Legislator Sparaco Not Seeking Minority Leader Post

Legislator Carey says he is considering a run for the position


Rockland County Legislator Frank Sparaco (R-Valley Cottage) announced Thursday will not seek the post of minority leader of the Rockland County Legislature for the 2013 session. Sparaco, who was elected minority leader for the 2011 and 2012 sessions,said he can work more independently and in a bipartisan manner if he is not in that post. Legislator Christopher Carey, who is serving his first term, said he is interested in running.

"I am definitely interested so now I have to do the legwork to see if my colleagues will support me," said Carey of Bardonia.

The other four Republicans on the legislature are Ed Day of New City, Douglas Jobson of Stony Point, Patrick Moroney of Pearl River and John Murphy of Orangeburg.  Murphy is currently the deputy minority leader.

Moroney and Murphy both said they were not interested in running but thought Carey would be a good candidate. 

"I'm going to nominate Carey, Mr. Carey," said Murphy. "I think he is a remarkable young man with a bright future. He has a wonderful analytical mind."

Jobson said he was not pursuing the minority leader position.  Day said he and Carey have discussed their mutual interest in the position. Day held the post in 2008 and 2009 and noted that is traditional to rotate it among the Republican legislators every two years. The deputy minority leader is selected by the minority leader. 

Sparaco said he believed he could be more effective working independently.

“I want to work in a bipartisan fashion, as I recently did by reaching across the aisle to work with Legislators Schoenberger and Wolfe to eliminate the college chargebacks to the towns,” stated Legislator Sparaco. “It would be more difficult to do so as Minority Leader, but as an individual legislator, I can work with Democrats to solve Rockland’s problems and address the needs of my constituents.”

Sparaco listed his opposition of tax hikes and new taxes, some of which have been recently implemented, including:

  • Property tax increases of over 80 percent
  • Doubling the mortgage tax
  • Increasing the cell phone tax by 30 cents a month
  • Increasing the sales tax rate to 8.75 percent
  • Creating a four percent tax on all heating bills
  • Creating a “Transfer Tax” of thousands of dollars for home sales
  • Creating a vehicle registration tax
  • Creating a three percent hotel occupancy tax

Some of these taxes have been recently implemented such as the vehicle registration tax and heating bill tax.

Sparaco said, “I am proud of the record I have built during that time both as a legislator and as Minority Leader – a record of fighting taxes of all kinds, and promoting the ideas of fiscal responsibility during these difficult times.”

Michael N. Hull December 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Watchdog: According to the RCT, Sparaco, is a 'powerhouse' in the Independence party and had his mother-in-law placed in a position of leadership prior to imprisonment for illegal activities. http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2012/03/01/former-independence-party-chairwoman-sentenced-to-jail-time/ The RCT says he is a protege of Reda (Rockland GOP chair). Gromack created the position in the Highway Department for Ballard to hire Sparaco in the worst patronage appointment seen in Clarkstown in a long time. http://www.lohud.com/article/20120823/OPINION/308230035/Editorial-Clarkstown-puts-political-clout-before-all-else-hiring-Frank-Sparaco Nimick suggested that the Board eliminate the position that it created at Ballard's request. The Board declined. http://newcity.patch.com/blog_posts/not-shame-but-farce 'De facto' Gromack approved hiring Sparaco. Gromack approved hiring GOP Bronx chairman Savino to a patronage job in Clarkstown. Sparaco is friends with Savino who defended Sparaco's mother-in-law. Birds of a feather flock together! So is it a surprise that Sparaco wants to bridge parties? He will probably support Ballard (Republican) and Gromack (Democrat) for re-election next year and position himself to be Clarkstown's supervisor when Gromack steps down while Savino takes over from Reda when he goes. That is the future "Nightmare on Elm Street" or perhaps I should say "Maple Avenue".
Mary December 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Wasn't there a family member of Sparaco's who was convicted of forging signatures so that Sparaco would have enough to get him on the ballot? That was not right - in fact it is illegal and this family member received a sentence, I believe. I was disappointed with Ballard, too, for taking Sparaco on after this for a $75000 job and will not vote for Ballard next time around.
Michael N. Hull December 14, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Brenda: In my view Sparaco is in the process of bailing out of the County Legislature and moving into Clarkstown politics. That move has already begun with his part-time job under Ballard. I am of the opinion that Ballard's hiring of Sparaco was so out of character and his explanations have been so convoluted that maybe he had no choice in whom he gave that job to. Had he refused to hire Sparaco then Reda might have primaried Ballard to remove him. Frankly, I thought Ballard had very high credibility in the community and would have won any primary or election easily. But now that is all gone. They will throw Ballard under the bus anytime they wish. He has lost his independence. Hopefully Day can retain his independence and Borelli could retain his if he would. As to Carey moving to become the minority leader - I think that is a waste of his fine talents. Once the bond rating drops to junk status, which it surely must now do with this no-lay-off budget, then the State will have to step in and all the legislators may as well stay home.
Watchdog December 14, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Michael Seeing what has happened in Ramapo where BLOC voters control elections and in Clarkstown, where minority parties control elections, it may appear that we have now crossed the line where there has been a structural change in the way people are elected and taxpayers are represented. Taxpayers are no longer in control of their government. Leaders are elected by the collusive efforts of those who have their self interest, indeed group- self interest (Unions, BLOC) instead of the interest and well-being of taxpayers they represent. The free press, generally speaking, has been hoodwinked, letting themselves get locked into a position of not/under reporting or otherwise controlling their output to favor the self interested groups, instead of the average citizen. This is all very puzzling as it does appear to me to have changed the landscape of politics and elections to benefit those who with more wealth who can afford to pay these huge increases in taxes, a product of this structural change, instead of those in the lower brackets, that these collusive politicians and the press always claimed to represent.
Pat Godfrey December 14, 2012 at 04:06 PM
This is the state of Rockland politics. Both parties working together to vote in who they want and getting favors from each other(jobs, helping each other get elected even though they are on opposing parties). They are supposed to be on opposite sides but now they work with each other for both of their mutual benefit. To the detriment of the tax payers of Rockland county. I guess it's been like this for awhile. I never payed attention till recently, because they keep raising our taxes even though the tax payer doesn't have any more money to give. The question is are we going to get involved in the political process to change it. If not then things will stay the same. It took years to get in this predicament and will take time to get out of it.


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