Looking to the Future

Spring, that season of renewal, is almost upon us and it’s natural during this time of year to think about the future. That is what I’m doing as I complete my first term as your County Executive. I’m thinking about all that we have accomplished and all that I...

Turning the Financial Corner – Promises Kept

When I took office less than three years ago, Rockland’s bonds were rated just one step above junk as the extent of the county’s financial meltdown became all too apparent. We were $138 million in the hole and it investors were rightly reluctant to take a risk...

Turning a Fiscal Corner

When I took office just three years ago, this county was on the brink of financial disaster. We were a mere $42,000 away from default and had the worst score in New York on the state Comptroller’s list of most fiscally stressed municipalities. Rockland’s score then...

Not Going Back to the Bad Old Days

There’s a long history of bad financial decisions in Rockland, decisions that led to a $138 million budget deficit that I inherited when I took office two years ago. I was elected with a mandate to fix our finances, which earned Rockland the distinction of being named...

Selling the Sain Building: A No-Brainer

More than eight months ago I submitted my 2016 county budget to the Legislature, which included the plan to sell the Sain Building in New City for its appraised value: $4 million. The Legislature’s response was to express doubts that anyone would spend $4 million on this...

A Good Deal For Taxpayers – A Good Deal All Around

The Sain building in New City has become an uncomfortable place for the county employees who work there and a money pit for taxpayers. But now we have a chance to sell this albatross and use the profits to help right the county‘s financial ship. It’s an opportunity...

Pay Up!

By now you know my administration has taken major steps to restore the Rockland County’s fiscal health. The tough choices we’ve made have changed our downward trajectory. During the past two years, we’ve been successful in building a smarter, leaner, more...

Rockland’s Economic Engine

A few days ago, I had the honor and privilege of addressing more than 300 people attending the 2015 Rockland Economic Development Corporation Annual Awards Luncheon in Suffern. The special event recognized three organizations and two outstanding individuals for making major...

Facts & Truth vs. Politics as Usual – The 2016 Budget Process

Most of you know my administration has charted a new course for Rockland County, one guided by simple, common sense principles. Our core priorities include stabilizing Rockland’s finances, promoting economic growth and preserving the County for future generations. My...

A 2016 Budget for the Future

Most of you know my administration has charted a new course for Rockland County, one guided by simple, common sense principles. Our core priorities include stabilizing Rockland’s finances, promoting economic growth and preserving the County for future generations. Last...

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