Letter to the Publisher from Former Rye Mayor Joe Sack
Sack: "A career politician plays favorites with his rich friends and does his business in secret in Albany behind closed doors."
Full letter is below:
Remember this one?
In 2017, Otis passed a bill allowing his Rye Country Day School friends to buy the Thruway property in a sweetheart deal. And he did it without telling the City of Rye about it first, and without regard to the City's own interests.
As Mayor of Rye, I called that out as BS. So then Otis had to fib about it. And his political supporters had to run interference for him. Well guess what? Two years later, Otis is up to his old tricks. He just passed another bill, again without telling the City of Rye first, although this time he actually has the chutzpah to admit it. And this bill takes even more leverage away from the City of Rye, and gives even more benefits to RCDS.
This latest watered down bill totally removes any requirement that the City must approve a shared use agreement as a condition of the purchase. He should be embarrassed. But he won't be. Because his political friends — the same ones who gave me grief when I blew the whistle on this nonsense — are now in charge.
And the Rye Record, which reported this development, is typically a little light on the news reporting side of their lifestyle paper, and seems to have amnesia about any of this background. What a shame it all is. Career politicians play favorites. The entitled get more entitled. And the regular citizens of Rye have nobody in office fighting for them.
Sincerely, Mayor Joe
Publisher's note: New York State Assemblyman Steven Otis is a Rye Country Day School alumnus (Class of 1975) and was the school's 2018 commencement speaker.