Another Candidate Enters County Executive Race

Vladimir Leon becomes fifth challenger seeking county executive’s post


Vladimir Leon of Ramapo entered the Rockland County Executive’s race as the fifth challenger and fourth Democrat. Leon, 38, declared his candidacy in early March. 

Leon holds a Masters of Science Degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular Biology from Binghamton University and an Associate’s Degree in Math and Science, from Rockland Community College. He said he founded a small economic institution (HANBF) and has worked with different groups to foster sustainable development. 

Leon said his reasons for joining the race are based on the county’s economic and budget crises. In order for Rockland to emerge from its financial woes, Leon said the new county executive must be someone who can break with old practices. Leon has not been elected to office but has run for the justice positions in the Village of Spring Valley and Town of Ramapo.

In a released statement, Leon said if elected his primary goal would be the promotion and encouragement of “a new transparent, accountable and efficient Rockland through sustainable development.”

His proposal includes setting up a management committee mandated to review all county management operations.

He added, “For continuity, this Committee will further delegate responsibility to sub-committees which will consist of professionals in the concerned field (s) to tackle existing issues and make recommendations as to the best way forward.” 

Regarding the county’s deficit, he explained a subcommittee would examine budgetary report and look for ways to “minimize or prevent any further or unnecessary deficit increase.”

He also suggested encouraging joint ventures between private and public sector entities. Leon said a closer working relationship between towns and villages would improve housing, transportation and energy independency. He proposed reduction of taxes including “sales and housing taxes by .39 % for the first two years and even further reduce other taxes such as gas and cell phone taxes” when the economy picks up.

Leon wants green and traditional businesses to establish their headquarters in the county. He is working on a more detailed plan spelling out his ideas and expects to have a web site available soon.

The other Democratic challengers are Legislator Ilan Schoenberger, former Spring Valley Justice David Fried and Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte.  Legislator Ed Day is the only Republican candidate. 

Watchdog March 31, 2013 at 12:04 PM
What does this Chap do for a living? Sounds like he may be candidate #4 for the Democrats who never held a job in the private sector which is why Rockland County is bankrupt.
Raj P March 31, 2013 at 01:31 PM
We should start to look at closing some schools and begin to consolidate them as well. Teachers in Clarkstown earning too much money for monitoring the halls, library duty and lunch duty! Let them teach and earn their pay - better yet, ship them to other schools where they are short staffed and desperately needed. Consolidate.
Christopher Smith March 31, 2013 at 02:06 PM
it's called the buck stops here. you dont pass along the hard decisions to a "subcommittee". this guy has got no chance of winning unless he can raise a million dollars which is highly unlikely.
Issy March 31, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Based on this article he actually sounds like a breath of fresh air, compared with stale career politicians this region seems to attract. Looking forward to hearing more.
stephany March 31, 2013 at 03:19 PM
maybe, but wait a few minutes for those already in the race to adopt/claim some of his ideas as their own.he sounds good to me as long as his"committees" are not made up of politicians. I hope he stays in to elevate the conversation and put some feet to the fire
stephany March 31, 2013 at 03:19 PM
echo that
Raj P March 31, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I believe he can raise a million dollars and more! Look at Obama! He won twice.
Michael Gries March 31, 2013 at 05:01 PM
See what money does. Obama won twice, so We the People lost twice.
Bruce March 31, 2013 at 10:16 PM
The problem is with the people... If we keep sticking to the political affiliations we are doomed. Wake up and think for yourselves. We are feeding this machine.
Barry S March 31, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Someone should ask Mr. Leon if he believes and supports the UN's Agenda 21... bet he won't answer but look at his back ground.
Bruce March 31, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Why would you bet this? If you know something we don't, enlighten us.
Siobhan March 31, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Christopher Smith: He has more chance of winning his election than you have of winning yours. You are running for a position that is being eliminated by it's present incumbent, Bob Simon, the receiver of taxes in Orangetown. You expect people to elect you to learn a job that is to be eliminated. Please, I don't think you should be offering any comments on this gentleman's candidacy! Read this article and the comments http://pearlriver.patch.com/articles/orangetown-board-investigates-eliminating-receiver-of-taxes
mike sullivan March 31, 2013 at 11:36 PM
You don't seem to know how schools operate. First, teachers are in the classroom teaching. Teacher's eat their lunch when the students eat. Teaching assistants do lunch duty and library duty in the elementary level. In upper grades, teachers in other districts only get a lunch break every other day because they need to supervise children in these areas. Are you saying children should not be supervised, or do you want districts to spend more money on non-instructional staff to pay to have children supervised and kept safe?
Kevin Roy April 01, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Good luck, Mr Leon. Hope you can elevate the issues that face Rockland taxpayers. If the union voters continue to elect our representatives, the county and towns will continue to see taxes increase while their members bleed taxpayers dry. I hate to write that, but the truth hurts. Further, its hard to blame them as the politicians gave them what they asked for...and who among us wouldn't take what is given to you? The entire system needs to "reboot". Enough is enough.
Tyler Durden April 01, 2013 at 10:12 AM
You've got that right Bruce. Not only are we feeding this machine, it is consuming us.
protectpropertyrights April 01, 2013 at 10:50 AM
If you are concerned about high taxes, sustainable development, which is what this man is campaigning on, has been the cause of high taxes on every level of government for the past 20 years. To learn more listen to what Rosa Koire, from Democrats Against UN Agenda 21 (otherwise known as sustainable development/Smart Growth) has to say: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gHJ1PLwRX4
Brian April 01, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Scott Vanderhoef is a Democrat who never had a job in the private sector?
Pat April 01, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Vanderhoef is a fiscal conservative proven by the fact that he vetoed the huge budget that the RC Legislature proposed only to have his veto overridden by that same Legislature.
James M April 01, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Mike - In the Clarkstown School District the role is reversed. The teachers do have lunch duty and the teaching assistants are in the classrooms in the upper levels. I believe their (teachers) contract states they can only teach 5 periods a day which leaves room for supervision - at a tremendous cost to the tax payer.
stephany April 01, 2013 at 08:32 PM
hmmm..how long is a period + time in between every period because they only work 6 hr and 35 a day max[can and is less a lot i imagine] which includes 35 lunch in the faculty area i m sure and they get 45 mins a day for prep work in some grades.3hrs 45 mins a week probably whichever is larger.even though it does not spell it out old contract start about page 12 for the groovy stuff. https://encrypted.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=clarkstown%20teachers%20association%20contract%20-memorandum&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDsQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fclarkstownteachers.org%2Fcontract%2FFull%2520CTA%2520Contract.pdf&ei=1u1ZUYmFAamN0QGqnoGwBw&usg=AFQjCNGO6GsTrnYvuuvWOfE4eZ0P8WKi5A&sig2=3FcDSwrp4EVSwQt5J3ZR7A&cad=rja


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