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Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte began unprecedented outreach to Rockland’s growing Latino community, unveiling a Spanish language website and Twitter feed in his grass-roots campaign to bring experienced and innovative leadership to Rockland’s broke and broken county government.
“We are building an unprecedented coalition for change,” Lacorte told storeowners Thursday in Haverstraw’s downtown Latino business district, “The Latino community is at the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. And our Latino families are going to help lead the way for a new, financially stable, creative and diverse Rockland County government.”
The website is www.soluciones2013.com. The Twitter feed is @alcaldelacorte.
Rockland County’s Latino population grew from 10.18% (29,182 people) in 2000 to 15.65% (48,783 people) in the 2010 census. In Suffern, where Lacorte is Mayor, the Latino community grew from 5% of the population in 2000 to 18% in 2010.
“We cannot change Rockland’s broken county government with the same campaigns and the same candidates” said Lacorte, who announced his candidacy on Twitter the day before Thanksgiving. Lacorte’s announcement video scored over 1300 hits on YouTube in 5 days.
Lacorte’s campaign committee, Solutions 2013, also released Spanish-language campaign literature.
“I’m going to be spending a lot of time in Haverstraw.
Suffern and Haverstraw are sister communities. I invested in downtown Suffern as Mayor and I will invest in downtown Haverstraw as County Executive. Strong downtowns make strong communities,” Lacorte said.
Lacorte said his campaign fundraising account is maintained at Chase’s Haverstraw branch to demonstrate his commitment to the community’s economic growth.
Mayor Dagan Lacorte is a progressive Democrat with the bold solutions and new ideas to lead Rockland County. As Suffern’s Mayor, he passed a budget below Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap, expanded programs for
seniors and froze his own pay.