On May 3, 2017, the Rye City Council unanimously passed an Anti-Discrimination Resolution which guarantees equal treatment under the law for all members of society.
The Human Rights Commission constructed this resolution and presented it to the Council. We adopted this approach after listening to individual constituent concerns, and in consultation with law enforcement , human rights and immigration lawyers. We reflected comments in the resolution made by all the members on the dais who vigorously opposed discrimination and racially profiling-based arrests.
The City of Rye is committed to upholding and protecting the civil and human rights of all individuals regardless of their race, creed, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or immigration status
We, the City of Rye, denounce acts of racism, bigotry, xenophobia, religious discrimination, antisemitism and acts of discrimination based on a victim’s gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Our Department of Public Safety’s primary mission is to keep the community of Rye, its residents, workers, and visitors safe. Its practices are designed to promote mutual respect and open dialogue between all members of the community, and law enforcement.
Immigration Enforcement beyond which required by federal or state law is not the role of our City employees and public officials.
Consistent with the City Charter and the authority delegated to the Commissioner of Public Safety, the City hereby directs the Commissioner to develop a policy that is consistent with the current practices of the department and in accordance with established policies in Westchester and throughout NewYork State within 45 days of the effective date of this Resolution.
Once received, the City Council will consider such policy at its next City Council meeting.