Progress in Motion

Last month I held a meeting with executive level personnel from Metro-North Railroad (MNR) and New Jersey Transit (NJT) to discuss challenges and concerns relating to train cancellations on the Pascack Valley Line (PVL). The goal of this meeting was to respond to the concerns of...

Back in Black

To quote the AC/DC song of the same name, “I’ve been too long I’m glad to be back.” For the first time since 2006, Rockland has an unassigned positive fund balance in its general fund (a surplus). Almost $6.3 million to be exact. While that may not sound...

Standing Up to Hate

As many of you know on Saturday, June 30th there was an incident of hate on a Transport of Rockland bus in Orangetown. But that phrase, “incident of hate” doesn’t fully describe what happened, a woman hurled disgusting racial and ethnic epithets at fellow...

Finding A Way

Believe it or not, Rockland County is finding ways to curb overdevelopment. One of the tools we are using is General Municipal Law (GML) and while GML doesn’t sound that exciting, it is important. Under the State mandated General Municipal Law (GML) application process the...

Shining a Light

Our county, state and nation are facing a wave of unreported crimes against some of our most vulnerable citizens.  Approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60 and over have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each...

What’s in a Name?

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with “Save Our Tappan Zee” activist Monroe Mann before he delivered his change.org petition, with approximately 110,000 signatures, to Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany. Let me be clear; I fully support the effort to retain...

Key to the County

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of presenting the Key to the County award to Cole Donnellan. As you may know, the Key to the County is awarded to a person who makes a special contribution to Rockland. We have given keys in the past for acts of love, acts of kindness and...

Fighting Back

This week with the help of Rockland’s Department of Mental Health we announced a new initiative to fight back against the opioid epidemic that has swept across our county, state and nation. Let me be clear, we in county government are doing everything we can think of to...

Memorial Day

As we approach what I view as the most solemn holiday of the year, I want to take the time to remind everyone of the true importance of Memorial Day. It isn’t about retail sales or an excuse for a three-day weekend. Memorial Day pays tribute to those who served and never...

Our Strength is Our Diversity

During my inauguration, I pledged to increase my efforts in support of uniting our beloved county. Much of Rockland’s strength comes from our diversity. A diversity of cultures, religions and ideas that when properly focused can bring us all closer together. This week, my...