Following the Rules

A few years ago, I put a small addition onto my house so I could expand my kitchen. Before I did, I applied for and received a permit from my town, hired licensed contractors and, when it was just about done, had the work – plumbing, electrical, construction –...

Slumlords Lose – Rockland County Wins

One year ago I told the people of Rockland County that we were going to do something about the slumlords that prey on tenants who live in dangerous and sometimes disgusting conditions. I am happy to report that we have been successful. We have taken on the slumlords –...

Do Children Have To Die?

Even now, nearly 20 years later, I can still picture the two tiny bodies huddled in a closet where the toddlers had taken refuge to escape flames engulfing the locked room. It was 1998 and I was a New York Police Department detective commander in the 47th precinct in the...

Changing Slumlords to Landlords

My 2016 State of the County message offered a comprehensive update on one of my administration’s key programs: The Rockland Codes Initiative. Launched ten months ago outside a blighted Spring Valley property, RCI is a sweeping effort to combat unsafe and illegal housing...

Rockland County Strong

On Tuesday night, I made my annual visit to the Legislative Chambers to deliver my third State of the County message. The 40-minute speech allowed me to update residents on how far we’ve come in the past two years, and what lies ahead this year and beyond. Because of our...

Turning The Tide On Illegal Housing

I met this week with State Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski to discuss a partnership in our battle against illegal housing and overcrowding in Rockland County. Our communities face a growing problem with thousands of low-income residents living in illegally converted, jerry-built...