About Ed Day
Rockland County Executive Ed Day was born in 1951 to Ed and Jane Day, and started his life in humble beginnings, growing up in tenement housing in Brooklyn. 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. In 1979, and after eight years of private sector employment, 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. 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 became the Senior Security Consultant for American Security Systems, Inc., a New York based security systems installation firm, a position he held until assuming the office of County Executive.
Ed’s family life has been the source of much pride. He has been married to his wife, the former Jean Matranga, for over 35 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. He is now a local small business owner and resides in Palisades. 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, and presently is a Staff Sergeant assigned to the 7th Group in Florida. Ed and Jean have two grandchildren, Christopher, Jr., affectionately known as “CJ,” and Scarlett.