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40 Elected Officials and Community Leaders Endorse Mondaire Jones for Congress in NY-17

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NYACK, NY – Congressional candidate Mondaire Jones announced the endorsement of 40 elected officials and community leaders in Rockland and Westchester Counties, including an endorsement from a former NY-17 Democratic Congressional candidate. The list includes 20 current or former elected officials in Rockland and Westchester Counties.

These endorsements, made in the individual capacities of the endorsers, come shortly after Jones announced his campaign had raised a total of over $827,000 by the end of the first quarter of 2020 in his bid to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District. Jones has also been endorsed by Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representative Ayanna Pressley, Working Families Party, United Auto Workers, Hispanic Democrats of Westchester, and numerous other leaders and organizations.
“I am proud to have the broadest base of support of any candidate seeking the Democratic nomination to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District. These endorsements, which span Rockland and Westchester Counties, represent a direct challenge to the idea that any other candidate could possibly have outsize support from local elected officials and community leaders,” said Democratic Congressional Candidate Mondaire Jones.

“I first met Mondaire when he was campaigning at the Irvington Farmers Market, which said so much about the type of campaign he is running,” said Village of Irvington Mayor Brian Smith. “He is meeting people in their communities so he can best represent the interests of every single person in the district. His story and his demeanor are very inspiring, and I knew immediately that he is the type of leader we desperately need in Washington. I was a Republican for most of my life, and Mondaire and I don’t agree on every issue, but I know he has the judgment and integrity to be a phenomenal representative for not just people in Irvington, but everywhere in the district.”

“Mondaire Jones grew up and was raised in the community he is working to represent, and he is the type of representative that we need in Washington,” said former NY-17 Democratic Congressional Candidate David Katz. “I was honored to run alongside him for this seat, and I am glad to throw my complete support behind him now. Mondaire was the first declared candidate for this seat and isn’t afraid to stand up for what he believes in, and I know that he will fight tirelessly on behalf of working people. I can’t wait to help elect him as my next member of Congress.”
Jones has also been endorsed by the following elected officials and community leaders in their individual capacities:

Westchester County

Brian Smith; Mayor, Village of Irvington
Northern Wilcher; Councilmember, Town of Ossining
Greg Meyer; Councilmember, Town of Ossining
Vanessa Agudelo; Councilmember, City of Peekskill
Ramon Fernandez; Councilmember, City of Peekskill
Ken Jones; Councilmember, Town of Greenburgh
Omar Lopez; Trustee, Village of Ossining
Joan Grangenois-Thomas; Trustee, Village of Port Chester
Lisa Rudley; President, Ossining Board of Education
Quantel Bazemore; Former Trustee, Village of Ossining
Lisa Copeland; Councilmember, City of Mount Vernon
Delia Farquharson; Councilmember, City of Mount Vernon
Erwin Lee Trollinger; Reverend, Calvary Baptist Church, White Plains
Doris Dalton; Reverend, White Plains
Peter Bernstein; Organizer, Irvington Activists
Lisa Genn; Organizer, Irvington Activists
Kat Brezler; Co-Founder, The People for Bernie Sanders
Kelly Marx; Founder, Westchester March for Our Lives
Lutonya Russell; Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle
Susan Van Dolsen; Co-Organizer, Westchester for Change
Monica Getz; Co-Founder, Coalition for Family Justice
Robin Bikkal; Founding Chair, Hispanic Democrats of Westchester

Rockland County

Don Hammond; Mayor, Nyack
Bruce Tucker; Mayor, Piermont
Louise Parker; Village Trustee, Nyack
Nancy Low-Hogan; Former Rockland County Legislator
Denise Kronstadt; Former Rockland County Legislator
Emily Feiner; Former Village Trustee, Nyack
Ivanya Alpert; Former Village Trustee, Piermont
Emilia White; Former Deputy Mayor, Spring Valley
Greg Julian; Chair, Town of Stony Point Democratic Committee
Michael Hogan; Chair, Town of Orangetown Democratic Committee
Vivian Street; Member, NYS Democratic Committee & Former President, Spring Valley NAACP
Maureen Porette; 2017 Democratic Nominee, Rockland County Executive
David Katz; Former Democratic Congressional Candidate, NY-17
Julie Goldberg; Former Democratic State Senate Candidate, SD38
Steven White; Power of Ten
Deborah Stedge; Steering Committee Member, Rockland Coalition to End the New Jim Crow
Darcy Casteleiro; Former Chief of Staff, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee

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Clarkstown Councilman Patrick Carroll Announces Candidacy for NYS Assembly District 96

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NEW CITY, NY – Town of Clarkstown Councilman Patrick Carroll announces his candidacy for New York State Assembly District 96, to replace Assemblyman Ken Zebrowki who recently announced that he wasn’t seeking re-election. Councilman Carroll currently represents Ward 4, which encompasses Bardonia, New City, Nanuet, Spring Valley and West Nyack. He lives in Bardonia with his wife Natalie and their four daughters: Madelyn, Lily, Paige and Hailey. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Wesleyan University, a licensed attorney, and currently works as an Administrative Law Judge for New York State.

“After speaking with community leaders, I have decided to seek election to the New York State Assembly. Filling my good friend Ken Zebrowski’s shoes will be no easy task, as he has been an outstanding and effective advocate for Rockland families. I hope to build on Ken’s substantial achievements and will work to protect the suburban quality of life that exists in Haverstraw, Nyack and Clarkstown.” said Councilman Carroll.

Since his announcement, Carroll has received key endorsements from democratic leaders from retired Legislator Harriet Cornell and Legislator Beth Davidson.

“When you knock about 3,000 doors alongside someone, you get to know them pretty well—what they believe in, what they stand for, whom they fight for. While I am so grateful to Ken Zebrowski for his 17 years of admirable and effective service as our Assemblyman, I am thrilled to endorse my friend Clarkstown Councilman Patrick J. Carroll for AD-96. I stand ready to knock another 2-3,000 doors to secure your election, Pat—and I know no one will work harder to help Dems up and down the ticket in November!” said Legislator Beth Davidson.

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Meet Judge David M. Ascher, Candidate for Rockland County Court

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – Judge David Ascher seeks election to the Rockland County Court, a court that hears felony criminal matters. He currently serves as a Clarkstown Town Justice, as well as running a busy law practice in New City, NY since 2005. Judge Ascher has presided over a variety of criminal and civil cases filed in Clarkstown since becoming a Town Justice in 2015. He also previously worked as a Village Prosecutor and Assistant District Attorney, both in Rockland County.

TOWN JUSTICE – TOWN OF CLARKSTOWN, NY (January 2015 –Present)

Oversee case load of approximately 300 cases monthly
Conducts Hearings and Trials for Criminal, Civil, Landlord/Tenant and Vehicle & Traffic Matters
Manage financial aspects of Court, collect fine monies, authorizes deposits, approval of monthly financial statements

DAVID M. ASCHER – ATTORNEY AT LAW, Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.

Founder/Principal, January 2005 – Present

Created and manages legal office, including client management, finances and organizational growth
Conducts litigation including, depositions, trials and appellate arguments in State and Federal Courts
Assisted in the Creation and Filing of Condominium Plans
Manages client interests and communication for diverse clientele including Commercial, Land-Use, Corporate, Development and Criminal Clients
Represents lenders and provides financial counsel to private and commercial lenders
Drafts, negotiates and closes hundreds of real estate transactions from contract through closing
Conducts legal research, including identification of legal issues, research of statutes, and case law
Conducts persuasive presentations before Town/Village Planning and Zoning Boards
Represents Condominium Boards and Management Companies

VILLAGE PROSECUTOR – South Nyack, Chestnut Ridge, Spring Valley & Airmont N.Y. (2009-2014)

Prosecuted NYS Trooper issued Vehicle and Traffic Violations
Prosecuted and resolved Village Code Enforcement Matters
Negotiated and interacted with both individuals and attorneys for resolutions
Managed a monthly and bi-monthly Court calendar of nearly 40 cases per scheduled appearance

DORFMAN, LYNCH, KNOEBEL & CONWAY, LLP. Nyack, N.Y.

Litigation Associate, December 2003 – December 2004

Handled all aspects of law, including Complaints, Notice of Claims, Article 78 Petitions, Discovery, Motions and Appeals
Represented interests of Builder/Developer clients in all aspects of development of property from contract through Municipal Approval to Residential and/or Commercial Closing
Conducted Depositions and Jury Trials focused on Civil Rights, Land Use, Zoning, Real Estate and Property Law
Conducted presentations before Planning, Town/Village and Zoning Boards throughout Region

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF ROCKLAND COUNTY, New City, N.Y.

Assistant District Attorney, August 2002 – December, 2003

Prosecuted all aspects of crimes in Rockland County, New York
Drafted criminal complaints, search warrants, wire-tap applications, and legal motions
Earned the earliest jury trial conviction for a new assistant in the 2001/2002 class
Managed case-load of 400 active cases throughout the county

Conducted numerous bench trials, jury trials and Grand Jury presentations
Oversaw and Managed Interns and Hiring Process

NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL – ORGANIZED CRIME TASK FORCE, White Plains, N.Y.

Legal Intern, June, 2000 – December, 2000

Prepared petitions and orders on Civil Forfeiture cases to New York State Supreme Courts
Drafted and edited attorney and law enforcement affidavits
Conducted legal research regarding criminal issues including Wiretap and Pen Register Law
Analyzed wiretapped phone conversations
Assisted New York State Police in undercover criminal investigations

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

PACE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, White Plains, N.Y.

Juris Doctorate: May, 2002
Pace Law National Moot Court Team Member
Dean’s List
Criminal Justice Society (Founding Member and Officer)

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND, Kingston, R.I.

Bachelor’s Degree, Political Science: December, 1998
Minor(s) Spanish Language Studies and Human Development & Family Studies
Dean’s List

COMMUNITY & PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Rockland County Magistrates Association
NYS Magistrates Association
Clarkstown Soccer Club Coach
Clarkstown Girls Softball League Coach
Make-a-Wish, Hudson Valley
Rockland County Bar Association – Co-Chair Real Estate Committee; Mock Trial Committee
Host of RCBA Mock Trial Competition
Leadership Rockland Speaker on NYS Court System
Teen Leadership Rockland Mock Trial Host
New City Rotary Member

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