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Rockland County Executive Candidates Debate Deficit, Tax-Exempt Properties

Ed Day and Maureen Porette.
Ed Day and Maureen Porette. Photo Credit: Contributed

RAMAPO, N.Y. -- Rockland County Executive Ed Day and his opponent Maureen Porette have stark differences on the future of Rockland County.

The two participated in a debate Wednesday night at Rockland Community College. Day, a Republican, is running for a second term while Porette is running as a Democrat. Thomas Sullivan, who is running on the Conservative line, was not invited to the debate.

Day touted his role in reducing Rockland's budget, while Porette criticized him for allowing Rockland's deficit to climb when Day served on the county Board of Legislators, according to LoHud .

When it comes to tax-exempt properties, Porette said the county should lobby state and federal representatives to allow for partial taxation of the properties to pay for emergency services while Day said he was opposed to her plan, according to LoHud.

Day said his administration is working to combat the opioid epidemic plaguing Rockland while Porette said the county needs to allocate more funding, according to LoHud.

Day said he supports selling the Sain Building to a developer but the county legislature has stalled the sale. Porette also supports selling the Sain Building but said Day's inability to work with the legislature has stalled the sale, according to LoHud .

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