Of the Rockland County Legislature
ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – The Rockland County Legislature filled its leadership positions Tuesday night, electing Jay Hood Jr. as president and firing Aney Paul as vice president.
Democrats elected Alden H. Wolfe as majority leader and Republicans elected Lon M. Hofstein as minority leader. Philip Soskin was appointed Deputy Majority Leader and Vincent D. Tyer was appointed Deputy Minority Leader.
âI am honored and touched to be able to serve as Speaker of the Rockland County Legislature,â said Speaker Hood. âIt may not be as powerful a position as people think – I still have only one voice on any matter that comes before us. But I am ready to be the face of the body and to working with my fellow Democrats and Republicans as well, as an administration, to make Rockland County the best it can be. ”
Lawmakers also voted 16-0 to elect lawmaker Paul as vice president for the third time. She was first elected in 2020 and previously served as majority leader. She was sworn in by Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Walsh.
Laurence O. Toole, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, was unanimously reappointed for a one-year term. He appointed Mary Widmer Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly. He was also sworn in by District Attorney Walsh.
Democrats voted 9-0 to elect lawmaker Alden Wolfe as majority leader. He appointed lawmaker Phil Soskin as deputy majority leader. Republicans voted 7-0 to elect lawmaker Lon Hofstein as minority leader. He appointed lawmaker Vince Tyer as Deputy Minority Leader. Lawmaker Charles Falciglia, an independent, was absent.
President Hood said he liked to focus on the task at hand and get the job done.
âTo quote New York’s new mayor Adams, he loves ‘GSD – Get Stuff Done’,â President Hood said. “I like it because I feel the same. When I rule I always try to keep politics to a minimum, to work with everyone and to get things done. That’s what is important to me. . ”
He described some of his goals for the coming year:
- Pass a county-wide taxi law to improve passenger and driver safety. The law would also allow Rockland drivers to pick up passengers in Westchester County without fear of getting a ticket, and vice versa.
- Approach the Healthy Building, whether it’s tearing down the horror and finding a future use for the property, selling it, or finding another use. President Hood will help sit on the Blue Ribbon Committee, created by then-president Alden Wolfe at the request of lawmaker Lon Hofstein, who will make recommendations. Hood said it would include lawmakers, representatives from the county executive office and stakeholders from Clarkstown, where the property is located.
- Work to ensure that the $ 63 million in US bailout funds earmarked for Rockland County are spent in the most effective way to help residents and businesses. The ARP is a national economic relief plan to deal with some of the financial stress caused by the pandemic.
- Carry out a redistribution in time for the next legislative elections in 2023. With the latest US census figures, new district lines will have to be drawn due to changes in the increase or decrease in population in the county. All neighborhoods should have roughly the same population.
Lawmakers voted 16-0 to elect lawmaker Hood as president, the first time he has held the leadership position. He was previously vice-president and majority leader. He has served in the Legislative Assembly since his appointment in 2007. He previously served on Haverstraw City Council and currently serves as Haverstraw Village Attorney.
Also a lawyer in private practice, Hood received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Saint-Bonaventure University and graduated from Villanova Law School. He and his wife, Julie Meyers, are the parents of two sons, Avery and Quinlan. They and his mother, Kathy, joined him for the swearing-in ceremony, led by his longtime friend, the Honorable Ronald DeCaprio, judge of Haverstraw Village. County Clerk Donna Silberman oversaw the signing of the Register of Elected Officials. Chris Sampson, interim chairman of the Rockland County Democratic Party, presented President Hood with a new hammer in honor of his new leadership position.