Pictured from left: County Executive George Latimer; Rye City Democratic Committee Chair Shari Punyon; District Leader Lisa Tannenbaum; Josh Nathan; and County Legislator Catherine Parker.
Longtime resident, attorney in private practice, and former three-term Rye City School Board president Josh Nathan was the unanimous choice of the Rye City Democratic Committee to run for the City Council seat vacated by Pam Tarlow. He faces Jana Seitz, the formidable nominee of the Rye Republican Committee, in the November 2 election.
In their announcement this week, Rye Democratic Committee members, as well as elected officials, praised Nathan for his ability to work across the aisle and get things done.
Committee Chair Shari Punyon stated: “Josh’s collaborative spirit, temperament, passion for good governance, and extraordinary record of accomplishments for Rye will be a tremendous asset to the City.”
Assemblyman Steve Otis wrote: “Josh Nathan always brought thoughtful decision-making based on community participation to his School Board service; he’ll do it again on the Council.”
County Legislator Catherine Parker, who put forward Nathan’s nomination, added, “What he brings to local government will be a welcome and calming addition.”
Nathan said he was honored to be nominated. While heading the School Board, he said he met challenges “by working with Rye organizations and individuals throughout the community and was able to forge a solid working relationship with both Democratic- and Republican-led City government.” He added, “I always understood that I represented the interests of all Rye taxpayers.
A graduate of Vassar College and Cornell Law School, he and his wife and now college-age son have lived in Rye since 2000.