BY MICHAEL RICONDA
New City – Local Democrats representing county, town and village governments gathered for a press conference at the County Courthouse in New City on October 29 to demonstrate their cross-party support for Republican County Executive Candidate Ed Day.
Speakers lauded Day’s experience with county government as a legislator, his plan to bring Rockland out of its fiscal imbalance and his nonpartisan, community-based governing model which Day referred to as a “people over politics” approach.
“[Day] truly epitomizes citizen legislator,” Pomona Mayor Yagel said. “While there is no quick pill to solve this issue, he has outlined what needs to be done.”
On the county level, Day received support from former County Legislator Bob Jackson and current Legislator Joe Meyers, who has been united with Day on issues affecting East Ramapo, particularly addressing special interests to which he states local politics have been beholden.
“Party labels don’t have that much importance on a local level, but one thing is important, and that is to have somebody in public office in a leadership position like county executive who has the independence from vested interests so that he can get the job done in an unencumbered way,” Meyers said.
The vast majority of endorsements came from towns and villages. Airmont officials included Mayor Veronica Boesch, Deputy Mayor Anthony Valenti and Village Trustee Ralph Bracco. Montebello also had a good turnout, with supporters including Deputy Mayor Lance Millman and Village Trustee Stacy Caridi.
Other Democratic supporters include Yagel, former Wesley Hills Mayor Bob Frankl, former Piermont Mayor Dennis Hardy and former Clarkstown Councilman Steve Kunis.
Among other groups, Day has also received support from Preserve Ramapo, Laborers Local 754 and various local and national law enforcement organizations.