Expecting School Safety

When my children were little, I would put them on the bus in the morning with every expectation that they would be safe and cared for in school. Safe from physical hazards, safe from dangerous conditions, safe from fire, safe from anything that could hurt them. What parent...

Don’t Let the Terrorists Win

Once again, we have seen someone who hates our way of life try to wreak death and destruction on innocent people at the height of the holiday season. And once again, that terrorist didn’t succeed. That’s in large part due to the quick and heroic work of law...

Danger for All on Over-Crowded Roads

Another senseless tragedy on the roads in Rockland – this one involving a family out on a shopping errand and a little baby who is now dead. A regular everyday chore turned into tragedy when a careless driver allegedly gave into road rage. We send our condolences to the...

Keeping Our JCC Safe Amid Threats Nationwide

I was part of an event at the JCC in West Nyack this week that, I’m proud to say, was a testament to the diversity and unity of Rockland County. I joined other community leaders to show our support of the JCC at a time when attacks on similar organizations throughout the...

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 –...

School’s Open … Drive and Walk Carefully

When my kids were young and I was Chairperson of the PTA Health and Safety committee at Little Tor Elementary School, one of my jobs was to stress the importance of bus and pedestrian safety for both children and adults. Twenty plus years later, and as County Executive,...

We Will Protect Our Children

Rockland County fire inspectors have already started inspecting 49 private schools that either failed to comply with regulations or were given questionable grades. It’s not something we wanted to do. But when the schools failed to follow the law and the municipalities in...

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 –...

Fighting the Good Fight

I spent a few hours this week visiting Rockland County’s Regional Investigative Resource Center, a new facility under the auspices of our District Attorney Tom Zugibe. Staffed with an expert team of crime analysts and sworn law enforcement members, the RIRC is a...

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...

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