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...

Turning the Financial Corner – Promises Kept

When I took office less than three years ago, Rockland’s bonds were rated just one step above junk as the extent of the county’s financial meltdown became all too apparent. We were $138 million in the hole and it investors were rightly reluctant to take a risk...

A Glimmer of Hope

I never would have thought last October when I presented my budget to the Legislature that now, a full year later, we would still be talking about the Sain Building. But here we are, to my frustration and the detriment of everyone who cares about this county, still talking...

Moving Forward at Last

Now, after 10 months, the Legislature has finally moved on their well-delayed plan to unload the crumbling Sain Building. My administration months ago issued a request for proposals and got a bid for $4.51 million – more than the asking price – to sell this...

Sadly – Politics Over People

Now, a full nine months after I proposed the sale of the Sain Building as part of this year’s budget, the Rockland County Legislature has finally taken action. And sadly that is not good news. A vote at Tuesday’s meeting of the Legislature essentially approved my...

Not Going Back to the Bad Old Days

There’s a long history of bad financial decisions in Rockland, decisions that led to a $138 million budget deficit that I inherited when I took office two years ago. I was elected with a mandate to fix our finances, which earned Rockland the distinction of being named...

Selling the Sain Building: A No-Brainer

More than eight months ago I submitted my 2016 county budget to the Legislature, which included the plan to sell the Sain Building in New City for its appraised value: $4 million. The Legislature’s response was to express doubts that anyone would spend $4 million on this...

A Good Deal For Taxpayers – A Good Deal All Around

The Sain building in New City has become an uncomfortable place for the county employees who work there and a money pit for taxpayers. But now we have a chance to sell this albatross and use the profits to help right the county‘s financial ship. It’s an opportunity...

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