BY MICHAEL RICONDA
New City – Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato came out in support of County Legislator Ilan Schoenberger’s campaign for county executive, earning Schoenberger’s cross-endorsement for Piperato’s own county clerk re-election campaign.
Piperato explained he chose Schoenberger because he wanted to support a candidate who he believes can work with local leaders, update infrastructure, curb overdevelopment, control spending and bring technology to Rockland for the purpose of enhancing government efficiency.
“It is my belief that this person will lead this county forward finally,” Piperato said. “We have a person here who has the experience. We have a person here who knows the mechanics of government.”
Comparing the county executive position to that of an ambassador to both Albany and Washington, Piperato said he believes Schoenberger’s administration would excel in securing economic stimulus packages for development in Rockland. In return, Schoenberger cross-endorsed Piperato for his county clerk re-election campaign.
Schoenberger argued that as Piperato goes into his eighth year as county clerk, he exemplifies a nonpartisan approach which serves county residents in a neutral fashion. “Anybody who comes into that office who needs help gets service,” Schoenberger said of Piperato’s office. “I am not only going to work closely with Paul, but I am going to follow and lead by his example.”
Piperato is the latest in a growing line of Democratic officials throwing their support behind Schoenberger. During a campaign event in June, Schoenberger secured endorsements from Sheriff Lou Falco, Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack, fellow County Legislator Phil Soskin, and Ramapo Town Council members Yitzy Ullman, Daniel Friedman and Pat Withers.
Schoenberger is running for the Democratic line and is also endorsed by the Working Families and Independence parties.