When I first became involved in the Crown Castle issue, I thought I would talk to members of the City Council about it, outside of the formal hearings. I was stunned to find that members of the Council majority were reluctant to meet with me. One actually said that meeting with citizens threatened the unity of the Council; that they would be pulled apart. I realized something was very wrong, and I decided to do something about it.
I recently retired from partnership at Mayer, Brown, a leading global law firm, where I headed their US derivatives practice, co-headed its global derivatives practice, and was listed for years in Chambers, Best Lawyers in America and other top-lawyer lists. After retiring, I plunged into local activities, acting as a leader on behalf of 1,100 petitioners concerned that wireless equipment installed next to their homes would lower property values and harm neighborhood character. I helped form the community group Protect Residential Rye to safeguard Rye’s quality of life and environment. I am a former – and perhaps future – cyclist and runner, and have enjoyed participating in local events such as the Rye Turkey Trot and the Y’s Derby Fun-run. I have been a member of Rye Golf Club and a supporter of the Rye Free Reading Room, a Rye Y member, and a 25-year member of Community Synagogue of Rye. I live on Green Avenue and have a daughter, Hannah, who attended Milton School. My mother lives in the Osborn. I have a B.A. from Columbia College and a J.D. from NYU School of Law.
Sara Goddard – Rye City Council
As a 20-year resident and founder of a municipal committee, I have a deep understanding of city government and local issues and have worked across party lines to achieve results and financially sustainable solutions. I pledge to do the same as a City Council member. Through creativity and collaboration, we can keep costs down, sustain our property values and maintain Rye as the beautiful place where we all choose to live.
After working in the fields of energy and structured finance, I raised my children and volunteered my time and skills to benefit the Rye community full-time, focusing enthusiastically on conservation and environmental protection. I founded and chair the Rye Sustainability Committee, which produced the Rye Sustainability Plan and won national recognition from the EPA. I am a founding board member of Sustainable Westchester and have served on the executive committees or boards of numerous non-profits and civic organizations, including the Rye Conservation Commission Advisory Council, Rye Nature Center, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, NY Rising, Twig, and Rye Garden Club. My husband Taegan Goddard is the founder of Political Wire; we live on Island Drive and have three sons. We are members of Shenorock and Apawamis clubs. I earned an A.B. from Mount Holyoke and an MBA from Yale School of Management.
Julie Souza – Rye City Council
I’m running for City Council because my strategic planning and business development skills could help Rye move forward. And there’s more to my motivation: I’m running to ensure that our local government reflects our shared values of respect, inclusion and compassion.
I have a career in sports media and have worked for CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated and ESPN. I currently work as Senior Vice President, Business Development & Strategy for the sports technology company Second Spectrum. My husband John and I live on Mistletoe Lane. Our three children attend Midland Elementary School and are involved in many local sports organizations which makes me an enthusiastic hockey/baseball/softball/soccer/lacrosse mom. I serve on the Board of Directors of Carver Center and as President of the Loudon Woods Neighborhood Association. I volunteer with Midland Elementary School, POTS, and the Children’s Philanthropy committee of the Rye Women’s Club. My family and I are members of Resurrection Church and Rye Golf Club. I earned a B.A from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ben Stacks - Rye City Council
As a banker, I know something about professionalism and fiscal responsibility. But I’m not just running as a banker – I’m running as a neighbor and friend, for a City Council that responds to residents’ concerns and welcomes public participation.
I am real estate banking executive working as Market Manager for Northeast Commercial Real Estate at Capital One Bank. I am a long-time member of the Rye Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee, I coached Rye Youth Soccer when my daughters were young, and I am a member of Protect Residential Rye. My wife Kim O’Connor, a psychotherapist with a practice in town, is active in the community as well. We live on Sonn Drive and have two daughters. We belong to Rye Presbyterian Church, Coveleigh Club, Rye Golf Club, and Rye Marina. I enjoy sailing, fishing, golf, tennis, running, squash, animal rescue and other volunteering, and cooking for friends. I have a B.A. from Syracuse University and an MBA from American University.