Metro-North Un-fare

Metro-North (MNR) has once again refused my request to give our West of Hudson riders a ten-percent fare reduction. This is absolutely insulting to our commuters. After many phone calls, letters and meetings by myself and other local elected officials over the summer, NJ TRANSIT...

Giving Thanks and Giving Back

November is the month when Americans gather with family and friends, share a traditional Thanksgiving meal and express gratitude for the good things in life. It is also a time to reflect on our blessings and gain awareness about those who may not be as fortunate. Here in Rockland...

A Fitting Tribute

Last weekend I was honored to speak at the dedication of the Rockland County Gulf War – War on Terror Monument. As County Executive, I often have the privilege of speaking at events around our beloved county but it is truly rare that I have the chance to take part in...

Comptroller Agrees

Earlier this week we received more good news in respect to the 2019 Proposed Budget. The New York State Comptroller’s Office found that, “the significant revenue and expenditure projections in the proposed budget are reasonable.” As one of the conditions of our...

Ending Intolerance

Last week over 1,200 Rockland residents of every sex, race and creed came together in response to the horrific attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We all had different reasons for attending that vigil. Some to reflect, some to mourn, some to find a place for the...

Coordination and Cooperation

We are in the midst of an outbreak of measles with multiple confirmed cases within Rockland County. The challenge of this situation demands swift, immediate and comprehensive action. I can happily report to you that we are meeting this challenge head on. We have taken steps never...

A Comprehensive Approach

One of the features of my 2019 Proposed Budget is a renewed focus on the needs of law enforcement and public safety. We are bringing on two new Sheriff’s Patrol Officers to help in the fight against opioid addiction. These Officers will be dedicated to two task forces that...

Something Old is New Again

Rockland County government is changing. Since taking office I have refused to stick to the status quo that got us into so much trouble in the past. Reckless budgeting, years of double-digit tax increases and bloated government have all been put behind us. We are rethinking how...

Under the Tax Cap Again

We did it again! Earlier this week I unveiled the proposed 2019 Budget for Rockland County that comes in under the state-mandated property tax cap. We managed this, despite significant challenges. As we began the 2019 Budget process, we faced a budget gap of over $13 million...

Moderately Stressed

When I first took office in January of 2014, this county was on the verge of a financial disaster. We faced a $138 million deficit and were $42,000 away from insolvency. When we took out a bond to pay the deficit, everyone said we would need double digit tax increases to make our...