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Speculation Begins About County Executive Candidates

Less than 24 hours after C. Scott Vanderhoef announced he is not running for re-election, focus shifted to 2013 Rockland County executive race

 

The county executive’s decision not to run was unexpected according to Rockland County Democratic Committee Chair Kristen Stavisky. 

She said all signs sort of pointed to C. Scott Vanderhoef seeking a sixth term. Vanderhoef announced he was not seeking a sixth term at a fundraiser in Haverstraw on Wednesday evening. 

“It was a bit of a surprise,” Stavisky said on Thursday afternoon.

Rockland Republican Committee Chair Vincent Reda said it was generous of Vanderhoef to give the parties so much notice that he was not seeking re-election.

“I think he has an outstanding record to be elected five times in a Democratic county,” said Reda. “It’s going to be a great loss for us.” 

Neither Reda nor Stavisky disclosed names of any potential candidates but did acknowledge there are party members already showing interest in running for the county executive position.

Stavisky said the party’s emphasis is on the upcoming November elections and she does not anticipate the Democrats having a candidate before January.

“It’s premature for me to put forward names,” she said. “(There are) five names that are floating around right now that are credible possibilities.”

Reda said they have almost a year and a half before the election for county executive.

“We’re far from bankrupt for candidates,” he said.  “I think we have an excellent chance.”

Four of those whose names have already surfaced as possible candidates are Clarkstown Councilman Frank Borelli, Spring Valley Judge David Fried, County Legislator Ed Day and former Orangetown Supervisor Thom Kleiner.  However, Kleiner, who challenged Vanderhoef in 2009, said he would not run for county executive.

Borelli (R-New City) and Day (R-New City/Pomona) did not dismiss the possibility of running for county executive.

“I’m definitely considering it,” Borelli said on Thursday. “I’ve given it some thought. I’ll have something to say about it next week.” 

Day said he has engaged in some exploratory efforts already.

“I am certainly weighing it,” said Day.  “I do not take a long time to make a decision.”

Day said he would make up his mind probably by the first of the year.

Fried is a Democrat from Spring Valley, who also served in the county legislature. He said he has initiated some conversations.  Fried explained he would have to resign as a judge before formally announcing his candidacy.

“Leaders in each of the five towns have asked me to consider running,” Fried said. 

The Real Mary Smith October 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM
The last possible thing that Rockland County needs is Frank Borelli as County Executive!
Maureen October 12, 2012 at 03:59 PM
We need someone who will get rid of the whole county government. Who needs it? If they are passing the county expenses off to the towns then let the towns take the taxes and take care of the whole thing. Is Day going to be any better than Borelli? Day has preached against patronage in the tourism department but when Sparaco was given a fat patronage part time job for 25 hours and $75000 in clarkstown Day said nothing. Not a murmur from him. Not even the slightest whisper of a sigh. Why? Because Sparaco sits in the front row with him in the legislature and supplies the Independence party election line he needs. Sparaco's friend, Bronx republican chairman, Savino who has a patronage job in Clarkstown for $87000, is slated to be Reda's successor and controls the republicans. Reda is not going to support Day if he squawks about Sparaco. Day is already controlled by forces nobody voted for and nobody wants. Who needs all of this? If Day is not his own person then he should stay where he is and do no further damage. If he is his own person he should speak up about patronage that is only arms length away. Until some of these politicians have the courage to stand up and disassociate themselves from the Redas, Savinos and Sparacos it makes no matter who is the county executive. These three will be calling the shots with Lettre joining them to call the shots in clarkstown. I invite Day to respond to this comment - Mr. Day do you denounce the Sparaco patronage job or not?
Jeanine Vecchiarelli October 12, 2012 at 04:49 PM
As a person who lives outside of Ed Day's legislative district, I have been very impressed for years by the way he has conducted himself. When it comes to issues of any size that matter to Rockland residents, Ed Day's district borders disappear. I have brought concerns to him; he has always responded immediately, and always followed up in a timely fashion. He keeps Rockland residents informed and updated about the status of important issues via regular radio appearances, newspaper postings, his mailing list and his social media sites. Legislator Day has an in depth understanding of the fiscal problems we are facing, and he continues to put forth practical solutions regardless of whether or not they are popular with the majority party. I have no doubt that his concern for the well being of our county's residents is genuine. I believe Ed Day would be an excellent Rockland County Supervisor. Please DO run, Ed!
Fairness4All October 12, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Jeanine, couldn't agree more. I don't live in Ed's district either, but he is one of a handful of politicians at any level who really cares. Ed will always get back to you, unlike the majority of Legislators who ignore emails and phone calls. Ed totally understands all the layers of government and the financial mess that we are in. He is a fiscal conservative and I think he is the only person who can get us out of this mess.
Green Farmer October 12, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I agree. Mr. Day seems to have the best interests of the county at heart.
stephany October 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM
"Day said he has engaged in some exploratory efforts already. “I am certainly weighing it,” said Day. “I do not take a long time to make a decision.” Day said he would make up his mind probably by the first of the year." first "MISTRUTH" YOU'RE RUNNING !!!!!
Robin Traum (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Stephany - When I spoke to the possible candidates they noted they need to determine how support they have in the community and what a campaign could cost. It is not a decision to be made quickly. Robin
Chris October 12, 2012 at 09:54 PM
I second that emotion. I don't like the way he conducts himself in Clarkstown Town Board meetings.
Chris October 12, 2012 at 09:55 PM
The devil you know is better than the devil you don't know. I think this applies here.
stephany October 13, 2012 at 01:40 AM
He just did it a few yrs ago for the same exact office and knows the answer to both questions better than anyone.Exploratory committee Ha! CSV just announced he was not running and Ed is already exploring, or still exploring. I quite suspect Day would have run against him again had he not bowed out since he is such damaged goods.We could do worse but I would like to see someone out of the private sector with executive experience-after all it is the RC EXECUTIVE we are talking about. Did he even go to college? where else but politics could you get a job as executive of anything legit withour at least college He currenty does not participate in the pension system for the legislature.. he already gets nyc police pension so that may be why but he never said AFAIK .. but that is chump change compared to RCE money which he may be eligible for PDQ if not immediately due to his time in the county legislature and the way they write their own rules can't wait to see if he opts out.. pensions kill taxpayers .people who are in elected politics should fund their own pensions or get a real job and then fund it he's also got plenty of baggage as noted by Maureen I can't imagine you believe Ed wants to spend the rest of his life on the legislature in the minority no less. I doubt he wants to go to Albany either so may as well shoot for the top locally.
Jeanine Vecchiarelli October 13, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Maureen: Do you think maybe the fact that Ed is a COUNTY legislator has more to do with his not weighing in on the TOWN appointment than his party affiliation? Lest you forget, Scott Vanderhoef is a REPUBLICAN, just like Ed, and Ed has constantly criticized the patronage and budgetary failings in that administration. Further, Sparaco was appointed by Alex Gromack, a DEMOCRAT, and his Democrat majority town board. Isn't it enough that Ed regularly works across levels of government (State, County, Town, Village) to help any constituent that needs it? And wouldn't you think calling out another level of government, one in which he was not elected to fix or represent and hence over which he has no control, might have some substantial negative effect on his ability to help constituents in the future? Finally, I really don't think ANY elected official, of any stature, should be expected to reply to a challenge by an anonymous internet poster such as yourself. If you have an issue with him, you should contact/call him directly. As other comments on this thread attest, many of us have done so quite successfully. Or stop by a meeting of the legislature and address him during the public comments. His number is listed and meetings are open to the public. Again, any of his constituents will tell you that he always gets back to a concerned citizen.
Clarkstown life October 14, 2012 at 05:25 PM
ever anything positive to say or do you just like to continuously sling mud??? ....and speak upon topics of which you clearly have little to no knowledge
Bob M October 14, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Well since Ed has public sector executive experience as Chief of Detectives for the Baltimore Police Department, and private sector executive experience as director of security for a major NYC housing corporation, I guess he fits your bill on that need. And since he has explicitly refused all state pensions and committed to continuing to do so because of his opposition to "double dipping" and the fact that he paid into a pension his whole career, I guess there's nothing to worry about on that front. As for baggage, are you really saying that the appointment of a fellow legislator by a Democrat Town Board to a possible patronage position is somehow ED'S baggage? I would think that Borelli's vote in favor if it would be HIS baggage, not Ed's.
billy October 15, 2012 at 03:24 PM
thank god vanderhoff is out of here, we need some one for the people , lower taxes programs to be liminated, theres no exceptions with taxes, everyone has to pay , property taxes. re vamp the welfare program, make rockland business friendly, get a company to take over the proprty where lederle was. make it a better place for people to live, and not leave
Jeanine Vecchiarelli October 15, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Stephany: If you do a little easy research, you will find that Ed Day is nowhere near as difficult to vet as, oh, maybe our president. Try this link to find answers to your questions about his education and qualifications: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ed-day/12/421/783 . As for your conjecture that he would not pass up a chance to participate in the pension system as County Executive, I seriously doubt he would do that. I know that he swore he wouldn't take part when he ran for state senate a short time ago. From where I sit, I see an elected leader who not only has kept his promises to his constituents -- as well as to those OUTSIDE of his district -- I see a gentleman who loves his home county and works diligently to make it a better place for ALL of us. I don't get how you could dismiss such a public servant. If his qualities and track record don't impress you, just what ARE you looking for in a candidate for County Executive - or for any other office, for that matter? His record works for me. He has helped me on a number of occasions and followed up with me even though I don't live in his district. I am constantly hearing him on local radio and reading his news alerts online and in our county publications. He has always been approachable and genuine in his concern. Ed Day has what it takes for me, and I hope he DOES run for County Executive.
stephany October 15, 2012 at 09:03 PM
my reply went to the wrong place I do not know how "executive'' it was but I would not mind seeing how the job at The Phipps Houses Group came about. I can't be the only one who thinks that having an ex cop on the payroll is a bad thing. Was the position created for Ed,was someone fired to make room for Ed, how did the opening happen and what was Ed doing when it opened up..did he leave the NYPD for it. "how much was he paid" and for how long.how much of a jump from his previous salary was it. Is there currently any income or benefit coming to Ed from it in any form I do not really think that is private sector executive experience,I don't think he has any executive experience but you seem to think so. So let me ask you what exactly were his "executive" duties,,I mean you have to know right.or why else would you post and "speak upon topics of which you clearly have little to no knowledge" thank cgalife I know why Clarkstown get a life posts but you are new. did you just join up yesterday to hassle a select few or what. BTW if you can't get into my profile it is probably because CGAL is there already. he spends most of his time there.lol
stephany October 15, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I do not know how "executive'' it was but I would not mind seeing how the job at The Phipps Houses Group came about. I can't be the only one who thinks that having an ex cop on the payroll is a bad thing. Was the position created for Ed,was someone fired to make room for Ed, how did the opening happen and what was Ed doing when it opened up..did he leave the NYPD for it. "how much was he paid" and for how long.how much of a jump from his previous salary was it. Is there currently any income or benefit coming to Ed from it in any form I do not really think that is private sector executive experience,I don't think he has any executive experience but you seem to think so. So let me ask you what exactly were his "executive" duties,,I mean you have to know right.or why else would you post and "speak upon topics of which you clearly have little to no knowledge" thank cgalife I know why Clarkstown get a life posts but you are new. did you just join up yesterday to hassle a select few or what. BTW if you can't get into my profile it is probably because CGAL is there already. he spends most of his time there.lol
stephany October 15, 2012 at 09:09 PM
btw bm and cgal. i was not even thinking about the problems that may arise from the housing job, thanks for putting the idea in my head I made a post before this that is waiting for approval.
Jeanine Vecchiarelli October 16, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Hassle? lol Not at all. I just don't think harsh judgment should be passed publicly without checking facts first. If Ed Day wasn't a public official that behavior could be construed as slander. I'm not new to Patch. I just don't post too often. Only when I feel I have something important to share. I have a world of respect for Ed Day based on my observations and experiences with him: he has integrity, he is a man of his word and he puts forth great effort for the good of our county. As to the specifics of his past experience, you would be much better served to ask him directly. He is easily reachable, and most gracious. You will get no better satisfaction of your curiosity than receiving a straight answer directly from him.
Bob M October 16, 2012 at 04:43 PM
So just to be clear now, after demanding publicly available proof of Ed's executive experience be hand-delivered to you, you're immediately responding by assuming that the job that fulfills that request somehow represents some back dealing, illegal, or dishonest move? You just jump from one random negative conclusion about this guy to another with no need for reality to get in the way, don't you? Do you have a personal problem with Ed Day, or do you always respond to information you learn about people with an assumption that they are no-good piles of you-know-what? That must be a tough way to live your life...
Clarkstown life October 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Stephany......you seem to think a commander is not an executive........ You are mistaken.....again. com·mand·er   [kuh-man-der, -mahn-] 1. a person who commands. 2. a person who exercises authority; chief officer; leader. 3. the commissioned officer in command of a military unit. 4. U.S. Navy . an officer ranking below a captain and above a lieutenant commander. 5. a police officer in charge of a precinct or other unit.
Maureen October 21, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Jeanine .... He was invited him to respond. He didn't. I have met and talked to him and I am a supporter of his. I think the more he speaks up the more people will support him. The County Legislature is suing the Town of Clarkstown and a member of that body, Sparaco, has a patronage job in the Highway Dept that is being sued. Day should have a position on this and voters have a right to ask him what it is.
mary November 15, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Totally agree with you billy, Another 14 months is too long for Vanderhoef, he has totally screwed us already - we have another 14 months. He should have stepped down a long time ago.
mary November 15, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Jeanine, I agree with you 1000%, as he helped me and listened and got results and I am outside of his district. Mary
mary November 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Ed Day al the way!!!!

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