017. Roll Call.
  • 2017 Datebook.  Resolution designating the days and time of regular meetings of the City Council for 2017 setting January 11, 2017 as the first regular meeting.
  • Parking. Bid Award for the Parking Pay Station Replacement contract (Contract #2016-17). Roll Call.
  • PD Rotary Gift. Acceptance of donation to the Rye Police Department from the Rye Rotary Club in the amount of One Thousand Five Hundred ($1,500.00) Dollars. Roll Call.
  • Patronage. Three appointments to the Boat Basin Commission, by the Council, for three-year terms expiring January 1, 2020.

The next regular meeting of the City Council will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7:30pm.


  1. 2017B Proposed Resident Tax Increase over Tax Cap = $1,097,184
    –Rye Building Permit Fees–
    2012A $ 1,456,043 $+323,631
    2013A $ 1,895,975 $+439,932
    2014A $ 2,446,504 $+550,529
    2015A $ 1,941,821 $-504,686
    2016P $ 1,626,000 $-315,821
    2017B $ 1,566,000 $ -60,000
    Loss: Past 3 Years $ -880,507 (-36%)
    (A=Actual, P=Projected, B=Budget)
    Builders Know – No One Is Checking & Someone Has Their Backs.

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