It is disappointing to once again see our city’s leaders engaging in mudslinging and misleading the public. As a member of the search committee for the Rye Democratic Leaders, this issue of supposed misconduct was brought to us, looked into and found to be not as presented. What Ms. Tagger-Epstein did in that case was entirely appropriate to her role as a City Council Member and as the Chair of Rye’s Human Rights Committee. Anyone alleging misconduct by our police deserves to have their complaint taken seriously and investigated.
As a public official and as the Chair of Rye’s Human Committee it was Ms. Tagger-Epstein’s responsibility to forward concerns regarding the perceived lack of due process of a citizen’s arrest and report the possible breach to the appropriate offices reach out to investigate through proper channels, which is what she did. The NY Court found that the defendant was correct, threw out this case, stating the officer’s testimony did not match the video evidence. From a fiduciary standpoint, Ms. Tagger-Epstein was correct in attempting to protect Rye’s interests from possible legal action. As a civil rights matter, she was correct in asking that it be looked into by the appropriate authorities. Everyone must remember that the case in question was thrown out by the court system – that should be the end of it. Mayor Cohn’s attempt to file “ethics violations” against her in this matter failed to find an ethics violation AND cost the City’s taxpayers over $20,000 in legal fees.
It should also be noted that this is a Democratic primary. The majority of those who signed the attack letter can’t even vote in this primary. Let’s have Democrats discuss our values.
As Democrats we believe in due process, the rule of law, and civil rights for all. Sadly, the Mayor’s campaign keeps going back to this untrue, sensational story to distract from the real issues here. Danielle will bring transparency, accountability and mutual respect back to our City. She will listen to all sides, and she will represent the people of Rye. For these reasons and many more, we as Rye Democratic District Leaders support Danielle Tagger-Epstein to be the Democratic candidate for Rye City Mayor.
Marion Anderson Rye City Democratic District Leader
Suki van Dijk Vice- Chair, Rye City Democratic District Committee
Rod Brown Rye City Democratic District Leader & Former Committee Chair
Linda Lefkowitz Rye City Democratic District Leader
Bill Meyers Rye City Democratic District Leader
Pamela Tarlow Rye City Democratic District Leader & Rye City Council Member