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Sack Ready To Lead As Rye's New Mayor

Joe Sack was elected the new mayor of Rye Tuesday night, succeeding Doug French, who chose not to run for reelection.
Joe Sack was elected the new mayor of Rye Tuesday night, succeeding Doug French, who chose not to run for reelection. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rye United

RYE, N.Y. -- After being elected the new Mayor of Rye in Tuesday's election, Joe Sack and his Rye United team are ready to get to work.

Sack, a Republican who has served on the city council since 2008, defeated Independent opponents Peter Jovanovich and Nancy Silberkleit. Although officials numbers from the county Board of Elections were not available Wednesday, his opponents conceded late Tuesday night.

The Rye United Team of Julie Killian, Terry McCartney and Kirstin Bucci were all elected to the City Council, defeating Democrats Meg Cameron and Shari Punyon and Independent Jason Mehler. Killian was the only incumbent running in the race.

Sack said that the voters of Rye made a couple statements with their support of his team Tuesday.

"One is that a negative campaign doesn't work, especially in a great place like Rye," Sack said. He said that his team ran a positive campaign with an emphasis on working together and moving past differences.

"What does work is team work. The Rye United moniker was not just a cute message for car magnets, it's what we subscribe to. We stick together, and I think that hit the right chord with voters."

Sack said that while campaigning, he found that many residents of Rye shared the same values expressed in the Rye United platform, including openness and financial integrity. He also said that he was surprised by the negativity of Jovanovich's campaign.

"We're ready to move past that. We've got a bright future ahead of us," he said.

Some issues that he intends to tackle when his administration takes office in January include personnel issues such as finding a new police commissioner and a new manager for the Rye Golf Club, as well as addressing the performance of the city manager and making sure he is held accountable for prior actions and conduct.

"We didn't get elected because things are going well, we got elected because things need to be improved," he said. "We've got our hands full. The city expects a lot from us and I think we expect a lot from ourselves too."

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