"Part of the job is bullshitting people at Council Meetings" - Nicole Levitsky, pg. 5
"The issue of videotaping has been a conflict between the mayor and Joe." - Scott Pickup, pg. 6
"He knows full well there is a recording... This is not our call but scotts [sic]." - Nicole Levitsky email
"She told me specifically not to tell Councilman Joe Sack... that a videotape recording existed." - Andrew Dapolite, pg. 2
Andrew Dapolite, the city employee who authored a damning tome detailing allegations of serious unethical behavior by City Manager Scott Pickup and Rye TV Access Coordinator Nicole Levitsky, released the scorching seven page tell-all to the local press early Saturday morning. Mr. Dapolite, who sent the letter to members of the Rye City Council on Monday, said he made the disclosure only after learning the letter had been leaked to The Rye Record–where Dapolite has written as a freelance reporter.
Dapolite Seals Leak with Full Disclosure; Press
Mr. Dapolite's pithy email read: "It has been brought to my attention that the complaint I delivered to the Rye City Council has been leaked to The Rye Record. In light of the selective release of the document, I feel I must now honor the requests of other local news media outlets who have been asking me to release the letter. Therefore, please see attached."
The Patch also reported that Robin Jovanovich, publisher of The Rye Record, and wife to Deputy Mayor Peter Jovanovich, called the city staffer and questioned him verbatim from his letter. An inquisition that would eventually lead Dapolite to release the bomblet to the rest of the press.
The complaint revolves around the city's suppression of a secretly recorded Fireman's Workshop video, a story first reported by Laus Deo 10580.
Pickup Falling Down on the Job
In just the last few months alone, Mr. Pickup has been under scrutiny for his possible role in the handling of the mayor's building violations; for his recusal–then participation–in the mayor's recent Ethics Board hearings; for his failure to disclose the release of city employee's social security numbers; for the routine release of incomplete FOIL responses; for not recording important government meetings; and for secretly recording then withholding the fireman's video.
Levitsky's Rye TV: A Pattern of Censorship Emerges
Rye TV, under Ms. Levitsky's stewardship, has recently blocked public programming–and pulled public comments–critical of Mayor French from city web sites. And the Rye Cable Committee is actually in the process of making these clear assaults on the freedom of speech, and of the press, public policy.
Ms. Levitsky herself has been caught on tape claiming she has sole authority to decide what content created by Rye residents is fit to be posted online–declaring citizens 'have no right to the web'. And last summer, Ms. Levitsky approached Mr. Dapolite and asked him to change the name of his popular news show Rye TV News after Mayor French complained to her that your humble correspondent was actually reporting on stories uncomfy for his honor. Mr. Dapolite changed the name of the show which aired one episode before being effectively terminated.
At this time, it is not known who leaked the letter to Ms. Javonovich of The Rye Record–or if the leak came from a member of the Rye City Council or not.