Rockland Exec. Elect Day's Transition Moving Forward

Rockland County Executive Elect Ed Day announced his transition team in mid-November, and since then they have been gathering information and meeting with county department heads and commissioners.

Day said Friday that he expects to complete phase one of his transition by meeting with the transition teem members daily this coming week. He said County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef has done a good job in making sure the county's department heads and commissioners were available to meet with transition team members. 

"From there, we will move on to phase two, which is formulating plans of action based on the information they gathered."

Day said he has also been interviewing candidates for his chief of staff, head of communications and one other position in the county executive's office. He said that he will announce his chief of staff "very soon." He added that the office will run less expensively than it has in the past. 

Day continues to serve as a Rockland County Legislator and will take office as Rockland County Executive in January. 
Charles Clewsow December 07, 2013 at 01:19 PM
We are on the road back to sanity.
Charles Clewsow December 07, 2013 at 01:50 PM
When and where is the Inauguration Ceremony?
Rockland County Legislator Ed Day December 07, 2013 at 04:41 PM
I will be taking the ceremonial oath of office on New Year's Day at 11:00 AM, at a very special place - a place where heroes routinely travel through - The Fire and Emergency Services Training Center in Pomona. The event is open to the public and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Mike Hirsch December 07, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Go team Ed! Maybe you can find a way to declare a state of emergency and disband the legislature.
a 9.9 %tax increase insult is only another blight onto the taxpayers in rockland...sadly no one in charge cares...never have never will...borrow borrow borrow..wow in the real world of business I dont know of many companys that can last when their revenue is less than expenses like what we have here in rockland..the only postive increases are those of more debt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
S Goldberg December 08, 2013 at 09:59 AM
Ed Day's first campaign promise was to eliminate patronage jobs. As his new Chief of Staff to be named will be in fact a patronage job, unless that person takes a civil service exam for that position. Will it be a promise broken already, and it's still a few weeks until he becomes executive?
Mike Hirsch December 08, 2013 at 10:53 AM
S Goldberg, I guess you don't like Ed Day, and whatever he does will not be good enough for you. The Chief of Staff position is all too often given to someone for patronage reasons. Ed Day is not the sort of man to do this. It has been used in Clarkstown as a patronage position ever since Alex has been in office. The current Clarkstown Chief of Staff I think makes over $150,000 and I have no idea what he has done. Alex's prior chief of staff, Aimee Vargas, is a political operative and now works for the State. I forget the new guy's name, probably because no one ever sees or hears from him.
Fairness4All December 08, 2013 at 11:52 AM
S Goldberg, you need to define Patronage. Ed will pick a person he knows and trusts to have his back. The job was not created for this person...that is what I consider Patronage. If you were in Ed's position, what would you do?
Charles Clewsow December 08, 2013 at 12:08 PM
S. Goldberg.....You really need to brush up on definitions and county government structure. First off "appointing persons to government positions on the basis of political support and work rather than on merit, as measured by objective criteria" is patronage. How do you know that before the person has been named. Second, not all positions are civil service including Ed's job, most Commissioners, and this Chief of Staff position. Third, the Chief of Staff is typically designated the Deputy County Executive, a Charter position. I heard Ed's promise. He said that those with jobs that they have only because of who they know should start looking for new employment. I am of the understanding that he already informed the County adminstration of some who will go. And I know he will abolish the most visible example of patronage - the Tourism Coordinator. I get you don't like Ed. But if you want to take shots at him, at least get educated first and be accurate. We had enough lies from the outgoing crowd. In fact, Vanderhoef told me personally he was going to get rid of the Tourism Coordinator....TWO YEARS AGO...and she is still there.
Phil O'Shea December 08, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Mr. Goldberg, here is an example of patronage - an $87,000 job given to the head of the Bronx GOP to fill in Clarkstown's tax cert forms. Here is another example - a part-time $75,000 job created in Clarkstown's highway department for a county legislator. His name? County Legislator Frank Sparaco. His job according to his own statement is knocking on people's doors if he sees a mailbox knocked down to make his boss look good.
Viva55 December 08, 2013 at 10:43 PM
What transition? It's all the same no matter who is in office. It's like congress the same old body of government calls the shots. The same as Washington except they will not shut down the county government. But the same old culture repeated, and all the people keep hoping different results will come out of it, definition if insanity.
Viva55 December 08, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Good luck Ed carry on with the tradition.
steve December 13, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Good luck Ed, Please keep your eye on the inept officials in Clarkstown and Ramapo, as these people will bring Rockland down


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