Making Rockland Work Again

Three years ago when I was running for office, I described my goals for Rockland as a three-legged stool. Our core priories were and – still are – stabilizing Rockland’s finances, preserving our quality of life and, critically, making Rockland work again. When I...

Hopes for a New Year

As we turn the page on 2016, let’s look at the accomplishments we made together in this great county over the past year and set a path forward to continue on a promise I made when I took the oath of office … “Today we embark upon an era of renewal.” I...

Turning the Financial Corner – Promises Kept

When I took office less than three years ago, Rockland’s bonds were rated just one step above junk as the extent of the county’s financial meltdown became all too apparent. We were $138 million in the hole and it investors were rightly reluctant to take a risk...

Turning a Fiscal Corner

When I took office just three years ago, this county was on the brink of financial disaster. We were a mere $42,000 away from default and had the worst score in New York on the state Comptroller’s list of most fiscally stressed municipalities. Rockland’s score then...

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...

Unity in Economic Development

It should come as no surprise that Rockland County is a highly sought-after location for companies looking to expand. We have worked very hard to show Rockland as the gateway to the Hudson Valley, with our towns and villages offering the quality of life that people and...

Rockland County Strong

On Tuesday night, I made my annual visit to the Legislative Chambers to deliver my third State of the County message. The 40-minute speech allowed me to update residents on how far we’ve come in the past two years, and what lies ahead this year and beyond. Because of our...

Rockland’s Economic Engine

A few days ago, I had the honor and privilege of addressing more than 300 people attending the 2015 Rockland Economic Development Corporation Annual Awards Luncheon in Suffern. The special event recognized three organizations and two outstanding individuals for making major...

3-D Printing Lab: Inventors and Mad-Scientists Wanted

3D Printing is the latest cutting edge technology blazing a path to the future of manufacturing around the world.  In the Village of Haverstraw at the Rockland Community College building there is a 3D Printing Lab on the second floor.  This quiet village nestled near the Hudson...
Posted On Jul 31 2015

Growing Our Economy in 2015

As I mentioned during my 2015 State of the County message last Tuesday, putting our fiscal house in order is good stewardship and helps us regain the trust of the people. It also builds confidence in Rockland County as a place to invest and realize one’s dreams. Creating...