Rockland County GOP Chairman Lawrence Garvey Announces Campaign for NYGOP Chair
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.
Beth Davidson Announces Candidacy for Rockland County Legislature District 10
NYACK, NY – Nyack School Board Member and community activist Beth Davidson announces her candidacy for Rockland County Legislature District 10, which represents Nyack, Central Nyack, Bardonia, West Nyack and New City. Beth released the following statement:
Friends, I have some news to share.And I wanted you to hear it first.
I am running for County Legislator in the 10th District, to continue the legacy of the incomparable Harriet Cornell. I’m humbled by this opportunity, excited for the chance to serve this diverse community, and ready to get to work. I hope you’ll join my campaign to Build a Better Rockland—together.
As a mom, school board member, and activist, I’ve served our community by following three simple principles:
1) 90% of life is showing up. That’s what my parents taught me, and it has proven true in my six years serving my diverse Nyack/Valley Cottage school community as well as numerous organizations around our county.
2) I will work with anyone who has a good idea to move our county forward. Rockland’s hardworking families are tired of watching us go to our corners. Our neighbors need us to work together to find solutions to the problems we face.
3) Nothing About Us Without Us. I don’t always know the right answer for every community. I recognize there is no one-size-fits-all fix for every problem. I ask questions, I listen and I learn from my neighbors and community leaders, every day.
On issues ranging from clean water to affordable housing, accessible transit and more, our neighbors in Nyack, Central Nyack, Bardonia, West Nyack and New City deserve someone who will fight as hard as Harriet has—while bringing my own experience and perspective to the table.
If you don’t know me yet, here’s what I can tell you: I listen. I work hard. I do my homework. And I stand up for what’s right. I hope you’ll join my team to fight alongside me. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email me. I can’t wait to hear your ideas.
Our country feels so divided—but our county doesn’t have to be. I’m ready to Build a Better Rockland — are you with me?
In friendship and solidarity,
David Bruen, Lifelong Clarkstown Resident, Looks to Make History as the Youngest Person Elected to the Rockland County Legislature
CLARKSTOWN, NY — David Bruen, a lifelong Clarkstown resident, announced his candidacy for the Rockland Legislature in District 11.
In an email to supporters, Bruen wrote, “I want to give back to this community in our county legislature because Rocklanders deserve a government that can respond to our affordability, housing, sustainability, and overdevelopment challenges.” A twenty-one year-old Democrat, Bruen was born in Suffern, attended Clarkstown public schools, and was raised in West Nyack.
As for his priorities, Bruen added, he plans to “fight to protect our water supply, improve our local infrastructure, and champion more middle-class housing.”
Bruen is no stranger to public service. As a proud Eagle Scout, he has a track record of public service and problem-solving. At Syracuse University, he serves as student body president where he represents 15,000 students.
During his two terms, he has organized a student-run bus service to combat Syracuse’s food desert and ensure students have access to healthy food, and invested $120,000 to make menstrual products free on campus. Moreover, he led a team that developed a report recommending Syracuse University become carbon-neutral by 2030, which would advance the goal by a decade.
In Rockland County, he now serves as the treasurer of the Rockland County Democratic Committee, and has previously worked in constituent services for former Congresswoman Nita Lowey and former State Senator David Carlucci.
Legislative District 11 includes Upper Nyack, Valley Cottage, and Congers. The district is currently represented by Laurie Santulli, an independent, who is not seeking reelection.