In The News

Below You’ll find a collection of articles related to heal the harbor. Topics such as mosquito infestations, corrupt mayors and communal ignorance are exposed.

Zika Virus Mosquitoes May Spread Farther North Than Thought

Zika Virus Mosquitoes May Spread Farther North Than Thought New study by CDC shows possible range extending to San Francisco and New York City   The Wall Street Journal – March 30, 2016 – By KAT LONG   Two mosquito species that carry the dangerous Zika virus may inhabit a wider range of North America than Read More →

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Positive West Nile test sparks Westchester mosquito debate

While news that mosquitoes collected in the Village of Rye Brook were the first to test positive for West Nile Virus has instilled fear in residents around Westchester County, this year’s numbers of virus-bearing mosquitoes are considerably lower than those of the past and those of neighboring counties, according to county health officials. Read More →

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West Nile Mosquitoes Found On Rye’s Hen Island

Port Chester Daily Voice – August 14, 2012 click here for original article

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Hen Island complaints proven baseless by officials

Rye Sound Shore Review – August 16, 2012 click here for original article

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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Rye

The Rye Sound Shore Review – August 9, 2012 click here for original article

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No Emergency Yet, Folks

With positive samples of West Nile Virus found throughout Westchester County in recent weeks, do Rye residents have reason to fear? “Yes!”, declared Hen Island resident Ray Tartaglione and his lawyer, Jordan Glass, at the August 6 City Council meeting. Read More →

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WEST NILE & MOSQUITOES; COMMENTS: BITING

At the Rye City Council meeting Monday night, Hen Island agitator Ray Tartaglione was at it again, and his comments were biting. Read More →

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State DEC plans to inspect Hen Island

A 26-acre island that is mostly unknown to many in Rye has apparently caught the attention of the state’s top environmental watchdog. The Department of Environmental Conservation is set to visit the controversial island in the coming weeks. A source confirmed that the plan is for regional representatives of the DEC to perform an inspection of the island, alongside city and county officials, to determine if state laws are being adequately complied with. Read More →

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Records Show Mayor Double-Dipped on Star Exemption; French Says He Will ‘Make Good’ on Any Error

At the December 7 City Council meeting, Mayor Doug French not only presided over a long agenda, but lost a “STAR” in the process. click here for original article

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Illegal Building Charges Against Rye City Mayor French Remain Unanswered

Westchester Guardian – December 1, 2011 click here for original article

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Rye Mayor Under Investigation for Building Violations

RYE, NY – Rye City Mayor Douglas French is currently being investigating for “building without a permit” by the Rye City Manger’s Office. A violation was issued in July to the owners of 13 Richard Place in Rye which, according to Rye City Assessment Rolls, is registered to Douglas and Carrie French. click here for Read More →

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Sending The Wrong Message

As Mayor, I normally do not write letters to the editor, but given the full-page “Send a Message” paid advertisement run in the last issue of this paper attacking Rye’s representatives with innuendo and false claims, the standards of public discourse in Rye have changed – albeit hitting a new low. Read More →

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Rye City Mayor Charged with Building without Permits

Westchester Guardian – October 27, 2011 download article

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Sewage installation on Hen Island

To the Editor, Mayor French is attempting to legalize the installation of sewage systems for an entire community without first complying with the necessary statutory requirements including draft or environmental impact statements, engineering reports, or studies of any kind. The residents of Rye need to be informed of what the ramifications will be if composting toilets are allowed to be installed on Hen Island. Read More →

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Hook Up Hen Island

In the last Rye Record, you wrote that “green toilets are coming to Hen Island” as well as coverings for Hen Island cottage rainwater collection systems. Rye residents deserve a few more facts about this so-called “progress” before things go much further. Read More →

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Attempting to Legalize the Installation of Sewage Systems on Hen Island

Mayor French is attempting to legalize the installation of sewage systems for an entire community without first complying with the necessary statutory requirements including draft or environmental impact statements, engineering reports or studies of any kind. Read More →

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When May Public Officials Not Enforce The Law?

This is a case that should have been appealed to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. There, three appellate judges, with the research assistance of law secretaries, would have been able to study all aspects in depth. Each of the issues I have mentioned here would doubtless have been considered. The end result might have been no different, but the public would have at least been reassured about the treatment they can expect if they ever have to go to court. Read More →

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Hen Island Impasse: A Tale of Two Islands

Depending upon whom one asks whether or not there are violations on Hen Island, one will get a different account of the seasonal inlet which lies off the coast of Milton Harbor. Read More →

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The Floatiemobile Rides Again!

Over Mother’s Day weekend, many families, who were out and about, couldn’t avoid spotting the return of Ray Tartaglione’s revamped “Floatiemobile”. The navy minivan, with a toilet bowl up top and Photoshopped images of Mayor Doug French and all Councilmembers except Joe Sack engaged in a private act on the sides, was seen outside Ruby’s Oyster Bar & Bistro, as well as other locations around town. Read More →

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Park Floatiemobile Elsewhere, Mr. T

The “Floatiemobile”, as it is called, is the perfect name for Mr. Tartaglione’s vehicle. When turned upside down, it can float in the toilet mounted on its roof…. right where it belongs. Read More →

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City’s Job Is to Protect the Health of All its Citizens

Three years ago, in July, I took the five-minute boat ride to South Hen Island with real estate agents. No sooner did we step foot on the island than we were, without exaggeration, set upon by mosquitoes. They covered my bare arms and legs and were in my eyes and mouth. I was there to work; the appalling cloud of mosquitoes made it very nearly impossible. Read More →

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Why Ray Tartaglione Can’t Go With The Flow

Rye Sound Shore Review – May 6, 2011 download article

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Response to Sack

Rye Sound Shore Review – March 11, 2011 download article

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News Follow-up

RYE – At the March 2 City Council meeting, City staff and Councilmembers provided input on a number of longstanding issues. Read More →

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Get Off The Pot

Rye Sound Shore Review – February 25, 2011 download article

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The Honeymoon is Over

Just when Rye City Council meetings had turned black and white, some of the city’s most colorful characters may be ready to spice up the picture. Read More →

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NYS Supreme Court Rules Hen Island Health Codes Enforcable by City of Rye

RYE — A state Supreme Court justice has thrown out a petition seeking to make the city enforce health codes on Hen Island, but the ruling has both sides declaring victory. Read More →

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Both sides satisfied with Hen Island ruling

The war between Hen Island resident Ray Tartaglione and the city, which elevated into a lawsuit, has left both sides sensing déjà vu. Read More →

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NYS Supreme Court Rules Hen Island Health Codes Enforcable by City of Rye

RYE – On January 20, 2011 Heal The Harbor’s legal action, which attempted to require The City of Rye to simply enforce its own laws; mandating inspections of the sewage systems in Rye’s most environmentally sensitive areas including Hen Island which has been polluting The Long Island Sound for years, was rendered. Read More →

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Tartaglione Requests Recusal of Entire Ethics Board

Ray Tartaglione sent the Rye City Council a well-timed letter requesting the recusal of every member of the City Council Ethics Board in any potential review of Mayor French’s STAR exemptions. click here for original article

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Stamford Fire, Blazing Lesson for Rye Mayor French and Other Officials

Westchester Guardian – January 8, 2011 click here for original article

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Rye Rules Hen Island Seawall Must Come Down

RYE – A Hen Island resident will have to tear down a 16-foot stone seawall that was built without permits several years ago. Read More →

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Rye City to Hen Island resident: Tear Down That Wall!

In a resolution adopted last week and signed by Rye City Planner Christian Miller, the Rye City Planning Commission is requiring Joann Molloy, owner of the Molloy Cottage, one of 34 homes on Hen Island, to remove a massive 16 foot high sea wall that was built without city, state or federal permits. Read More →

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Rye’s longest-serving mayor reflects on 12 eventful years

RYE — From rehabilitated firehouses and new places in which to play to a battle over a pond and island, the last 12 years have been anything but dull for the city’s longest-serving mayor. Read More →

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Hen Island critic accuses shareholders of trying to kick him off island

RYE  - Hen Island’s gadfly claims the island’s shareholders are trying to kick him out by enacting a law that would revoke his cottage license for “objectionable conduct.” Read More →

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Hen Island advocate goads Rye

RYE – He can easily be mistaken for a giant peanut or an alien creature, but the real identity of “Mr. Floatie” is much more shocking. Read More →

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Hen Island Cottage Owners Vow to Clean Up

RYE – Hen Island cottage owners are defending the safety and upkeep of their summer retreat after the city slapped them with violations this week. Read More →

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City finds violations on Hen Island

A recent city inspection of the much-publicized Hen Island has revealed numerous violations. The city has asked the county to address additional concerns falling under their jurisdiction. Read More →

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Catch Basin in the Rye

A summer colony of cottages in Mamaroneck Harbor (and a man dressed as a giant singing turd) have finally received the attention of health inspectors. Read More →

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Rye City Finally Gives a Crap About Hen Island

In a remarkable turn of events, Rye City finally seems to give a cr*p about Hen Island. Read More →

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No Man is an Island – Unless He’s Cast Adrift – March 20, 2009

No Man is an Island… Unless He’s Cast Adrift — Rye Mayor Steven Otis and members of the Rye City Council have thrown the first of their companions in the rudderless lifeboat overboard. Read More →

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Westchester Guardian – Letter to the Editor – March 11, 2009

When elected officials fail to implement environmental laws there must be a reason. Occasionally the reason is that these officials will not (or cannot) defy the vested interests of influential individuals. Often, politicians make human mistakes but are afraid to face the political and economic consequences of redressing those mistakes. Read More →

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GetInLoop.com – September 8, 2008

Sunday evening Mr. Floatie was embraced by residents along the sidewalks of Purchase Street. Read More →

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MyRye.com – September 18, 2008

Back in July, Hen Island homeowner Ray Tartaglione told MyRye.com about Mr. Floatie, “a seven foot turd that will soon be walking up and down on Purchase street greeting residents handing out Hershey bars an business cards, bringing attention to all the issues on Hen Island that have been ignored for years.” Read More →

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GetInLoop.com – August 23, 2008

Senator Oppenhimer, how can you claim to be a friend of the environment when you and Mayor Otis Continue to allow the residents of Hen Island to pollute the waters of the Long Island Sound and ignore health and safety codes put in place to protect the people? Read More →

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MyRye.com – August 6, 2008

Hen Island captures the imagination. Just a short boat ride from Rye’s “mainland” it seems a world away. It seems like an idyllic place. Read More →

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MyRye.com – August 4, 2008

The New York Times story this past weekend said it best – Hen Island in Rye’s Milton harbor is “Untamed”. Read More →

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New York Times – August 3, 2008

TO some eyes, it’s a piece of paradise, a tree-covered island on Long Island Sound with sculptured stone outcroppings shadowed by ancient maples and pines. The silence is stunning, the only sounds coming from jets high overhead and squawking gulls. Read More →

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MyRye.com (Long Island Soundkeeper) – July 23,2008

Long Island Soundkeeper, a 20 year old environmental organization dedicated “to the protection and enhancement of the biological, physical, and chemical integrity of Long Island Sound and its watershed” made the following statement regarding environmental testing on Rye’s Hen Island. Read More →

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MyRye.com – July 8, 2008

The following response to comments made by Hen Island homeowner Mike Johnson were provided to MyRye.com by fellow Hen Island homeowner Ray Tartaglione. Tartaglione is in a dispute with Rye City and other Hen Island homeowners regarding alleged poor environmental conditions on the island. Read More →

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GetInLoop.com – July 7, 2008

Hen Island is roughly 25 acres of what I used to think of as paradise, straddling the entrances to Mamaroneck and Milton Harbors. I could give you the James Michener schtick of how it came to be, the accretions, ebbs and flows of geological and biological forces right down to the molecular level, forged over the millenia. Nah. Read More →

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Hen Island Lawsuit Dismissed

February 2, 2008 download article

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Journal News – January 30, 2008

RYE – A state Supreme Court justice ruled that the waste-removal system on Hen Island, 26 acres of privately owned land dotted with summer cottages near Rye’s Milton Harbor, is not in violation of the county’s sanitation code, according to court documents released yesterday. Read More →

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Rye Sound Shore Review – September 21, 2007

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Journal News Letter to the Editor #2 – September 15, 2007

Regarding June Ederer’s Sept. 9 letter on Hen Island: I am a Hen Island resident for more than 12 years and I have sat as a member on the board of directors. Read More →

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New York Times – September 9, 2007

One of 34 property owners on Hen Island – 26 acres of summer cottages near the Rye shoreline – is accusing the ownership corporation, Kuder Island Colony Inc., of discharging untreated water and sewage into Long Island Sound. Read More →

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Journal News Letter to the Editor #1 – September 9, 2007

I have lived on Hen Island for 60 years, and your Sept. 4 article, “Lawsuit: Sewage entering the Sound,” has slanted the facts to such an extent that the location described is unrecognizable. Read More →

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Journal News – September 4, 2007

RYE – A secluded island of quaint summer cottages off the city shoreline is at the center of a lawsuit that accuses its owners of discharging dirty water and sewage into Long Island Sound. Read More →

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New York Times – November 14, 2004

Long Island Sound is one of America’s great estuaries. Rich in marine and bird life, ringed by bays and wetlands, it provides jobs, recreation and aesthetic pleasure. It is also under constant stress. Read More →

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