Rye Mayor Joe Sack has bagged Otis in the latest tangle with former Rye Mayor and current State Assemblyman Steve Otis. In a note to MyRye.com, Sack says Otis "thinks he knows better than us" and "his move was at best premature" and "he is engaging in scare tactics".
Note a love note.
Here it is (movie clip added by MyRye.com):
I feel like I'm watching that movie "A Few Good Men", and watching Tom Cruise try to get Jack Nicholson to admit that he ordered the Code Red.
It should be evident to any honest observer here that Mr. Otis thinks he knows better than us. Maybe he does, who knows? However, we are not ready to make that decision yet.
But because Mr. Otis thinks he knows better, he used his power to push through the legislation allowing the sale of the public land to the private school. Trying to evade responsibility for this by doing cartwheels about the absence of a formal vote, does not change the fact that the council majority conveyed to him that we did not support his move at this time.
And what about now — does Mr. Otis still not understand that we think his move was at best premature, before we could have a full and fair process? Why doesn't Mr. Otis now acknowledge this, and pull back from the legislation, and chalk it up to a possible miscommunication? Because he still thinks he knows better.
We have stated publicly that we want and need Mr. Otis to be a positive factor in this essential public process. Based on his repeated protestations, unfortunately it is hard to say he is reciprocating.
Worse, he is engaging in scare tactics, which partisans like his Democratic Party chair and the Rye Record are shamelessly promoting, that we have already decided to move public works facilities to the site. This could not be further from the truth. But those who may be watching only casually are susceptible to accepting these inflammatory misrepresentations. And this is regrettably damaging to the process.
As mayor, my responsibility is to stand up for all of Rye, regardless of politics. That's why I've stood up to the Republican County Executive regarding Playland. Because it was the right thing to do for Rye, even if it was perhaps not good for me personally.
And that's why I've called out the Democrat Assemblyman on the Thruway property. Because I'm looking out for all of Rye, and not rushing to side with one perspective.
That's how I've always tried to serve Rye, and I always will.