Something Old is New Again

Rockland County government is changing. Since taking office I have refused to stick to the status quo that got us into so much trouble in the past. Reckless budgeting, years of double-digit tax increases and bloated government have all been put behind us. We are rethinking how...

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...

One Game at a Time

I remember watching the Yankees play the Pirates in the 1960 World Series when I was growing up in Brooklyn. By all rights, the Yankees should have won that series. They outscored the Pirates 55-27 in the Series, out hit them 91-60, even got two complete-game shutouts from Whitey...

One Game at a Time

I remember watching the Yankees play the Pirates in the 1960 World Series when I was growing up in Brooklyn. By all rights, the Yankees should have won that series. They outscored the Pirates 55-27 in the Series, out hit them 91-60, even got two complete-game shutouts from Whitey...

Be The 1

In 2016 there were nearly 45,000 suicides in the United States, that is more than twice the number of homicides, making it the 10th leading cause of death according to the CDC. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34 and the...

Back to School

Years ago, when my kids were young and I was the head of the PTA Health and Safety committee at Little Tor Elementary School, one of my jobs was to stress the importance of bus and pedestrian safety for both children and adults. Now, as County Executive, I’m continuing this...

Destination Rockland

Here we are at the end of August, when many people are trying to enjoy the last days of summer by heading to the Jersey Shore, Lake George or wherever your family’s favored vacation spot might be found. While you might be hitting the road, other people are making tracks as...