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...

Warmth and Safety

Thanksgiving is almost here and we can rejoice this year knowing that all in Rockland County can have a roof over their head and a warm place to sleep as winter sets in. Our new Warming Center just opened at the Dr. Robert L. Yeager Health Center in Pomona. It’s a place...

Not Resting on Laurels

Two seismic events shook Rockland County this week and both have profound impacts on our shared future. The first I’m sure you’ve heard: The people of this county honored me by overwhelmingly voting to give me a second term as County Executive. The second might have...

Getting Best Value for Rockland’s Taxpayer

Every month, Rockland County spends $12,000 on cell phones – a vital tool in this age of instant communication. It’s a necessary cost, but we very easily could be paying $2,000 less for the same service every month. That would save $24,000 a year of your money. Now...

Action for Aging in Place

There’s one thing we know for sure about Rockland County’s future – we’re getting older. I have made a priority of making sure that our older residents – the ones who built this community, worked hard, raised their families and served their country...

Ramapo’s Planning Failures Come Home to Roost

You need look no further than a Rockland ballpark to see the results of a total failure of municipal planning in the county’s largest town, Ramapo. More than 400 children, some as young as five-years-old, are attending classes inside a baseball stadium. How is this...

Rockland Non-profits to the Rescue

It took the people of Rockland County just four days to fill four tractor-trailer trucks to the brim with relief supplies for fellow citizens in Puerto Rico. As proud as I am of our County government staff, particularly my Deputy County Executive Guillermo Rosa for organizing...

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,...