Schoenberger, Day to Seek County Exec. Post [UPDATED]

County legislators confirm they are running for Rockland County Executive


After much speculation, Rockland County Legislators Ed Day and Ilan Schoenberger confirmed they are seeking the post of county executive.  Both had indicated previously they were considering entering the race. Schoenberger said C. Scott Vanderhoef’s decision not to run for another term as county executive accelerated the timeline. 

“I was really putting off making a decision till January, February, March of next year,” said Schoenberger.

Day said he was originally planning to speak about his intentions at a fundraiser scheduled for Nov. 14, which was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy until Dec. 11. 

Both said they have received considerable support from throughout the county already. 

“We do have a large group of people already organized,” said Day. “We have a full county committee of 30 to 35. These are members of the community whether civic associations or business groups.”

Day (R-NewCity/Pomona), explained a bi-partisan group of 150 volunteers from all towns is in place and he expects that number to swell now that his candidacy is official. 

Schoenberger (D-Suffern) said his decision was prompted by outreach of residents of all walks of life from throughout the county.

“At the urging of those people I decided I should run,” he said. “I’m working on putting together the campaign committee now.” 

Schoenberger and Day plan to formally announce their candidacy at fundraisers next month and to detail their plans for the county’s future. 

Day said, “They need to hear what direction that person is going to try to take us. This is truly about the support of the people in the community and what they want to see happen.”

“I would like to rewrite the way county government operates,” said Schoenberger, adding that includes consolidating services and coordinating programs with towns and villages.

Schoenberger’s fundraiser will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the New York County Club. Day’s fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Nyack Seaport.

Watchdog November 15, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Schoenberger approved all those phony budgets submitted by Vanderhoef. Now he wants his job after giving us 30% tax increase? If Shoenberger gets in, it will be the demise of Rockland County. We have to remain diligent and forget about party lines. Shoenberger will get the BLOC vote, since they are major benefactors of the County's Largesse. That should give you reason enough not to vote for this guy. Taje a ride up to New Square and certain sections of Ramapo. Elect Schoenberger and that is what you will get.
Gregg November 15, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Until Mickey Mouse puts his 2 cents in I'll stay neutral.
Michael N. Hull November 15, 2012 at 04:06 PM
The Journal News in today's paper says: "Schoenberger has been a County Legislator since 1996 and serves as chairman of the Legislature’s influential Budget and Finance Committee. Virtually NO County project OR program of significance can get the go-ahead for funding without his committee’s approval." Let me get this straight - the guy who has been in control of the budget for the past 16 years the whole time that the County Legislature was driving itself into fiscal disaster ....... http://newcity.patch.com/blog_posts/rocklands-ride-to-fiscal-disaster ..... the guy without whom nothing can get the 'go-ahead,' is the same guy who now wants to step up to a higher office telling the Journal News ....... "If I am 'sitting' there as County Executive I will certainly have a whole different ability to deal with the budget.” With that record while he runs for office taxpayers should run for the hills.
sandra lepore November 15, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Go for it Ed! You would make a great County Executive.
Vince Gram November 15, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Good Luck Ed!
lets see even one of them Propose a unified rockland involving just one of the following services thru-out the county..One police force..one highway department..one school system with entrance exams to enter different schools thru-out the county..after all the savings would be in the millions for just one leader of each service!!!!!doubtful that any of these guys have the backbone to propose it...god forbid the taxpayers come first ever!!!!!!!and my answer to the safety issues are as follows when a town needs more help to fight a fire"all the surrounding fire departments come to the aid" so it does work....
will build a perch so these guys can chirp back
R. Nite November 15, 2012 at 05:26 PM
The Poverty President Census: U.S. Poverty Rate Spikes, Nearly 50 Million Americans Affected http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/11/15/census-u-s-poverty-rate-spikes-nearly-50-million-americans-affected/ you reap what you sow! This is what you voted for.
Don November 15, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Schoenberger said he would like to rewrite the way the county government operates. That's amusing, as this is the same person who sponsored legislature for Rockland County to sue one of its own towns over a road closure before having adequate details of the situation. Schoenberger has been the head of the legislature's budget and finance committee for the past 7 years, and look at the current mess that the county is in. He's one of the last people who should be trying to rewrite the government.
Gregg November 15, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Is this the best to offer so far?
Randy Marsh November 15, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Ed Day, ALL THE WAY!!!
Chris November 15, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Ed day all the way!!!!!! We need to get our 18 year olds and every one out there to vote against Schoenberger. There is enough corruption going on in that corner of rockland with welfare abuse,subsidized housing,lack of contribution and the downturn with the public schools in east ramapo ,etc. .His wife was the rudest judge I have ever witnessed when accompanying a friend for a minor legal issue. This is not the political family that I would want to being in charge of our county.
mary November 15, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Ed Day, All the Way!!!! When I had a problem that needed to be resolved with a former employer - Terry Grosselfinger of Consumer Protection, as well as Mr. Ed Day, were the only two people that answered my letters - called me personally, and had the issues resolved. I would go with Ed Day, he is the most down to earth honest politician. Vanderhoef --should have been kicked out of that office a long time ago. It is just sad if Ed Day wins, he has to inherit all of Vanderhoefs mistakes over the years. Ed Day!!!!! Mary Henry Orangeburg
mary November 15, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Totally agree with you Sandra. I really hope he wins. He is the only honest politician I know, and is very involved with the people he respresents. He has their best interests at heart.
Mike Hirsch November 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Agreed. They should title this election Day vs Night. I only hope that enough Democrats will forget about party lines for the moment and vote for the man and not the party. This will be very interesting. Let's see who Frankie Sparaco's Independence Party endorses as well as Ed Lettre's Conservative Party.
Mary November 16, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I, too, worry about the BLOC vote in Ramapo. That BLOC would just love to get approvals and support to expand their community in Rockland. Let's go with Ed Day who owes nothing to anybody .
Neill November 16, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I think Day needs to stand on a single Republican line and maintain his integrity and independence. Day has spoken out against patronage appointments EXCEPT for the appointment of Sparaco to the $75,000 twenty-five hour per week job in Clarkstown.  For him to become associated with Sparaco's Independence Party or Lettre's Conservative Party would be a tragedy. Let these two find their own candidates which they can not do as they are parties in name only feathering their own nests on the legitimate candidates of the two main parties.  Mr Day, tell Sparaco and Lettre you will not accept any endorsement from either of these individuals.  Let them leave their lines blank!
stephany November 16, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Seems that a few weeks ago i was a little harsh [for the first time] in my evaluation of Ed Day and his abilities. At the risk of putting the kibosh on things Ed will get my vote no matter who else runs. My decision has nothing to do with the fast talking lawyer throwing his hat in because that vote will never happen. I can't believe that people really think he could win. that is too scary to comprehend I usually have to record what he says at the legislature and play it back 1/2 speed. Ken Zabrowski sr. had the same problem.. there will be nothing negative coming from Stephany towards Ed only well justified positive support in lieu of money. Good luck Ed and thanks to all those over here who set me straight the..clarkstown "get a" life not included
stephany November 16, 2012 at 01:58 AM
over here is over here http://newcity.patch.com/articles/speculation-begins-about-county-executive-candidates
Lynn November 16, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Schoenberger cut in front of me and the rest of a long line waiting for gas after Hurricane Sandy. He lost my vote.
Don November 16, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Here's something that was posted on preserveramapo.com. He won all four districts of NEW SQUARE but lost the remaining 10. "ELECTION RESULTS FOR ILAN SCHOENBERGER Take a look at the election results for Ilan Schoenberger and you may (or may not) be surprised. After 30 years in government and over 15 years in the Legislature…. With the advantage of the Democratic, Conservative, Independence and Working Families lines…. With one lonely opponent- Mike Parietti- on the Preserve Ramapo line, Row G who had no election signs and accepted no campaign contributions of any kind, Here are the results: Ilan won the 4 election districts of New Square 2,195 to 4. Ilan lost the remaining 10 election districts by a 2 to 1 margin- 1044 to 535. Ilan lost even his own home election district- where he has lived for 30 years- by a margin of 114 to 66. It says something when your own neighbors don’t vote for you! This conclusively demonstrates that, without the blessing of New Square’s leadership and their election day edict to vote for Ilan, the “Boss” of the Legislature would have been forced into retirement."
Mike November 17, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Would like to see Patch provide us with a side by side comparison of the voting records for each candidate. Any possibility for that?
Rockland County Legislator Ed Day November 17, 2012 at 05:56 PM
While one would have to research it, the minutes (and votes/debates) of all meetings can be found through this link - http://rocklandgov.com/departments/county-legislature/legislative-agendas/ For those specifically interested in budget votes, typically you will find that as part of the first meeting of each December. A general overview of my efforts, along with speeches, statements, and newsletters (on the right side of the page) can be found at - http://rocklandgov.com/departments/county-legislature/edwin-j-day/ One could also go to www.edday.us for information and YouTube for a couple of segments that are posted here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDBFupOsk40 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-4QM2EEqK0 I welcome any comparisons along with the transparent assessment of my record and efforts. That is what the process is supposed to be about, not slick storytelling, party affiliations, and commentary designed to distract one form the truth. While I know I am not perfect by any means, I believe that the general direction of both my representation of the people of our community and my efforts on their behalf has been solid and well intentioned.
Chris November 19, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Any candidates for this position should be subject to random drug and alcohol tests.


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