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.
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.
Chris Exias Wins Primary for Rockland County Family Court Judge, Releases Statement Thanking Supporters
Chris Exias released the following statement:
When I started on this journey, I decided that in order to serve the people of Rockland County effectively, I had to connect with the communities that make up this diverse county. Since then, my wife Alejandra, daughter Gabriela, and even our little guy Mateo and I set out to get to know all of our neighbors better. I went everywhere possible and met as many people as possible, from upscale galas to community service events, black tie dinners to backyard barbeques, worship services to candidate forums. I rolled up my sleeves, worked shoulder-to-shoulder with you, and learned about what drives you to action. I also shared what fuels my passion for public service and how Family Court is where I can make the biggest difference serving this wonderful place I call home.
On Primary Day, I didn’t want you to just vote for me, I wanted you to know me, and I wanted to know you. My fervent hope and prayer was that when you voted for me, you were voting for someone you were familiar with and most of all someone you trusted.
Thank you to everyone who voted for me and asked their friends and family to do likewise. I promise to honor the immense trust placed in me to be a fair-minded, thoughtful, patient, and compassionate Family Court Judge with an unwavering commitment to justice for all that appear before me.
I humbly ask for your continued support and prayers as we continue along this journey together. This week’s Primary Election victory is a victory for ALL ROCKLAND FAMILIES! Thank you all so much!