The Mass Transit Dream

When the State started creating plans in 2000 to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge, many of us in Rockland County thought we would finally get the mass transit options that much of the New York metro area already enjoys. In the 17 years that it’s taken to make the new bridge a...

Budget Season Challenges

We know summer is really over when our kids go back to school and we see yellow buses on the streets of Rockland every morning and afternoon. But for those of us in government, the end of summer signals something else: Budget season. The Rockland County Charter requires us to...

Prepare Before Disaster

Many of us have been mesmerized over the past week or two by images of swirling clouds and epic floods as our nation took a pounding by back to back hurricanes with a third in the offing. But while hurricanes and other natural disasters inflict suffering and destruction, they...

Celebrating the New Bridge

I was among a group invited by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take part in the opening ceremony for the new bridge, a bridge I will always think of as the Tappan Zee. It was hard not to be impressed. The new bridge is nothing short of majestic – a glistening span that connects the...

More Parking … More Excuses?

So now we have 70 more parking spaces at the Allison-Parris County Office building on New Hempstead Road. Plenty of parking for employees and visitors and people conducting business at the nearby courthouse. So much parking in fact that I have seen many empty spots at peak work...

Putting Rockland on the Map

Here it is, the middle of August – the very dog days of summer when many people go on vacation. Rockland residents traditionally scatter for R&R to such favorite locations as the Jersey Shore, the Outer Banks, the Adirondacks and other places. This year as people...

The New Bridge and Beyond

In just a few short weeks, the eyes of the nation will be focused on Rockland and Westchester counties as the first span of the new Tappan Zee Bridge opens to traffic. I will rejoice that day along with the rest of the county, state and nation as we mark an accomplishment that...

Saving You Money Through Shared Services

It seems like just a couple of months ago that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in West Haverstraw, announcing that municipalities needed to do something to bring costs under control. That something, he told us, was shared services. Never mind that counties across New York are burdened with...

Being There for Our Hero Veterans

We saw Rockland County come together this week to mourn the tragic loss of one our own, a young Marine from Pomona who was killed in a military plane crash. Sgt. Owen Lennon represented the very best of both Rockland and this nation. He was brought back home for his funeral and...

Cleaning House – Saving You Money

I have a simple rule to guide the departments that make up Rockland County government: Remember who you serve and whose money you spend. When I became head of a government that was near bankruptcy three and half years ago, most County departments were performing admirably under...