In a letter provided to MyRye.com Monday afternoon, four City Council members and the Mayor refute Councilwoman Pam Tarlow’s account of her departure from the Rye City Council. Councilwoman Sara Goddard, the sixth and final member of the council, was not a signatory to the letter.
“City Council Members Put Forward The Facts
As current City Council members, we feel that Rye residents deserve to know the truth about Pam Tarlow’s departure from the City Council. As an elected public official who claims to be “true to good government principles and the needs of Rye residents,” Ms. Tarlow found the time to search for and close on a house outside of Rye and move into that house without telling the Council. As early as June 27th Ms. Tarlow told the City Manager she was contemplating a move and would announce it when appropriate, she requested confidentiality, which the City Manager obliged with. It was not until the City’s lawyer, having heard from Ms. Tarlow, about her “confidential” move, felt ethically obliged to inform the Mayor that Ms. Tarlow had moved out of her Rye home with no intent to return and therefore had vacated her office as a matter of law. This was two days before the July 22nd Council meeting. Ms. Tarlow’s lack of integrity and professionalism is shameful.
Ms. Tarlow then asked the City’s lawyer for an assurance that if she didn’t attend the July 22nd Council meeting that no one on the Council would make comments critical of her. She now tries to paint the assurance that she received as a threat against her. This is both false and another baseless attack on her colleagues.
Instead, as she has demonstrated with this final astounding dereliction of duty, Ms. Tarlow has twisted the facts.
To provide more background and transparency about the timeline of events, particularly the fact that the Council was NOT informed by Ms. Tarlow about moving out of Rye and that NO ONE threatened her, we received the following timeline from City Council Kristen Wilson:
- Ms.Tarlow began telling Ms. Wilson of a possible move in very early July, asking Ms. Wilson to keep it confidential. Ms. Tarlow said she would give the Council at least two weeks’ notice.
- On July 9, Ms. Tarlow told Ms.Wilson that she had in fact bought a house in White Plains, had moved in with her family, was sleeping in White Plains and was returning to her leased house in Rye only to remove remaining personal belongings. Ms. Wilson told Ms. Tarlow that she was putting Kristen in a very uncomfortable situation.
- On July 20th, with Ms. Tarlow having made no announcement to the Mayor or Council and a meeting two days away, Ms. Wilson decided that ethically she had to tell the Mayor that Ms. Tarlow was no longer a Rye resident.
- Neither Ms. Wilson nor the Mayor ever threatened Ms.Tarlow in any way. Ms. Wilson was not aware of any basis for legal action against Ms. Tarlow. In their conversations, it was Ms. Tarlow who brought up the risk of legal action, and that would have been potential legal action only against the City if it followed a decision of a Council with an improperly seated member.
- Ms.Tarlow refused to tell Ms. Wilson whether she intended to attend the Council and demand to be seated on the dais on July 22nd.
- Ms. Tarlow never had a conversation with the Mayor or any of the undersigned about her move.
As Democrats, Republicans and Independents, we look forward to working together in a collegial and non-partisan manner for the betterment of Rye citizens and without the unnecessary strife we have endured with Ms. Tarlow as a Council member.