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Rockland Democrats Re-Elect Officers [VIDEO]

Challenges raised at reorganization meeting

 

At the Rockland County Democratic Committee Reorganization on Wednesday night, the slate of incumbent officers won re-election. Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack nominated the current board members for another two-year term. Although County Legislator Joseph Meyers nominated several challengers, he wound up withdrawing those names and the incumbents were voted to serve new terms.

The current and continuing officers are: Chairwoman Kristen Stavisky of Clarkstown, First Vice Chair Chris Sampson of Ramapo, Second Vice Chair Maureen Corallo of Haverstraw, Treasurer Gary Lipton of Ramapo, Corresponding Secretary Michael Hogan of Orangetown and Recording Secretary Mary Widmer.

Incumbent Congresswoman Nita Lowey spoke to the committee members who filled most of the town hall auditorium.  She urged them to actively support Democratic candidates. Incumbents Senator David Carlucci and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski also attended but did not address the gathering.

After the officers’ election concluded, there was a motion to introduce names of candidates for county board of elections commissioner as a new business item. The term of the current Democratic commissioner Ann Marie Kelly ends on December 31. Stavisky denied the motion, which led to a heated exchange between several committee members. 

After the meeting, the committee’s Executive Director Ted Collins said it was decided last week that the elections commissioner issue would not be discussed at the reorganization.  Stavisky said the date for that discussion would be determined when the executive committee meets on Wednesday, Oct. 17. She said the elections commissioner must be selected about 30 days prior to the start of the new term, which is January 1, 2013. 

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