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[POLL] Ethics Board Adjourns With No Comment or Recusals

The Rye City Ethics Board adjourned its meeting without comment to the press. City manager Scott Pickup and corporation counsel Kristen Wilson participate in deliberations.

The Rye City Ethics Board met in executive session until 11:45 a.m. this morning to discuss a formal request for review of Mayor Doug French. 

Though members of the press waited outside the mayor's conference room, committee chair Elizabeth Griffin Matthews left City Hall without comment about the proceeding–whether the board had agreed to further review the allegations against Mayor French or dismiss the request without further consideration as they concluded at their last meeting.

According to corporation counsel Kristen Wilson there were no recusals from this morning's proceedings. Though Wilson and city manager Scott Pickup were accused by Ray Tartaglione of being involved in obfuscating the matter of Mayor French's STAR tax exemptions, possible building code violations and subsequent measures that may have been taken to prevent revelation of the situation, neither Pickup nor Wilson stepped aside from participating in this morning's meeting.

Wilson said that minutes from the meeting will be made available once Matthews and other members of the committee review them. But she anticipated 'something' would likely be available in time for next week's regular city council meeting.

tedc February 03, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Bob I spent yesterday at an annual industry conference in Manhattan where the luncheon speakers were Paul Steiger, former Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal, and Stephen Engelberg, former Managing Editor of The Oregonian in Portland who previously had also spent 18 years at The New York Times. They’ve founded an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. See it here - http://www.propublica.org/about/ After the luncheon concluded I was waiting to speak with Mr. Steiger when my phone buzzed – the Rye City Board of Ethic’s had ditched out without public comment on their 90 minute closed door “Do Over” meeting this time including Rye City Staff implicated (videotaped actually) in apparent misconduct. I laughed out loud (startling several media moguls in close proximity) because not only had I lost a bet but I realized that everything I had just heard at lunch about hidden malfeasance and political jobbery in bigger places was apparently happening all over again in the small town I was born in.
tedc February 03, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I’ll try and meet Mr. Steiger another time soon and I hope to be able to encourage local Rye investigative filmmaker Leon Sculti to join me in that meeting – and maybe you’d like to come also? Because what is going one here is not a “distraction” (they always use that one Bob) or a “mountain out of a molehill” (that one too) but rather a classic pattern of every cycle of scandal, cover-up, revelation and punishment going back to the dawn of man. It’s that simple.
HEALtheHARBOR.com February 03, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Bob, Maybe you can start by asking your "neighbors who are volunteering their time" to stop the Urine and excrement from entering the waters that I boat and swim in all Summer long. And then maybe you can ask those same people to do something about Westchester Counties worst mosquito infestation, that stops my neighbor from using his home and threatens the lives of the rest of them every time someone walks to the rear of Hen Island. We have no streets to clean or plow, no storm cleanup is done after any storm, we maintain our own trees, and we have no roads or bridges. We even pay non-resident fees at the Marina. And in the past four years after my home was vandalized 6 times and I filled out about 15 different Police reports for different claims of Vandalism including when my Boat received over thirty thousand dollars in damage, there was no investigation as to who did it? While you are at it, please remind them that we pay over 135,000.00 in taxes each year. Oh! I did forget, we do get one garbage truck for six hours split up into two different days three hours each. That translates to about 21,666.66 per hour.
Bob Zahm February 03, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Ray, I choose to live on a private road as you choose to maintain a vacation property on Hen Island. Both come with the same property tax rates applied in Rye City. However, both also come with different levels of service for road upkeep, etc. We knew that was the case when we made our respective decisions. So, those items are no basis for complaint. Paying non-resident Marina fees falls into the same category I think, at least partially due to your primary residence being outside the City of Rye – I believe. Haven’t checked. I think you probably have a valid beef about the [lack of] follow-up on your vandalism charges. Why don’t you publicize that point and seek a city inquiry as to why you’re getting unequal protection? Regarding the Sound pollution why the City and the County have played football with the inspection and enforcement issue. Again, I think you probably have a legitimate complaint. But the agenda you’re pursuing viz the Mayor, city officials, etc., seems pretty far removed from that complain and certainly does not seem to lead to actual remediation of your issue. Actually, either issue.
RyeDad April 09, 2012 at 08:13 PM
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