Back from the Dude Ranch; Retired Sheriff Defends Cornell

To the Editor,

I feel the need to respond to Legislator Ed Day’s remarks concerning Harriet Cornell, Chairwoman of the Rockland County Legislature, specifically suggesting that Mrs. Cornell was in some way hostile to the law enforcement community.  I can, without hesitation, state that as a legislator and as chairwoman, Mrs. Cornell has been a steadfast supporter of the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department and our municipal police services in Rockland County.

While we might occasionally have a difference of opinion on an issue, it does not alter the fact that she has consistently, and often courageously, supported the public safety efforts of our law enforcement community.

She was a leader in the effort to bring Rockland County into the fight against terrorism, and in fact, Mrs. Cornell and I served as co-chairs of the Rockland County Homeland Security Task Force, which has served as a national guidepost for local law enforcement collaboration to identify and safeguard areas that may be vulnerable to terrorist attacks.  It was thanks in large part to Chairwoman Cornell’s leadership that we were able to conduct a comprehensive, countywide review and enhancement of procedures and laws designed to protect our children, our schools, and our families in their homes.


James F. Kralik
Retired Sheriff
Rockland County

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