Issuu on Google+ Vol. 13/Number 16 Jovanovich mayoral speculation grows By CHRISTIAN FALCONE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Councilman Peter Jovanovich, a Republican, is setting his sights on a possible mayoral run, The Rye Sound Shore Review has confirmed. Jovanovich, 64, sent an email to district leaders and others members of the Rye GOP last week notifying them of his interest in the mayor’s seat. He said that he has been approached by people in town about a possible candidacy and felt it might be a good idea for the party to have a choice for its nominee for the top elected city position, though he hasn’t made up his mind yet. Jovanovich also said it might be beneficial for the party to air out some issues and come to a consensus about a platform for the upcoming election, where the mayor’s seat and three City Council seats are set to open. Jovanovich’s term is set to expire at the end of the year. But having a party—besieged by infighting since 2011—heal its colJOVANOVICH continued on page 14 Auxiliary officer arrested, accused of forging warranty By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER A Rye auxiliary police officer selling uniforms and equipment to police through his store turned himself into police on April 9 and is now facing charges that he allegedly compiled a fraudulent warranty letter in order to get a clothing contract from the city. John Holmes, 52, who owns New England Sportswear in White Plains, is accused of providing false docu- ments from Blauer Manufacturing, a Boston-based manufacturer of police uniforms, to city officials on March 4. The letter stated that the uniforms would carry a one-year warranty, which the city required as part of their bid specifications. But prosecutors said that Holmes, who joined the police department in 2008, knew there was no warranty on the uniforms and that he wasn’t authorized to sell them. After two previous bids were rejected, Holmes’ proposal was accepted by a 6-1 vote of the City Council, on March 20, believing it was the lowest responsible bidder. The recommendation for the bid came from Police Commissioner William Connors. New England Sportswear’s bid was up against a bid from New England Uniform, another police uniform dealer based in Connecticut. Holmes, who lives in Port Chester, was charged with offering a false instrument for filing WARRANTY continued on page 7 April 19 , 2013 Parking plan causes tenant dissent By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER In the eyes of some shareholders at the Blind Brook Lodge condo located at 66 Milton Road, it seems that soon they really may “pave paradise and put up a parking lot,” as the Joni Mitchell tune goes. Pictured is one of the victory gardens across the Facing a small street from the Blind Brook Lodge housing complex but vocal contin- located at 66 Milton Road. The gardens and a section gent of opposing of green space would be paved over if a condo plan to create a 97-space parking lot is shareholders, the board’s approved. Contributed photo condo board has a proposal before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals to The group has zeroed in on keeping add 59 extra parking spots to the the board from paving over a swath existing 38-space tenant parking lot of green space surrounding the proacross the street at 75 Milton Road. posed lot, which contains World Around 30 shareholders signed a War II-era “victory” gardens and a petition opposing the project, which storage barn. they say will diminish the residential quality of the neighborhood. PARKING continued on page 15 Mehler announces second bid By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER Jason Mehler, a registered independent, announced he plans to run for a seat on the City Council in November, making this the second year in a row that he has thrown his hat into the city’s political ring. Mehler, 47, has lived in Rye since 2000 and has been working as a realtor for Better Homes and Gardens since 2003. He said his extensive background in budgeting, employment issues and cash flow anJason Mehler, 47, alysis will be is interested in essential in running for a seat helping the on the City Council council with in the November elections. fiscal acount- ability. After working as an accountant for three different financial firms, Mehler ascended to the position of tax manager at Axium Payroll Services in 1998, where he worked until 2003. Axium, which provided payroll services to Hollywood film clients, filed for bankruptcy in 2008. “As a parent, homeowner, resident and someone who works in this great city, I want to assist in the process to make Rye the best place to live, visit, work and raise a family,” Mehler said in a released statement. An active participant in the community, Mehler currently serves on the Rye Town Park Advisory Committee and the Rye Recreation Commission. His daughters, Emily and Rachel, attend the Milton and Osborn schools, respectively. Mehler’s wife, Carin, is a fourth MEHLER continued on page 13 The Comets march in Rye’s 57th annual Little League Opening Day Parade on April 13. Hundreds of young baseball and softball players hit the streets to celebrate the start of a new season. For more, see page 19. Photo/Mike Smith

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