About Chris Day
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Chris Day was elected Supervisor of Orangetown on November 7th, 2017 and took office in January 2018, defeating a former six-term Democrat Town Supervisor in the southernmost town west of the Hudson. Since taking office, Chris has cut the tax levy, secured a deal to have school resource police officers in each high school in town, reduced overall headcount with no layoffs, embarked on the design and construction of Orangetown’s first Community Center and new Town Hall to replace the current dilapidated structure, more than quadrupled film permit revenue, negotiated new deals with the local banks to more than triple interest income to the Town, and made a wide variety of improvements to the Town’s code and zoning.
Early Years & Undergraduate Education
Chris was born and raised in Rockland County. 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. He then 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), spent a month-long rotation at Camp Hovey, South Korea, and earned the highest possible ROTC award, the Superior Cadet Award. For his academic performance, military leadership, and community service, Chris was also 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, MBA, & 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 the Route 59 Car Wash, across from the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, where while operating the business full time prior to taking office 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. In 2013, Chris was named to Rockland County’s Forty Under 40 for community service and professional achievement.
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 a Cub Scout Den Leader with Tappan’s Pack 88. As a veteran, he is an active member of American Legion Post 1044 in Sparkill and VFW Post 1615 in Blauvelt, and served as a volunteer member of the committee responsible for the design and construction of Rockland’s recently unveiled Iraq & Afghanistan Memorial & Monument, also designing their website.
Chris has a nine year old son, Christopher Jr., and he and his wife Jennifer have a three year old daughter, Scarlett, one year old son, Declan, and newborn son, Wyatt. They live in Orangeburg 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