Lacorte Apologizes for Text Message (VIDEO)

Democrat Dagan Lacorte admitted he made a mistake when he sent a text meant for his campaign manager to rival candidate David Fried


Suffern Mayor and Democratic candidate for Rockland County Executive Dagan Lacorte publicly apologized Thursday for a text he inadvertently sent to rival Democratic candidate David Fried this past weekend.  Lacorte’s message was intended for his campaign manager and directed him to ask Fried probing questions about his positions on the proposed desalination water treatment plant and gay marriage.

“I can only apologize for the mistake that I made,” he said. “I’m not proud of what I did." 

Lacorte said he took full responsibility for the text and had called to apologize to Fried earlier in the day. He noted Fried has been a friend for 10 years.

 “I didn’t try to hide the fact I sent the text,” Lacorte acknowledged.

Fried, a former Spring Valley judge and county legislator, said “underhanded tactics” do not have a place in the campaign.

“This was not the way to do business,” said Fried. “I’m disappointed in it.”

Fried added, “I’m running for Rockland County Executive because the county is in its deepest financial valley in its history. I would hope each of the campaigns would focus on a solution.”

Lacorte tried to draw attention away from the text that went awry by speaking about his campaign and the issues he sees as critical to the county. He does not think the incident will hurt his campaign.

“But this campaign is not about texts, it’s about taxes,” he told a small gathering of supporters at a private home in New City on Thursday evening.  

Lacorte said all the candidates in the county executive race should address the issues facing Rockland – the budget deficit he put at $118 million, the proposed desalination plant, county imposed tax on residential energy bills. Lacorte said he opposed the water treatment plant, supported marriage equality and would repeal the energy tax if elected.

Fried spoke about his platform’s two categories: short term and long-term actions to cut the deficit.  He pledged to make government learned and rein in spending by reducing salaries for the county executive and staff and commissioners by $250,000. He said county workers should not be the only ones asked to give back.

“This is something I have demonstrated I will do and a promise I will fulfill,” said Fried who explained he had turned down raises when he served as county legislator.

A longer-term goal is to boost the county’s economy.  Fried said the county did not have an economic development strategy and that was a mistake he would rectify. 

“I want to open Rockland for business again,” said Fried. 

The other declared candidates for county executive are Legislators Ed Day of New City, a Republican, and Ilan Schoenberger of Suffern, a Democrat.  

Laborers Local 754 January 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM
We have supported multiple candidates financially. Those records are public and open. What separates one from another is the ability of an individual or organization to approach a leader and attempt to get support on a particular issue.
Laborers Local 754 January 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM
We agree that healthcare is the single most important issue facing this country. As an organization that provides health coverage to over 400 families, we struggle everyday to maintain benefits at projected costs. It is a losing game and must be restructured. We support reform , even reform like Obamacare. These changes do not make it easier for us in the short term but we are hopeful they are a step towards real reform in the future. You have to start somewhere.
Richard Kavesh January 31, 2013 at 04:11 PM
So how much have you contributed to Mr. LaCorte or other candidates for CE? And no more anonymous posts, please.
Laborers Local 754 January 31, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Anonymous posts? We are very active in the community and have been here since 1927. If you want to know more visit www. Local754.com.
Watchdog February 01, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Where have you been? Many unions are getting waivers and object to Obamacare? Are you sure you understand what you are supporting? http://blog.heritage.org/2011/08/19/in-verizon-strike-unions-protest-obamacare-law-they-helped-pass/
Watchdog February 01, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Verizon workers now REJECT Obamacare they helped PASS? Unions are so GREEDY. They want everyone else to pay fir their healthcare. DISGUSTING. "Two unions are on strike against Verizon Communications in protest of proposed company policies that the unions themselves helped bring about. The new Obamacare law, which both unions supported, dramatically hikes the cost of Verizon’s employee health care plan. Efforts to pass some of that cost on to employees have sparked outrage. Verizon’s health care plan is what President Obama commonly referred to as a “Cadillac plan” – expensive and luxurious – during his push to get health care legislation through Congress. The new law will levy a 40 percent tax on all health care plans with individual coverage worth more than $10,200 and family coverage worth more than $24,000."
Jack Moolick February 01, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Steven, how much did you give to Lacorte? How much to Schoenberger? How much to Day? Do all your members supprt the candidates YOU support?
Jack Moolick February 01, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Steven, have you polled all your members to see where their union dues are going and who the union should support? Or do you assume your members support the candidate that you choose?
Laborers Local 754 February 01, 2013 at 08:38 PM
I assure you the majority of our members support our candidate choices.
Jack Moolick February 01, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Steven there are several open questions from Mr Kavesh and others that you have not answered. You indicated that you want everything tobe transparent when you supported LaCorte and now you seem to taking another stance....hiding under your desk.
Laborers Local 754 February 01, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Watchdog, We support Obamacare as a first step. The effect it has on Verizon is different than us. We are a multi-employer fund. Our members pay for insurance as a part of their whole negotiated rate. If insurance goes up, we pay out of pocket if we choose to maintain benefits. If our pension gets hit, we take lower benefits or pay more. No bail out for us. You have to be a billion dollar corporation for that. We have cp-pays , deductibles, and 80/20 coverage. No extravagant plan. We take offense to your characterization of all unions as "greedy". Do your research and become enlightened.
Jack Moolick February 01, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Steven, do your members know the true cist of Obamacare. A lot of companies and Unions now want waivers. Will you also seek a waiver whe you find out the true cost? http://freedomeden.blogspot.com/2010/10/obamacare-waivers.html?m=1
Jack Moolick February 01, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Why would the Laborers Union support LaCorte instead of say Ed day? What are the specific issues involved....no generalities Please ...I know you seem to like LaCorte despite his admission of spying but other than that, what else do you like about him as opposed to say a guy like Ed Day who was a tireless volunteer before he even entered politics and has an outstanding record of standing up for the folks, regardless of party affiliation.
Jack Moolick February 01, 2013 at 09:39 PM
How can you say that? And what about the members who do not support LaCorte? Why are you using their dues to support candidates they do not support? Sounds a little surly to me but then again so does your support for LaCorte, who admits to spying on friends.
Laborers Local 754 February 02, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Is anyone running on the Republican line against him?
Laborers Local 754 February 02, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Mr. Moolick, I suggest you familiarize yourself with Federal campaign contribution laws. Political contributions from union dues are strictly prohibited. Any campaign contributions by an organization must come from a registered PAC that gets voluntary donations from individuals. Your comments could be taken as libelous , but we believe they stem from misinformation.
Audie Moran February 03, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Republicans and Democrats have primary elections. Whoever wins the primary will be on the ballot in November.
Rockland County Legislator Ed Day February 03, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Good evening Stephen: Do hope all is well, and I thank you for your agreement that I am a strong candidate and definitely worthy of consideration to lead the people of our County going forward. As to your question, I have been informed that I am the presumptive candidate for my parties designation this November. I hope you find that information helpful.
Jack Moolick February 03, 2013 at 02:13 PM
"Voluntary" contributions to a Labor PAC? Please!
Watchdog February 03, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Steven, you wrote this: "We agree with Mr. Hirsch. The last 4 years have taught us that partisanship and catering to vocal special interest groups results in the paralysis of government. We must elect leaders who can work with others that have a different view so they can find a compromise that benefits the whole. " I understand the candidate you are backing, LaCorte, was attempting to secretly record his opponent in the Democratic Party, his own party for his own political gain. Newspapers reported this transgression and LaCorte later apologized. I have two questions and I will number them so you can answer both. 1)If LaCorte admitted he was secretly trying to undermine someone in his own party, how can voters expect him to "work with others that have a different view so they can find a compromise that benefits the whole" It does not make sense. 2)You never answered my question as to why you are backing LaCorte who is capable of such serious transgressions and not a guy like Ed Day who has a stellar record in the Legislature and was a tireless volunteer for decades before entering politics? PATCH. readers want to know. Thanks
Laborers Local 754 February 03, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Right now Mayor Lacorte is not running against Legislator Day. If and when he does, we will evaluate our position then. As stated before, we believe Mayor Lacorte made a mistake that was counter to his whole career and believe he will probably learn from it and be a better candidate in the long run. You have an agenda, plain and simple. What is your background and name? We want the best candidate for the County and Local 754. If Legislator Day is that man, time will tell.
Watchdog February 04, 2013 at 01:37 AM
I HAVE AN AGENDA? And you don't? You are making excuses for a man who committed an unforgivable offense, trying to secretly record his opponent and you say I HAVE AN AGENDA? This is not about me. It is about two candidates, one who tried to secretly record his opponent and the other who has a stellar background in the Legislature and who warned taxpayers for the last 4 years of the County's impending financial disaster only to be thwarted by the majority party, of which your candidate is a member. LaCorte has also been silent on County issues for the last four years. Yet your UNION is supporting him? Makes no sense at all. He supports legalized marijuana but tell him that getting people hopped up will not solve the Serious financial issues in Rockland. Neither will taking away peoples guns which LaCorte lso supports. I am sure he made a lot of friends in Davis Sport Shop, a few decade long employer and taxpayer in your area.
Mike Hirsch February 04, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I wish more people would vote the man and not the party.
Laborers Local 754 February 04, 2013 at 10:52 PM
THe only agenda for us is to ensure the right man gets the job. I cannot comment on the marijuana or arms issues because they have no bearing on the organization I represent. I also have stated that we support Mayor Lacorte for his proven record as an executive over the last few years.His mistake matters, but we believe it is not what he is all about. Period. We are also going to consider Legislator Day's record and determine if his stances are in line with what we think is good for Local 754 and the County. Once the race becomes a two man contest, we will reach out to the candidates and determine the best fit for us. I am sure Mayor Lacorte is happy that you think he will be in the race against Legislator Day, we will see. We are not prepared or intend to be negative against any other candidate at this time. Local 754 does not support a candidate based on party affiliation.Among other things, we ask, does the candidate support a living wage and benefit package for people? Do they believe that workforce skill investment and apprenticeship training requirements for public contracts are good for the community? THese questions and many others will be answered over the next few months. We do appreciate the people who comment on this forum and welcome different points of view. We have learned and continue to learn things everyday and try to take other points of view into account when determining a course of action. We will give all their fair say.
Watchdog February 05, 2013 at 12:49 AM
The fairer way to do it would have been to examine the records of all candidates before you support one candidate. You said you support LaCorte based on his record and then you ssy you will " consider" Days record, but you already supported LaCorte. Did your UNION give any financial support to any of these candidates?
Laborers Local 754 February 05, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Consider might be the wrong word.
Laborers Local 754 February 05, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Have you "considered" all of Mayor Lacorte's record? You only seem to know of him through his blunder. Take a walk through downtown Suffern sometime. Check the Suffern budget and tax rolls. Maybe you will be enlightened. We stand by him and hope he is the Democratic candidate. I am sure we will discuss more as the race continues.
Watchdog February 05, 2013 at 03:29 AM
"Have you "considered" all of Mayor Lacorte's record? You only seem to know of him through his blunder." Perhaps that is precisely because LaCort has not been very vocal about the financial disaster we are in. A Johnny come lately political opportunist while Ed Day has been on the front lines. BTW did YOU check Days record? His accomplishments over the last 20-25 years both as a volunteer, Community leader and Legislator? Or did you give financial support to LaCorte because he is a Democrat, while you were "considering" Days record? Can you say Disingenuous? You have no intention of supporting anyone but LaCort so why not just admit it since your remarks are so transparent, it is pitiful.
Laborers Local 754 February 05, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Ditto to you sir, or lady? Patch readers want to know who you are.
Don May 02, 2013 at 01:59 PM
New interesting piece about LaCorte. Seems like a real prize. http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2013/05/02/lacant-keep-his-hands-to-himself/


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