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
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.