An “In-Sain” Edifice Complex

What it all comes down to is parking for five legislators. Yes, that’s what’s standing between a deal that would add $4.51 million to the county’s coffers and an estimated half-million to the town of Clarkstown and its school district. Our Ramapo Democratic...

The Sain Spectacle

The gloves are off. Rockland County witnessed a spectacle at this week’s meeting of the County Legislature. The topic: the county-owned Sain Building. Least there be any doubt here is the take-away: The interests of Rockland County taxpayers and the interests of the Ramapo...

Leading the Way to Saving You Money

I was filled with hope when I looked at an auditorium full of town, village and school officials this week. They came, on very short notice, to the first meeting of the Rockland County Shared Services Initiative Panel. As County Executive, I am legally required to form this panel...

Judith Clark: Justice Undone

I breathed a sigh of relief last week when I found out that Brinks killer Judith Clark will remain in prison for her role in the deaths of two Nyack police officers and a security guard. But my relief didn’t last long. Here’s why: Judith Clark will appear before the...

Combating Medicaid Fraud

When you pay your county property taxes, more than half of the tax levy – 55 percent – goes toward paying for one item: Medicaid.   Here in Rockland County, our share of Medicaid costs us $66 million every year.   Two factors are at work here: New York State...

A Dirty Deal

Piles of contaminated dirt have sat in plain view in a park in Sloatsburg and other areas of western Ramapo for years after the soil was excavated as part of a sewer project. Who knows how much longer those dirt piles would have remained if my administration had not started...

The Greatest Generation

There’s a reason we call them “the Greatest Generation.” The men – and women – who grew up during the Great Depression and entered adulthood just in time to fight in World War II. They saved the world and laid the groundwork for the freedom and...

Prison is Where Judith Clark Belongs

Sometime this week the unthinkable could happen: Brinks killer Judith Clark could go before the state Parole Board and win release from prison. This possibility is so hard to comprehend because our justice system decided more than 30 years ago that Judith Clark needed to spend 75...

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...

Keeping The Buses Running

As soon as the snow stopped falling after last week’s blizzard we began making plans to get county buses back on the roads. We understand how important those buses are to the nearly 10,000 people who ride them every day. Those riders depend on the buses to get to work, to...