The long overdue unveiling of former mayor Doug French’s photograph in City Council chambers took place February 7, with a number of what French referred to as his 2010-2013 team present.
In his introduction, Mayor Josh Cohn noted that French served through very challenging years in Rye. He thanked the former mayor for “stepping forward to offer advice and encouragement to me and others” calling it an act of tremendous generosity.
County Legislator Catherine Parker, who served on the Council with French said that nobody exemplified the honor of serving Rye more than he did. She also noted his generosity in ignoring party politics in reaching across the aisle to compliment her at times. “I never saw you once complain or grumble,” she added.
In his own remarks, French thanked fellow Council members Suzanna Keith, Rich Filipi, Peter Jovanovich, Paula Gamache, as well as City staff members Eleanor Militana and former City Manager Scott Pickup. French recalled their time as being defined by Mother Nature – hurricanes Irene, Lee, and Sandy – and the Great Recession.
“It was a privilege to serve Rye residents,” said French.
- <Photos by Tom McDermott>
His Honor Doug French with his photograph at City Hall.
From Left, in rear, Scott Pickup and Richard Filipi; in front: Suzanna Keith, Eleanor Militana, Doug and Carrie French, Paula Gamache, and Catherine Parker