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,...

The Mass Transit Dream

When the State started creating plans in 2000 to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge, many of us in Rockland County thought we would finally get the mass transit options that much of the New York metro area already enjoys. In the 17 years that it’s taken to make the new bridge a...

Budget Season Challenges

We know summer is really over when our kids go back to school and we see yellow buses on the streets of Rockland every morning and afternoon. But for those of us in government, the end of summer signals something else: Budget season. The Rockland County Charter requires us to...

Prepare Before Disaster

Many of us have been mesmerized over the past week or two by images of swirling clouds and epic floods as our nation took a pounding by back to back hurricanes with a third in the offing. But while hurricanes and other natural disasters inflict suffering and destruction, they...

Celebrating the New Bridge

I was among a group invited by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take part in the opening ceremony for the new bridge, a bridge I will always think of as the Tappan Zee. It was hard not to be impressed. The new bridge is nothing short of majestic – a glistening span that connects the...

More Parking … More Excuses?

So now we have 70 more parking spaces at the Allison-Parris County Office building on New Hempstead Road. Plenty of parking for employees and visitors and people conducting business at the nearby courthouse. So much parking in fact that I have seen many empty spots at peak work...