To the Editor,
There’s an old saying, “If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If you have neither the facts nor the law, pound the table.”
Unfortunately, we are seeing this axiom play out in the current race for Rye City Council where our Democrat opponents simply don’t have the facts on their side.
So instead, at the last debate, they pounded the landscape of shops and restaurants on Purchase Street as being afflicted by a “scourge.” They pounded on our economic vibrancy, saying, “We can kill the goose that lays the golden egg.” They even pounded on the Marshlands, claiming it is home to an “epidemic.” They argue this is all true because the current city council is too slow to act, and offers “no action” whatsoever.
Since our opponents readily admit they’re new to Rye, having only lived here a few years each, we thought we’d to take this opportunity to set the record straight.
The fact is, when the current mayor and four new city council members were seated in 2014, the city was mired by scandal and mismanagement, dating back well over six years and two prior administrations.
Instead of doing nothing, the current city council has done much to keep its promise to restore faith and trust in our city government, including:
– Replacing the discredited city manager with an experienced professional who has a proven track record.
– Hiring an established and respected catering company to a long-term contract at Whitby Castle, turning years of past six-figure losses into years of projected six-figure gains.
– Protecting Rye’s interests against the county’s over-reaching plans for Playland.
– Fighting to mitigate impacts on our neighborhoods caused by the development of the United Hospital site in Port Chester.
– Passing landmark legislation by creating Rye’s first-ever historic district downtown.
– Settling longstanding labor disputes with the police and public works.
– Working proactively with study groups and neighboring municipalities on deer overpopulation.
– Crafting historic legislation to dramatically reduce rock chipping while allowing for strongly-held opinions to be heard on all sides.
We encourage our opponents to stop pounding both the table and the seven volunteer members of our community who have worked hard to reform our government and do right by the taxpayers of Rye.
Yes, there is always more to do, like continuing to improve infrastructure, tightening up purchasing policies and staffing our firefighters for success. But the fact is, this council has done good work, and we look forward to building on their success as your city council representatives beginning on Jan. 1, 2016.
Councilman Rich Mecca,
Republican candidates for Rye City Council