Author Archives: Doug French

Column: Transition points for 2014

Rye praised in NYS report for its financial prudence The city was acknowledged last week by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. “White Plains and Rye are on solid financial ground,” the comptroller said. Further, he added, “each municipality has been able to encourage economic development and cultivate financial stability for residents and taxpayers. To […]

Column: City Council Updates

Upstream flood mitigation At the core of the city’s flood mitigation plan has always been upstream development and the Westchester County Airport. The city, along with its flood commission, has been persistent in collaborating with Westchester County to identify solutions to retain more water upstream. This month, the city had another productive meeting with county […]

Column: City Council updates

Former Rye Golf Club manager arraigned on felony larceny charges I want to thank the Westchester District Attorney’s office for getting us to this day, it was a long time coming. Scott Yandrasevich was Rye’s Bernie Madoff and has allegedly perpetrated a crime against Rye going all the way back to 2008. Over four and […]

Rye City Veterans Day

By Mayor Douglas French Good morning, thank you post commander and members of Rye Post 128. It’s once again an honor to be with you, and welcome to all of you on this Veterans Day here in Rye. The one question we all face is—how do we best express our gratitude to those that are […]

Column: City Council updates

Proposed 2014 budget The city’s sound fiscal management and disciplined approach for the last five years has again produced another solid proposed budget. Like the previous budgets, this one keeps taxes under the tax cap, enhances current levels of service and retains a very healthy fund balance. However, this budget also puts forward a substantial […]

Column: City Council updates: Results matter

As the election silly season winds down this week, the fundamentals of the city have never been stronger, despite enormous economic and storm-related challenges. The city’s financials are strong, infrastructure improvements are underway, future improvements are funded, labor contracts have a new way forward, Rye Golf Club is back on the right strategic path and […]

Column: City Council updates

Over-building and its impact on our neighborhoods and schools For a number of years, residents have stated their concerns that some new residential construction is considered potentially out of scale in size, height and/or bulk. It’s been 10 years since the city looked at this issue and we wanted to ensure we reviewed it before […]

Column: City Council updates

School construction, pedestrian safety projects and crossing guards Thanks to all for continued patience and cooperation as the city and schools institute traffic, parking and pedestrian safety initiatives with the start of the school year. New crosswalks, alternate drop-offs, new traffic patterns, new sidewalks, additional parking accommodations and newly paved roads are all part of […]

Conflict of interest waiver proposal draws heat

By LIZ BUTTON The city’s latest draft of a first of its kind conflict of interest policy includes a  provision that allows requests to waive certain conditions of the policy, an aspect of the proposal that has been criticized by some on the City Council. Updating the city’s Code of Ethics by amending the local […]

Column: The way forward

Rye Golf Club will be remembered as the city’s Madoff moment when institutional breakdowns in oversight over a long period of time may have led to financial corruption. As part of the city’s work to restore public confidence in the enterprise entities, the council is reviewing a set of governance rules, practices and procedures as […]