Speculation Begins About County Executive Candidates

Less than 24 hours after C. Scott Vanderhoef announced he is not running for re-election, focus shifted to 2013 Rockland County executive race


The county executive’s decision not to run was unexpected according to Rockland County Democratic Committee Chair Kristen Stavisky. 

She said all signs sort of pointed to C. Scott Vanderhoef seeking a sixth term. Vanderhoef announced he was not seeking a sixth term at a fundraiser in Haverstraw on Wednesday evening. 

“It was a bit of a surprise,” Stavisky said on Thursday afternoon.

Rockland Republican Committee Chair Vincent Reda said it was generous of Vanderhoef to give the parties so much notice that he was not seeking re-election.

“I think he has an outstanding record to be elected five times in a Democratic county,” said Reda. “It’s going to be a great loss for us.” 

Neither Reda nor Stavisky disclosed names of any potential candidates but did acknowledge there are party members already showing interest in running for the county executive position.

Stavisky said the party’s emphasis is on the upcoming November elections and she does not anticipate the Democrats having a candidate before January.

“It’s premature for me to put forward names,” she said. “(There are) five names that are floating around right now that are credible possibilities.”

Reda said they have almost a year and a half before the election for county executive.

“We’re far from bankrupt for candidates,” he said.  “I think we have an excellent chance.”

Four of those whose names have already surfaced as possible candidates are Clarkstown Councilman Frank Borelli, Spring Valley Judge David Fried, County Legislator Ed Day and former Orangetown Supervisor Thom Kleiner.  However, Kleiner, who challenged Vanderhoef in 2009, said he would not run for county executive.

Borelli (R-New City) and Day (R-New City/Pomona) did not dismiss the possibility of running for county executive.

“I’m definitely considering it,” Borelli said on Thursday. “I’ve given it some thought. I’ll have something to say about it next week.” 

Day said he has engaged in some exploratory efforts already.

“I am certainly weighing it,” said Day.  “I do not take a long time to make a decision.”

Day said he would make up his mind probably by the first of the year.

Fried is a Democrat from Spring Valley, who also served in the county legislature. He said he has initiated some conversations.  Fried explained he would have to resign as a judge before formally announcing his candidacy.

“Leaders in each of the five towns have asked me to consider running,” Fried said. 

Clarkstown life October 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Stephany......you seem to think a commander is not an executive........ You are mistaken.....again. com·mand·er   [kuh-man-der, -mahn-] 1. a person who commands. 2. a person who exercises authority; chief officer; leader. 3. the commissioned officer in command of a military unit. 4. U.S. Navy . an officer ranking below a captain and above a lieutenant commander. 5. a police officer in charge of a precinct or other unit.
Maureen October 21, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Jeanine .... He was invited him to respond. He didn't. I have met and talked to him and I am a supporter of his. I think the more he speaks up the more people will support him. The County Legislature is suing the Town of Clarkstown and a member of that body, Sparaco, has a patronage job in the Highway Dept that is being sued. Day should have a position on this and voters have a right to ask him what it is.
mary November 15, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Totally agree with you billy, Another 14 months is too long for Vanderhoef, he has totally screwed us already - we have another 14 months. He should have stepped down a long time ago.
mary November 15, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Jeanine, I agree with you 1000%, as he helped me and listened and got results and I am outside of his district. Mary
mary November 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Ed Day al the way!!!!


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