MLK’s Legacy

Last week, we again paused to commemorate the life and legacy of a revolutionary figure. I had the privilege to speak at ARC of Rockland’s annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. As some of you may know, I am a former ARC Foundation Board member and...

Preserving Benefits

Rockland County’s employees have once again gone above and beyond in the service of those most in need. Earlier this week we announced that most recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive their full February benefits early, due to...

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...

Be Prepared

Last week we activated Rockland County’s Emergency Operations Center in Pomona, thankfully not for an actual emergency but for an Indian Point disaster drill. Rockland was one of four counties that practiced emergency responses in case an incident ever happened at the...

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...

Warmth and Safety

Thanksgiving is almost here and we can rejoice this year knowing that all in Rockland County can have a roof over their head and a warm place to sleep as winter sets in. Our new Warming Center just opened at the Dr. Robert L. Yeager Health Center in Pomona. It’s a place...

Combating Medicaid Fraud

When you pay your county property taxes, more than half of the tax levy – 55 percent – goes toward paying for one item: Medicaid.   Here in Rockland County, our share of Medicaid costs us $66 million every year.   Two factors are at work here: New York State...

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...

Keeping Young People on the Right Path

There are few things more heartbreaking than a young person going down the wrong path. As a former law enforcement officer, I remember seeing kids, often still in their teens, in handcuffs headed for the criminal justice system. We all knew that once a person goes into the...

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...

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