Rockland County Executive Ed Day was born in 1951 in a tenement housing project in Brooklyn to Ed and Jane Day. Growing up as the eldest of three children, Ed graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1968. He continued his education with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Kingsborough Community College in 1971, further pursuing his education at Pace University while working full time as a sales professional at Handy & Harman, a precious metals refining firm. Eight years later, he decided to forego his higher salary and join the New York City Police Department. In 1983, he moved to New City with his wife Jean.
Ed’s career took him from Patrol Officer through promotion to Sergeant in 1985, when he oversaw one of the first Community Policing Units, Lieutenant in 1989, and Lieutenant-Commander of Detectives in 1999, holding several key positions before serving as Commanding Officer of two Detective Squads in the Bronx. Ed retired from the NYPD in 2000, having earned 40 citations for meritorious and conspicuous actions in the line of duty and receiving numerous line-of-duty injuries. He then joined Phipps Houses Services, a New York-based property management corporation with over 10,000 apartments, 300 commercial spaces, and 600 employees as their Director of Corporate Security, where he was responsible for companywide security management and a budget in excess of $3 million. In 2003 he became Chief of Detectives of the Baltimore Police Department, where he held executive command responsibility for all detective operations, personnel, and administrative matters within the entire 3,200 member police department. He oversaw a budget in excess of $7 million and implemented a series of reforms, resulting in a 50% increased success rate for violent crime investigations, and reducing overtime expenditures by over 10%. He then moved back to the private sector, and currently works as a Senior Security Consultant for American Security Systems, Inc., a New York- based security systems installation firm, a position he holds while still effectively representing his community.
Ed has been dedicated to the community both in and out of politics. As a youth baseball, basketball, and football coach, Ed has helped develop the youth of our county since the early 1990’s, and continues coaching to this day. Seeing a need to better unite and represent his local community, he reconstituted and served as president of the Little Tor Neighborhood Association in 1997, continuing to serve as a board member today. He also helped in our schools, creating the PTA Child Personal Safety Course Pilot Project, a curriculum adopted and still in place in Clarkstown Schools to this day, being honored as a Lifetime Member of the PTA, and serving as co-president of the Clarkstown North Football Fourth Quarter Club. In 2003, his dedication to the community was recognized when he earned the Rockland County Distinguished Service Award.
After having served as a volunteer on many Town committees and fighting for his community in an unofficial capacity, in 2005 Ed realized that he could better fix government from the inside, and decided to run for the County Legislature. With pundits calling it an “against all odds” effort, he shocks the political system with a victory over the incumbent by 54%-46% margin, despite running as a Republican in a 3-1 Democrat district in New City & Haverstraw. Ed’s tireless efforts fighting for public safety, fiscal responsibility, and a common sense approach to government led to his reelection over a former County legislator by nearly a 2-1 margin in 2007 and further reelection in 2011, a clear endorsement of his tireless efforts to actively represent his district and his fight for more responsible fiscal policy, having voted against every single one of the many irresponsible budgets proposed since 2008, while proposing what would prove to be prescient budgetary suggestions of his own. Running on the Republican and Preserve Rockland lines, he was elected Rockland’s third County Executive with 52% of the vote to his opponent’s 46% in 2013, in an election that saw historically high voter turnout.
Ed’s family life has been the source of much pride. He has been married to his wife, the former Jean Matranga, for over 30 years. Jean was born in the Bronx and currently works as a Teaching Assistant at Laurel Plains Elementary School in New City, having served as President of the Little Tor Elementary PTA, co-president of the Clarkstown North Football Fourth Quarter Club, and been honored as a Lifetime Member of the PTA. Ed and Jean are the proud parents to two sons. His eldest son Chris is a graduate of Clarkstown North, SUNY Rockland, Yale University, and Columbia Business School. He also served for four years in the US Army as an Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer, including a combined 15 months in Afghanistan and Iraq, leaving the service as a Captain and completing his MBA. He now works in the private sector in New York while living in New City. His younger son Mike is a graduate of Clarkstown North and Iona College, where he was a Division #1 scholar athlete and the starting Tight End for their 2007 MAAC Championship football team. He too joined the US Army after graduation to train to become a Special Forces Medical Sergeant, continuing that service today in pursuit of his Green Beret at Fort Bragg, NC. Ed and Jean have one grandson, Christopher, Jr., affectionately known as “CJ,” who turned four this past summer.