Former Orange County Exec. Diana Gets New Gig

Real Estate In-Depth | November 2015

Ed Diana
Ed Diana

NEWBURGH—Former Orange County Executive Ed Diana has joined the Construction Contractors Association in Newburgh as its new director of membership, the CCA announced recently.

“I look forward to starting this new endeavor and bringing my expertise and knowledge of the many things that attract businesses to Orange County and the Hudson Valley to the Construction Contractors Association,” said Diana. “I’ll be going out and telling the story of why CCA membership is extremely valuable to businesses while demonstrating why businesses and suppliers should do business in the Hudson Valley and use our talented local union workers.”

Diana’s leadership and business skills, in addition to his many connections in the business and construction industries, make him the perfect person for this role, according to CCA Executive Director Alan Seidman.

“Ed is a life-long public servant in the Hudson Valley,” said Seidman. “His innovative leadership and management skills have positioned Orange County as the state’s preeminent county. Now, he’s bringing his outstanding skillset to CCA, which will reinforce to our group why membership is so valuable. And to new potential members, he’ll show them why membership will help their businesses to grow and thrive.”

Diana held three terms as Orange County executive beginning in 2001. Prior to that time, he served 12 years as an Orange County legislator. For six of those years, he was county majority leader. He also served as a councilman and deputy supervisor for the Town of Wallkill in the 1980s.

For more than 30 years, Diana was an educator, physical education instructor and coach for the Minisink School District. At the same time, his business experience was represented in his ownership of the Middletown restaurant named Diana’s.

Diana also served as president of both the New York State County Executives Association and the New York State Association of Counties. Most recently, he was named to the Board of Trustees of the Orange County Citizens Foundation and the Orange County Industrial Development Agency.