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...

We Will Protect Our Children

Rockland County fire inspectors have already started inspecting 49 private schools that either failed to comply with regulations or were given questionable grades. It’s not something we wanted to do. But when the schools failed to follow the law and the municipalities in...

True Diversity – Top of the Ladder and No Glass Ceiling

  I had the pleasure this week of introducing Dr. Penny Jennings as my choice for Rockland Human Rights Commissioner. Bringing Dr. Jennings, a vibrant, highly educated, woman deeply committed to the people of this county, on board to do this vital job is a win for all of...

Zika – A Call to Action

Every year since 1999 when West Nile virus was first found in our area, Rockland has been aggressive about mosquito control. This year is no different. But the stakes are even higher.As we all know, the Zika virus has become a worldwide public health concern. The virus is...

Rockland Means Business

Look what happens when you make it known that Rockland is open for business: Chinese tour operators spend the day visiting and word of all that Rockland has to offer reaches back to their native land. Golden Krust Bakery, a company founded by Jamaican immigrants, moves its...

A Good Deal For Taxpayers – A Good Deal All Around

The Sain building in New City has become an uncomfortable place for the county employees who work there and a money pit for taxpayers. But now we have a chance to sell this albatross and use the profits to help right the county‘s financial ship. It’s an opportunity...

Slumlords Lose – Rockland County Wins

One year ago I told the people of Rockland County that we were going to do something about the slumlords that prey on tenants who live in dangerous and sometimes disgusting conditions. I am happy to report that we have been successful. We have taken on the slumlords –...

Pay Up!

By now you know my administration has taken major steps to restore the Rockland County’s fiscal health. The tough choices we’ve made have changed our downward trajectory. During the past two years, we’ve been successful in building a smarter, leaner, more...

Do Children Have To Die?

Even now, nearly 20 years later, I can still picture the two tiny bodies huddled in a closet where the toddlers had taken refuge to escape flames engulfing the locked room. It was 1998 and I was a New York Police Department detective commander in the 47th precinct in the...

Rockland’s Water- Our Most Precious Resource

There are good reasons why water has been called the most precious resource: without it there are no communities, no businesses, no people, no life. Here in Rockland we are blessed with several water sources, including water from deep underground and water that collects in...