Recently a ‘hit piece’ about County Executive Ed Day appeared in the NY Post under the heading ‘Rockland Exec Sold Equipment To Board He Previously Sat On’. The article stated:
Rockland County Executive Ed Day sold security equipment to a county trash agency on whose board he served — a potential conflict of interest that may have violated state law. Day, a former NYPD honcho, was a county legislator and member of the Rockland Solid Waste Management Authority before taking office as county executive. Day also worked as a consultant to American Security Systems in Queens, which sold $3,750 worth of security cameras to the authority last year, and a Dec. 26, 2013, invoice obtained by The Post lists Day as salesman. Day told The Post that he had received an opinion from the authority’s outside counsel allowing him to sell the equipment.
Day replied on his Facebook page on August 10, 2014 saying:
Let me take a few moments to respond to a totally absurd story, printed in today’s NY Post. This so called “story”, written by Melissa Klein, is bereft of facts, full of intimations and devoid of journalistic ethics.
As the Rockland territory salesperson, I responded to a request for bid (RFB) that the security systems firm I worked for received from the Rockland County Solid Waste Authority (RCSWA). After assessing the matter, the FIRST thing I did was request a legal opinion from the RCSWA which clearly shows my private sector dealings with the RCSWA prior to January 1, 2014 were totally appropriate and is on file. The reporter was informed of this by the RCSWA Executive Director.
My former employer was advised by counsel that no actual or perceived conflict of interest was presented by either my position on the RCSWA board or as a security sales executive.
Moreover, there is additional language affirming that “no conflict” ruling under Authority Budget Office Policy (March, 2007), with both rulings that the reporter conveniently ignored in an effort to engage in baseless sensationalism.
While other board members routinely vote on matters that bring millions of dollars to the entities they are employed by, the reporter focuses on an item I never voted on nor benefited from. To buy this nonsensical story, one must believe that as a salesman who sold hundreds of thousands of dollars of security equipment that I would do something inappropriate for a $3750 sale? This “logic” is patently absurd.
One must ask why the focus is not on the person who stole records from the RCSWA files and then misrepresented the truth behind those files, as all the backup opinions were contained therein. This is nothing more than an attempt of political payback for my upsetting the corrupt political culture found all too often in Rockland.
In an effort to move past what could have become an unnecessary distraction for my new Administration, I had taken the extraordinary step of transparency and provided all relevant information to the New York Post to expose this as a political stunt. Of course, the reporter chose to ignore that.
County Executive Day’s statement indicates that records were stolen from the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority’s files and according to Day this is “political payback” for him upsetting the locally corrupt political culture.
To whom Day may be making reference is unclear but what is certainly known is that County Executive Day is in an increasingly nasty political battle in Rockland County originating with elements of the Republican Party led by County Chairman Vinnie Reda and his mentee, County Legislator Frank Sparaco who did not support Day’s election as County Executive.
Last week Sparaco, in a muddled, malacostracan and macabre diatribe accused Republicans as being in a competition to “hate Hasidics“. Previously, Sparaco had been forced to resign from the Republican Party’s Leadership Committee under accusations that he was actively supporting candidates running against members of his own party and that the Republican Committee had conclusive evidence that Sparaco engaged in an organized absentee ballot campaign in support of Democrat David Fried in last year’s County Executive race.
Elements of the Republican Party spearheaded by Sparaco using characters from the Bronx recently engaged in a petition drive to challenge Republican Committee people who were supporting Ed Day and his list of committee candidates in a September 2014 primary. Rockland Voice understands that suspicions of forgery and fraud in these petitions were recently presented to the Rockland County D.A. and were sent to the United States Attorney for the Sourthern District of New York, Preet Bhahara.
Rockland Voice has now learned that Day sent out an email in his official capacity as the County Executive of Rockland County which was addressed among others to Vinnie Reda, Chairman of the Rockland County Republicans, Bob Axelrod, Chairman of the Clarkstown Republicans, Mike Dolan, Chairman of the Ramapo Republicans, County Legislator Jobson, and Michael Lawler, Campaign Advisor to Rob Astorino. In the email dated August 11, 2014 Day wrote:
It is with great reluctance that I message you today, but events unfolding threaten both the well being of our Party and the recovery of our County that has now started under my new administration.
Legislator Frank Sparaco, after being formally challenged and cited by the Clarkstown committee on behavior that included actively working for the opposition during last year’s General Election, chose to resign from the committee instead of answering the charges. Now he is engaging in more conduct that in my humble opinion frankly renders him unfit to be a member of the Grand Old Party.
Legislator Sparaco, who some time back did some good things for our party, has for reasons only known to him compiled so many misdeeds it defies a count. But the Clarkstown Republican committee well documented many of them, including collecting absentee ballots for David Fried and attacking fellow Republicans in a cowardly manner in social media by using pseudonyms. Of late, he unbelievably and publicly from the floor of the legislature characterized our GOP election campaign of last year as anti-semitic and hateful. He even contacted a local news editor with similar allegations and worse. He is the proverbial chameleon, talking like a good Republican on one hand while hurting our good name with the other.
This cowardly and traitorous conduct continues, as he is now forwarding a completely inaccurate “hit piece” in the NY Post to members of our committee. This “story”, THREE sentences in total, makes unsubstantiated allegations of a conflict of interest upon me that were most easy to respond to, which I did in FaceBook.
The fact that the truth of the matter was NOT included in his message reveals just one more incident where Mr. Sparaco chose to spread ill will and negativity about others.
I have made every effort to stay out of the political machinations that have been going on for one critical reason – we have a county that needs to be led forward and that is my sole and primary focus. But Mr. Sparaco’s conduct has been so outrageous and so over the top, it truly could impact upon the recovery of our county and I felt compelled to message all of you. Also, we have good candidates this November that we desperately need to elect for the good of our community. Mr. Sparaco’s selfish, self centered, anti-Republican behavior can only hurt these efforts UNLESS it is roundly condemned.
It is important that you are all aware of these dynamics so going forward, you can make the judgments necessary to ensure that the strides made in November do not get compromised by the outlandish behavior of one who talks about Republicanism but is actively working for his own self interests and against all of you who have helped us turn the corner. Staying on that path is crucial to the well being and future of Rockland, and we cannot let small, petty and selfish behavior distract from that mission.
As your County Executive and the top elected official of our party, I am always available to speak to any committee person as you feel necessary. Thank you.
Rockland Voice awaits Legislator Sparaco’s response. Sparaco was formerly employed as a part-time $75,000 per year Constituent Services Assistant by Wayne Ballard in Clarkstown’s Highway Department until the Clarkstown Town Board eliminated the position. Ballard then gave him a full-time ‘Confidential Secretary’ position at a salary of $103,600 per year.