Vincent Reda Re-Elected Over Mele For GOP Chair

Distributed at the meeting was a letter from Rockland County Republican Committee to its members signed by all five republican chairs of each town. It said that Anthony Mele "has made some tremendous accusations and promises ... he will dismantle o


Rockland County Republican Party chairman Vincent Reda of New City was re-elected last night over Anthony Mele of Chestnut Ridge. More than 200 people crowded into the Regency Ballroom at Comfort Inn in Nanuet for Thursday night's GOP convention.

Reda was nominated by Thomas Basile and seconded by Michael Lawler.

“On behalf of the entire NYS Republican Committee, 61 other county chairs who unanimously re-elected Vinny Reda as the first vice-chair of the state party, on behalf of state chairman, I proudly second the nomination of Vincent D. Reda for Rockland County Chairman,” said Lawler.

Republican chairs of each town seconded Reda’s nomination as well—Clarkstown Bob Axelrod, Orangetown Joe Brady-Amoon, Ramapo Michael Dolan, Stony point June Jobson and Haverstraw Lynn Teger.

After Reda was nominated, Rockland County Board of Elections Commissioner Louis Babcock asked if there were any other nominations.

From the back of the room, Mele was nominated by Joe Ciardullo and seconded by Rowena Mulluso.

“The rules of the convention is that we’re going to do a voice vote,” said Babcock.

“I’d like to make a motion for a secret ballot please,” yelled a person from the back of the room, followed by a few people seconding it.

“The opinion of the chair is that we’ve already discussed this with the five town chairmen and we have decided that the protocol for this evening will be a voice vote,” responded Babcock.

Several people chimed in saying “We have a right” and “We want secret ballot” escalating to many people clapping and shouting, some for a secret ballot and some for a voice vote. Watch the attached video for a look at Thursday night's voice vote.

After the room was settled down, a motion was made for a voice vote. Babcock declared that the opinion of the chair was the ‘Ayes’ have it and went forward with the voice vote, which re-elected Reda to party chair.


Also, on every chair in the room was a letter from the Rockland County Republican Committee to its committee members signed by all five republican chairs of each town.

The letter, which is attached to this article, states that Mele “has made some tremendous accusations and promises ... he will dismantle our party. A party that we together, have built for over two decades. A party that is respected throughout the state as one of the strongest Republican County Committees in new York; all to quell his narcissistic and self-serving need to be something he is not.”

In response to this letter, Mele said  “I have Vincent Reda’s nomination. That seems like a nomination to me.” 

Matt Foley September 21, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Too bad they couldn't put up someone with a better track record. Let the corruption continue... Just hold onto your coats, everyone.
patriot September 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM
This was a total sham. Mele' wasn't even allowed to speak.
citizen rc September 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM
A total sham. Mele' wasn't even allowed to speak.
Joe Ciardullo September 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM
It would not have mattered who was put up, the fix was in from the beginning. The county by-laws were violated. The only thing missing last night was the peanuts, popcorn and tightrope.
Ralph Mastrangelo September 21, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I know who is elated that Reda won.,the Domocratic Party because of all the money they save on campaigning due to the fact Reda can't get a Republican to win any election. He just don't know how to get the voters out. So how does it affect Rockland County ? Democrats win and your taxes go up. Good luck.
John Roache September 21, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Sounds like Reda stole the show as they say. Joseph Brady Amoon, Orangetown chairman. If it sounds familiar it should. When the county laid off hundreds of workers it deemed non essential, Mr. Brady Amoon was one of them. When it came time for the legislature to vote on the layoffs, Orangetown's legislator Mr. Murphy made a last minute plea to save Mr. Brady-Amoon's job and two election workers who were also involved with the Orangetown Republicans. The legislature voted to lay them off despite the plea. Another example of putting party politics and cronyism ahead of the fiscal responsibilities for the good of the taxpayer. It is this type of cronyism that has led to the debacle that is playing out in the county's transportation lawsuit with Brega. To me, re-electing Mr. Reda means the same old you scratch my back I'll scratch yours mentality that has put the county in a $100,000,000.00 (100 Million) hole. Patronage jobs, appeasing the Bloc vote in Ramapo for votes, etc. The tax payer is the ladt thing on their minds.
Andromachos September 21, 2012 at 02:52 PM
With respect to the voting procedures used at the convention, it would be great journalism to visit the County Board of Elections where the Rockland Republican Committee bylaws are a public record and on on file. See NY Election Law section 2-114. Many County Party bylaws require a secret ballot. Also, for some reason, the Rockland County Republican Committee does not publish its bylaws on its website.
Baal Phoenician September 21, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Where's that comminist guy mike hirsch. He's gotta have something to say, can't help himself. He has become an Internet patch personality who thinks that clarkstown is the only thing that's corrupt in the world.
Maureen September 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Can someone explain how a voice vote is legal when one doesn't know how many people were eligible to vote? Let's say that I slipped 100 of my friends into the room to voice vote for Reda with a view to destroying the Republican Party by keeping Reda in its leadership position. After all a person who cross endorses other party's candidates and who does not support Republican candidates (as he did not do when Republican Sabatini ran for supervisor) is a gift to me in another party ;-) In my opinion, Reda is at best misguided in his cross endorsement activities and at worst incompetent. Given that he appears to have had difficulty in returning a Christmas gift to Macys without getting himself arrested, I am thinking the worst. But then the recent patronage appointments of GOP chairman, Savino, and County Legislator, Sparaco, by Clarkstown may tell you that he might just be one hell of a smart fox. And this fox may be firmly in the middle of Clarkstown Town Board's chickens. Let's see....Reda is getting on in age....and so....Savino is moved from the Bronx and takes over for Reda....and so....Savino's friend Sparaco....safely moved over from the County Legislature to Clarkstown's highway department....takes over from.....he who knows that the bell is tolling....guess who?....it isn't Ballard! ;-) My taxes are going up.....yawn....Journal News says we are third in the nation...yawn....time for a nap...Vinny will take care of it....he is in charge of it all.
Mike Hirsch September 21, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I'm a capitalist BP. As far as the Rockland County GOP goes, I think it's a shame that they will not even be able to get Joe Carvin elected, who would do a much better job than Nita Lowey. But as long Vinnie and his cronies have jobs that you pay for, I guess he's happy.
Harvey Cedars September 21, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Roache, As for the bus fiasco, didn't Murphy get some guy Schule a job that left him involved in the bid process for the bus lines? As you point out, look how that has devloped? Maybe one of these days Murphy will offer some age advice as to how he will help us out of this countywide fiscal mess...he's like heinz 57, anticpation - keeps making us wait
John Roache September 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
"I hope to help make the most intelligent and humane decisions for everyone - the besieged tax payer, our seniors on fixed incomes, those trying to support a family, raise and educate children in the face of rising taxes and rising college tuitions, and those at risk of losing their home to foreclosure or issues surrounding employment." A direct quote taken from Mr. Murphy's September 2011 newsletter. How does protecting political crony's patronage jobs in the face of a 100 million dollar defecit situation show concern for the taxpayer. And it is not just Murphy in O'town. They all do it. Politics before the taxpayer.
John Roache September 21, 2012 at 05:03 PM
The paragragh below was taken from the Journal News on a June 6 2011 article: One of the first actions by the Legislature was a proposal by county Legislator John Murphy, R-Orangeburg, to remove three positions from the layoff list: Two Board of Elections workers annually making $32,100 each, and a Highway Department land acquisition agent making $102,026. The effort failed 13-3, with Murphy, Cris Carey, R-Bardonia, and Frank Sparaco, R-Valley Cottage, casting the “yes” votes.
Lawrence Stone September 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM
OFFICIAL STATEMENT (Rockland Republican Academy) “The Rockland Republican Academy proved last night that citizens can make a difference. Hundreds of voters sent a new slate of Committeemen into the Party in a landslide election, specifically to re-elect new leadership that would stop the forfeiting of the GOP line to Democrats. They have now just enraged the voters even more. The events of last night have only strengthened our resolve to continue to fight for fair elections and principled leadership within the Party. From the Town Chairmen distributing defamatory accusations to members about his opponent who never had a chance to defend himself or speak, to deciding amongst themselves to have a open “voice” vote, to violating their parties own by-laws by not using actual “ballots”, to having the incumbents non-committee friends casting their "voice" vote as well, to having the winner decided by one man with a clear conflict of interest because his boss was a Candidate, it has all brought myself and others to one obvious conclusion: Not only was the election invalid, but so is Vinny's title as Chairman. (continued)
Lawrence Stone September 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM
(Continued Statement) I’d like to thank Mr. Reda and his fellow Chairmen. Their actions have now provided all of the evidence Republican Voters needed to see what’s wrong with the status quo, and why we need to elect a whole new slate of principled leadership for our Republican Party.”~ Lawrence Stone, Co-Founder & Spokesman for the Rockland Republican Academy. VIDEO & MORE FROM RRA @ http://rocklandrepublicans.org/invalid-rockland-gop-chairman-election-vinny-reda/ JOIN THE FIGHT www.RocklandRepublicans.org
marguerite veltidi September 21, 2012 at 09:02 PM
this is a disgrace...
marguerite veltidi September 21, 2012 at 09:07 PM
this meeting reminds me of the time i brought my son to republican headquarters and was met by Reda who said in front of my son that Bush wasn't really popular in New York and he did not have too much campaign stickers, etc. because he (Bush) wasn't going to win the state anyway.... he is a terrible person to represent the republicans in our area !
Lawrence Stone September 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM
HERE YA GO: http://rocklandrepublicans.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/RC-GOP-BYLAWS.pdf
Pat Godfrey September 22, 2012 at 04:33 AM
I thought that the republican party was our chance in Rockland to get our runaway taxes and spending under control. Because of the rise in costs from our government I started getting involved as to what was going on locally. I wanted to get involved on some level to try to cut the rising taxes and costs. Then when paying attention I realized that the republicans were in on grabbing as much for themselves as the democrats. That is why we are the 3rd highest taxed county in the state (which is the highest taxed state in the country). Reda is giving up the republican lines in election to democrats. Why would a republican do that? Why would a republican leader of the party in rockland county do that? Something is not adding up in my mind. Is it possible Reda makes deals with democrats for his own personal gain. Even to the detriment of his own party. Would he really do that? What do you think?
Mike Hirsch September 22, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Good to hear from you Pat. I'm sure you realize that we have a one party system in Clarkstown thanks to the collusion of Alex, Vinnie, and Lettre. It is all about jobs and political patronage. The focus of the Clarkstown Taxpayer group (which was founde 3 1/2 years ago because of our outrage with regard to the CPD salaries) has shifted to the root cause, which is the collusion of Alex, Vinnie, and Lettre, which has deprived us of having the power to elect local officials who care more about doing the right thing for the citizens, other than simply lining their pockets and those of their supporters. We are the the ones who are the "opposition party". Please come to our fundraiser at the Elmwood Playhouse on November 29th in order that we may continue with the fight. Go to www.clarkstowntaxpayers.com for event information.
Les Legato October 18, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Mele needs more on his website than just his video. There's no issue page, no contact info.


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