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County Executive Names Director Of Communications

Scott Salotto
Scott Salotto

Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced the appointment of Scott Salotto of New City as director of communications.  Salotto comes from 77 WABC Radio in New York City, where he spent the past nine years as a general assignment news reporter.  This is the second appointment Day has announced for his new administration.

During his time at WABC, Salotto’s reports were aired on the syndicated "Imus In The Morning" program and throughout the day and he took the lead on numerous landmark stories including Superstorm Sandy, the Sandy Hook school tragedy and the 2009 "Miracle on the Hudson" crash of US Airways Flight 1549.

“With nearly two decades of high-level communications experience, Scott's skills and keen insight make him the perfect fit for my executive team,” said Day.  “His extensive background in journalism, strategic messaging and social media, coupled with a deep familiarity of Rockland County, will be an asset to my administration and the local community.”

Previously, Salotto worked as the New York City-based national correspondent for Westwood One Radio Networks, covering  Prior to that, the Stony Point native reported for radio stations in Providence, RI and Houston, TX and got his start at WRKL Radio in New City.  Salotto received the 2005 Achievement in Radio award for "Best News Reporter" in New York City and a 1996 Associated Press first place award for "Best Spot News Coverage."

Salotto has spoken at local colleges and universities on the themes of ethics in journalism, newswriting and social media.  He is an active member of the Clarkstown Central School District’s Parent Teacher’s Association.  He and his wife have one daughter.

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ADK January 06, 2014 at 03:53 PM
Another great choice by Ed...
Mike January 06, 2014 at 07:27 PM
Why does the County need a Director of Communications?
Mike Hirsch January 06, 2014 at 09:25 PM
I think that's a fair question Mike. Hopefully Ed will let us know what the job duties are and why he feels it is necessary.
Chris Day January 07, 2014 at 06:44 AM
The Director of Communications keeps the citizens of Rockland informed as to what their government is doing both on a day-to-day basis and for more timely situations like road closures or genuine emergencies. One of the complaints about the Vanderhoef administration was a lack of communication with the citizens as to both their concerns and what the County was doing. Thus despite the fact that, Scott did in fact have at times multiple people working in communications roles within his office. Scott is eminently qualified and will keep the communication chain with residents wide open - which I can tell you from the campaign is a full time job unto itself. And during the campaign, even though the actual work of managing hundreds of employees and hundreds of millions of dollars had not yet begun. You will see a reduction in both total headcount and total salaries in County government, but some jobs are in fact necessary, so sometimes a position will not be cut, and sometimes when it is cut it will be replaced by a new needed position (Director of Tourism replaced by Director of Economic Development, for example).
Chris Day January 07, 2014 at 06:47 AM
I should note that I am not speaking for the Administration; this is just based on my personal knowledge of the situation. Also, please excuse any typos as I'm sending this from my phone.
Mike Hirsch January 07, 2014 at 07:55 AM
Thank you for the information Chris. I'm sure the salary is public information, but if you would inform us as to that and all salaries (such as chief of staff, etc), that will help all of us understand some of the costs of county government.
Chris Day January 07, 2014 at 09:28 AM
I don't have all of their salary information on hand (not privy to those details really), but yes, it all is public information that will be published in the budget and I assume can be FOILed. I know that there is a full reorganization going on within the Office of the County Executive, with some multiple positions being merged into single slots, which will result in salary fluctuations as compared with the previous budget, but overall savings.
James R January 07, 2014 at 11:07 AM
I think that Ron Levine did a good job in the post. When I emailed him, he was responsive.
JLeo January 07, 2014 at 07:30 PM
Scott Salotto is great. I listened to his reports on the Imus in the Morning show on WABC radio. His reports always were accurate and he always showed empathy for the people his was reporting on. The County is lucky to have him.
Robert F. January 08, 2014 at 12:06 AM
Interesting expression on his face. He looks as if he just received his tax bill in the mail...

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