I Resolve…

Many people this time of year are resolving to change things in their lives. Whether it be quitting smoking, eating healthier, exercising more, saving more money or even learning a new skill or language; these are all worthwhile goals. However, the resolution I am most focused on...

Staying on Track

As another year draws to a close, it is important that we all pause and reflect on the things we did well or not so well throughout the year. It is also important to thank those who may have helped you stay on the right track during the past 12 months. I am thankful to […]

Comptroller Agrees

Earlier this week we received more good news in respect to the 2019 Proposed Budget. The New York State Comptroller’s Office found that, “the significant revenue and expenditure projections in the proposed budget are reasonable.” As one of the conditions of our...

Under the Tax Cap Again

We did it again! Earlier this week I unveiled the proposed 2019 Budget for Rockland County that comes in under the state-mandated property tax cap. We managed this, despite significant challenges. As we began the 2019 Budget process, we faced a budget gap of over $13 million...

Moderately Stressed

When I first took office in January of 2014, this county was on the verge of a financial disaster. We faced a $138 million deficit and were $42,000 away from insolvency. When we took out a bond to pay the deficit, everyone said we would need double digit tax increases to make our...

Stay on Budget

As Autumn approaches we all begin to think of certain things, children returning to school, leaves changing colors on trees, football season or seeing the Yankees make a push into the playoffs. For those of us in government the end of summer means something else; budget season is...

Stay on Budget

As Autumn approaches we all begin to think of certain things, children returning to school, leaves changing colors on trees, football season or seeing the Yankees make a push into the playoffs. For those of us in government the end of summer means something else; budget season is...

One Game at a Time

I remember watching the Yankees play the Pirates in the 1960 World Series when I was growing up in Brooklyn. By all rights, the Yankees should have won that series. They outscored the Pirates 55-27 in the Series, out hit them 91-60, even got two complete-game shutouts from Whitey...

One Game at a Time

I remember watching the Yankees play the Pirates in the 1960 World Series when I was growing up in Brooklyn. By all rights, the Yankees should have won that series. They outscored the Pirates 55-27 in the Series, out hit them 91-60, even got two complete-game shutouts from Whitey...

Back in Black

To quote the AC/DC song of the same name, “I’ve been too long I’m glad to be back.” For the first time since 2006, Rockland has an unassigned positive fund balance in its general fund (a surplus). Almost $6.3 million to be exact. While that may not sound...