Rockland GOP to turn over power, Reda’s 20+ year tenure to end

Vincent Reda
Vincent Reda

Garvey/Lawler power-sharing combination in works; things could still change

The Rockland County Times has learned from numerous Republican sources that two decade-plus Rockland Republican Chairman Vincent Reda plans to retire from his post at the county reorganizing convention later this month.

Currently Reda, town chairs and County Executive Ed Day are in discussions regarding the future of party leadership. Discussions at this time point to a power-sharing arrangement between Michael Lawler, former state GOP executive director and Rob Astorino campaign manager, and Lawrence Garvey, Clarkstown lawyer and noted Ed Day-ally.

Most sources  believe that Garvey will be chair and Lawler vice

Michael Lawler
Michael Lawler

chair, although those roles have been reversed over the past several days.

Former assembly candidate Joseph Gravagna of Ramapo has also stated on social media he may run. Nothing is set it stone as over two weeks remain until the GOP convention.

Vinny Reda told the Rockland County Times that he will be releasing a statement shortly about his retirement.

Reda is also a former longtime vice chair of the NY GOP. Two recent executive directors of the GOP have sprung from Rockland: Lawler and Thomas Basile, now serving as a Stony Point councilman.

Lawrence Garvey
Lawrence Garvey