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Rye Ethics Board Hears Testimony From Dapolite

RYE, N.Y. -- The City of Rye's Ethics Board received over two hours of testimony from whistleblower and Rye TV Employee Andrew Dapolite on Thursday evening. Dapolite, in a long letter to the city council , accused City Manager Scott Pickup and Rye TV Public Access Coordinator Nicole Levitsky of concealing and tampering with the recording of a public meeting between the fire department and the city council.

In the letter, Dapolite requested that the city council conduct an investigation into the matter. Instead the council, at a March meeting, referred the matter to the ethics board for an advisory opinion.

At the board of ethics March 30 meeting, the third in as many months, Board Chair Elizabeth Griffen Matthews said the board would hear testimony from the "principals" involved in the case. Of the principals involved only Dapolite, along with his legal counsel former Rye Mayor John Carey, was present at the meeting.

"We've invited the complainant to review his letter with us in executive session and review other relevant information," Matthews said.

Matthews, who would not take questions or entertain comments from the public, said that the board might be hearing from other individuals at subsequent meetings before delivering an advisory opinion to the city council.

Carey, who was not admitted into the executive session, expressed his disagreement with the board's decision to seclude him.

"I regret not being able to be with my client during the time he was giving his testimony. I think that's pretty fundamental to the right to counsel," Carey said. "However, I'm most grateful to you for handling this the way it is done in a grand jury so that I can be in the next room visited whenever my client wishes to do so."

After two hours of uninterrupted executive session the board reconvened public session and announced that the next meeting of the board of 4thics would be April 18 at 10 a.m.

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