Giving Thanks and Giving Back

November is the month when Americans gather with family and friends, share a traditional Thanksgiving meal and express gratitude for the good things in life. It is also a time to reflect on our blessings and gain awareness about those who may not be as fortunate. Here in Rockland...

Rockland Renaissance

We have spent the last 4 years fighting our way back from the brink of bankruptcy. We have paid off the $138 million deficit, that existed when I took office, much faster than anyone thought possible. The renaissance of Rockland County is well underway. Today we take our next...

The Spirit of the Season … All Year

We’ve decorated the Christmas tree, lighted all eight candles on the menorah, cooked, cleaned and shopped ’til we dropped. Now, during this month of holidays, we can pause for a moment to reflect on what these celebrations are really about. I just had an opportunity...

Rockland Non-profits to the Rescue

It took the people of Rockland County just four days to fill four tractor-trailer trucks to the brim with relief supplies for fellow citizens in Puerto Rico. As proud as I am of our County government staff, particularly my Deputy County Executive Guillermo Rosa for organizing...

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...

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...

Funding Our Non-Profits

Rockland County wouldn’t be the high-quality place to live without its non-profits. Our non-profit agencies and the dedicated people who run them do everything from feed and clothe the hungry and working poor to providing services for people with disabilities to...

Helping Hi Tor

I’m writing this week to ensure there are no misconceptions about my administration’s relationship with the Hi Tor Animal Care Center, Inc. First, it must be noted that a letter of intent (LOI) to construct a new shelter in Pomona was forged by this office with Hi...