Getting it Done Together

It’s been at least a decade since a budget submitted by the County Executive won the unanimous approval of the Legislature. The fact that the $684.29 million spending plan I submitted in October made its way through weeks of reviews essentially unchanged and was approved by...

Keeping the Dark Days Away

Can you imagine putting a bunch of politicians in a room and they have nothing to argue about? That’s the happy position we find ourselves in as the Rockland County Legislature prepares to vote this Tuesday on the 2018 County budget that we submitted in October. We worked...

Lights Off at the Sain Building

It’s especially fitting that as my first term as County Executive comes to an end and I plan for the second, we are getting ready to turn the lights off at the Sain Building. It’s fitting because the Sain Building represents both the difficulties of our past and the...

Not Resting on Laurels

Two seismic events shook Rockland County this week and both have profound impacts on our shared future. The first I’m sure you’ve heard: The people of this county honored me by overwhelmingly voting to give me a second term as County Executive. The second might have...

Action for Aging in Place

There’s one thing we know for sure about Rockland County’s future – we’re getting older. I have made a priority of making sure that our older residents – the ones who built this community, worked hard, raised their families and served their country...

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,...

More Parking … More Excuses?

So now we have 70 more parking spaces at the Allison-Parris County Office building on New Hempstead Road. Plenty of parking for employees and visitors and people conducting business at the nearby courthouse. So much parking in fact that I have seen many empty spots at peak work...

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...