David Fried Endorsed By Rockland County Corrections Officers

Commitment to law enforcement cited as reason for his first union endorsement.


The Correction Officers Benevolent Association of Rockland County (COBARC) endorsed former Spring Valley Justice David Fried for county executive on Monday.

The union president explained the endorsement was based on Fried’s standing as a “longtime, trusted, and proven friend of the law enforcement community,” who is expected to bring sound financial leadership to Rockland.

“First as a chair of the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee, then as an administrator in the Sheriff’s Office, and as Spring Valley Justice, David Fried has shown his commitment to ensuring a safe community for every resident, family, and business in Rockland,” COBARC President John Kezek, Jr. of Stony Point said. “David’s impressive record of hard work and results is exactly what we need in the County Executive’s office.”

Fried’s campaign manager Stephen Papas said this is the Democratic candidate’s first union endorsement but he has already received campaign donations from other unions including COBARC, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Deputies Association, Rockland County Policemen’s Benevolent Organization and Westchester County Corrections Officers’ Benevolent Association.

COBARC Executive Board Member Matthew Peters of Stony Point voiced his support of Fried.

“His years of experience, along with his understanding of how to cut through partisanship, find consensus, and get things done, no other candidate matches what Judge Fried brings to the table,” said Peters.  “He knows our officers on a first name basis, has toured our facility, and has jumped right in to knowing the exact issues in corrections that have the greatest impact on the county budget.”

The union’s executive board indicated it plan to take an active role in the election and urge current and former members and their families to get involved and vote for Fried.  According to Papas, COBARC is the first group of county employees to endorse a candidate in the race.  The county is mandated by the state to provide corrections services.

Fried expressed appreciation for the support.

“The men and women of corrections are a credit to law enforcement with one of the toughest beats possible,” said Fried. “As county executive I will work closely with our corrections personnel to ensure they have a high quality of life on the job, that they are safe and well-trained, and that their mission is accomplished in a fiscally prudent manner.”

The other Democratic candidates in the race are County Legislator Ilan Schoenberger and Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte. County Legislator Ed Day is the only Republican candidate. 

Kevin Roy February 05, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Not sure how someone qualifies for a position due to their "trust and friendship". I have not researched Mr. Fried's experience or any other candidates, but I will be basing my vote on who I think best qualifies for managing our County as it attempts to get its fiscal house in order.
Don February 05, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Here's something interesting about Mr. Fried, as someone pointed out on an earlier post: "Can't wait to see how he explains holding down that "full time" patronage position in the Sheriff's Department while simultaneously holding court in the daytime as a judge. Theft of government services is a crime, and unless someone can square how he worked a 9-5 in one job while working day shifts simultaneously, it seems like it would be a fair accusation. This is the man to clean up the county? Sad." Here's a related article:. http://insiderockland.lohudblogs.com/2008/01/30/fried-starts-job-with-sheriff/
Edward Infante February 09, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Putting aside party loyalties, the one who has consistently advocated for the residents of Rockland has been Ed Day. As Mr. Nathan above mentions, it's not only Judge Fried who has been a friend of law enforcement. Ed Day has lived law enforcement and that's not something that's easily forgotten about.
Mike Hirsch February 09, 2013 at 05:13 AM
Thank you for that information Don. So now it seems that Fried is as bad as Sparaco as far as taking taxpayer dollars, LaCorte spies on his opponents, and Schoenberger is looking for a promotion after filing false county budgets for a decade. Ed Day is the only candidate beyond reproach. If the citizens of our county fail to elect him, they will have only themselves to blame.
Watchdog February 09, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Fried looks to be a career politician who latches on to al these public sector jobs. Schoenberger presides as Legislator over New Square, the only segregated (read non-intergrated) lily white community in Rockland that may be guilty of serious violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The kack of Diversity in that Community is appalling. LaCorte admits to attempting to spy by secretly recording his fellow Democratic "friend" and opponent to secure a political edge. Is this the best we have? No it isn't!. Look at Ed Days record as a decades long volunteer and Legislator and then look at his Plan. Then you can make up your own mind about who will be the best person to lead Rockland as County Executive.


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