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Mecca, Slack Elected To Complete Terms on Rye City Council

Rye voters backed Richard Mecca and Richard Slack on Tuesday to finish out a year left on two unexpired seats at Rye City Council.
Rye voters backed Richard Mecca and Richard Slack on Tuesday to finish out a year left on two unexpired seats at Rye City Council. Photo Credit: Rye City Hall

RYE, N.Y. -- Voters in Rye elected Richard Mecca and Richard Slack to complete a year left on two unexpired terms on the Rye City Council, according to unofficial returns in a special election.

Mecca and Slack ran unopposed for two seats left open earlier this year. Mecca received 3,580 votes and Slack received 3,492 votes, according to Tuesday's unofficial returns from the county Board of Elections.

They both were appointed to the City Council vacancies in January by then-newly inaugurated Mayor Joe Sack.

The seats were left open by Sack, who was elected mayor last November 2013,  and former Council member Catherine Parker, who was elected to the Westchester Board of Legislators.

Mecca and Slack were nominated by Sack and unanimously approved by the City Council in January.

Both Sack and Parker had two years remaining in their terms, so under the city charter both Mecca and Slack will complete the unexpired terms through Jan. 1, 2016.

Mecca has been a Rye resident since 1980. He is an electrician who owned Mecca Electric in Rye for several years, and works as an electrical inspector in White Plains. He has also served on the Flood Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission and the Board of Architectural Review, as well as on former Mayor Steve Otis's master planning task force.  He is a longtime member of the Rye Fire Department, and has served as captain in the patrol company. He and his wife, Adrienne, have two adult children who attended Rye schools.

Slack has lived in Rye since 1996, and is an attorney with Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He specializes in business and securities litigation, as well as corporate governance. He is a former coach with Rye Little League, and his wife, Laura, is president of the Rye Board of Education. They have three children, who all attended Rye schools.

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