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Defeated Rye GOP Plans Large Parting Gifts Using Taxpayer Money. Commentary by Ted Carroll

Guest Column by Rye Resident Ted Carroll

Wilson headshot

(PHOTO: Rye City Attorney Kristen Wilson)

After losing in the largest election landslide in city history you’d think Mr. Sack’s crew would accept that their jig is up. Nope.

Joe Sack’s City Council GOP slate went down to a massive 61% to 39% defeat in the November elections, but like the petulant sore losers that residents who stood before them over the past few years came to know and loathe, this bunch wants to pass out financial favors to insiders who served their own political agendas. The largest case in point here being Rye’s Corporation Counsel, Kristen Wilson, who they propose to provide with a 2017 RETROACTIVE $40,000 dollar lump sum pay increase on Wednesday evening, the last scheduled public meeting of their now massively rejected Rye administration.

Readers of our monthly MyRye.com municipal corruption columns here know Ms. Wilson is a star, perhaps THE star in all city hall things secreted, obfuscated, tampered and disappeared. Her dual roles in representing both the city AND a city employee who pled guilty to misconduct in a highly suspect multi-million dollar insurance claim lay at the center of our now national 7 part environmental malfeasance series uncovering what and who really killed all the greens in 2015 at the Rye Golf Course. And of course it was this same Ms. Wilson who quietly consciously subverted Rye’s existing wireless communications statutes in 2011 attempting give Verizon’s contractors at Crown Castle virtually unfettered ‘Right-of-Way’ access to Rye’s highly valued residential neighborhoods (see her key approval signature on page 11) with their unsightly antiquated wireless pole attachment equipment.

On top of this retroactive $40,000 dollar retainer ‘gift’ Mr. Sack & Co also proposes to stick incoming Rye Mayor Josh Cohn and his three new incoming council running mates with a heretofore unseen completely new 90 day termination provision in this same undated Kristen Wilson legal services proposal assuring that if ‘Moving Rye Foreword’ doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Ms. Wilson that she at last keeps a full quarter year of advance billed retainer or another $35,000 for her troubles.

I’ve attached this undated new 2017 retroactive gift draft agreement for readers – here.

Her existing agreement currently in force and executed in August of 2015 is – here.

And for historic context, her prior 2010 agreement, when she worked at Harris Beach, is – here.

If the very soon to be departing Mr. Sack, Julie Killian, Kristin Bucci and Terry McCartney (who’s had very bad things to say about Ms. Wilson’s legal skills in private) want to gift her up to $75,000 dollars in year end goodies then I’m all for it IF they are personally footing the bill.

If not, and they want to use our money, then they look exactly like what they are.

Ted Carroll is a lifelong Rye resident, a Certified Public Accountant, a former member of Rye’s outside independent audit staff and a current partner at Noson Lawen Partners, a media industry private equity firm.

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  1. To me this sounds like outright thievery of taxpayer dollars.

    Is this even legal? Can attorney fees be retroactively given at all let alone one year later?

    Wilson wants her retainer to be retroactively dated January 1, 2017. Why? Is there something that needs to be covered up or concealed from the public that she didn’t do that she was supposed to do under the existing retainer?

    What McCartney said was Wilson is on par with a first year associate.

    Sack said he wants to fire her but that it’s complicated.

    I hope someone on the Rye City Council has the wherewithal to shoot down this proposal tomorrow night and then fire Wilson on January 1, 2018.

    After she is fired don’t let Wilson leave Rye with all the Rye Golf Club investigative files, the Breen Report, Crown Castle records, the Rye PD ticket fixing investigative records, the Falk investigative records as well as any other records that she wants to keep to herself to perhaps protect herself and other city officials.

    Keep these records in Rye!!!!!


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