POINT/COUNTER-POINT: SUPPORTER AND CRITIC WEIGH IN ON CHRIS DAY CANDIDACY

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Chris Day Record of Service Perfect for Orangetown

To the Editor,

So far Chris Day is the only person to have jumped into the Orangetown supervisor race. As far as I’m concerned, based on his record of service and qualifications, it might as well stay that way, because no one else can compete. Chris is a combat veteran of two wars, an officer who managed multimillion dollar budgets and led dozens of men, earning a Bronze Star. He’s a small business owner and investment professional. He’s a father with a record of volunteering through youth sports and scouting. And he’s a graduate of both Yale University and Columbia Business School.

He’s also led on the issues that matter to us. Among the highlights, he literally wrote the plan for how to Preserve Rockland in 2013 and he’s personally lobbied Albany for oversight of East Ramapo, which borders us here in Pearl River. When you add it all up, what you have is a person who not only has the skills to lead Orangetown, but a clear desire to just do whatever he can to help our community. It’s not often you get a combination like that, and we’ll be lucky to have a man like Chris Day as our supervisor.
Sincerely,
Joe Milillo
Pearl River

Chris Day- Is three years long enough?

To the Editor,

Chris Day, is running for Orangetown Town Supervisor. What can he offer Orangetown? It cannot be his detailed knowledge after moving to Palisades in mid-2014, while campaigning for the United States Congress. Is several years adequate for someone without local civil engagement to know us? Is Orangetown being used as a stepping stone for his political career?

I applaud him wanting to protect and preserve the Orangetown way of life, like any creditable candidate. Being a new comer can he do that better than anyone else?

His website states he believes applying “military discipline” to Town government will make it more efficient and reduce property taxes. I applaud him for his military service but employing regimented army discipline is not realistic. Non-elected department heads report to the Town Board, not the supervisor and elected department heads are independent.

Day is the son of County Executive Ed Day. Is having a father-son team running Rockland County and Orangetown good? Will there be a political family empire in the making, with conflicts of interest? The town and county are occasionally at odds by necessity. Can we trust Supervisor Day to “put family second” against County Executive Day and “fight” for us?

Sincerely,

Robert Tompkins
Pearl River

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