Rye City Council Set To Appoint New Deputy Mayor

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Rye Mayor Doug French will appoint a new deputy mayor at a meeting of the City Council Wednesday night. Photo Credit: File

RYE, N.Y. – Mayor Doug French is expected to appoint a new deputy mayor at Wednesday night's meeting of the Rye City Council.

The deputy mayor serves a one-year term. The position was last held by Peter Jovanovich.

In addition, the council is slated to make appointments to various board and commissions, including the Board of Appeals, Board of Architectural Review, Board of Ethics, Landmarks Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, Recreation Commission, Rye Cable and Communications Committee, Rye Town Park Advisory Committee and the Traffic & Pedestrian Safety Committee. 

The City Council will meet at 8 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1051 Boston Post Road. Before the appointments are made the mayor will give his State of the City Address.

City Council meetings are available live on Cablevision Channel 75, Verizon Channel 39 and on the city's website.

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Ray Tartaglione:

Mayor French,
After watching the City council meeting, I could not help but notice item # 3 from your fundamental principles for Rye in 2013:
“ A Renewed Commitment to Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness”
Are you aware that there are at least nine one hundred pound propane tanks that have been washed into Milton Harbor from Cottages on Hen Island after Hurricane Sandy?

The Hen Island Board of Directors has confirmed at least six of them in a recent letter. Additionally confirmed in that correspondence was the fact that the City of Rye has been made aware of the situation.

As you know, I have been publicly vocal regarding the still missing propane tanks that washed into the harbor during the “no name storm” in 1992 and I have been both ignored and then publicly chastised for raising this public safety issue for over a decade. (The same has been the case with West Nile Virus mosquitoes breeding in Island cottage water cisterns, untreated sewage entering the Sound from Island cottage cess-pits and cottage use of non potable water.)

If this issue of submerged missing propane tanks continues to be ignored, the tanks abandoned from 1992, and the 100 pound tanks lost in Hurricane Sandy, are directly akin to submarine type below surface antipersonnel mines - waiting for some innocent family out for a pleasure boat ride off the shores of Hen Island during the boating season.

The increased lethal dangers, legal exposure and liability from the past failures to admit and address this submerged propane problem has now increased by at least two fold due to the new 100 pound propane tanks that have been deposited by Hurricane Sandy. Please advise me and the other concerned Rye residents how the City of Rye intends to address this very dangerous situation with a Renewed Commitment to Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness?

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