Former Monroe Supervisor Harley Doles dies
Moment of silence held at Monday night board meeting
Harley Doles III
BY ERIKA NORTON
MONROE — Former Monroe Town Supervisor Harley E. Doles III died on Friday, July 6.
Doles, 63, leaves behind his wife, Supreme Court Justice Maria Vasquez-Doles, and triplet teenage daughters.
Current Monroe Supervisor Tony Cardone issued a statement Saturday morning:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and daughters at this difficult time. Although we didn't always agree on his governance of the town, he was still a father and husband and our deepest sympathies go out to his family.”
The flag flew at half-staff on Monday and a purple and black mourning bunting was installed at the town hall, which will remain in place for the rest of the week.
There was also a moment of silence at the town board meeting Monday night.
The Orange County Democratic Party offered condolences to Doles’ family in a Facebook post Saturday morning.
“Many of us knew Harley, his wife and his three teenage daughters, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family this morning,” the post reads.
Doles served as supervisor for four years with his term ending in 2017. He did not run for re-election.
While in office, Doles took a 10-week leave of absence for health reasons, including heart surgery.
His tumultuous time in the position included the approved 164-acre annexation of Kiryas Joel, his support for the town-owned movie theater, and having to return the town-owned furniture he took from town hall while leaving office.
Doles also ran for State Senate in 2010.
This story will be updated as more details become available.