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Steve Otis

Rye City Mayor 1998-2009

“I am not going to be here to do this again with you again because I am sort of tired of it”

New York State Assemblyman Steve Otis (D) represents the 91st Assembly District in Westchester County, which includes the communities along the Long Island Sound of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye Brook and Rye. Mr. Otis served as Mayor of the City of Rye for 12 years from 1998 to 2009.

In 2002, Mayor Otis brought in attorney Kevin Plunkett as the Rye City Corporation Counsel. Subsequently, litigation activity rapidly expanded, making it the fastest growing expense category in the city. Some of the litigation matters underlying these record charges were mundane, while others were extraordinarily out-of-pattern for Rye.

In 2007, Mr. Plunkett acting under Mr. Otis, directed the Rye City Building Inspector and other mid level city officials not to respond to any of Mr. Tartaglione’s concerns and correspondence about conditions on Hen Island. This tactic had the desired effect, as Mr. Tartaglione was forced to commence litigation in order to get answers and force public disclosures.

Mr. Otis has been a member of regional environmental and conservation political groups for many years. None of these groups have visited Hen Island, or spoken out in support of remediation, despite Hen Island being located in the environmentally sensitive gateway waters of the Westchester’s Sound Shore Region.

A native of Harrison, NY, Mr. Otis is a graduate of Hobart & William Smith Colleges and holds a master’s degree in public administration from NYU and a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law.