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Mayor Calls on Chair of Rye GOP to Step Down

A message from Rye City Mayor Douglas French.

Mayor Douglas French sent this information in an email to the press on Dec. 18. Read more on the issue here. 

As part of the Litigation and Case Management Committee I established for the City in 2010, the purpose was to evaluate cases and their financial implications to the City.  Rye continued to have runaway litigation costs at the time and I wanted to put a light on that activity.  As part of our last committee meeting in September, it was apparent that a litigation with significant billings to the City of Rye was continuing and trending well over budget -- and that the case would continue into 2013.  One of the lead attorneys on the case is the head of the Rye GOP.

Given that this case will continue into 2013, and given that it is an election year when political parties select candidates to serve on the Council that directly oversees and makes decisions on litigation, I think it is in the best interests of Rye that the Chairman step down.  This is a direct conflict of interest.  I thought the attorneys on the committee after the meeting would have recognized such, but as Mayor, I will make the recommendation now before we begin the New Year.  In essence, the people making litigation decisions on this case are being selected by the GOP.  The people of Rye need to be sure that there are no financial gains in the basic operations of the City.

HEALtheHARBOR.com December 19, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Mayor French is under a tremendous amount of pressure and has been since this time last year after he was exposed for his illegal Building Department and STAR Tax issues. The public is seeing a Mayor that has cheated, lied and stolen from the taxpayers of Rye for years. We are now seeing example after example of how he has failed to protect the health and safety of the public in an effort to further his personal agenda. He has jeopardized the jobs of many hard working Rye City employees by asking them to cover him in his underhanded efforts. We have recently seen examples of hard working concerned citizens that have resigned from committees and employees that have quit high paying city jobs to avoid involvement. He has now resorted to threatening reporters that publicly report on his inappropriate behavior and activities. The pressure is taking a toll on the Mayor and we are not sure yet of the depths of his involvement in the RGC fiasco… Look at the fact that he cannot even complete a thought in his letter to Leon Sculti and he is now going after his fellow council members in addition to the GOP hands that feed him.... I believe we should publicly call for him to resign so we may return the City of Rye back to where it belongs, a law abiding community that enforces all the laws that protect the health and safety of the entire public. http://www.lausdeo10580.com/lausdeo10580/2012/12/we-will-continue-to-keep-an-eye-on-your-behavior-toward-city-employees.html

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