Money talks. Today, Rye Republicans announced a ticket of Joe Sack for Mayor and two other newbie reformers who are out to fix the city government as council members. The fourth spot on Mr. Sack's ticket went to sitting councilwoman Julie Killian, who was first appointed to the seat by the politically-toxic Mayor French.
Ms. Killian, who has donated over $75,000 to local Republicans and Republican causes large and small since 2010, later won her seat through an election in which she ran unopposed.
SACK, A REFORMER... KILLIAN, NOT
Ms. Killian certainly doesn't fit the bill as an accomplished reformer. She has sat on the Rye City Council during the entire Rye Golf Club scandal and the Fraudulent Police Uniform Bid without addressing the very questionable actions of senior city officials in either instance.
Furthermore, Ms. Killian can fain ignorance in The Dapolite Affair no longer, as she sat with councilwoman Laura Brett–and yours truly–months ago and listened to every moment of The Dapolite Tapes.
Dapolite recorded his bosses to prove he was telling the truth when he blew the whistle on the city manager for concealing a recording of a public meeting from elected city officials.
MS. KILLIAN AND THE TRUTH
In response to hearing the tapes, or learning the truth, Ms. Killian and Ms. Brett (another Rye Republican Party Goer) did nothing.
Councilwoman Catherine Parker (an Independent Democrat) who is running for Westchester County Legislator on her record as a sound decision maker, listened to the tapes as well–and decided to do nothing.
They all know former city employee Andrew Dapolite told the truth. They all know his young career was ended by a deceitful and vindictive city manager who was covering up his own inadequacies and lies. Just like he attempted to do at Rye Golf Club.
THREE MOMS FAIL A RYE KID
Yet these three women, these three mothers of Rye children, did nothing to expose what happened to a born and bred Rye kid. Instead, they chastised the young man for recording the lies of his boss Nicole Levitsky and her boss Scott Pickup.
How dare the truth be heard, recorded, or brought to light.
And the Rye Republican Party, once again, affirms this behavior with the nomination of Ms. Killian.
Funny, Mayor French was accused of leaving a stain on Rye by ignoring The Dapolite Affair, yet Ms. Killian does the same thing and is rewarded with a spot on the Republican ticket. Poor Monsieur Français.
The Dapolite Tapes verify these three facts, among many:
1) Nicole Levitsky, Rye TV Access Coordinator, asked a city employee to lie to elected officials and the public regarding the existence of a recording of an open meeting in an effort to conceal a public record;
2) Ms. Levitsky was acting in a way to cover for her boss, City Manager Pickup who she said, on tape, was refusing to release the video of the open public meeting;
3) City Manager Scott Pickup testified on tape that it was Mayor French who didn't want the meetings recorded in the first place (not posted yet).
For the record, Joe Sack sat and listened to the recordings made of Nicole Levitsky and Scott Pickup too. He immediately spoke up. He re-advocated for an investigation as he had done in the past. Not one council person backed him up. Not the mayor–who didn't want the meeting Mr. Pickup was hiding recorded in the first place. Not Parker or Brett or Killian.
MS. KILLIAN FAILS RGC TEST
Ms. Killian shrank from her duties as an unopposed elected official in the RGC investigation, again, by refusing to stand up to the city manager for his role in approving $4M - $5M in funds to RM Staffing–hundreds of thousands of which were stolen right out from underneath his nose by his long-time fellow CSEA employee and friend, Scott Yandrasevich.
Ms. Killian must have convinced herself that Mr. Pickup never saw the 2010 audit that foretold the storm of fraud that would visit RGC last fall. Or that Frank Culross, only months on the job, alerted the auditors that Mrs. Yandrasevich may be financially hooked into RM Staffing in a big way.
Ms. Killian showed no curiosity over the fact that the city manager was left dumbfounded and speechless three times when asked how Police Commissioner Connors was able to sign off on a $250,000 purchase order for RM Staffing.
She showed zero outrage over the lies told by Mr. Pickup to cover up Yandrasevich's dirty dealings as documented by independent investigators.
MS. KILLIAN, PICKUP AND PIGSKIN
Ms. Killian, who maybe spent a little too much time on the sidelines of college football games with Mr. Pickup, is a far cry from Joe Sack in this regard. As a matter of fact, her positions on these issues mirror the disgraced Mayor French, Peter Jovanovich and Richard Filippi–which would have made her a better fit for French's 2009 Change for Rye team rather than Sack's 2013 ticket.
Unfortunately for Ms. Killian, French failed so miserably as a leader that he and his minions were forced to sit this election out, prohibiting her from joining their ticket.
And unfortunately for the Rye GOP, they didn't cut ties with all the current council people who are protecting Scott Pickup and Doug French from the truth. Ms. Killian is straight out of the French, Jovanovich, Filippi mold–except she donates 40 times more money to the GOP than all of the others combined.
ACES WILD FOR SACK
If Sack were to win his bid for the mayorship (and Parker would lose her county bid) Sack would be able to make an appointment to his vacated council seat, which will be his ace in the hole.
Should Parker win a county seat, Sack would get two appointments–or a pair of aces. In that case, Killian and Brett would either have to get with Sack's program fast or become irrelevant faster.
If Sack can still be considered a bit of an outsider even in his own party, make no mistake, Julie Killian and her money are the standard-bearers for the French, Jovanovich, Frank and Lori Adamari, John Alfano wing of the Rye GOP.
Ms. Killian still has time to pivot towards Sack on these issues, but she's a big financial supporter of the Westchester County Executive's office. Where former Rye City attorney Kevin Plunkett now works.
Mr. Sack might want to watch his back, his biggest threat may be on his own ticket.
Read the Rye Republican press release here
Ms. Killian is always welcome to contact LD10580 and straighten us out where she feels we may have gone wrong, or to clarify her positions.
Full disclosure: Your humblest met with the Rye Republican screening committee last night before their convention in what was really an exercise in futility, as it was made clear the GOP slate was set already.
All was not lost however, upon leaving I saw familiar faces like the RGC Commission's Frank Adimari, and the Ethics Board's Judge John Alfano–and I was reminded of how incestuous and closely tied to the Republican Party the recent City of Rye scandals truly are.