County legislature re-organizes for 2014

Cornell leaves chair position after nine years, Kantrowitz sworn in as replacement legislator for Ed Day

BY MICHAEL RICONDA

P1000568New City – The Rockland County Legislature met in its chambers on January 6 to hold its annual reorganizational meeting, where it appointed new officers to its posts and took care of other annual housekeeping matters.

The main event of the evening was the appointment of New City attorney Barry Kantrowitz to the Legislature to fill the post left vacant by Ed Day when he took office as county executive. Kantrowitz, a known name with local Democrats, was selected to represent Rockland County’s Fifth Electoral District.

In another notable succession, Legislator Alden Wolfe took the position of legislative chairman, replacing Legislator Harriet Cornell, who served as chairwoman for nine years prior. Legislator Jay Hood was chosen as vice chair, as Democrats in the Legislature retained control of legislative leadership.

Party leaders were also chosen, with Aron Wieder elected by his peers as majority Democratic leader and Christopher Carey elected as minority Republican leader. Legislator Toney Earl will serve as Wieder’s deputy leader, while Frank Sparaco will serve under the same title for the Republicans.

Other items included the appointment of Laurence O. Toole as Legislative Clerk, his appointment of Mary Widmer as his deputy, the approval of a blanket bond for Rockland County’s public officers and the designation of official newspapers for the county.