Being There for Our Hero Veterans

We saw Rockland County come together this week to mourn the tragic loss of one our own, a young Marine from Pomona who was killed in a military plane crash. Sgt. Owen Lennon represented the very best of both Rockland and this nation. He was brought back home for his funeral and...

Cleaning House – Saving You Money

I have a simple rule to guide the departments that make up Rockland County government: Remember who you serve and whose money you spend. When I became head of a government that was near bankruptcy three and half years ago, most County departments were performing admirably under...

Ramapo Neighbors Win One

What happened at Viola Estates in Ramapo gives us hope that the tide is beginning to turn in that long-troubled town. And we are confident that rules that my administration has put into place are helping that in that transformation. It’s been less than two months since I...

Danger for All on Over-Crowded Roads

Another senseless tragedy on the roads in Rockland – this one involving a family out on a shopping errand and a little baby who is now dead. A regular everyday chore turned into tragedy when a careless driver allegedly gave into road rage. We send our condolences to the...

Fresh Air in the Sewer District

The more questions my administration raises about operations of the Rockland County Sewer District Number 1, the greater the stench that comes from that agency. The Sewer District is an independent agency governed by a board appointed by the Rockland County Legislature. That...

Taking Action Against Hate

Rockland County is a place of amazing diversity where people of all ethnicities, religions and walks of life live alongside each other, for the most part, in harmony. That’s what makes it all the more disturbing that there has been an uptick in hate crimes aimed at...

Megan Leavey: One of Our Own

I’m not usually one to heap praise on big Hollywood productions. But I can’t help but feel proud of one of the top movies in theaters across the nation right now: “Megan Leavey.” This true story of a young woman from Valley Cottage whom I have had the...

Fiscal Responsibility Pays off for Rockland

It’s been a long time since I’ve been in school or gotten a grade on a test. I nearly forgot the satisfaction you feel when you work hard and then see your hard work recognized by an objective set of standards. I felt that satisfaction last week when Rockland County...

Fighting Back

I spent years coaching young people in our community and I saw them at their best – hardworking, dedicated, talented. It would break my heart years later when word got back to me about a young person I coached who was lost to drugs or alcohol. Over the past couple of years...

Drawing a Line in the Sand

For years, much of Rockland has watched in shock as Ramapo, the county’s largest town, has been overrun by out-of-control, often reckless development. High-density housing, illegal schools, businesses without permits all allowed to flourish, all seemingly without regard for...