This Is What Dedication Looks Like

While most of us were sleeping last week, Rockland County’s dedicated first responders crawled through twisted metal, thick brush and pitch black to rescue a trucker from his wrecked tractor trailer. The 18-wheeler crashed through a metal guardrail and careened down an...

The Right Person for the Job

In order to ensure that Rockland County delivers quality, cost-effective services, it’s imperative that we select and promote the most qualified individuals to vacant positions. For many years, high-ranking County officials injected themselves into the vetting process to...

Term Limits

When the Legislature announced intentions this spring to open the Rockland County Charter for revisions, my Administration immediately started work on several meaningful reforms. While any changes to the Charter require legislative approval, I expect one critical proposal to be...

Summit Park – Taking Care Of Our Community

With negotiations now underway in the effort to transfer ownership of the Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center, it’s time we recognize the facility’s dedicated staff. Despite months of uncertainty and bad press, these highly-committed health professionals...

Six Months of Change

As my Administration moves toward the second half of 2014, I’m taking a few moments this week to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished in just under six months. My team and I have spent each day focusing on common sense, intelligent solutions to the County’s...

Governance

It’s no secret. Rockland County is on financial life support. This has been a disturbing fact for some time. Our current budget deficit surpassing $140 million dollars is a result of years of gross mismanagement, bad decisions and unfunded state mandates. My campaign for...

It’s Your Money – and Our Fiscal Health

Despite making a convincing case for action on the $11 million premium earned on the County’s deficit financing bond, our Legislative Leaders continue to embrace inaction. Deliberate decisions to delay a vote on the resolution will bring devastating consequences, including...

No More Kicking the Can

The County of Rockland faces a projected, unaudited budget deficit of $145 million. To help move the County forward, my Administration has undertaken a series of aggressive cost-cutting measures since January, including: 1) the identification and correction of critical...

Doing Our Part to Save Lives

I shared my lunchtime last Monday with two extraordinary young women. Lauren Shields of Stony Point is 14. A heart transplant saved her life five years ago. Malkie Brandler of Spring Valley is 21. She is hoping to receive the gift of a new heart later this spring. As we talked...

A Team Effort to Win State Dollars

Part of our sweeping effort to improve Rockland’s economy involves empowering our local municipal leaders, business owners and nonprofits. In the past, our County has left these stakeholders to largely fend for themselves when it came to navigating the confusing web of...