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Rye Board of Ethics Refuses to Disclose Ruling

RYE, N.Y. - The Rye Board of Ethics met on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. inside the Mayor's Conference Room in response to Deputy Mayor Peter Jovanovich's request that the board rule on whether or not Mayor Douglas French received special treatment from the city regarding building violations and receiving an unentitled STAR tax exemption .

At approximately 10:30 a.m. the board adjourned into executive session and when they came out failed to notify members of the public and the media awaiting the verdict. The board then refused comment on the verdict and instead instructed those interested to wait until the minutes are released.

According to Article 6 of New York State's Open Meeting Law, the minutes of the meeting must be made available to the public within one week from the date of the executive session. The city's Corporation Counsel Kristen Wilson anticipates that some statement will be made available before next Wednesday's City Council meeting.

Before the board convened in executive session, former Rye Mayor Ted Dunn spoke about putting the matter to rest.

"I guess all I'm trying to avoid is our going through a process and being told afterward well that is not an acceptable procedure," Dunn said.

Former City Court Judge John Alfano responded by stating that the board should take measuresĀ  to prepare for litigation.

"In Rye we've always handled things informally, but this thing has taken on a posture that you have to think it's going to litigation," Alfano said.

Dunn expressed his "disappointment" in the city for having the matter escalate to legal lengths.

"I must say that, as an individual, I'm disappointed in the City of Rye that we are in that stage," Dunn said.

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