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...

A Glimmer of Hope

I never would have thought last October when I presented my budget to the Legislature that now, a full year later, we would still be talking about the Sain Building. But here we are, to my frustration and the detriment of everyone who cares about this county, still talking...

Turning a Fiscal Corner

When I took office just three years ago, this county was on the brink of financial disaster. We were a mere $42,000 away from default and had the worst score in New York on the state Comptroller’s list of most fiscally stressed municipalities. Rockland’s score then...

Moving Forward at Last

Now, after 10 months, the Legislature has finally moved on their well-delayed plan to unload the crumbling Sain Building. My administration months ago issued a request for proposals and got a bid for $4.51 million – more than the asking price – to sell this...

Sadly – Politics Over People

Now, a full nine months after I proposed the sale of the Sain Building as part of this year’s budget, the Rockland County Legislature has finally taken action. And sadly that is not good news. A vote at Tuesday’s meeting of the Legislature essentially approved my...

Not Going Back to the Bad Old Days

There’s a long history of bad financial decisions in Rockland, decisions that led to a $138 million budget deficit that I inherited when I took office two years ago. I was elected with a mandate to fix our finances, which earned Rockland the distinction of being named...

Selling the Sain Building: A No-Brainer

More than eight months ago I submitted my 2016 county budget to the Legislature, which included the plan to sell the Sain Building in New City for its appraised value: $4 million. The Legislature’s response was to express doubts that anyone would spend $4 million on this...

State Budget: NOT ENOUGH FOR ROCKLAND

This year’s state budget has some – but not enough – good news for Rockland. The $155 billion fiscal agreement lowers personal income tax rates, which keeps more money in the hands of people who earn it and helps our economy. And it finally ended a fiscal...

Rockland County Strong

On Tuesday night, I made my annual visit to the Legislative Chambers to deliver my third State of the County message. The 40-minute speech allowed me to update residents on how far we’ve come in the past two years, and what lies ahead this year and beyond. Because of our...