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November 3, 2005

18-year-old Rob DiFrancesco was recently elected by a 25 to 0 vote to lead the Croton-on-Hudson Republican Committee. DiFrancesco, a 2004 graduate of Croton Harmon High School and founder of the Westchester County Teenage Republicans, was featured on November 3, 2005, in the North County News, in a piece called “South Park Republican selected new Croton GOP boss”.

“I expect Rob’s tenure as party (chair) to be an inspiration to other younger residents to get involved with the electoral process,” said Trustee James Steinberg and added, “While balancing school and his volunteer work on Rob Astorino’s campaign for county executive, Rob DiFrancesco has made it a priority to keep in touch with me to discuss the issues involving Croton.”

On November 4, 2005 9:45 AM, SSmith said:

i am not denigrating this young fellow at all. i think it is fantastic to see such youthful initiative.

i think the travesty here is that the best person available for the job from the republican party is someone who is barely eligible to vote!! experience and life experiences are crucial assets when serving the public, something even the the brightest of 18 year olds would be hard pressed to draw on when the going got tough!! also, anyone who is stepping into the sphere of public service better be able to take the heat of the public microscope regardless of their age!! it comes with the territory.

and furthermore, i agree with bojangles in that this move is a real slap in the face to croton voters. this administration has little respect for us; something they accused the previous administration of vociferously.

On November 3, 2005 10:48 PM, deepsix50 said:

I don’t know what is worse here—the desperate attempts of my fellow Democrats to find something to run on next year or the denigration of this wonderful, exceptionally gifted young man. And why not? He is after all,a product of our marvelous Croton schools. That is something to be proud of. Yet somehow he is scorned, perhaps for committing the unpardonable sin of being a young Republican, and by people who have never met this truly caring, giving, intelligent and wise byond his years young man. Robert is not “impressionable”. Instead he makes an impression. He is passionate, strong, exceptional and has accomplished far more in the last two years than many people do in a decade. We should be proud that our wonderful school system has produced such a decent young man of high moral standards, integrity, leadership and character. The fact that he is also 18 is irrelevant. Hats off to our Croton schools for helping to shape this wonderful young man.

On November 3, 2005 7:35 PM, bojangles said:

I can’t imagine what the republican party is thinking in electing a high school kid who isn’t old enough to vote to develop, much less understand, a platform for responsible initiatives in Croton. The issues facing this village require more than game playing and demand intelligent, experienced professionals in charge, not a young kid. The record shows we’ve not been able to achieve agreement on most of these important topics even with talented, mature people at the helm.

While I think most voters will pretty much ignore this appointed child ( ??? leader ??? ). It will remain business as usual with the regulars running the show. Shame on the republican party for allowing this sham to take place. More importantly, I would hope our elected Messrs. Schmidt, Steinberg and Brennen were not 3 of the majority vote on this appointment. It indicates a real disrespect for the voting residents of Croton. Those responsible for this are guilty of using a young impressionable boy to take the focus off their “hardball politics.”

On November 3, 2005 6:12 PM, SSmith said:

the fact that our local republican party is now led by a child speaks volumes about the state of affairs not only here in COH but nationally. it seems to be precedence now in republicanism to give the unqualified shots at very important positions, our town included.

perhaps this is where the new administration here in COH gets its advise…..from a high school kid. that explains a lot…….


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