Always Forward

We are moving forward, remaking our government, making it more effective, more streamlined, less costly. We have moved 150 employees, out of the deteriorating and decrepit Sain Building, into renovated and spacious offices in Building A at our Pomona Campus. Rockland County has...

Rockland Renaissance

We have spent the last 4 years fighting our way back from the brink of bankruptcy. We have paid off the $138 million deficit, that existed when I took office, much faster than anyone thought possible. The renaissance of Rockland County is well underway. Today we take our next...

Extra Eyes on the Books

Something happened in early 2007 that would have far-reaching consequences for Rockland County – consequences that helped lead to near disaster. In April of that year, the County’s auditor retired. Normally the retirement of a single employee does not impact the...

Expecting School Safety

When my children were little, I would put them on the bus in the morning with every expectation that they would be safe and cared for in school. Safe from physical hazards, safe from dangerous conditions, safe from fire, safe from anything that could hurt them. What parent...

Dividends for Taxpayers

A New Year and new opportunities to make good on a vow that has been a centerpiece of my administration – economic development. Attracting business – clean industry – is tied to our way of life and your pocketbook. Keep in mind that every cent of the taxes paid...

The Spirit of the Season … All Year

We’ve decorated the Christmas tree, lighted all eight candles on the menorah, cooked, cleaned and shopped ’til we dropped. Now, during this month of holidays, we can pause for a moment to reflect on what these celebrations are really about. I just had an opportunity...

Don’t Let the Terrorists Win

Once again, we have seen someone who hates our way of life try to wreak death and destruction on innocent people at the height of the holiday season. And once again, that terrorist didn’t succeed. That’s in large part due to the quick and heroic work of law...

Getting it Done Together

It’s been at least a decade since a budget submitted by the County Executive won the unanimous approval of the Legislature. The fact that the $684.29 million spending plan I submitted in October made its way through weeks of reviews essentially unchanged and was approved by...

Keeping the Dark Days Away

Can you imagine putting a bunch of politicians in a room and they have nothing to argue about? That’s the happy position we find ourselves in as the Rockland County Legislature prepares to vote this Tuesday on the 2018 County budget that we submitted in October. We worked...

Lights Off at the Sain Building

It’s especially fitting that as my first term as County Executive comes to an end and I plan for the second, we are getting ready to turn the lights off at the Sain Building. It’s fitting because the Sain Building represents both the difficulties of our past and the...