Fresh Air in the Sewer District

The more questions my administration raises about operations of the Rockland County Sewer District Number 1, the greater the stench that comes from that agency. The Sewer District is an independent agency governed by a board appointed by the Rockland County Legislature. That...

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...

Solutions, Not Problems

Once again here in Rockland we have a solution that is needlessly becoming a problem. The solution: we have successfully negotiated a contract with sheriff deputies who have been working without one for six years that is fair to them and fair to the taxpayer. The problem: some...

Hopes for a New Year

As we turn the page on 2016, let’s look at the accomplishments we made together in this great county over the past year and set a path forward to continue on a promise I made when I took the oath of office … “Today we embark upon an era of renewal.” I...

Optimism and Obstinance

Now, in this season of miracles we have one of our own: A 2017 county budget that sticks to the 1.17 property tax cap, cuts spending and maintains services. This budget sets the path for a solid and sustainable financial future for our county with no tax increase for most...

Smoke & Mirrors … or the Real Deal?

It would have been so easy to return to the Legislature a 2017 budget unchanged – with all of their many amendments and the promise of a 50 cent per month tax cut. But Rockland residents elected me to do the right thing, which is not necessarily the easy thing....

A Return to Madness?

It’s no secret what earned Rockland a $138 million budget deficit and the shameful distinction of most fiscally stressed municipality in the state of New York. It was dishonest budgeting based on phony revenue and expense projections.   Now, nearly three years into...

Down to the Budget Wire

Two months have passed since I presented my proposed 2017 county budget to the Legislature and the people of Rockland. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from Rockland residents, which is heartening since they are the ones paying the tax and it’s their opinion...

Unity Crushes Hate in Rockland … But at a Cost

Residents of a quiet street in Ramapo woke up one day this week to find that hate had come to their neighborhood. Anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on the asphalt in front of two homes and on a real estate sign in front of a third. All these homes are for sale. The message...

A Coincidence? Think Again

When the people of Rockland County elected me County Executive, they put their faith in my ability to choose the right people for leadership positions in our government. That’s why I was so pleased last May to name Dr. Penny Jennings as my choice for two crucial...

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