(PHOTO: Mayoral challenger Danielle Tagger-Epstein.)
Last week we told you the gloves were off in the race for mayor of Rye between incumbent Rye Mayor Josh Cohn and challenger Danielle Tagger-Epstein. The evidence last week was an email with a “stink” that showed a division between Democratic district leaders with one group looking to smear challenger Tagger-Epstein. Mayor Cohn said he was unaware of the effort.
On Thursday morning, LoHud.com carried a story outlining how Tagger-Epstein intervened in a 2017 criminal case against a Rye resident and friend who was facing felony possession on weapons charges. On behalf of this suspect, she advocated with the Rye PD and the Westchester district attorney and attended a court hearing. She is facing criticism she used her then city council position in these actions.
The charges of inappropriate behavior are serious and the players include Tagger-Epstein, Cohn, the former Rye Public Safety Commissioner Michael Corcoran, The Rye PBA advocating for its officers and – in the LoHud.com article – two Democratic district leaders Emily Hurd and Diana Page – who are supporting Cohn in the mayoral race.
The timing of the story is also not an accident, a week after local political parties started to collect petitions to place their candidates on the ballot and as races start to heat up leading into the June primaries.
Read the LoHud story for more details (subscription required).