An Era of Renewal

Imagine a parallel universe where your Rockland County tax bill went up a staggering 35 percent to pay for a bloated $926.5 million budget. It could have happened – but it didn’t. Those were the predictions made in a multi-year budget plan done by the county in 2013,...

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...

Celebrating the New Bridge

I was among a group invited by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take part in the opening ceremony for the new bridge, a bridge I will always think of as the Tappan Zee. It was hard not to be impressed. The new bridge is nothing short of majestic – a glistening span that connects the...

Putting Rockland on the Map

Here it is, the middle of August – the very dog days of summer when many people go on vacation. Rockland residents traditionally scatter for R&R to such favorite locations as the Jersey Shore, the Outer Banks, the Adirondacks and other places. This year as people...

Saving You Money Through Shared Services

It seems like just a couple of months ago that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in West Haverstraw, announcing that municipalities needed to do something to bring costs under control. That something, he told us, was shared services. Never mind that counties across New York are burdened with...

Cleaning House – Saving You Money

I have a simple rule to guide the departments that make up Rockland County government: Remember who you serve and whose money you spend. When I became head of a government that was near bankruptcy three and half years ago, most County departments were performing admirably under...

Fresh Air in the Sewer District

The more questions my administration raises about operations of the Rockland County Sewer District Number 1, the greater the stench that comes from that agency. The Sewer District is an independent agency governed by a board appointed by the Rockland County Legislature. That...

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...