Under the Tax Cap Again

We did it again! Earlier this week I unveiled the proposed 2019 Budget for Rockland County that comes in under the state-mandated property tax cap. We managed this, despite significant challenges. As we began the 2019 Budget process, we faced a budget gap of over $13 million...

Moderately Stressed

When I first took office in January of 2014, this county was on the verge of a financial disaster. We faced a $138 million deficit and were $42,000 away from insolvency. When we took out a bond to pay the deficit, everyone said we would need double digit tax increases to make our...

Stay on Budget

As Autumn approaches we all begin to think of certain things, children returning to school, leaves changing colors on trees, football season or seeing the Yankees make a push into the playoffs. For those of us in government the end of summer means something else; budget season is...

Stay on Budget

As Autumn approaches we all begin to think of certain things, children returning to school, leaves changing colors on trees, football season or seeing the Yankees make a push into the playoffs. For those of us in government the end of summer means something else; budget season is...

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...

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...