The League of Women Voters of Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester held its forum between the Rye City Council candidates on Wednesday evening. GOP nominee Matt Fahey and Dem nominee Lori Fontanes are running to serve the final year of Richard Mecca’s four year council term. Emily Hurd has been serving since January after Mecca resigned for health reasons. Mecca passed away in the spring.
The forum was marked by civility and vehement agreement between the candidates on most issues. The focus on flooding mitigation was the center point of comments, agreement and priority. Other issues discussed included roads, development, parking downtown, capital projects, dredging, and rock chipping where there was general agreement. Tree ordinances and food scrap recycling brought out some differences.
In closing comments, Fahey spoke about his prior Council service and his endorsement from six council members (all but Josh Nathan, who has endorsed Fontanes). Fontanes spoke about her value as a new member, experience in governance and her track record on the environment and sustainability.
You can watch the replay below.
The election is next Tuesday, November 8, 2022.