An Era of Renewal

Imagine a parallel universe where your Rockland County tax bill went up a staggering 35 percent to pay for a bloated $926.5 million budget. It could have happened – but it didn’t. Those were the predictions made in a multi-year budget plan done by the county in 2013,...

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...

The Sain Spectacle

The gloves are off. Rockland County witnessed a spectacle at this week’s meeting of the County Legislature. The topic: the county-owned Sain Building. Least there be any doubt here is the take-away: The interests of Rockland County taxpayers and the interests of the Ramapo...

Leading the Way to Saving You Money

I was filled with hope when I looked at an auditorium full of town, village and school officials this week. They came, on very short notice, to the first meeting of the Rockland County Shared Services Initiative Panel. As County Executive, I am legally required to form this panel...

Optimism and Obstinance

Now, in this season of miracles we have one of our own: A 2017 county budget that sticks to the 1.17 property tax cap, cuts spending and maintains services. This budget sets the path for a solid and sustainable financial future for our county with no tax increase for most...

Smoke & Mirrors … or the Real Deal?

It would have been so easy to return to the Legislature a 2017 budget unchanged – with all of their many amendments and the promise of a 50 cent per month tax cut. But Rockland residents elected me to do the right thing, which is not necessarily the easy thing....

A Return to Madness?

It’s no secret what earned Rockland a $138 million budget deficit and the shameful distinction of most fiscally stressed municipality in the state of New York. It was dishonest budgeting based on phony revenue and expense projections.   Now, nearly three years into...

Down to the Budget Wire

Two months have passed since I presented my proposed 2017 county budget to the Legislature and the people of Rockland. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from Rockland residents, which is heartening since they are the ones paying the tax and it’s their opinion...

Turning the Financial Corner – Promises Kept

When I took office less than three years ago, Rockland’s bonds were rated just one step above junk as the extent of the county’s financial meltdown became all too apparent. We were $138 million in the hole and it investors were rightly reluctant to take a risk...

Funding Our Non-Profits

Rockland County wouldn’t be the high-quality place to live without its non-profits. Our non-profit agencies and the dedicated people who run them do everything from feed and clothe the hungry and working poor to providing services for people with disabilities to...