Edward A. Diana
Ed Diana, April 2010, after throwing the first pitch at the dedication of the softball field named for his mother Mary B. Diana.
|County Executive of Orange County|
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2013
|Preceded by||Joseph Rampe|
|Succeeded by||Steve Neuhaus|
October 23, 1948 |
Middletown, New York
|Residence||Goshen, New York|
|Alma mater||Southern Connecticut State University (B.S.)
Ithaca College (M.Ed.)
Edward A. Diana is an American physical education educator and former County Executive of Orange County, New York. Prior to being elected County Executive, he served for twelve years as County Legislator. He resides in Goshen, New York.
Political career and background
Diana was employed for 30 years as an educator and athletic instructor in the Minisink Valley School District. He was first elected in 1979 to the Wallkill Town Board and served their as a councilman and deputy supervisor until 1985. He was elected as a county legislator for the 18th district (parts of Middletown, Wallkill and Goshen) from 1986 to 1993 and 1998 to 2001. Diana held the position of majority leader for six years. Diana also owned and operated the downtown Middletown restaurant "Diana’s" which was started by grandparents in 1936.
Diana was elected in 2001 by a wide margin to become the fifth County Executive of Orange County, replacing Joseph Rampe of Warwick who was retiring. He was reelected in a landslide in 2005. Due to health issues, Diana announced he would not seek re-election in 2013. He was succeeded by Steve Neuhaus.
Higher office aspirations
There had been speculation that Diana was being recruited by the National Republican Congressional Committee for a run against freshman incumbent John Hall in New York's 19th congressional district. Representing the second largest county in the district, Diana would have strong name recognition in the area which gave Hall his narrow victory in 2006. In January 2008, Diana officially ruled out a run against Hall, stating he would prefer to seek a third term as County Executive.
For the 2010 election season, Diana expressed interest in pursuing the post of Lieutenant Governor of New York on Rick Lazio's ticket. He has also expressed interest in running in the United States Senate special election in New York, 2010 against incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand.
|Republican||Ed Diana (I)||35,806||62.0%||Republican hold|
|Republican||Ed Diana (I)||40,082||61.9%||Republican hold|
- Benjamin, Elizabeth. "Former Pataki Aide Mulls Congressional Bid". Daily News. November 26, 2007.
- "Confidential: It's official: Ed Diana rules out a run for Congress". Times Herald-Record. January 17, 2008.
- Logan, Tim. "Ed Diana sweeps vote". Times Herald-Record. November 9, 2005.
- Doucette, John-Henry. "Diana easily defeats Sussman in county exec race". Times Herald-Record. November 7, 2001.
|County Executive of Orange County
January 1, 2002 - December 31, 2013