Author Archives: John Carey

Column: Environmental protection needed in Rye

Rye has allowed its small park at the corner of the Post Road and Central Avenue to be graveled-over for a parking lot. A story in this newspaper’s March 7 issue gives the impression that this is the doing of one person, the city manager. “Pickup said the city had mainly laid the gravel in […]

Column: Who wants another Crimean War?

All in the valley of death Rode the six hundred. Someone had blundered: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. Into the jaws of death, Into the mouth of hell Rode the six hundred. So wrote Alfred Lord Tennyson in “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” […]

Column: Rest in peace, Phil McGovern

The City Council was gathered one evening long ago in the City Hall conference room. We had a difficult problem and, as mayor, I was expected to lead the way to a solution. Our city manager had abruptly resigned. This was a relief, because otherwise we would have been inclined to ease him out—no fun […]

Column: More reasons for a Rye ombudsperson

This column, on Jan. 3, recommended the Rye City Council consider appointing an ombudsperson. She or he would be an impartial resident to whom other residents could turn when frustrated by official Rye action or inaction. The ombudsperson would confer privately with the relevant officials and see if the problem could be worked out amicably. […]

Some mid-winter reading

My wife, Patricia, and I like to read aloud to each other late in the evening before turning out the lights for the night. Recently, we have included three books we think Rye City Review readers might consider: an autobiography, a history and a mystery. The autobiography is “Snows of Yesteryear” by James S. Sutterlin, […]

Column: What we taxpayers are getting for $40,000

Last November, the City Council decided to hire, for $40,000, an outfit called ICMA—where our city manager is said to have some connection—to help us find a new top cop after Commissioner William Connors leaves. ICMA got the contract without the kind of competitive bidding that I believe the law requires. I pointed this out […]

Column: Would you like to be on TV?

Imagine how deprived of local news we would be if our only printed news source was large-circulation newspapers. If the only places we could read about events in Rye were the New York City or countywide papers; we would not know much about local events. There simply isn’t enough space in a newspaper that tries […]

Column: A new leaf for Rye

Many years ago in Sweden, an experiment was begun that has proven helpful there and might ease some tensions in Rye. The Swedish crown created the official position of ombudsman. This was to be a means to mediate disputes between citizens and their government. An individual was appointed to the position, to conduct private talks […]