Governance

It’s no secret. Rockland County is on financial life support. This has been a disturbing fact for some time. Our current budget deficit surpassing $140 million dollars is a result of years of gross mismanagement, bad decisions and unfunded state mandates. My campaign for...

It’s Your Money – and Our Fiscal Health

Despite making a convincing case for action on the $11 million premium earned on the County’s deficit financing bond, our Legislative Leaders continue to embrace inaction. Deliberate decisions to delay a vote on the resolution will bring devastating consequences, including...

No More Kicking the Can

The County of Rockland faces a projected, unaudited budget deficit of $145 million. To help move the County forward, my Administration has undertaken a series of aggressive cost-cutting measures since January, including: 1) the identification and correction of critical...

Doing Our Part to Save Lives

I shared my lunchtime last Monday with two extraordinary young women. Lauren Shields of Stony Point is 14. A heart transplant saved her life five years ago. Malkie Brandler of Spring Valley is 21. She is hoping to receive the gift of a new heart later this spring. As we talked...

A Team Effort to Win State Dollars

Part of our sweeping effort to improve Rockland’s economy involves empowering our local municipal leaders, business owners and nonprofits. In the past, our County has left these stakeholders to largely fend for themselves when it came to navigating the confusing web of...

Rockland County – Working for You

Talking among friends last week, our discussion turned to the latest job numbers. One person remarked, “Rockland’s unemployment rate is down almost a point from the same time last year. This is great news!” True, it’s a big improvement over where we were....

A Good Day at Work for All

Part of our sweeping effort to change the direction of Rockland County involves a culture change within this organization. While our highly-skilled workforce dutifully moves our government forward each day, I’ve recognized a need to further empower department heads and give...

Tuxedo Reserve: What It Could Mean For Rockland County

There’s been a lot of talk recently about Tuxedo Reserve and exactly what the residential housing development in Orange County means for the people of Rockland County. Developers have told me their plan is to build nearly 1,200 single-family homes, condominiums and...

The LDC And Summit Park

As the effort to find a suitable buyer for the Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center forges ahead, I’ve been asked to remind county residents of the leading role played by the Local Development Corporation, or LDC, during this complex process. Under the previous...

Deficit Bond Will Help Improve County’s Financial Condition

Our continuing efforts to put the County’s fiscal house back in order got a major boost this month with the news of a low interest rate on our $96 million deficit financing bond. One of the key components of our financial recovery is gaining the trust and confidence of the...