Following the Rules

A few years ago, I put a small addition onto my house so I could expand my kitchen. Before I did, I applied for and received a permit from my town, hired licensed contractors and, when it was just about done, had the work – plumbing, electrical, construction –...

The Day Terrorists Attacked Rockland

Years before our nation was attacked on Sept. 11, there was a terror attack right here in Rockland. Oct. 20, 1981 – the day that domestic terrorists with a violent ideology that made sense only to them attacked was Rockland’s Sept. 11. Just like Sept. 11 changed...

We Will Protect Our Children

Rockland County fire inspectors have already started inspecting 49 private schools that either failed to comply with regulations or were given questionable grades. It’s not something we wanted to do. But when the schools failed to follow the law and the municipalities in...

Slumlords Lose – Rockland County Wins

One year ago I told the people of Rockland County that we were going to do something about the slumlords that prey on tenants who live in dangerous and sometimes disgusting conditions. I am happy to report that we have been successful. We have taken on the slumlords –...

Changing Slumlords to Landlords

My 2016 State of the County message offered a comprehensive update on one of my administration’s key programs: The Rockland Codes Initiative. Launched ten months ago outside a blighted Spring Valley property, RCI is a sweeping effort to combat unsafe and illegal housing...

Help Is On The Way

Last week, I visited the Spring Valley Police Department to get a firsthand look at the county’s new 911 system. The state-of-the-art “Next Generation 911” software is now fully operational for callers in Haverstraw, Orangetown, Ramapo, Stony Point, Suffern...

Volunteers Keep Us Safe

Beneath the blazing summer sun, police officers, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical (EMS) personnel from across Rockland County converged on Orangetown last week in response to an “accident” on the CSX rail line near Highview Avenue. This...