Well, it's either a striking level of poor communication, or election season theatrics between local Republicans and Democrats.
Current Rye Mayor Joe Sack and Ex- Rye Mayor and current State Assemblyman Steve Otis are at each other's throats.
In a letter sent to the Governor on Tuesday, Sack accused Otis of leaving Sack and Rye out of the loop in plans regarding the disposition of property held the the NY State Thursday Authority adjacent to the I-95 and I-287 interchange and across the Boston Post Road from Rye Country Day School (RCDS).
Apparently, RCDS would like to purchase the property and the Rity of Rye is considering moving the Department of Public Works to this location (presumably tied to the Disbrow Park master plan under development).
Part of the Sack letter to the Governor:
"None of this was heretofore known by the City of Rye; Assemblyman Otis did not advise us this was happening. In fact, in good faith, the City of Rye met with RCDS as recently as this week, to discuss mutually beneficial options for the potential disposition of the parcel. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to us, the bill had already been previously approved by both houses of the state legislature. I would hate to know that either RCDS or Assemblyman Otis allowed this meeting to take place while withholding that information from us…. At best, the actions of Assemblyman Otis were premature. At worst, they represented a behind-the-back attempt to steer the parcel to RCDS without our knowledge and against our wishes."
Read the full letter.
Otis shot back on Wednesday, saying:
"I was very surprised to receive your factually inaccurate letter opposing state action that you and the City Council previously requested. Putting forth demonstrably inaccurate information to the public or other levels of government does not serve the interests of the people of the City of Rye or the credibility of the city government."
In the letter, Otis details some of the history of Rye working to acquire the property for recreation purposes and opposing it's use as a DPW site.
Clearly and ongoing story…