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Dylan Skriloff, Rockland County Times editor, runs for Stony Point supervisor
A local Rockland County reporter known for walking the political beat is now taking a run on the campaign trail.
Dylan Skriloff, 33, editor-in-chief at the Rockland County Times, was nominated by the county's Republican Party this week as its pick for Stony Point's town supervisor, making him the only contender so far against incumbent Geoffrey Finn.
But Skriloff, who was born in Rockland and has lived in the town for the past 13 years, will not step down from his post at the paper.
"Readers aren't dumb unless they're looking for a diversion," Skriloff told Newsday. "They will not purchase a paper with bias or untrustworthy journalism."
Vincent Reda, chair of the Rockland GOP, said while the nominee's current full-time job doesn't conflict with running for office, he doesn't see Skriloff having time for both.
"He sees the reporting as he sees it," Reda said. "But I don't think he'll be there long because if he wins, the supervisor is a full-time job. Unless he wants to work 24/7."
If elected, Skriloff said he will move to a part-time executive position and hire someone to handle the day-to-day operations.
Kristen Stavisky, chairwoman of the Rockland County Democratic Party and the Democratic commissioner of the county's Board of Elections, said if Skriloff won't step aside from his reporting and editing duties, he should avoid writing about anything Stony Point-related.
"I hope that he conducts his campaign and his role with the paper with integrity," Stavisky said. "I just hope he puts the safeguards in place..it's not appropriate to comment on government functions if he's trying to run against the government."
As a registered Conservative, Skriloff will have the advantage of running on his party's line as well as the Republican line, said Reda.
"He seems to know Stony Point well," Reda said. "He's young, he's energetic, he seems to know the issues."
Finn, a Democrat who won the last election in 2011, did not respond to calls for comment.
Skriloff intends to release details on his platform next week, while he looks to tackle issues like high taxes and development.
"I'm coming in as an outsider but at the same time, I'm a little bit of an insider as a journalist," Skriloff said. "I know the people I've talked to as a journalist and I'll now try to put on a different hat. I do think I could bring some oil to the wheels to make it run better."
While Stavisky said she can't recall a similar situation in her decades-long career in Rockland politics where a political reporter turned candidate, she wasn't surprised.
"In Rockland County, we never know what's going to happen," Stavisky said with a laugh. "It's the smallest county in New York State geographically, but we pack a lot of punch."