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...

Fighting Fraud For The Taxpayers

2015 was a bad year for welfare cheats in Rockland County. My administration’s increased efforts to crack down on fraud uncovered more than $1 million in public assistance overpayments in just 12 months. The investigators in our Department of Social Services reviewed...

Fighting Fraud On The Front End

As your county executive, I have done my best to listen and respond to the genuine concerns voiced by Rockland County taxpayers on hundreds of issues. Chief among these concerns is the continued abuse of a system that was designed to provide temporary aid to the needy,...

A Game Changer

Just last week, I was honored to stand with District Attorney Thomas Zugibe and Rockland BOCES District Superintendent Mary Jean Marsico to launch the Rockland County Partnership For Safe Youth, a new initiative designed to enhance the effectiveness of services for local...