Mr. Floatie Accuses Rye Mayor
21 Oct, 2011
By Polly Kreisman
Many people in Rye– and elsewhere– know about HealTheHarbor Executive Director Ray Tartaglione, known to dress up as a huge human turd and roam Purchase Street, in order to bring attention to his pet peeve, Hen Island.
Now he is accusing Rye Mayor Doug French of unscrupulous activities, below.
The Mayor’s response follows that.
To the Editor:
“In the election of 2009 HealTheHarbor.com joined hundreds of other concerned Rye City citizens in helping elect Douglas French as Rye City’s Mayor based on his stated commitment to immediately enforce local environmental and building laws long completely ignored out on Rye’s offshore cottage community known as Hen Island. In Hen Island’s case, decades of secret illegal construction of home sanitary, household water, electric and other systems today threaten the health and safety of all Rye City residents using or living along the Long Island Sound.
With this stunning new revelation that Mayor French has himself personally engaged in these exact same types of illegal, secret, unsupervised, un-inspected and untaxed construction activities for almost 2 decades in his own home it leads us to suspect that we now know why he was unwilling to initiate promised enforcement actions out on Hen Island. Additionally, anybody or any group who has surreptitiously known about Mayor French’s history of personal secret illegal construction activities would have a real ability to pressure him behind closed doors to delay or halt any clean up and enforcement actions on Hen Island or elsewhere. This kind of public official who has much to hide is susceptible to a wide range of patronage and other political pressures – none of which accrue any benefits at all to the other honest citizen taxpayers of The City of Rye.”
Mayor French’s response:
In his quest to develop Hen Island against the wishes of its homeowners association and without any validity to his complaints against them, Mr. Tartaglione continues to make it personal against Rye’s Mayor — whoever is serving. He has tried to intimidate my family and is now making assumptions and false claims about my rental property. If you have
further questions you can speak directly with the building department, but no violations or illegal work has taken place on the property. We are looking to sell it so thanks for the extra publicity.” Doug
Mayor, City of Rye