County Legislator Roxanne Donnery was unanimously endorsed for County Executive by the Orange County Democratic Committee at its convention on May 29, 2013. In accepting the endorsement, Donnery, with her signature pink boxing gloves in hand, pledged to continue fighting arrogance, dysfunction and incompetence in County government.
"The time to end the dysfunction and restore trust in County government is now!" Donnery declared. "The days of ‘my way or the highway’ will be over."
Donnery pledged to have an open and transparent administration with communication with the public and the Legislature. The former County Legislative Chairwoman promised to change the priorities of the County and will keep Valley View Nursing Home as a county-run and owned facility.
"The County government center will be renovated as quickly as possible at the least possible cost to the taxpayers with good, local jobs," pledged Donnery. "It has been a disgrace the way this has been handled. The businesses in Goshen have been devastated."
In special recognition to the pipeline battles, Donnery declared that under her administration, "All should be treated equally and fairly and no municipality should receive special treatment. This will be a new policy of the County!"
Unlike the Republicans, the Democrats are united behind one candidate. The Republicans were split between Chester Supervisor Steven Neuhaus, who was endorsed at their convention, and Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton.
Donnery has been on the forefront among opponents fighting incumbent Ed Diana’s plans to sell Valley View and build a new Government Center. She led the charge to have two investigative committees on the Government Center and Valley View. The committees were formed despite the fact that the Legislature is controlled by Republicans and Donnery is a Democrat. Donnery chaired the special Legislative committee on Valley View last year which reported that the costs of running the nursing home had been driven up by poor management.
In addition to her 16 years in the County Legislature representing the Towns of Highland and Woodbury, Donnery was on the Highland Falls School Board for 18 years, serving as its president for seven years. She is credited with saving the near bankrupt school district due to her successful lobbying in Washington for impact aid.
Donnery is known for the time she cornered then President Bill Clinton in a restaurant to secure special legislation leading to funding that continues to this day.