ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Toney L. Earl was elected on Wednesday as the new chairman of the Rockland County Legislature for its 2017 session, taking over the reins from Legislator Alden H. Wolfe, who has served for the past three years.
Earl (D-Hillcrest) was selected in a unanimous 13-0 vote.
“I am so honored by the confidence my colleagues have placed in me by choosing me to serve as chairman,” Earl said. “It is a role I take with great responsibility and a promise to do the best I can every day for the people of our great county.
Earl added that the Legislature is not without challenges, and he plans to work to seek solutions to overcome current obstacles.
Legislator Nancy Low-Hogan (D-South Nyack) was unanimously selected vice chair.
“My goal in leadership will be to search for solutions to our challenges through open communication, respect for all positions on issues and a cooperative spirit in our deliberations and quest for those solutions,” Low-Hogan said.
Democrats voted 9-0 to elect Legislator Aney Paul (D-Nanuet) as majority leader. She named Legislator Alden H. Wolfe (D-Montebello) as deputy majority leader.
Republicans voted 4-0 to elect Legislator Lon M. Hofstein (R-New City) as minority leader. He named Legislator Vincent D. Tyer (R-Pearl River) as deputy minority leader.
Earl has served the Legislature since 2010. He was deputy majority leader for three years until being elected majority leader last year.
He is a former Health and Safety Director for New York City Transport Workers Union Local 100 and an active member of the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley.
His public service includes being an executive member of the NAACP, Spring Valley Chapter; membership in Masonic Lodge Empire No. 5; chairing the funding projects committee at Mother Hale House, and chairing the College Scholarship Committee of the New York City Society of African American Employees.
Low-Hogan has served the Legislature since 2012. She is currently Executive Director of the Rockland County Bar Association and holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Delaware.