Early numbers showed Democratic challenger Maureen Porette taking a surprising lead over the incumbent Day.
This was the first time Porette, a Stony Point lawyer, had tipped her toes in political waters and she made headlines in October when she slammed Day and fellow Republicans for tacitly and implicitly labeling her as a “puppet” of the bloc vote as reported by The Journal News (http://lohud.us/2yGz6HR).
The newspaper’s official endorsement of Day for county executive came with reservations, praising Porette for a campaign that focused on vision, not rhetoric, and called on Day who has come down hard on Ramapo’s Jewish institutions to start doing such much needed fence-mending.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Chris Day also pulled out from behind becoming supervisor of the Town of Orangetown by a margin of less than 200 votes. Day, who lost a bid to unseat Congresswoman Nita Lowey in 2014, made numerous references in his campaign to preventing Orangetown from becoming “another Ramapo.”
Chris Day’s platform supported no new housing, enacting no knock laws and crafting legislation that would explicitly prevent any items whose very existence conveyed a message of any sort from public rights of way and utility poles.
In an interview with The Journal News (http://lohud.us/2yIGaU2) Day said that it was unfair to allow utility poles to be used for an eruv, while banning flyers and other similar objects.
“That disproportionately impacts certain activities while leaving others to do as they please,” said Day. Speed limit signs apply fairly to everyone without exemptions, religious or otherwise – so should sign ordinances.”
Day said that he also supported banning non-residents from local parks but would be willing to agree to a compromise proposal that would charge non-residents a fee to use Orangetown parks.