Vanderhoef: Tappan Zee protester had rocky employment history

County Executive Scott Vanderhoef (R-Rockland) says that the man who police say dangled himself off of the Tappan Zee Bridge today to protest Rockland lawmakers had a rocky employment history with the county.

Vanderhoef says that Michael Davitt had worked for the county at the Pomona health complex. "[Davitt has] been through a number of hearings and was ultimately terminated," he says.

"I was shocked just like everybody else is that anyone would do this to try and get a message to government," says Vanderhoef.

Davitt was also well-known to Rockland County Sheriff James Kralick. He says that he posted a deputy at all county Legislature meetings since 2010 after threatening letters allegedly sent by Davitt were received by legislators.

For extended Chopper 12 footage of Davitt dangling from the bridge, go to Channel 612 on your iO Digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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