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Otis Endorsed By Rye Police Benevolent Association

A message from Steve Otis for State Assembly campaign.

RYE, NY – October 9, 2012 - Steve Otis’s campaign announced today that the Rye Police Benevolent Association has endorsed former City of Rye Mayor Steve Otis for State Assembly.

In announcing the endorsement, Rye Police Benevolent Association President Franco Compagnone stated, “ It is with great pleasure and honor that the Rye Police Benevolent Association throw our full political support behind, Steve Otis, for New York State Assembly.”

“As employees of the city of Rye, the members of the Rye PBA have had the privilege of working with Steve Otis in his capacity as mayor and in that experience he earned great respect and admiration from us. We were greatly impressed by his professionalism and he shown great concern for our members needs and that of the community as a whole. His selflessness to the Rye community that he has served for over 10 years is highly commendable and inspiring. Steve’s dedication and hard work will promote a healthy and positive environment in the NYS Assembly.”

In thanking the Rye PBA for their endorsement, Otis commented, “ The endorsement of the Rye PBA is of great importance and meaning to me. I know first hand of the high level of dedication and commitment of the City of Rye police officers. They are dedicated to protecting the public and serving the community. I know of their courage and professionalism. Their support is of great significance.”

Otis served as Mayor of the City of Rye for twelve years from 1998-2009. During that time, a major focus was emergency management and response. Otis led Rye’s Project Impact program, a FEMA initiative to make communities better prepared for natural disasters. When Otis served as President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association (2005-06) one of his major initiatives was to improve coordination between municipalities and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services. Otis continues to be an active member of the WMOA Executive Committee where he has served since 2002.

Otis is running for the 91st Assembly District representing Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Port Chester, Rye Brook, the City of Rye and about half of the City of New Rochelle.

Aidan October 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM
No to Otis. No to Latimer. No more liberals.
Aidan October 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM
"During that time, a major focus was emergency management and response." Look at his handiwork. Half of Rye under water after a recent storm. The Central Avenue bridge down for years and years. Problems EVERYONE knew needed addressing years ago when Otis had the helm. If there's an emergency ... beg this guy to stay home.
Chief Siwanoy October 10, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Thank you Aidan, your position, if not your reasoning, is clear.
Bob Zahm October 10, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Rye's current administraiton has just gotten approval from the NYS so that bidding can get started. That's 3 years in the making. 3 years when Steve Otis has not been mayor. Aidan - blaming the past mayor for the current state of the Central Avenue bridge is ridiculous. That's like saying George Bush is responsible for the current level of [un]employment. And saying that Otis should have fixed the bridge before it was broken is equally dumb. You usually have more solid reasoning than shown in this thread.
JJ October 11, 2012 at 09:29 AM
So was he a good Mayor or NOT?
tedc October 14, 2012 at 04:27 PM
THE HYPOCRITIC OATH OF OTIS Yesterday my mother received a senior citizen targeted “Otis for Assembly” campaign flyer which is headlined with the following: "Steve Otis is a strong advocate for senior citizens." "As Mayor of Rye, Steve Otis consistently fought to meet the needs of seniors." Clearly some dishonesty is worse than others – some cruelties more vicious than others - some flights from accountability more desperate than others - and in the persona of Steve Otis of Rye - we have an example of all of these and more. What Steve Otis did to Rye senior citizen Bob Schubert and the Wetland Laws of Rye wasn’t a mistake, or an error, or an oversight, or a misunderstanding, or an accident. The hundreds of thousands of dollars Schubert was forced to spend out of his own pocket gathering evidence of this (through court ordered subpoenas and participant testimony under oath) has produced multiple appalling tangible examples of pure governmental malfeasance and criminality. Rye City to Schubert – in their own words. (8 minutes.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV1I1MSIfUk
tedc October 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Some day very soon – after city residents learn all about how predatory municipal legal tactics work in the new Rye Golf Club scandal – we will bring Rye residents back to how a brilliant decorated World War II veteran was persecuted, smeared and ultimately sent to an early grave with the full support of Steve Otis. Rye Attorney Kevin Plunkett tirade at Rye citizen. (1 minute, 30 sec.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JXoSway7uo&feature=related Mr. Otis certainly had a chance to make all this right – to let the documented truth - now marshaled in cardboard boxes on Milton Point (and in local newspaper editors email files) – to come out. Steve Otis did the opposite and continues to deny his culpability and responsibility to this day. Unlike Bob Schubert, some of us, growing in number, are still among the living and are thus even more determined to set this record straight and expose the craven special interests Mr. Otis pandered to that made the fiasco possible. If this makes the guilty among us mad, or nervous, so be it. Senior’s aren’t stupid. Steve Otis has an awful painfully public record of abusing seniors who turn to him in their hour of need for the help they deserve.
HEALtheHARBOR.com October 15, 2012 at 04:21 PM
One look at the way Steve Otis treated Bob Schubert (A decorated 89 year old WWII veteran and the choice is clear. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-dF7HOFspA In the below linked video Steve Otis allows the City attorney to attack Mr. Schubert. Is this how we want our citizens treated? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JXoSway7uo&feature=related And here is one more example why Steve Otis is not a good choice for any leadership position. The reason for the firing, according to the council, was Shews, failure to communicate with the council and the mayor on projects. But many who have followed the Otis /Schubert wetlands garden mess, as well as the other Otis environmental missteps (e.g. Hen Island), believe otherwise. Shew's highly questionable decision which may have been vetted by Otis to sic the Westchester County Department of Mental Health on Schubert is more likely the real cause for his being deep-sixed. Shew was Otis's scapegoat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIBsLsvJQWE

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