Schoenberger Stresses Importance Of Primary Vote

Democratic candidate for county executive Ilan Schoenberger speaks about the upcoming primary.
Democratic candidate for county executive Ilan Schoenberger speaks about the upcoming primary.

Democratic candidate for Rockland County executive Ilan Schoenberger chose the setting of the renovated Dutch Garden in New City on Monday to speak about the county’s potential for an improved future. 

Schoenberger was joined by a handful of supporters as he spoke about the importance of participating in the upcoming general primary on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

“Don’t sit at home,” he said. “The future of your county is at stake. Come out and vote. Come and vote not just in the primary in September but the general election in November.”

Schoenberger and David Fried are both seeking the Democratic line for county executive in the primary along with Conservative Party candidates Simon Leschinsky and Thomas Sullivan. The winners of the Democratic and Conservative primaries will go on to challenge Republican candidate Ed Day on November 5. 

Schoenberger talked about several of his goals if elected as county executive. He said the county must do a better job of working with the towns and villages to bridge their issues.  He said areas of overlap should be examined and the problems of flooding and poor road conditions need to be addressed. 

“We need to rebuild the infrastructure,” he said. 

Schoenberger said he would open up the county executive’s office to residents and give them the chance to speak directly to commissioners about problems. He also said he would make it a policy to attend town and village board meetings.

“We have to operate the county in a way that’s in partnership with the towns and villages,” he explained.

Schoenberger said his proposal to create the position of an elected county controller and eliminate the commissioner of finance job would lead to a better system of checks and balances and help to reduce uncertainty over county revenues. He is not concerned the Home Rule Legislation, which would allow the county to issue bonds to pay off its deficit over 10 years, has not yet reached the governor’s desk. Schoenberger expects the bill passed by the state senate and assembly will be sent to the governor soon.

He said the county’s deficit reported by auditors to be $120 million at the end of 2012 did not reflect the sale of two county-owned buildings, which would bring in $8 million. However, Schoenberger noted the Summit Park Hospital & Nursing Home cost county taxpayers about $1 million per month to operate. He said revenues have improved and he think the current deficit is somewhere between $108 and $114 million. He said he thinks Rockland has taken significant steps to deal with its financial issues.


Jimmy R August 27, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Good one. You keep "housing" me while I take you to school.
Jake Rokeach August 27, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Why don't you just move into the woodshed? I shouldn't have to keep taking you there.
Don August 27, 2013 at 06:23 PM
When we speak of hate, Jake takes the cake. Hate comes from speaking without knowing , where Jake is king on that count. Ed's son happens to be a Yale and Columbia graduate, who was a battle tested Airborne Ranger and achieved the rank of Captain. Ilan has exactly who as a campaign manager? Maybe Chris St. Lawrence? And if you ask any Jewish leader in this community, they will tell you Ed has been a hard and fast supporter of the Jewish community for years. The running joke at the JCC is that Ed, a Christian, volunteers each year in the Super Sunday fundraiser and Schoenberger, who is Jewish, NEVER showed until this year when he wanted votes. We do not need any more poiliticians who are around only at election time like Schoenberger. Nice try, Jake.
Jack Moolick August 27, 2013 at 06:32 PM
This is the single most important election in the history of Rockland County. It is not about who is the Republican or Democrat but about electing a man who spent the better part of his career as a senior law enforcement officer, fighting crime and corruption. Ed Day is family man of unquestionable integrity who has been speaking and warning about the fiscal problems in Rockland County since he was elected Legislator. He is decades long volunteer for numerous local organizations while raising two sons who volunteered for military service, one in two wars receiving a Bronze Star and the other still serving and training at the highest levels in the U.S. Army. Ed is not in my District, he has kept my family informed about the problems our County is facing, largely due to inept leadership and corruption, including phony and fraudulent budgets. Rockland County is fiscally and politically Bankrupt. Ed Day has a Plan, the right Plan to turn this County around so that our children and grandchildren can have the same hopes and dreams we had. Compare that to the other candidates and reach your own conclusion. We are at a crossroads of our destiny. The key is to get out and vote and support the candidate of your choice. For me and many others, the choice is clear. We are voting for Ed Day.
Andrew Wiley August 27, 2013 at 06:35 PM
I've read Schoenbergers mailers.Basically they are the exact opposite of what he has been doing while serving as a County legislator. The budget is controlled by the legislative branch and Schoenberger was the head of the Budget and Fianance Committee which is the most powerful committee and yet we saw a 48% increase in property tax in just 2 short years. Plus energy tax along, sales tax, car registration tax,hotel tax,911 tax,and I'm sure there others that I have missed. Must be nice to just go to the taxpayer every year and ask for more money. Orangetown has been shortchanged and will continue to be shortchanged with his leadership.
Jake Rokeach August 27, 2013 at 07:35 PM
I don't, Guri. Ed Day led a protest against Camp Ramah leasing Rockland Country Day School. There is no question.
Jake Rokeach August 27, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Blaming the legislature for your own party's titular head's foul-ups is part and parcel of Ed Day's supporters' failure to conform to reality. No, the legislature does not control the budget process. Read the county charter. YOUR County Executive submitted and signed EVERY budget. YOUR County Executive overestimated sales tax EVERY year since 2007. YOUR County Executive RAISED YOUR TAXES. Put up the facts or shut up.
Jimmy R August 27, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Jake, now you're either proving you're either misinformed, delusional, or dishonest. Camp Ramah was being used other than what was zoned for, right? The reason this was discovered was because a fire alarm went off. The operators of the camp should be rewarded for that? It can lead to safety issues. Day spoke out for that reason. You're really twisting the truth. Maybe you should run for office. You and Ilan on a "PreserveDishonestly" ticket?
Jimmy R August 27, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Rockland County approaches $100 million in debt, we recently had a 30 percent tax increase, and a 4 percent surcharge added to our electric bill. Guess who is running for county executive? Ilan Schoenberger, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, the very person who year after year was responsible for advancing flawed budgets from County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef. These budgets continually overstated revenues to the chagrin of the Legislature’s own auditor, whose warnings and recommendations were repeatedly ignored. An indication of Schoenberger’s chutzpah — the budget included millions in revenue from red light cameras, which everyone knew were not permitted by New York state with less than 1 million residents. Now Schoenberger wants to be county executive?
Jimmy R August 27, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Jake, I'm providing this to you so you can stop ignoring FACTS and read the Charter. http://www.ecode360.com/13975239 C2.01 - The County Legislature shall be the legislative, appropriating and policy-determining body of the county. C2.01 (b) - Legislature shall make appropriations, levy taxes, incur indebtedness and adopt the budget. With your 5th-grade reading level that you bragged about earlier, I presume you know what those not-so-big words mean. Yes, the legislature, not the County Executive, controls the budget process. The Budget and Finance committee, chaired by *Ilan Schoenberger*, submitted EVERY budget. The County Executive and legislative leadership, ably misled by *Ilan Schoenberger*, overestimated sales tax EVERY year since 2007, which was revealed by the white paper commissioned by the RBA (whose Chairman supports Ed Day by the way). The RINO County Executive, ably abetted by your buddy *Ilan Schoenberger*, RAISED YOUR TAXES. Ed Day saw this a sham and consistently said so. KNOW YOUR FACTS. Not to mention that his own party took his chairmanship of Budget and Finance away. Of course, you'll expect us to believe he gave up the most powerful position in the legislature because he felt like it, right?
AnnieRose August 28, 2013 at 09:01 AM
A new Day in Rockland..Vote for ED!
Guri Berger August 28, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Mr. Jake Rokeach. That's enough. Please end this conversation. You are trying to spread unfair hatred. Thank you.
AnnieRose August 28, 2013 at 09:32 AM
A new Day in Rockland . Vote for ED!!
Jake Rokeach August 28, 2013 at 09:34 AM
And re-read the County charter. The County Executive submits the budget to the Legislature after it is written by the County's Finance Director. The Legislature then votes on it. If the Legislature does not approve the budget, then the County Exec can pass it anyway. Of course, this hasn't happened. Why? Because Ilan Schoenberger and the Budget and Finance Committee work to amend the County Exec's budget -- Sorry, REPUBLICAN COUNTY EXEC'S BUDGET -- to make it a document that doesn't gut the county's infrastructure or push debt down the road like the REPUBLICAN COUNTY EXEC did by overestimating sales tax revenue. In Government, there must be compromise, which is something REPUBLICAN Ed Day chooses to be ignorant of. Ed Day chose to stay on the sidelines and say "no." He didn't say, "OK, here are MY ideas," while he was in the legislature. He sat back and chose not to help, not to be a part of the procedure. He is lazy. The one time he put forth a budget, he was laughed out of the room. None of his numbers added up and a six year-old could have done the same work and been scolded. Make no mistake, your REPUBLICAN COUNTY EXECUTIVE IS TO BLAME, not Ilan Schoenberger, who preserved open green spaces and the Health Department.
Jake Rokeach August 28, 2013 at 09:38 AM
Watchdog August 28, 2013 at 09:57 AM
Shoenberger will lead all right...right i to bankruptcy. He is a product of the corrupt Ramapo machine. FBI raided Ramapo who according to their CPA Ms. REIMER committed FRAUD. She trstified to FRAUD in court yesterday. Schienbergers wife Rhida is a judge in Ramapo. Schoenberger is joined at the hip with St Lawrence. St Lawrence Brother In Law TOOLE works under Schoenberger in the Legislature.
Watchdog August 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Rokeach. are you hungry? https://www.google.com/search?q=rokeach+gefilte+fish&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#fp=d98485f218b24aba&hl=en&q=rokeach+gefilte+fish&tbm=shop
Watchdog August 28, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Jackey boy....did you find out if those employees on the steps were campaigning for Schoenberger while they were supposed to be working? That is AGAINST THE LAW.
Charles Clewsow August 28, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Jake, where have you been? So he has done nothing, huh? In addition to being the most visible legislator around, and also advocating for all communities for years, he introduced successful laws such as Sex Offender Free Zones, a law banning the sale of expired perishable goods; a law clarifying the fact that big box stores cannot legally charge you a membership fee to buy gasoline; the Rockland County Consumer Home Improvement Protection Act; and the Funeral Privacy Act to protect the services for veterans and service men and women killed in action. Nothing? Really?
Charles Clewsow August 28, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Just one more thing Jake. The ONLY two tax cuts in Rockland in the last 7 years - capped the sales tax on gasoline TWICE.
Eileen McDonald August 28, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Schoenberger for County Executive! Better than "a new Day', more like a great start!
Jimmy R August 29, 2013 at 09:31 AM
Elleen - $36k in donations from Brega employees and associates sure sounds like a great start >> "Rockland exec hopeful Schoenberger received $36G linked to bus businessman Brega" >>>>>>> http://www.lohud.com/article/20130828/NEWS03/308280075/Rockland-exec-hopeful-Schoenberger-received-36G-linked-bus-businessman-Brega?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Frontpage|s
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) August 29, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Hello, all, A reminder that unfounded claims and ad hominem attacks will be removed. Please keep the discussion civil.
Charles Clewsow August 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM
What took you so long Kevin? Rokeach was attacking Ed Day, all day yesterday calling him an Anti Semite and worse. This post still remains. .......... Guri Berger August 27, 2013 at 06:54 PM Mr. Jake Rokeach. I do not think its fair to call Mr. Ed Day an anti-semite without good cause. My family likes and supports Mr. Ilan Schoenberger. I can see that you do also. I do know supporters of Mr. Day who have known him for years - including those who follow a Judiastic life - and I don't think any one of them would call him that. I beg of you. Do not use that hate-filled word loosely. 1 Recommend Flag as Inappropriate Jake Rokeach August 27, 2013 at 07:35 PM I don't, Guri. Ed Day led a protest against Camp Ramah leasing Rockland Country Day School. There is no question......THAT HE IS AN ANTI SEMITE?
Guri Berger September 08, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Mr. Jake Rokeach, it is unfortunate that you are at this again. Some never learn.
Nyack Mom September 08, 2013 at 07:56 PM
I am a JCC-Y member. Today there was a service honoring the Munich 11 - 11 Israeli athletes mudered by Palestinian terrorist 41 years ago. Once again, Mr. Day was there with us. He is there pretty much every year. Mr. Schoenberger was not and only of late has he showed up at ANY of our events. The height of irony is that Mr. Day has supported us for years and he is a Christian. Mr. Schoenberger is Jewish and we NEVER saw him until this year. Around only when he wants a vote. Well I am supporting a true friend who has demonstrated support to Israel and Jewish causes for years: Ed Day
Nyack Mom September 08, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Would Mr. Day be welcome as a regular attendee to Camelot's Jewish community each year to be part of their religious Tasclich ceremony if he was an anti semite? Unlike you, pictures do not lie. -- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=574609012603583&set=a.224055294325625.56629.223856061012215&type=1&theater -- You are as low as they come. Spreading hateful lies that you know are lies. Again, go public - Sign your name to that accusation publicly so Mr. Day can sue you for libel and slander. You won't because you are a coward.
Jimmy R September 08, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Jake, let me educate you with the facts because you're really misrepresenting the Camp Ramah story. Camp Ramah was being used ilegally to house children. This was uncovered when a fire alarm went off. As a government official, Ed spoke to it as a safety issue. Would it be better if there was a fire and we found out about it after a bunch of kids perished? Ed has a very good relationship with Rockland Country Day school. You can ask the Headmaster, Kim Morcate. I'm sure she would tell you the same. While you're at it, ask Ilan why he doesn't speak of the illegal housing in his districts. That puts many residents and volunteer fireman in danger. Oh wait, Ilan doesn't speak about issues that would anger the voting bloc.
Jimmy R September 08, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Don't forget to read this and vote in the Democratic Primaries - http://www.preserveramapo.com/Election%202013/democratic_primary_letter.htm
Jimmy R September 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Eileen and Jake, did I miss any news tonight?


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