Parker to Run for County Board of Legislators

Parker’s departure from Rye City Council could leave six of seven council seats open this year.

Rye City Council member Catherine Parker is gearing up to run for Westchester County Board of Legislators and the sound shore's current legislator Judy Myers (D-Larchmont) will be leaving her position this year, "term-limiting herself," they announced during a press conference on Thursday morning at the Mamaroneck Town Center.

“I want to do this because I feel I can best serve Rye by taking this to the next level and champion issues I have been fighting for in Rye,” Parker said after the conference.

Myers told Parker she wanted the her take the BOL seat and Parker considered it carefully, knowing that local Rye Democrats would want her to run for mayor this year, she said.

 “I believe I learned a lot serving in Rye and I’ve cut my teeth on Rye politics. I am ready to go to the next level,” she said.

Parker feels the Rye council has been successful at keeping taxes low, addressing infrastructure needs, working for mandate relief and with mandates while providing services to the community. These are issues she will continue to focus on at the county level, if elected, she said.

Parker was elected to Rye City Council in 2007 and again in 2011. For the last two years, she has been the only non-Republican on the seven-member council and believes that experience would help her work effectively in county government.

“The government best serves people when you put party politics aside and deal with the issues at hand,” she said. Parker emphasized the importance of listening to constituents and working respectfully with colleagues in the best interest of the community.

Although she has been widely considered the only Democrat on the council, Parker actually only became a registered Democrat last November, she said. Before that she was an Independent.

Myers has served as a county legislator for eight years and is currently the chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators Budget and Appropriations Committee. She believes in self-imposed terms and felt it is time for her to leave to give someone new a chance to help shape law and policies at the county level, Parker said. 

“Eight and a half years ago I stood on these very steps in a pouring cold rain to announce that I was entering a special election to replace George Latimer as the County Legislator for the Seventh District,” said Myers. “I went on to win four terms, sometimes easily and sometimes not. But today I stand here to say that I believe in term limits. I voted for eight year term limits on the County Board of Legislators, and although it ended up at twelve years, I am ‘term limiting’ myself out at the end of this year and will not seek re-election to this office in November.”

Myers’ district currently includes the City of Rye, portions of the Towns of Rye and Harrison, plus the Villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck the Town of Mamaroneck and part of New Rochelle.

Parker's Departure Could Leave Six Open Seats in Rye 

Parker’s departure from Rye city council would leave five empty seats this election year hers, in addition to incumbents Peter Jovanovich, Julie Killian and Richard Filippi and incumbent Mayor French, whose terms all end this year.

Killian will be seeking re-election, Filippi is not expected to run for another term, and Jovanivich has notified the Rye GOP that he is considering a run for mayor, according to The Rye Sound Shore Review. Rye resident Jason Mehler announced his intentions to run for city council this month as well. 

Mayor Douglas French announced he will not be running for re-election this year. Following French's announcement, Councilman Joe Sack said he is seeking the Republican City Committee’s nomination. If Sack runs for mayor, that will leave six of seven city council seats up for grabs this election season.

Councilwoman Laura Brett’s term is not set to expire until 2015 and she has not announced any intentions to run for another political role at this time. 


A press release from the county BOL listed Myers' accomplishments since taking office in March 2005:

  • Legislation that mandates calorie counts in fast food establishments in Westchester
  • County compliance with the mandated nitrogen removal in the Long Island Sound and helped secure federal funding to lessen the burden on Sound Shore taxpayers while resuscitating the waters of the Sound and keeping the County from undue penalties
  • Participation on the County’s Flood Action Task Force which secured $4.5 million for area flood control projects in Rye and Mamaroneck
  • Assisted in developing and ensuring approval of a lease for the Westchester Children’s Museum to occupy the recently renovated north bathhouse at Playland
  • Sponsored legislation to protect access to reproductive health clinics in Westchester County
  • Six years of service on the County’s Board of Health and making sure that the Board of Legislators and the Department of Health worked together on public health initiatives
  • Service on the Westchester Medical Center Financial Review Committee as a legislative representative, on the ArtsWestchester Board of Directors, and on the Citizens’ Committee in the review of the proposals to re-invent Playland.
  • Chair of the BOL Family Services Committee in 2006-2007 and successful advocacy for a county-wide child care scholarship program later discontinued by County Executive Astorino
  • Chair of the BOL Budget & Appropriations Committee since 2012 and tasked with oversight of County spending
tedc May 02, 2013 at 08:26 PM
FINDING NEMO Nemo is a Latin word meaning “no man” or “no one” which has been widely expropriated for fictionalized story characters and titles by many including Charles Dickens, Jules Verne and Walt Disney Productions (multiple times). In politics a Nemo is a candidate vessel into which the electorate may project their aspirations and expectations unreservedly, focusing on narrative rather than actual accomplishments or legislative track record. A Nemo candidate thus seeks to attract affinity voter blocks and aspirants willing to avoid reflection on history and instead place emphasis on life story and likability. We therefore see some of the most successful practitioners of Nemo election strategies propelled by the willingly ignorant but highly organized into some of the highest offices in the land only to later see them succumb to problems easily avoided if track record and character had anything to do with competency for that same office in the first place. (continued)
tedc May 02, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Today, May 2, 2013, a public ceremony disguised as a press conference took place in which a respected credible regional politico give way to a candidate that their joint political party hopes will, come November, be able to re-secure that seat in the legislature needed to present a credible bargaining force to an opposing party’s “reform” program. Without touching on the distinctive election brand strategies of any political tribe here I believe it’s a fitting day to consider the fitness of today’s latest Nemo inductee (who hails from Rye) and who has participated in commercial and public life for several years now. And rather than me framing the issues and questions let me simply extract the partial list of questions sent to the new Nemo by another long time Rye reformer this very morning. It has that certain muzzle velocity longtime reformers of Rye City’s now rampant corruption have come to expect: (continued)
tedc May 02, 2013 at 08:26 PM
“I hear you are running for County Legislator. I was wondering how you thought the following issues would weigh on your campaign. Specifically, not credibly doing anything about these issues as they presented themselves and some still to this day not doing anything credible: 1. Rye Golf Club. 2. Andrew Dapolite. 3. Hen Island. 4. Bob Schubert. 5. Boat Basin. 6. Scott Pickup's lies. 7. More Scott Pickup lies. 8. Even more Scott Pickup lies. 9. Police uniform bids. 10. Our roads are a nightmare. 11. Improperly taking $5,000,000 form City of Rye operating funds to pay off 1037 Boston Post Road. 12. O. Paul Shew's firing and lawsuit. 13. No performance evaluations for Scott Pickup for 3 years violating the employment agreement. 14. Connors working for Toomey, Novak and at the very least the Town and Village of Southampton. 15. Connors running a kid over apparently while on his City of Rye cell phone. I could list more but maybe we can start with these. Thank you.”
RyeDad May 02, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Parker feels the Rye council has been successful at keeping taxes low, addressing infrastructure needs, working for mandate relief and with mandates while providing services to the community. If Parker is running on this record she is doomed to failure. Her record on the Rye City Council is atrocious. Infrastructure? Are you kidding me? Maintaining services? Really? We have 34 cops now instead of 40 and a clueless Police Commissioner who can't get out of his own way. Unless of course he is on his way to do some very lucrative consulting work for Toomey or Novak. If Parker wins (a very long shot) will she have people from Mamaroneck and Larchmont come to her store to buy things they don't need just to curry favor and influence with her like I think the Rye people do? Can someone please find out Parker's shoe size. The last time a member of the Rye City Council ran against Meyers they were found shoeless and climbing up a pole saying people were out to get her.
Tom Murphy May 02, 2013 at 09:06 PM
WOW, I didn't know that being a County Legislator came with the extraordinary power to name your own successor! Apparently Ms.Meyers and Ms. Parker worked out thier own plan long before Judy's announcement today. I don't know Ms. Parker and she may be a fine person and well qualified but there are many people who may fit that bill. Also many other folks have been Democrats for longer then 6 months and perhaps might have a better grasp of Democratic ideals and issues. But I guess that is what primaries are designed to sort out.
Ross Revira May 02, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Just looking at County Executive candidate Bramson and County Legislator candidate Parker is this the way the Democrats are going to balance their ticket?
HEALtheHARBOR.com May 04, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Maybe the public should view one of Ms. Parker’s choices that she has made during her term in Rye. Is she really someone that has the public’s best interest in mind? Or is she playing political favors? She has sat in her seat silent for 8 years and watched as two Mayors played politics with the Health and safety of 15000 Rye residents and children. Do we really want her on a County level? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FojgSQne9q8
HEALtheHARBOR.com May 04, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Sorry, She did speak up at the last City Council meeting after she surely knew she was running for the County seat. Although she still didn’t take a position. Ms. Parker owns a retail store on Purchase Street in Rye. If the subject/topic/vote is controversial, Ms. Parker will not make a choice as she is afraid she may lose customers. Watch the rhetoric in this one. http://ryeny.swagit.com/play/04172013-830/#16
Mary Too May 14, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Readers should be aware that Tom Murphy announced today that he will be running against Ms. Parker, thereby forcing a primary.
Mary Too May 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM
The article on the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Patch announcing Tom Murphy's candidacy for County Legislator has mysteriously disappeared! Hmmmmmm!
Mary Too May 17, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Poof! Tom Murphy's announcement is back, but this time, in today's Sound and Town Report. http://www.hometwn.com/hometown-media-group/harrison-report/former-mamaroneck-trustee-launches-county-run/


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