New City, NY… Rockland County Republican Chairman Lawrence Garvey today announced his campaign for New York Republican State Committee Chair in a letter to County Chairs, Committee Members and Republican leaders and activists across the state.
Chairman Garvey said, “We proudly stand up for our values in Rockland and successfully pull voters across the aisle each and every election to win. As we reflect on the 2022 elections, it’s imperative that we look at the full picture. The positives and the negatives, in order to move forward and build a brighter future for our Republican Party. We must take account of the massive strides we have made, not just on a statewide level, but in each of our respective counties. Our gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin came within 330,000 votes of beating Kathy Hochul. As Republicans across our state, we helped elect and re-elect 11 Republican Members of Congress – the most since 2000. We helped elect and re-elect Senators and Assemblymembers across the Empire State. Together, we will build on what worked, fix what didn’t and elect more Republicans up and down the ballot.”
In the letter, which you can read below, Garvey outlines his record of success in flipping and keeping seats red in Rockland County, including Michael Lawler defeating the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Sean Patrick Maloney, Bill Weber taking down incumbent Elijah Melnick and electing John McGowan to Lawler’s former Assembly seat. In a county with a 2:1 Democrat to Republican enrollment disadvantage and a 1:1 Independent to Republican enrollment, Chairman Garvey and Rockland Republicans have consistently won races year after year. The County Executive is a Republican and 3 of the 5 towns are now in Republican hands. He also outlines his vision for the path forward for the NYGOP and replicate Rockland’s success across the state.
Dear Fellow Chairs and Committee People,
I hope this letter finds you well and healthy this holiday season. I’ve been speaking with many of
you and I wanted you, as a Party leader and activist, to be among the first to know, I’m running for
Chairman of our New York Republican State Committee (NYGOP.)
As we reflect on the 2022 elections, it’s imperative that we look at the full picture. The positives
and the negatives, in order to move forward and build a brighter future for our Republican Party. We must take account of the massive strides we have made, not just on a statewide level, but in each of our respective counties. Our gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin came within 330,000 votes of beating Kathy Hochul. As Republicans across our state, we helped elect and re-elect 11 Republican Members of Congress – the most since 2000. We helped elect and re-elect Senators and Assemblymembers across the Empire State. Together, we made countless phone calls and knocked on even more doors to get our Republicans across the finish line.
In Rockland, where I’ve had the honor of being Chairman for the last 9 years, we had a fantastic
year. Michael Lawler slayed the proverbial dragon and head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Sean Patrick Maloney. Our Congressman-Elect will be taking office in January and we couldn’t be more proud. Bill Weber, our now Senator-Elect, worked hard to take down incumbent Elijah Melnik and we’re excited to see all that Bill does for the people of Rockland. We also elected John McGowan to Michael Lawler’s former Assembly seat. John’s a popular Legislator who will now head to Albany on our behalf. In a county where we have a 2:1 Democrat to Republican enrollment disadvantage and a 1:1 Independent to Republican enrollment, we have consistently won races year after year. Our County Executive is a Republican and 3 of the 5 towns are in Republican hands. We proudly stand up for our values in Rockland and successfully pull voters across the aisle each and every election to win.
This is the mentality we must bring statewide. In a Democratic state, we must work harder and
smarter to attract voters from all backgrounds, all political persuasions, all religions, all corners of our state. Our focus must be to even the playing field and that begins with voter registration drives. It’s critical that we grow. New Yorkers believe in our message and they agree with our principles, let’s enroll them and make it official!
Our Party must build a significant fundraising foundation. High dollar and low dollar donors
alike. Not just to operate, but to help our Counties to grow their respective coffers too! With the new Campaign Finance Matching Program being implemented by the State Board of elections, the NYGOP must be a resource for all County Chairs and elected officials. Under my Chairmanship, the State Party would look to support the County Parties, not the other way around.
And we must go back to basics, building a ground game that is untouchable and unstoppable.
An organized base of individuals that works to spread our Republican message with the ultimate goal of electing more Republicans from Village Board to Governor. We must focus on recruiting and supporting Republicans at all levels, and build a strong bench across the state.
Communication and coordination is key. My pledge to you is that as Chairman, I will implement
policies that ensure constant and timely communication, and make sure every single Committee
Member and Chair can meaningfully participate in the functions of our State Party and that you have a seat at the table. You will be involved in the process, every step of the way. We will be a grassroots led party from the ground up – not from the top down. I won’t be calling you to inform you of what’s happening, I will be calling you before anything happens to get your input so we can move our party forward together, as a statewide team.
I believe in our Party’s future and I’m not giving up on our beloved New York State. I’m
running for NYGOP Chairman to build off of the successes we have had and make our Party the force I know it can be. Stand with me and we will strengthen our county organizations and our NYGOP.
Meet Judge Susan Sullivan – Bisceglia Candidate for NYS Supreme Court, 9th Judicial District
ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – Judge Susan is the 1st Woman Judge serving in her hometown, the Town of LaGrange, previous acting Poughkeepsie City Court Judge, Town of Union Vale Justice, Town of Patterson Justice and Associate Justice, Village of Wappingers. She is a jurist who truly cares about her community. She received her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School and is a private attorney with Sullivan-Bisceglia Law Firm, P.C., with offices at the Hudson Valley Regional Airport, Poughkeepsie, New York. Judge Susan has well over 25 years of combined experience obtained in the courts, major law firms, Fortune 500 companies and the State of New York.
Additionally, Judge Susan serves as 2nd Vice President of the New York State Magistrates Association and Past President of the Dutchess County Magistrates Association where she advocates for the interests of the courts as well as provides education to judges across New York State.
During Covid-19, she was a member of a special committee in the 9th Judicial District, serving with the Administrative Judge and leaders of the courts and guided the judiciary through the challenges of the pandemic and helped implement virtual arraignments in Dutchess County. She has been appointed to the Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council and Chairperson of the Centralized Arraignment Committee where she leads the anticipated implementation of a centralized arraignment part.
Judge Susan has over 25 years of combined legal experience in presiding over and researching and analyzing complex legal issues raised in civil and criminal cases in trial courts as well as representing clients in NYS Supreme, Family Court, County Criminal Court, and Surrogates Court. She has extensive experience in conducting hearings, taking testimony, reporting, and issuing findings of fact, conducting legal research, and rendering decisions.
As a previous Member of the Industrial Board of Appeals of the State of New York, she presided over hearings and issued decisions on matters on appeal from the Department of Labor. While at IBM, she handled high-profile business transactions, and corporate matters. At Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells, one of the largest firms in the world, she was a corporate finance/litigation attorney. She has been involved in handling complex legal issues involving some of the largest companies and organizations in the world.
Judge Susan frequently participates in judicial and legal education programs and has published articles in the New York Law Journal and the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. She is proud to serve as a mentor to aspiring students as part of the local chamber foundation and has been named a Trailblazer1.
Judge Susan is also a licensed Commercial Pilot with Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings. She was born and raised in the Town of LaGrange where she is active in the Hudson Valley community serving on the board of Hudson Valley Hospice, Vassar Warner Home, the LaGrange Rotary and Lions Club, and where she resides with her husband Paul, daughter, Brianna and son, Brendan.
A candidate for Justice of the NYS Supreme Court requires great focus, dedication and perseverance, qualities she has gained through her education, wide breadth of experience, and community service, which makes her uniquely suited to serve as a NYS Supreme Court Justice.
Former State Sen. Elijah Reichlin-Melnick Announces 2024 Campaign at Rockland County Courthouse
NEW CITY, NY – On June 26, 2023 former Sen. Elijah Reichlin-Melnick launched his 2024 campaign to retake the 38th District State Senate Seat in Rockland County.
“I firmly believe that if we are represented by the right people, Rockland County can achieve extraordinary things,” said Reichlin-Melnick. “But with so many critical issues facing our communities, Rockland can’t afford a bench warmer in the Senate. We need a senator who can get things done for our county. And that’s why I’m running.”
At the rally, Reichlin-Melnick was introduced by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski who lauded Reichlin-Melnick’s record of accomplishment in Albany during the 2021-22 legislative session. Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard Phillips, Rockland County Clerk Donna Silberman, Orangetown Democratic Committee Chair Liza Barrie, and Clarkstown Democratic Committee Co-Chair Monica Ferguson also spoke, and praised Reichlin-Melnick’s record of community-focused service.
During his two years representing Rockland County in Albany, Reichlin-Melnick delivered more than $10 million in state grant funding for infrastructure projects, parks, playgrounds, law enforcement, agencies, fire departments, EMS companies, non-profits, and more. He passed 90 bills through the Senate, more than any other freshman senator during the 2021-22 legislative session.