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...

An “In-Sain” Edifice Complex

What it all comes down to is parking for five legislators. Yes, that’s what’s standing between a deal that would add $4.51 million to the county’s coffers and an estimated half-million to the town of Clarkstown and its school district. Our Ramapo Democratic...

The Sain Spectacle

The gloves are off. Rockland County witnessed a spectacle at this week’s meeting of the County Legislature. The topic: the county-owned Sain Building. Least there be any doubt here is the take-away: The interests of Rockland County taxpayers and the interests of the Ramapo...

Leading the Way to Saving You Money

I was filled with hope when I looked at an auditorium full of town, village and school officials this week. They came, on very short notice, to the first meeting of the Rockland County Shared Services Initiative Panel. As County Executive, I am legally required to form this panel...

Judith Clark: Justice Undone

I breathed a sigh of relief last week when I found out that Brinks killer Judith Clark will remain in prison for her role in the deaths of two Nyack police officers and a security guard. But my relief didn’t last long. Here’s why: Judith Clark will appear before the...

Combating Medicaid Fraud

When you pay your county property taxes, more than half of the tax levy – 55 percent – goes toward paying for one item: Medicaid.   Here in Rockland County, our share of Medicaid costs us $66 million every year.   Two factors are at work here: New York State...

A Dirty Deal

Piles of contaminated dirt have sat in plain view in a park in Sloatsburg and other areas of western Ramapo for years after the soil was excavated as part of a sewer project. Who knows how much longer those dirt piles would have remained if my administration had not started...

The Greatest Generation

There’s a reason we call them “the Greatest Generation.” The men – and women – who grew up during the Great Depression and entered adulthood just in time to fight in World War II. They saved the world and laid the groundwork for the freedom and...