This past Wednesday, Mayor Steve Otis and the entire Rye city council had a special guest. Mr. Floatie--the eight foot "spokes-turd" for Ray Tartaglione's HEALtheHARBOR group that is concerned about pollution on Rye's Hen Island--made an unannounced appearance to press the case of the Hen Island group.
The video of Mr. Floatie's appearance can be seen it its entirety below:
The group submitted the following report regarding their appearance before Rye city council:
"On Wednesday evening, October 1, Jordan Glass, Esq., a spokesperson and supporter of HEALtheHARBOR.com presented the Rye City Council with copies of e-mailed correspondence between Westchester County Deputy Health Commissioner Leonard Meyerson and Chief Health Commissioner Joshua Lipsman, which confirmed that, “none of the wastewater disposal systems [on Hen Island in Milton Harbor] were approved by the Westchester County Health Department.” Mr. Meyerson’s email offered four recommendations to remedy the unapproved polluting septic systems on Hen Island.
The e-mails were obtained thru a “FOIL” (Freedom of Information Law) request of the Westchester County Health Departments records. Glass, also stated that Ron Gatto, lead investigator of the Westchester County Environmental Unit, wanted to close Hen Island until the corrections were made. He also supplied the Council with minutes from an emergency management meeting which took place in 2001, during which Rye’s Fire Inspector, Jim Dianni, suggested that dry hydrants be installed throughout Hen Island. Glass also noted that, now seven years later, they have never been installed.
He drew references to the 1974 Gulliver’s fire in Portchester during which 24 lives were lost and how vigilant the local municipalities became regarding safety inspections after that tragedy. Glass questioned the Council as to why they were not enforcing the fire safety, and health codes on Hen Island.
On a much lighter note, Glass introduced the Rye Council to “Mr. Floatie,” the 8-foot turd mascot for HEALtheHARBOR.com. “Mr. Floatie’s purpose is to educate. He is a lovable environmentalist devoted to clean water awareness. His mission is to draw attention to the need for a safe environment, which he does by ‘high-fiving’ children and giving out Hershey bars.” When Mr. Floatie presented Mayor Otis with a Hershey bar, the Mayor asked, “if there was any e-coli in the bar.” Glass assured the Mayor that it was all done in good taste and the bars were safe – as we all hope Hen Island will be one day."