Category Archives: Council Corner

Column: Squeaky wheels

The past few months, the City Council heard an increasing number of complaints about rock chipping. The primary source of the complaints was from neighbors of a construction site on Highland Road where rock chipping began more than seven months ago and stopped only days ago. The chipping did not stop because the developer completed […]

The State of the City

By Mayor Joe Sack In one respect, 2015 is beginning just like 2014. For the second year in a row, this traditional State of the City address by the mayor has been upstaged—and rightly so—by the swearing-in of councilmembers Richard Mecca and Richard Slack. But in another way, the start of this year is actually […]

Column: Rye’s future leaders take to dais

The juxtaposition could not have been more appropriate. As Rye’s current and former public servants rose to regale the audience in the Council Chambers at City Hall last week, perched behind them on the dais and peering down over their shoulders, and providing a backdrop never heretofore seen in this venue, was a smart-looking group […]

Column: Heading in the Rye direction

I was sitting in the veterinarian’s waiting room with my dog Max last week, when in walked a fellow Rye resident with her own pooch. We exchanged pleasantries, and then she commended the City Council on how well we’ve been working together. Of course I was pleased, and I gratefully accepted the compliment. But then […]

Column: Observations about the City of Rye’s budget

Before I considered running for City Council, I had very little idea how much our city spends, or from where the money comes. I’ve learned a bit since then, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some surprising things I’ve learned about our city’s budget. These comments relate to the city’s general fund. […]

Column: Let’s do a better job on pedestrian safety in Rye

Roadway fatalities have been steadily declining in the U.S. over the past several decades. That reduction is largely due to safety improvements in automobiles like electronic stability control, better air bag systems and more crashworthy vehicle structures, as well as improvements in roadway design. One of the few areas in the realm of traffic safety […]

Column: Playland, we had an agreement

Those of us who live in the vicinity of Playland have always had an unspoken agreement with our neighbor. We will put up with the noise, traffic and litter of the summer season and, in return, we enjoy the remaining seasons with the sleeping park. We know, come late spring, the weekend noise will begin. […]

Column: The mayors among us

I am not the only mayor of Rye. There are many people who don’t hold the formal title, but who serve as unofficial leaders of our great city. I see them in my daily life in Rye, they are my neighbors, my kids’ coaches, the folks next to me at the breakfast counter. Through their […]

Column: A councilman’s lessons learned

I have learned a great deal in the short time I have served on the City Council. While my colleagues and I have tackled meaty issues in this short period such as Rye Playland, the affordable housing project on Theodore Fremd, the graveling of the parkette on Central Avenue, Whitby castle, the police contract and […]