About Chris Day
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“In times like these, Orangetown needs someone to lead the way ahead. As a combat veteran, small business owner, investment professional, active member of the community, husband, and father, I’m prepared to be that leader.”
Early Years & Education
Chris Day was born and raised in Rockland. After graduating from high school, Chris spent two years at SUNY Rockland Community College in its MTS Honors Program, volunteering time in student government and other various service-related activities. After graduating, he transferred to Yale University where he completed his BA in Political Science – the first in his family to earn a four year degree. While at Yale, Chris was active in the Yale Political Union, helped organize the Army ROTC company for the southern tier of Connecticut (serving as its first cadet commander), and spent a month-long rotation with the 1-15 Artillery at Camp Hovey, South Korea. For his academic performance, military leadership, and community service, Chris was named a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Upon graduation, Chris was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the US Army Infantry and stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia for training. While at Fort Benning, he completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, and Ranger School, an intense 62 day course widely acknowledged as the military’s premier leadership school. After completing his training, Chris was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a Platoon Leader with F Company, 51st Infantry (Long Range Surveillance), and immediately deployed to FOB Sykes in Tal Afar, Iraq to join the unit there. He spent just over two months with the unit in Iraq participating in surveillance and reconnaissance missions in the area between Mosul and the Syrian border.
Upon returning to Fort Bragg, he transferred to the 4-73 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance, & Target Acquisition) of the 82nd Airborne Division, deploying to the Farah Province of Afghanistan as a Platoon Leader. He spent a year in Afghanistan, leading troops through combat and extreme deprivation in varied environments from the mountains of Bala Murghab along the Turkmenistan border to the arid deserts of Shewan and Bala Baluk. Towards the end of the deployment, Chris was promoted to Senior Logistics Officer and was responsible for supervising all logistical and readiness matters for the 461 Soldier, 135 vehicle Squadron, with equipment valued in excess of $125 million spread across seven Forward Operating Bases in Afghanistan, and upon returning from Afghanistan he was promoted to the rank of Captain.
Post-Military & Career
After leaving the Army, having earned 17 awards and decorations, to include the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Ranger Tab, Chris returned to Rockland County and earned his MBA from Columbia Business School, with a focus on Private Equity and Entrepreneurship. He now owns and operates the Route 59 Car Wash, across from the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, where he supervised a massive upgrade project on the old car wash that had previously been in that location, to include hundreds of thousands of dollars in new equipment and completely new branding. Before becoming a small business owner, he worked in the private equity & venture capital industry, rising to the position of Vice President at Selway Capital and its successor firm Columbus Nova Technology Partners, a middle market investment firm focused on promising companies based in Israel. He still works part time as an executive at Para Bellum Designs, a military-themed apparel startup affiliated with the firm. In 2013, Chris was named to Rockland County’s Forty Under 40 for community service and professional achievement and also managed Ed Day’s successful underdog County Executive campaign in Rockland County.
As a father with a young family, Chris has been involved in several activities and organizations within our community. He has served as a tee-ball coach with the Palisades-Sparkill Baseball League and a football coach with the Orangetown Patriots Pop Warner Football club, and is currently a Cub Scout Den Leader with Tappan’s Pack 88. As a veteran, he is an active member of the John M. Perry American Legion Post 1044 in Sparkill and serves as a volunteer member of the committee responsible for the design and construction of what will soon be Rockland’s Iraq & Afghanistan Memorial & Monument, also designing their website. Chris and his family are also members of Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack.
Chris has a seven year old son, Christopher Jr., and he and his wife Jennifer have a one year old daughter, Scarlett, and a son on the way, due to arrive this spring. They currently live in Palisades along with their Golden Retriever Aidan. Jenn is a fellow lifelong county resident, former marketing professional with several top-tier cosmetics and fragrance companies, and currently runs her own business based in Pearl River as a makeup artist for events and photo shoots.
- Bronze Star
- Combat Infantryman’s Badge
- Ranger Tab
- Parachutist’s Badge
- Army Commendation Medal
- Army Achievement Medal
- Meritorious Unit Commendation (awarded twice)
- National Defense Service Medal
- Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars
- Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Army Service Ribbon
- Overseas Service Ribbon
- NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Medal
- Combat Service Identification Badge:
- 82nd Airborne Division
- 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade