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Ed Day Accepts GOP Nomination for County Executive; 'I Believe Better Times Are Ahead'

Republican legislator gets the nod from the Rockland County Republican Committee; says tax hikes aren't the way to go.

In a choice hardly surprising but decidedly emphatic, Rockland Republicans Thursday evening nominated current county legislator Ed Day to seek the post of County Executive in the coming November 5 election.

Dozens of politicians and constituents packed Clarkstown Town Hall for the Rockland County Republican Committee's convention to select the GOP candidate for the heated County Executive race later this year.

Delegates from Stony Point, Montebello and a slate of other municipalities nominated Day in quick succession, with the seven-year Rockland legislator and one-time NYPD patrolman emerging as the sole nominee.

In a speech on the heels of rousing applause, Day accepted the vote of confidence and focused a pithy speech on perhaps the most pressing issue facing the county—a deep and growing deficit.

"I will ensure that the county's budget is run with at least the same care of your household budget, because it is the morally and fiscally right thing to do," Day said.

Rockland has a projected deficit hovering around the nine-digit mark—$100 million.

"There is no doubt challenges abound," Day added, citing Rockland's high taxes, over-development and recent corruption charges.

Day hopes to fill the shoes of fellow Republican C. Scott Vanderhoef, the sitting, embattled County Executive who has been at the helm of Rockland since 1993. Vanderhoef announced he would not be running for re-election in October of last year.

Day said a tax uptick is course he will seek to avoid if elected.

"I recognize that increasing taxes is not the answer; it is a job killer and a people chaser," he said. Day noted he would instead rely on "new service models," "effective consolidations" and shared services to diminish Rockland's fiscal woes.

Rockland Republicans also nominated Donna Held as the party's challenger in the race for County Clerk; Held will face off against current clerk and Democrat Paul Piperato.

In a keynote address delivered by Michael Lawler—the executive director of the Republican Party of New York State—a crowd of dozens roared approval as the Rockland native touted Ed Day and tore into local Democrats.

"The problems facing this county are great," Lawler said, noting gaggles of Rockland residents are opting to move elsewhere due to an unfriendly economic policies in New York.

"We need to elect Ed Day this November," he continued. "[Day] will implement policies that help create jobs, not kill them. Most importantly, he understands the importance of preserving Rockland County for our families and future."

Lawler reserved several minutes to assail familiar Democrats, labeling Harriet Cornell's and Ilan Schoenberger's leadership of the county's legislature "disastrous."

He also blasted Rockland county clerk Piperato, for sharing Rockland's gun ownership data with The Journal News earlier this year. Piperato was required by law to share the data, but peers in Putnam County refused to fork over the documents.

As the convention petered out around the 9:30 p.m. mark, groups of Rocklanders—some outfitted in red, white and blue "Ed Day for County Executive" t-shirts—remained to chat with Day.

John Leopoldo May 10, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Good luck to the next Rockland County Executive!
Linda Gambardella May 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Great news! Congrats Ed Day.
Jack Moolick May 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Congratulations to Ed Day, a wonderful family man, a tireless decades long volunteer for a long list of organizations and most of all a man of impeccable integrity, in our little world of corrupt, self serving, collusive Rockland County politicians. This election is not about who is the Republican or Democrat since both parties are equally corrupt. It is about electing a man who has been speaking and warning about the fiscal problems facing our beloved County since he was elected Legislator several years ago. By any definition Rockland County is Bankrupt. I believe Ed Day has the right Plan to turn this County around to be the place we all once moved to decades ago so that our children and grandchildren can have the same hopes and dreams we once had but is disappearing because of inept, corrupt and collusive leadership in all political parties. We need to get out and vote and support the candidate of your choice because this is the single most important election in the history of Rockland County.
Don May 10, 2013 at 01:15 PM
100% agree with you Jack. Not only does Ed have what it takes to be the leader we need, but he also is a community-focused individual who cares about people. How many elected officials personally reach out to others who have asked for help, even when not in their district? That's one of the things that really makes Ed stand out. It was easy to weed out the other CE candidates early on based on several factors, especially moral integrity.
Harvey Cedars May 10, 2013 at 01:28 PM
I prefer to think this isn't about Republicans or Democrats. This is a local election where I hope people focus on who is right for fixing our local problems. I like people of integrity. I have never met Ed Day but from everything I have read he is hands down the best option. I hope he connects with the young families and convinces them to go to the polls. Good luck Ed Day!
Scott Walters May 10, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Given the choices out there, there really is NO choice. It will indeed be a NEW DAY FOR ROCKLAND!
Pat Godfrey May 10, 2013 at 04:01 PM
I heard Ed Day speak last night and regarding our over taxation he has some real solutions. First he admits a problem, a lot of the Rockland county legislature continues to vote to raise taxes every year (not Ed Day). Since 2006 the Rockand county taxes have doubled. What made a lot of sense is to bring businesses back to Rockland county. This increases the tax base that way so as to take the burden off the Rockland county resident. We are in a perfect position as we are a 30 minute ride to Manhattan and I'm sure there are plenty of companies who would gladly set up business in Rockland. He has some real solutions.
Steve May 10, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Everything I've read here has made perfect sense. I couldn't have said it better than Jack. Ed Day's acceptance speach was made from the heart. He is a man of great integrity which is a quality that is far and few between, especially as of late. There is no other candidate for CE that can do the job as well as Ed Day, this I am sure of. We all need to get out there in November and vote Day!!!
Windam Earle May 10, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Really Scott? Couldn't Come up with Something Better? lol :)
Windam Earle May 10, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Good Luck Ed!
Walt May 10, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Looking at that picture, the first thing I thought was, "I know it was you Fredo, you broke my heart....you broke my heart."
NoName August 08, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Ed is not a career politician so that makes him the best candidate right out of the box. He doesn't owe his allegiances to all those that pushed him up the ladder or special interest block voting groups that only care about what they can milk out of the system and live off the money of others to foot their bill living in this county. I cannot wait to see Ed clean this county up and make it affordable again. Many are on the fence about moving once their kids are grown and that's a shame. Rockland County has almost become unaffordable.

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