The Rockland County Times has confirmed that Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef will not be seeking reelection to the position in 2013. The five-term incumbent made the announcement at an annual fundraiser held Wednesday night at Civile’s Restaurant in the Village of Haverstraw.
Surrounded by supporters asking him about his future, Vanderhoef revealed that after considerable soul-searching, he decided it was time to move on to other things. The county executive’s spokesman Ron Levine said he believes the statement was spontaneous.
The Rockland County Times released a list of persons who might run for the position last week.
Two men expected to run are County Legislator Ed Day (R) and Spring Valley Judge David Fried (D). Several others are considering it.
Day told the Rockland County Times that Vanderhoef’s decision will not impact his own decision-making process one way or another.
Vanderhoef first took office in January 1994 and has presided over rough times in Rockand County in the last four years, as his government has accrued an over $100 million deficit.