Moving Ahead with Summit Park

As many of you already know, the herculean task of transferring ownership of Summit Park entered its final stages this month. On Thursday, August 6th, the New York State Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council approved the two certificates of...

Recognizing Our Public Health Heroes

In 1854, Dr. John Snow tracked down the cause of deadly cholera outbreaks in London to contaminated water and convinced local officials to remove the handle from a well’s water pump to end the threat. Fifty years later, an intrepid New York City Health Department...

Volunteers Keep Us Safe

Beneath the blazing summer sun, police officers, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical (EMS) personnel from across Rockland County converged on Orangetown last week in response to an “accident” on the CSX rail line near Highview Avenue. This...

Turning The Tide On Illegal Housing

I met this week with State Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski to discuss a partnership in our battle against illegal housing and overcrowding in Rockland County. Our communities face a growing problem with thousands of low-income residents living in illegally converted, jerry-built...

Crafting a Responsible Budget

I’m pleased to report more good news this week regarding our ongoing efforts to restore fiscal health to Rockland County government.  Recognizing that my administration has made significant strides to improve operations, save money and chip away at debt, the...

In the Interest of the Taxpayers

You can’t make this up. For years, the County of Rockland would routinely conduct business with individuals or entities that owed property taxes! On its face, it’s absurd to pay thousands of dollars to a vendor for services or products when they are in arrears...

A Game Changer

Just last week, I was honored to stand with District Attorney Thomas Zugibe and Rockland BOCES District Superintendent Mary Jean Marsico to launch the Rockland County Partnership For Safe Youth, a new initiative designed to enhance the effectiveness of services for local...

Budget Season Presents Challenges

It’s budget season again, the time of year when my administration starts to craft a fiscally responsible spending plan for next year. And, while we’ve done tremendous work to rethink and restructure government operations to achieve millions in cost savings, more...

Indian Point, Do Better

Last weekend’s transformer failure at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan didn’t just send choking black smoke into the evening sky. The potentially deadly incident also sent fear into the surrounding communities. Let me start by commending our emergency...

Don’t Flush Taxpayer Dollars

Sixteen months ago, I took the helm of a listless and disorganized operation plagued by out of control spending, soaring debt and a massive, $138 million deficit. Since my first day in office, I, along with members of my administration, have worked hard to find common-sense...