Legislator Ed Day (R-New City/Pomona) officially kicked off his campaign for Rockland County Executive earlier this week and detailed his plan of action. Some of those objectives are to:
- Immediately implement a complete zero based budget
- Formulate an immediate plan of action designed to recreate county government one that will be supported and implemented by our greatest resource; the people found within our own county workforce, the business community; town and state officials; and interested professionals within the community at large.
- Have an outreach with state, town, and village levels of government with the goal of charting out a unified approach to governance.
- Create new service models both within county government and through effective consolidations across government boundaries, using partnerships that will enhance services and save money in areas such as law enforcement and highway. Instead of focusing on which level of government is budgeting the service, the goal will be to reduce the total cost of each and every citizens tax bill.
- Engage in an immediate assessment to ensure that those who look to game the social services system in any way will not have that opportunity.
- Contract agencies will be fully re-assessed and funded as they should; in a manner that augments necessary or mandated services that government should, but cannot efficiently, provide.
Day said he would self-impose term limits and only serve as county executive for two terms if he was elected. Day, who has been a county legislator for six year, works as a full-time security consultant with a NYC security systems firm. He said he would not re-enter the pension system and that customer service and efficiency would be mainstays of his administration.
Day listed other issues of importance to the county including property and sales tax relief, the Tappan Zee Bridge, MTA and public safety.
He served as detective commander with the New York City Police Department; chief of a detective division with the Baltimore Police Department and director of corporate security for a major property management firm.
The other candidates actively seeking election to the county executive's office are all Democrats: County Legislator Ilan Schoenberger of Suffern, Village of Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte and former Spring Valley Justice David Fried.