Voters Choose Rockland's Democratic Candidate For County Exec

Sep 11, 2013

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A former employee in the Clinton administration is the Democratic choice to run for county executive in one Hudson Valley county, while an incumbent Democratic mayor indicted on political corruption charges came up short against four opponents on primary day. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the region’s electoral results.

In a Democratic primary race that began with four potential candidates, the Rockland County executive race was narrowed to two - county legislator Ilan Schoenberger and former county legislator and Spring Valley justice David Fried. Fried won, taking 52 percent of the vote to Schoenberger’s 42 percent. Here’s Fried Campaign Manager Stephen Papas.

A request for comment from Schoenberger’s campaign was not returned in time for this broadcast. Schoenberger does have the Working Families and Independence Party lines. Fried faces Republican Ed Day, a county legislator who previously voiced no preference for who he’s up against in November. After rulings that led to a Court of Appeals decision, Village of Suffern Mayor Dagan LaCorte was kept off the Democratic ballot. Thomas Sullivan won the Conservative line. If a Democrat were to win in November, he would be Rockland’s first in 20 years, as Republican Scott Vanderhoef is not seeking a sixth term.

Overall in Rockland Democratic primaries, turnout was low, except for in two villages. Village of Spring Valley incumbent Mayor Noramie Jasmin faced four opponents, including two village Board of Trustees members. One trustee won the primary – Demeza Delhomme, with 599 votes to Jasmin’s 460. Jasmin and her deputy mayor were indicted on charges in April in a political corruption case that spanned from Albany to Spring Valley to New York City. They pleaded not guilty.

Kristen Stavisky is Democratic Board of Elections Commissioner for Rockland County. She points out there are a lot of absentee ballots to be counted in this race, but expects the outcome to remain unchanged.

Stavisky, who is also chair of the Rockland County Democratic Committee, says Democratic turnout was low – nearly 15,000 voters compared with nearly 20,000 in 2011.

She does expect higher turnout in November.

Turnout was also high in the Village of Haverstraw, where there was a contentious Democratic primary for the Superintendent of Highways position, a race that was exceptionally vicious.

Orange County held a large number of primary races. Democratic Board of Elections Commissioner Susan Bahren says it was the largest primary she’s ever seen, but in term of what she calls different ballot styles for different towns, like Conservative, Working Families, and Democratic lines.

She points to the Town of Highlands as another example.

Other counties also witnessed a high number of party line races. County Boards of Elections web sites have unofficial results.

In addition to Rockland, Orange and Westchester Counties have county executive races in November.