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UPDATED: Democrats Caucusing To Nominate Legislative Candidate

Kristen Stavisky
Kristen Stavisky

Rockland County Democrats are meeting tonight as part of the process for filling the legislative seat currently held by County Executive Elect Ed Day (New City/Pomona-R). Day serves as the legislator for Legislative District 5 but that ends tomorrow because on Wednesday, Jan. 1 he takes the oath of office as county executive. 

Democrats hold the majority of seats in the legislature and are meeting at 7 p.m. at Clarkstown Town Hall to consider candidates to fill the soon-to-be vacant seat. Currently, Republicans hold six seats in the legislature and the Democrats hold 11. 

 Rockland County Democratic Committee Chair Kristen Stavisky said during the caucus nominations from the search committee will be accepted. The caucus will nominate a candidate, expected to be Barry Kantrowitz of New City, and the recommendation will go to the legislature, which is the appointing body. The legislature should vote on the appointment during its reorganization meeting on Thursday, Jan. 2.

“Once appointed, the person serves until December 31, 2014,” said Stavisky. “He or she will have to run for the unexpired term next November and then for a full term November 2015.” 

Legislative terms are for four years. Day first ran for the legislature in 2005.

Mike Hirsch December 30, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I hope that whoever takes the seat will support Ed Day's policies rather than those of Cornell and Schoenberger, who, along with Vanderhoef, have run our county into the ground. I have met Mr Kantrowitz in the past, and he seems like a nice enough fellow. I hope that he will think for himself rather than simply follow those who control our legislature. He's got a couple of years until the next election to show us what he's made of. I wish him luck.
Michael N. Hull December 30, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Kantrowitz only has 11 months before there has to be an election. It's a pity that the Democrats could not have reached out to Day and asked for his input. It would have been a nice gesture. In an article which appeared in the Journal News ....... http://www.lohud.com/article/20131227/NEWS02/312270061/New-City-lawyer-expected-get-Day-s-seat-Rockland-Legislature ....... there are a couple of comments indicating that Kantrowitz seems to have an employee who has caused some concerns. Peggy Hatton comments: "Kantrowitz employee and President of East Ramapo School District Board of Education tells public "...if you don't like it, find yourself another place to live!" ...... http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VFOLVKXevKs ....... http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VFOLVKXevKs
Mike Hirsch December 31, 2013 at 09:37 AM
Michael, I say give the guy a chance. Who cares about what one of his employees said or did? He starts with a clean slate. To me it's very simple: If he supports most of Ed Day's initiatives, he will get my vote. If he votes with Ed Day's opposition, he will not.

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