Renaissance in Progress

We are making progress. Over the last few weeks, your County Government has taken major strides towards reinvigorating itself and the services we provide for you. Earlier this week I signed four bond resolutions to continue the methodical repurposing and rebuilding of Rockland...

Always Forward

We are moving forward, remaking our government, making it more effective, more streamlined, less costly. We have moved 150 employees, out of the deteriorating and decrepit Sain Building, into renovated and spacious offices in Building A at our Pomona Campus. Rockland County has...

An Era of Renewal

Imagine a parallel universe where your Rockland County tax bill went up a staggering 35 percent to pay for a bloated $926.5 million budget. It could have happened – but it didn’t. Those were the predictions made in a multi-year budget plan done by the county in 2013,...

Budget Season Challenges

We know summer is really over when our kids go back to school and we see yellow buses on the streets of Rockland every morning and afternoon. But for those of us in government, the end of summer signals something else: Budget season. The Rockland County Charter requires us to...

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...