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Rye Mayor Douglas French Will Not Seek Re-Election

Rye Mayor Douglas French announced that he will not seek re-election this fall.
Rye Mayor Douglas French announced that he will not seek re-election this fall. Photo Credit: Alison Brett, file

RYE, N.Y. -- Rye Mayor Douglas French will not seek re-election this fall, he announced Tuesday in a statement.

"Given the demands of my career, I cannot commit to another four years as mayor, but volunteer public service is what we do in Rye so I will continue to be active -- just not in the top job," French said.

French works as global vice president of Thomson Reuters. He was first elected in 2009, when he defeated incumbent Mayor Steve Otis.

"The 12 to 13 hours a day in and out of NYC plus business travel makes it impossible to sustain for another four years. If it were two-year terms like other municipal governments, then I would."

For the rest of his term, which will end at the end of this year, French said he will focus strengthening the city's financial position and finalizing the four-year plan.

He wants to continue implementing the Rebuilding Rye Initiative, including roads, sidewalks, sewers and flood mitigation. He also hopes to complete the city's emergency preparedness planning and communication, finalize the City Code revision project and restructure the Rye Golf Club and Boat Basin operations.

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