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    Ray Tartaglione

    I know the last place the Hen Island controversy belongs is in the City Council meetings. However when I first brought my complaints to the City “off the record” I was told that the city would embrace me for bring the sewage issues on Hen Island to light. After a inspection of Hen Island in July of 2007 that originally was going to close the Island, until the sewage issues were addressed per the Westchester County Environmental Enforcement Unit and the Building Department, a few weeks later I was told by the building Department that the City Attorney has advised them not to respond to any of my complaints. After one year of one way communication never addressed between me, the Building Department, The City manager, the Mayor and the City Council we witnessed the birth of Mr. Floatie.

    You may have a difficult time believing the father of Mr. Floatie for the past 35 years has run a very successful business in White Plains and is a much respected businessman in the White Plains community. We all make mistakes. In my years of dealing with the public I have found that it is in the best interest of everyone concerned to nip the complaints in the butt, take responsibility, trace the problem to its origin, and then put in place a plan so the problem doesn’t get repeated again. That never took place in Rye on any level. I link this to my first post on my Rye in July of 2008 for obvious reasons.


    oh Raymond...Flush
    For hypocrisy..Did you change your septic system illegally?
    For credibility did you never change your septic system and lied about it?
    no lantern for you?
    But a flush from linus...

    Ray Tartaglione

    On November 3rd - Help Me Get Rid of Mr. Floatie

    Rye residents who've been following City Council meetings or driving around town have become familiar - reluctantly - with Mr. Floatie and his associate, Jack. A. And many of you probably know that I am their sponsor.

    But what you may not know that it has never been my intention to offend or embarrass the people of Rye. I love this City and its wetlands and watercourses of which the Long Island Sound is part of. So to any of you who have been affronted by Mr. Floatie's presence here, I sincerely apologize.

    I introduced these characters for the sole purpose of drawing attention to the serious environmental and sanitary legal violations which threaten the health and beauty of the community we live in and treasure. And although I only get to live in Rye part of the year, it is the place I value most.

    By now I hope that most here realize that Mr. Floatie's amiable presence has in fact brought much needed attention to the issues of clean water and a healthy environment. But I know that many people here just simply wish he would go away.

    I am emphatically one of those people.

    Nothing would please me more than to retire Jack. A., Mr. Floatie and The Floatie Mobile forever. But I need your help. I cannot - in good conscience - retire this hard-working activist for a healthier Rye if nothing is going to change in Rye City Hall.

    For many years Steve Otis has looked the other way on the Hen Island clean-up investigation. He has exercised his Mayoral "discretion" in the matter and proven
    that he has no intention of enforcing the laws on the books which protect the sensitive sound shore environment that he gives so much lip service to.

    What can we do? If politicians don't act responsibly where discretionary enforcement is concerned our only recourse is to take a stand in the voting booth. So please remember this Tuesday- November 3rd - to vote Steve Otis out of office by electing Doug French.

    With a fresh start and Doug French in the Mayor's chair I'm sure Rye will soon be the safe, healthy, non-polluting waterside haven it should always remain. That's what I’ve ever been working for and hoping for.

    Help Me Hand Mr. Floatie His Walking Papers.

    Say Goodbye to Steve Otis So We Can All Say Goodbye to Mr. Floatie

    Ray Tartaglione


    This is my favorite MyRye story. It really shows how dysfunctional our government, Otis and the Rye City Council are.

    Open and transparent government in Rye? What a joke.

    Jack A. (Mr. Floatie's ass-istant)

    Since Jay is on vacation, I thought it might be fun for everyone to post their suggestions of

    “The Best of”.

    When Jay returns maybe he can do another survey on the results.

    My #1 suggestion of Best of is

    Jack A. (Mr. Floatie's ass-istant)

    Mr. Floatie

    Dear Mrs. Frank Reynolds,
    Thanks for the welcome back. I am not sure if you are a supporter or just being sarcastic but in either event, thank you for the warm welcome.
    My car is back in town for the 09 summer season however the City “for some strange reason” is not a fan of mine. They have just begun to improperly issue parking tickets for Beach parking violations along Milton Road. I find it strange how my car is the only violator. I am getting the feeling they don’t like or want the car in Rye.
    The City has recently made some monumental moves in a positive direction with regard to Hen Island building and safety issues. As a result my ass-istant Jack A. has already left. I have begun to pack my bags and sadly may not last out the summer season in Rye.
    Hopefully in the near future they will address the most serious of the violations, the sewage polluting the Sound and the potable water threatening the residents and guest of Hen Island. Once they commence to enforce the laws designed to protect the residents and the environment, I will be leaving and my car will be going back to the car shows where it originally came from.
    To my non-supporters, I do sincerely apologize in advance for all the disruption, inconvenience and embarrassment I may have caused. And to my supporters, thank you for all the encouragement, ideas, and mostly for helping to make a very uncomfortable situation, as pleasant as possible. Mrs. R, I hope you enjoy this summer and all the beauty, the city of Rye has to offer. I am sure Ray will leave his doors on Hen Island open to you, should you ever decide to take a look at the breathtaking portion of beauty Hen Island offers.

    Steve from Rockland

    To the person who's posted signature is "Spam Others"... No, I am NOT Mr. Tartaglione. I am exactly who I said I am.

    Not only are YOU dealing myth instead of fact, but your statement "...his style of writing is like a fingerprint that is obviously identifiable." is just more mud slinging in an sordid attempt to change the subject.


    Spam Others

    I like to deal with facts vs. myth. But with the exception of Mr. Johnson, who has first hand knowledge of the issues, others who have commented seem to believe everything is as they see & read… that has be spoon-fed via one side.

    Pls Note Mr. Johnson: I believe Ray is simply faking all but one authored comments above (e.g., the 35+ yr Rye resident “Sierra Jolie” does not exist & his style of writing is like a fingerprint that is obviously identifiable).

    I am impressed that a single individual, Ray (albeit with hired help and money), would spent so much time and energy in attempting to distort reality and deceive others. That is impressive; however the facts remain the facts… and Mr. ‘Codfather’, black is not white. You do however have major mental issues, and I do hope you receive help as your energy directed properly could do benefit.

    Ray, just because you wanted to spray pesticides on the island, in a wetlands, and an intelligent board stopped you (which you sued because they wouldn’t let you pollute the Sound—The Truth Hurts!) does not make you an environmentalist… just a baby.

    Michael Johnson

    Read the New York Times interview of Mr. Tartaglione I "attached" to my initial reply....Issues are not being avoided...Issues are being addressed....When Mr. Tartaglione offers to "drop his lawsuit", when the individual he is suing "installs a compliant septic system and drills a well for potable water" he is making demands which he himself has not complied with...There are NO wells on Hen Island, for obvious reasons....Mr. Tartaglione has no well..The water gathered for use in washing dishes or showering is is gathered in the same way it's gathered in Bermuda... Lots of folks visit that beautiful island yearly..Drinking water is hauled to the island by individuals as they need it...When you're camping and you need to was your dishes, where do you get the water from?...A nearby stream, perhaps..Is that water clean?...People have been out at Hen Island for generations. There have been no outbreaks of illness or disease...There have not been instances of raw sewage, from Hen Island, going into Long Island Sound...As happenns every year with large, waterfront communities in Westchester, necessitating the closing of beaches....These are summer campsites...They are not year-round residences..They are owned by individuals whose families were infatuated with the idea of owning a campsite on the water and bright enough to follow through with establishing individual camps there....Sierra, you and your husband were trespassing on private property, when you went ashore. If you've lived in Rye for 35+ years, you should be aware of what's private property and what's not. Additionally, there are not three houses there, there are 30+. Perhaps you were on the wrong island....M. Johnson (a Rye resident and homeowner for 60+ years)

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