Tough Decisions

Friends, As I said during my Inaugural Address on New Year’s Day, reinventing Rockland County demands that we break the bad habits of the past and embrace opportunities for our future. This government has spent far more than it receives for too long. A $138 million dollar...

Tappan Zee Tolls Clarity

Back in February, I sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo expressing my growing concern regarding the continued delays in appointing a toll and finance task force to study crossing fees on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The letter – signed by myself and Westchester County...

Budget Season

It’s budget time. Every October, the County Executive delivers a proposed fiscal plan to the Legislature and to the people. The budget reflects a county executive’s priorities for the upcoming year more than any other single act. Just as you can tell what a business...

Finding An Answer To Rockland’s Drug Problem

I spent some time this week talking with Suffern lawyer Michael Zall. Though tears, Mr. Zall described the unique experience of grieving an overdose death. Along with the pain and sadness, there’s guilt and shame, stigma and isolation. Mr. Zall talked about the challenges...

Fixing TOR

There’s a lot of talk this summer about the performance of our Transport of Rockland (TOR) public bus system. Not all of it’s positive. Complaints of lengthy delays, buses that don’t show up and poor communication have flooded the County. I have personally...

Unity

A vinyl swimming pool slashed at Camp Shalom in Chestnut Ridge. Swastikas and racist graffiti scrawled on vehicles outside a secluded home in Pearl River. Anti-Semitic phrases and profanity spray-painted across the greenhouses at Van Houten Farms in Pearl River. While the Summer...

Charter Reform: Hopes Dashed

A few days ago, I vetoed legislation I had hoped would make this organization more responsive our residents. The plan was to reform Rockland County’s 30-year-old charter. The current County charter, which acts as a blueprint for Rockland’s system of government, was...

This Is What Dedication Looks Like

While most of us were sleeping last week, Rockland County’s dedicated first responders crawled through twisted metal, thick brush and pitch black to rescue a trucker from his wrecked tractor trailer. The 18-wheeler crashed through a metal guardrail and careened down an...

The Right Person for the Job

In order to ensure that Rockland County delivers quality, cost-effective services, it’s imperative that we select and promote the most qualified individuals to vacant positions. For many years, high-ranking County officials injected themselves into the vetting process to...

Term Limits

When the Legislature announced intentions this spring to open the Rockland County Charter for revisions, my Administration immediately started work on several meaningful reforms. While any changes to the Charter require legislative approval, I expect one critical proposal to be...