Day Swears In As Rockland County Executive

New Rockland County Executive Ed Day said he expects get to work early Thursday morning with a focus on reviewing county contracts and personnel transfers.

Clarkstown Town Justice Craig E. Johns administered the oath of office to Rockland County Executive Ed Day.
Clarkstown Town Justice Craig E. Johns administered the oath of office to Rockland County Executive Ed Day.
Ed Day said he was energized by the response of the crowd packed into the auditorium in the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona to see him sworn in as Rockland County Executive Wednesday morning.

"There is no other way to put this. Today, I got strength from the people," said Day, who is taking over for Scott Vanderhoef to become only the the third Rockland County Executive. "It is such an energizing, exciting, fulfilling event. It just reinvigorates me, not that I need a whole lot. People say I don't stop anyway, but if I needed a little more, today was it."

Monitors were set up outside the auditorium in expectation of the overflowing crowd. Day spoke about the challenges facing Rockland County, but focused on a positive message.

"There is no magic wand," Day said during his speech. "None of this can be fixed overnight. What we embark upon today is a journey, not a quick trip. Let us recognize today that while we can not ignore the realities that face us, we can certainly confront them, and together, with courage and determination on our side, we will prevail over them. Today we embark on an era of renewal."

Day's son, Chris, who had served as his father's campaign manager, spoke about his father's initial reluctance to run for county executive.

"It's probably difficult to believe given what we are conditioned to thin of modern politicians, but the fact is my father never really wanted any of this," Chris Day said. "He is and was two things, a cop and a family man. He was more than happy to be an active volunteer in his community,a  role model for his children and grandchild and a devoted husband.

"I reminded him of something he always taught me as a child. Our highest calling is to serve and it is a sacred responsibility that, when you see the need of others, you put whatever energy and talent you may have to work. You put their needs ahead of your wants."

Dan Moscato served as master of ceremonies Father Charles Arlin of St. John's Episcopal Church in New City providing the invocation and the benediction given by Rabbi Jeremy Ruberg of the New City Jewish Center. Clarkstown Town Justice Craig E. Johns administered the oath of office. 

The new county executive expects to get to work early Thursday morning.

"We are hitting the ground running tomorrow," said Guillermo Rosa, Day's chief of staff. "Our cabinet will meet tomorrow morning at 8 o'clock in the morning. I’m a military man, so we have early hours. I hope the commissioners and the department directors embrace that. We are looking to work with anyone and everyone for the betterment of Rockland. That is why the majority of people are here. These people are here because they want to make Rockland better. We all want the same thing, so why can’t we all be on the same page?"

"We will meet with purchasing," Day said. "We are going to ask that every contract that is expired at the end of this year, we will send a note out asking for a grace period of 60 days. If the vendors do not want to do that, we will terminate the contract immediately. If the vendor  is amenable, we will say thank you and assess all contracts."

Day said he will be reviewing personnel matters, specifically those over the last two months.

"We will look at all of the hiring and transfers the last two months," Day said. "I have heard things that some would call disturbing. I would like to think most people would understand I’m not going to walk in an ignore what I heard. I will look at every transfer, every move that has happened and I will hold the managers accountable as to what was the operational incentive to make the move. They better have the right answers." 

Editor's note: For video from Wednesday's ceremony, click here

Thanks to Phil Costa for sharing these pictures from the oath of office ceremony. 

Steve Green January 02, 2014 at 02:33 PM
I did not attend today's event but I have been at previous inaugurations. When David Carlucci was sworn in as our new State Senator, he invited a Haitian priest to give the invocation. That was a nice gesture. Perhaps the priest is not aware of the US Constitution so I'll render him a pass. But when a religious leader is at a generic public event and speaks of "Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour", he is blatantly violating the separation clause. The audience included believers and skeptics, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Pagans, and atheists. His remark inappropriate. I hope our leaders will be proactive in the future and explain this to future speakers.
GWashington January 02, 2014 at 07:40 PM
Ah shaddap. There was no violation. Priests and other Christians speak of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Federal Congress. The Constitutional states there will be no ONE religion, not NO RELIGION.
Steve Green January 03, 2014 at 01:16 AM
Exactly! No ONE religion. So why is ONE particular religious perspective foisted upon a generic crowd??? I believe the First Amendment is even more important than the second.
GWashington January 03, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Christianity and Judiasim. The TWO religions of our founding principles. Math isn't your strong point, is it? Wadda ya want up there, the f'n Tower of Babel?
Issy January 03, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Our Founding principle are universal not limited to two religions.
Steve Green January 03, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Thank you, Issy. Point made.
Marietta Sanchez January 03, 2014 at 02:16 PM
Our founding principles are based on Judeo-Christian principles. One can't change history. There were no "univeral" principles in the 18th century; neither were there "COEXIST" stickers on the horse and carriages. History should be studied through the eyes, ears, hearts, and minds of the participants.
Issy January 03, 2014 at 02:39 PM
While of course you are wrong, although I appreciate your attempt to rewrite history, I would be glad to hear what Judeo-Christain specific principles you think this country was founded on. Because the Treaty of Tripoli made it clear that "..... the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion".
Marietta Sanchez January 03, 2014 at 02:44 PM
The Christian Religion is not the same as Judeo-Christian principles. Just the word "GOD" used prolifically in our founding documents is enough. We are not founded on a religion. We are founded on principles.
Issy January 03, 2014 at 03:11 PM
Where is the word 'God' used unqualified in our founding documents? And again what principles?
Steve Green January 04, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Hey, guys, here's an interesting piece of American history for your consideration. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, two significant Presidents, opposed 1. government funding of religious institutions and 2. any oath of fidelity to any religion in any oath of office. Jefferson and Madison pushed through a law in Virginia that proclaimed freedom for all religions and equality for non-believers! Jefferson purposely omitted any mention of God in the Constitution. They were fed up with religious wars, state-mandated religious loyalty and intolerance. The original "Pilgrims" who landed in Plymouth were Separatists who chose to worship independent of the church of England. Their Puritan descendants then took over the lands of the very same native populations that helped the Pilgrims survive! Ethan Allen once railed against the "tyranny of Priests" who oppose the "laws of nature and reason". Whew! Go ahead, look it up! To recap: my concern was simple enough. When you have a captured audience consisting of people with a diversity of views, the invocation, if any, should be general and not advocate any particular religion.
Issy January 04, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Another of our Presidents, Carter, is credit with being the most religious and yet the most secular and a strong believer in the Separation of Church of State.
Steve Green January 07, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Thank you again, Issy. If this debate escalates further, I'll have to bring in the Heavy Hitters: Thomas Paine and Robert Ingersoll! George Washington (our first Prez, not the debater here) gave a famous speech to a Jewish crowd to assure them this was not a theoocracy! Let's not forget that, in the Age of Enlightenment, most of our Founding Fathers were involved with Deism. Thomas Jefferson once posited that, if there were a national church, it would be the Univeralist/Unitarians!! LOL!


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