Pace Picking Up For County Executive Race

David Fried joins others in the race for Scott Vanderhoef's position, including Democrat Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte, Democrat County Legislator Ilan Schoenberger and Republican Legislator Ed Day


David Fried was one of several names that surfaced back in October when speculation began about who would run for Scott Vanderhoef's position of County Executive. Vanderhoef's decision not to run comes at the end of his 19th year as county executive.

Fried, 33, resigned Friday from his position as Spring Valley Village Justice to run for the position. By state law, judges are not allowed to run for political offices.

Democrat Fried joins Democrat Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte, Democrat County Legislator Ilan Schoenberger and Republican Legislator Ed Day in the race. He's making his formal announcement on Sunday at his family’s tire store in Spring Valley.

Fried is from Spring Valley, where his family owns a small business, Tire Warehouse & Auto Center. He will make his formal announcement on Sunday at 3 p.m. at his family's business.

"I think the county is moving in the wrong direction. Vital services and programs are being cut at the expense of maintaining high-paying administrative positions and political patronage," said Fried. "I don't think that the public wants to see services cut, people laid off without some real innovation put into how looking how county government should improve." 

In the past Fried has worked for Bill and Hillary Clinton for three years. Later Fried served as a member of the county Legislature from 2003 to 2007. He ran for the open State Assembly seat in 2006, but lost to Ellen Jaffee. Fried was then elected in 2008 to the part-time position of Spring Valley justice.

"I always believed that a campaign is a job interview," said Fried. "I believe that the way to proceed in this campaign is to show people actual ideas on how I'm going to save their tax money dollars and cents with very specific approaches."

Also heating up on the campaign trail is the recent endorsement of Lacorte by Laborers Local 754. As the only construction trade union local whose territory is exclusively Rockland County, the union announced an early endorsement of Lacorte on Thursday.

“Mayor Lacorte understands that our members, the working people of Rockland County, can’t afford to live here anymore,” said Stephen Reich, the union’s Business Manager, “Dagan Lacorte has been an effective Mayor and he has the experience and energy to fix Rockland’s broken county government. We are proud to endorse his campaign for change.”

Laborers’ Local 754 has served Rockland since 1926, building the highways, roads, bridges, hospitals and schools that serve the community. Local 754 has 350 members.

“In just one week, our campaign for change has attracted support from hundreds of Rocklanders who understand these serious times call for executive leadership, leadership independent of business as usual politics in county government,” Lacorte said, “The working men and women of Local 754 join our broad coalition to make Rockland proud again.”

“We are fully committed to this race,” Reich said, “Our members will be in neighborhoods across Rockland carrying Dagan’s message.”

As Suffern’s Mayor, Lacorte passed a budget below Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap, reduced the full-time payroll, expanded programs for seniors and froze his own pay.

Mayor Lacorte’s fiscally responsible, bipartisan leadership reduced Suffern’s debt service, while increasing investments in roads and sewer. Mayor Lacorte also stood up for the environment and for small business, filing suit against an oversize Mahwah megamall. Local 754 is affiliated with Laborers International Union of North America.

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Mike Hirsch December 02, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I am happy that county democrats unhappy with Schoenberger's probable annointing by those in power and unhappy with the mess that he helped to create, are stepping up to the plate to challenge him. Is it too much to ask Clarkstown democrats to do the same when Alex and his buddies Lettre, Reda, and Sparaco attempt to annoint Gromack again the next time around?
mary December 02, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Ed Day all the Way!!!!! There is no other way to go but with Ed Day.
I would like to see even one of the people running "make a statement that they will be innovative and push for "a unified service in every aspect of rockand county.."enough of the redundency and erosion of taxpayers by having 6 or 7 of the same departments in every town..people this county has a huge parkland area too...what is the rest doesnt warrant the outrageous expenditures that the "good ole boys" have done under the radar for the past 20 years or more..time for UNO..ONE..1 of everything..at least Mr Fried doesnt have to worry about the unions and their votes as he is independent as I see it
Defender December 02, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Mr. Fried keeps omitting in his resume the $80K plus patronage job he held at the Sheriff's Department from the time he left the legislature in 2007 until the end of 2011 when the job position fell to budget cuts. The reason? It was common knowledge within the Democratic party that he was not getting support for re-election as support was destined for someone form the Haitian community, and Jacques Michel won that seat. Supposedly he was going to be the guy who gets millions in grant money for us, but he got us nothing and then ran for Spring Valley Justice,. We are all still wondering just how he managed to handle a courtroom and the Drug Court program during the day while he was getting paid by taxpayers for a full time 'PATRONAGE job at the County! And you think is the guy that will cut patronage? He is a player of the system on all ends.
Mark Mishebow December 02, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Explain to me why we need a county executive. We did just as poorly before we had this position filled. Eliminate it and save the money. County exec must go...
stephany December 02, 2012 at 08:32 PM
when you lose to Ellen Jaffe, who ran for everything and anything and lost to everyone till the state assembly job, it speaks volumes.
Pat Godfrey December 03, 2012 at 12:31 AM
IIan Schoenberger would be a disaster. He controls the $ now in the legislature (County Government Committees: - Chairman of the Legislature's Budget and Finance Committee from 2005 to the present) and look at the mess it's in now. He has raised taxes and will continue to do so. If he gets the county executive position he will increase taxes at an even greater rate.
Sharyn December 03, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Hasn't this already been decided? Could it be that Vanderhopf will be given a State job to get him out of his present position and Schoenberger would be placed as interim. Always easier to elect an incumbent. That's the latest rumor I've heard. Let's stay tuned for the latest political manipulations and see if it plays out.
Joan K December 04, 2012 at 05:37 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMKwEhwivl8 Very interesting video regarding potential challenger Frank Borelli.


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