Budget Season Challenges

We know summer is really over when our kids go back to school and we see yellow buses on the streets of Rockland every morning and afternoon. But for those of us in government, the end of summer signals something else: Budget season. The Rockland County Charter requires us to...

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...

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...

An “In-Sain” Edifice Complex

What it all comes down to is parking for five legislators. Yes, that’s what’s standing between a deal that would add $4.51 million to the county’s coffers and an estimated half-million to the town of Clarkstown and its school district. Our Ramapo Democratic...

The Sain Spectacle

The gloves are off. Rockland County witnessed a spectacle at this week’s meeting of the County Legislature. The topic: the county-owned Sain Building. Least there be any doubt here is the take-away: The interests of Rockland County taxpayers and the interests of the Ramapo...

Looking to the Future

Spring, that season of renewal, is almost upon us and it’s natural during this time of year to think about the future. That is what I’m doing as I complete my first term as your County Executive. I’m thinking about all that we have accomplished and all that I...

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...

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