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...

Leading the Way to Saving You Money

I was filled with hope when I looked at an auditorium full of town, village and school officials this week. They came, on very short notice, to the first meeting of the Rockland County Shared Services Initiative Panel. As County Executive, I am legally required to form this panel...

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...

Making Rockland Work Again

Three years ago when I was running for office, I described my goals for Rockland as a three-legged stool. Our core priories were and – still are – stabilizing Rockland’s finances, preserving our quality of life and, critically, making Rockland work again. When I...

The Twin 800-Pound Gorillas in the Room

We were honored last week when Gov. Andrew Cuomo paid a visit to West Haverstraw. His chosen topic was consolidation and shared services – specifically increasing the services that counties like Rockland share with towns and village and consolidate overlapping functions....

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...

Following the Rules

A few years ago, I put a small addition onto my house so I could expand my kitchen. Before I did, I applied for and received a permit from my town, hired licensed contractors and, when it was just about done, had the work – plumbing, electrical, construction –...

Solutions, Not Problems

Once again here in Rockland we have a solution that is needlessly becoming a problem. The solution: we have successfully negotiated a contract with sheriff deputies who have been working without one for six years that is fair to them and fair to the taxpayer. The problem: some...

Life After Indian Point

Critics have been calling for years for the shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant right across from Stony Point in Northern Westchester. Now they have gotten their wish in the form of an announcement from Gov. Cuomo that he and Entergy have brokered a deal to close...