Joel Friedman Appointed to Rockland County Legislature

By Hamodia Staff

NEW YORK — Rockland County Legislators voted 9-5 Thursday to appoint Joel Friedman of Chestnut Ridge to fill the District 15 seat left vacant when John McGowan was elected to represent the 97th Assembly District in the New York State legislature.

“I have long admired the work the County Legislature does for all residents of Rockland, so I am honored and humbled to serve alongside great public servants,” Legislator Friedman said. “I look forward to serving the residents of Rockland County with all my ability, strength, and passion, now and for years to come.”

Friedman was nominated for the post by Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder and seconded by Rockland County Legislator Toney Earl. He was sworn in by County Clerk Donna Silberman.

“District 15 is a vibrant, family-oriented community that not only demands but deserves an engaged public servant as its representative,” Wieder said. “That is why Joel Friedman – husband, father of four and a hard-working businessman – is the appropriate and qualified choice.” 

Friedman has lived in Chestnut Ridge since 2016 and has been involved in local issues, regularly attending village government meetings, and voluntarily assisting residents during election season. He currently oversees operations for a multi-location retail bakery operation.

District 15 currently includes parts of Chestnut Ridge, Pearl River and Nanuet. After new districts go into effect on Jan. 1, 2024, it will be wholly located in Ramapo, including Chestnut Ridge and most of Airmont.

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