RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye City Council finalized the creation of a Flood Mitigation Committee on Wednesday with the appointment of seven committee members by Rye Mayor Doug French.
"I'm pleased to report, thanks to the hard work of many people on this council, that we have our flood committee," French said.
The city council unanimously approved French's appointments of Rafael Elias-Linero, Bernie Altoff and Annette Guarino to three-year terms, and the appointments of Holly Kenneddy, Larry Lehman, Richard Mecca and Dean Neely to two-year terms. The council also named Elias-Linero chair while Lehman will act as vice chair. French also noted that council member Laura Brett will act as city council liaison to the committee.
At an early January meeting the council approved a resolution to create the committee, which will principally be concerned with identifying and researching flood mitigation measures, developing best practices for private homeowners and assisting in the seeking of fund opportunities for flood mitigation.
"If it floods they are not supposed to come out and rescue people," French joked. "(Its mission) is to help the city move projects forward, help in the education process, look for some funding and most importantly look at developments around the city that could have some flood impacts."
Less than 24 hours later County Executive Robert Astorino announced a $9 million increase in capital funding for flood mitigation projects throughout the sound shore. However, none of the seven projects outlined in Astorino's announcement deal directly with flood mitigation in the City of Rye.
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