Rye Mayoral Candidate Joe Sack released the following document to MyRye.com this afternoon:
In the final days before the election, my opponent and his political ally, the outgoing mayor, have attempted to attack my character and misrepresent my record, in a desperate attempt to draw attention away from their own record on the council. Rye deserves new positive leadership, not the same old negative attacks.
Top 10 Jovanovich Misrepresentations About Joe Sack
10. Joe Sack does not believe in sidewalks. Seriously? Joe advocated for the sidewalks that were recently installed near our schools. Where appropriate, sidewalks are a good thing. But Joe knows we only have so much money to spend so you need to prioritize.
9. Joe Sack does not support the library. Seriously? The Sack Family has contributed to the library both in patronage and financially.
8. Joe Sack does not support Rye Recreation. Seriously? All of the Sack children are actively involved in Rye Rec programs and Joe values the contributions that the Rec makes to the entire community – from the very youngest to the very oldest.
7. Joe Sack did not vote in favor of the infrastructure bond. Seriously? While Joe advocated for a slightly different bond than what was ultimately put forward by the council, he absolutely agreed with and supported all of the projects in the bond. Joe also voted for the bond.
6. Joe Sack is not concerned with our public safety. Seriously? The Sack Family has three school-age children. Cross-walks and school crossing are a priority. But who is the best qualified people to do this and what we should pay for these services deserves a serious discussion.
5. Joe’s position on the police contract and police uniform bid were fiscally irresponsible? Seriously? Joe has pushed for a fair and fiscally-sound police contract that both protects the taxpayers and respects the men and women who serve us. In contrast, Jovanovich has advocated a “grinding on” style of “not urgent” negotiations this approach has resulted in many long years of contentious arbitration proceedings, costing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees and lower productivity – but no contract. And just recently, the arbitrator just awarded the police a 3 percent raise, when they were only asking for 2.5 percent all along.
4. Joe favors big development. Seriously? Joe has always advocated for a balanced approach between the rights of the property owner and the impact on the community. Ironically, Jovanovich – while now trying to portray himself as someone who wants to keep houses small – has himself applied for and received 3 separate variances to increase the size of his house on Milton Point. In addition, Jovanovich pushed for a zoning change to allow for a new 60-unit apartment building in downtown Rye at the Lester’s site. Joe successfully opposed that plan with a majority of his colleagues on the council, not least of which because of the impact it would have had on our already crowded schools.
3. A special interest group, specifically land developers, is trying to buy the campaign by contributing to the Rye United team. Seriously? Of course developers have contributed to Joe and the others on the Rye United team. So have many of the smallest home owners in Rye. So have many other people who fall in between. Joe spent years on the zoning board where he voted both for and against the developers. But clearly, they, like many others in Rye, respect Joe for his open and honest decision making. Anyone who has spent one minute watching Joe serve as a city councilman knows that he is the most honest, independent elected official around.
2. Joe Sack Contributed to the golf club scandal: Seriously? Joe raised concerns about the golf club management in July 2013 and had to take the unprecedented act of filing a Freedom of Information Act to get information when his efforts to get answers were blocked. Joe built consensus on the council to hire an outside investigator who uncovered unprecedented fraud, misstatements and mismanagement. In contrast, Jovanovich ridiculed the unfolding scandal as a “tiresome” “mini-drama” and a “faux cause célèbre” that would “not amount to anything more than a hill of beans.” He could not have been more wrong.
1. Joe is not a leader. Seriously? A leader treats people with respect and listens to all points of view before making decisions. That is what Joe does. Unfortunately, his opponent belittles people and mocks many who come to voice their concerns before the council. Oh, and if you ever appear before the council and pronounce his name wrong, be careful, he’ll correct you and tell you to “practice it.” Our community deserves a leader like Joe who respects and serves all people of Rye.