Category Archives: Council Corner

Column: The etiquette of snow removal

Owning a home on the corner of Forest Avenue and Redfield Street has given me a unique perspective on snow removal. The sidewalk in front of my house is a well-traveled path for strollers, joggers and dog walkers. Within three blocks I can walk to an amusement park, a nature sanctuary, a pharmacy, a market, […]

Column: Controlling school district costs

The superintendent has put forth his proposed budget for the 2015-2016 school year and I am happy to report there is a lot of community conversation going on about it. As the board and administration continue to work on the budget, we welcome and hope for community engagement. In fact, on March 24, we will […]

Column: Insight into the city manager search

The single most important decision the Rye City Council will make is squarely on the horizon. In the next few months the council will select and hire the next city manager. Although our current city manager, Frank Culross, has ably filled the role and admirably steered Rye towards a more credible and reliable government, given […]

Column: A new approach to addressing Albany

Last month, I read an article in an upstate newspaper detailing an assignment that a Cazenovia first grade teacher, Catharine Taylor had given to her students. Ms. Taylor taught her students a new phrase: state aid. The assignment was to write the governor and ask for their school’s state aid back. As one could imagine […]

Column: The KISS principle

Perhaps it’s my military background, but I must say that I am fond of acronyms.  Acronyms are abbreviated versions of a concept or an idea. Acronyms come to be because the people who invent them find them to be useful in their particular field. If an acronym is really useful, it can even cross over […]

Column: Operations and limitations of the city

There seems to be some misunderstanding in the community with regard to how our city government functions, highlighted by the angst over rock chipping in Indian Village. Under our city charter, the day-to-day operations of the city are run by the city manager. The City Council hires and fires the city manager, but the manager makes […]

Column: What your tax dollars get you

As school board president, I frequently have the pleasure of meeting new residents in our community. I was recently introduced to someone who considers himself a rather new resident of Rye, having moved here within the last couple of years. He made two comments to me. The first was that he moved to Rye for […]

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 […]