Issuu on Google+ Vol. 13/Number 4 Mayor French looks to address parking downtown City to send golf club findings to DA By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR Embattled Rye Golf Club Manager Scott Yandrasevich tendered his resignation to the city last Friday, but he may not be out of the woods yet. The city plans to forward the results of a lengthy investigation into the club and its former manager to the county district attorney’s office, the mayor said. Meanwhile, the City Council has yet to conclude its probe into allegations of financial mismanagement, conflicts of interest and improper practices at the golf club. The ensuing scandal has been called the city’s “Madoff moment” by Mayor Douglas French, a Republican. The mayor said the city would also be establishing an independent body and process to examine past oversight of the golf club. The investigation has revealed that issues at the club date back to 2007. French said the city would share the results of the investigation with the district attorney’s office and the public “as soon as possible.” The former club manager re- Based on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan to raise rates come March, Rye and Port Chester were set to see During his January State of the City address, Mayor Douglas French said the city would look to resolve a long-term parking problem in Rye’s downtown. The matter is a complex one that has plagued the city for decades. Rye’s 1985 Master Plan addressed the need for additional parking and even suggested parking decks within the Central Business District, a possibility officials passed on. Mayor French, a Republican, said the reason no large-scale parking measures have been put in place to date is because any major build-out would disrupt the business community and city residents, and would also alter the aesthetics of Rye’s coveted downtown. “A decades-old problem, and not a simple answer by any means, but it’s time to revisit our options,” the mayor said in his annual address this year. With no political will from politicians to take on a large expenditure like constructing parking decks, the city over the years has instead moved more toward short-term initiatives such as implementing pay stations back in 2005. On-street parking in Rye remains free of charge. “The meters were a first attempt, and I believe it has improved turnover of spaces,” French said. The meters have also helped generate additional revenue for the city on an annual basis. The mayor said the city would look at parking technology in addition to smaller projects that can add more parking such as adding second levels at the Cedar or Purdy lots. But even with the addition of FARE continued on page 7 PARKING continued on page 11 Meters were installed in the downtown parking lots in 2005. Most people have deemed the move a success in helping to turn over parking spaces. File photo Price fix alters Metro-North fare Metro-North knocked $6 off its planned monthly pass increase for tickets to Grand Central Station. The change came to correct the difference between Rye’s rates and the rates the Conn. Commuter Rail will charge. File photo Thanks to an unusual pricing difference, Rye Metro-North riders will see planned fare increases reduced by $6, according to MetroNorth officials. January 25, 2013 signed, effective immediately, after submitting a letter to city officials, on Jan. 18, and agreed to vacate his residence on the club’s grounds by the end of February, according to City Attorney Kristen Wilson. When Yandrasevich was hired in 2002 to run the club’s operations, he was provided with a house on the club’s property, rent-free, as part of the deal. He was also paid an annual salary of $107,000. Wilson said that the “city has already taken affirmative steps to ensure that the club operations will continue without interruption,” and that “the city is looking forward to a successful 2013 season.” Jim Lipolito was hired on Jan. 14 as an interim manager to run the club through the end of the year, according to city officials. Councilman Joe Sack, a Republican, said news of Yandrasevich’s departure was a positive thing for the golf club in the sense that it now allows the club to focus more intently on having a successful year without the burden GOLF CLUB continued on page 13 This house, located on the grounds of Rye Golf Club, was the residence of Scott Yandrasevich. The former club manager, who has kept a low profile the past few months, has lived rent-free with his family since taking over the club’s operations in 2002. Upon resigning from his position last week, he agreed to vacate the residence by the end of February, according to city officials. Contributed photo

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