Dubious Propositions

When I reviewed the proposed Governor’s Executive Budget, it included, among other items, an Early Voting initiative. Given the fact that some years back when this was last proposed, the proposed cost of implementation would have occupied approximately three quarters of the...

Destination Rockland

Today marks the beginning of this year’s Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, a week I look forward to every year, not just because of the great food available at our local restaurants but because this week brings with it a golden opportunity. The opportunity to attract new...

Always Forward

We are moving forward, remaking our government, making it more effective, more streamlined, less costly. We have moved 150 employees, out of the deteriorating and decrepit Sain Building, into renovated and spacious offices in Building A at our Pomona Campus. Rockland County has...

Dividends for Taxpayers

A New Year and new opportunities to make good on a vow that has been a centerpiece of my administration – economic development. Attracting business – clean industry – is tied to our way of life and your pocketbook. Keep in mind that every cent of the taxes paid...

Keeping the Dark Days Away

Can you imagine putting a bunch of politicians in a room and they have nothing to argue about? That’s the happy position we find ourselves in as the Rockland County Legislature prepares to vote this Tuesday on the 2018 County budget that we submitted in October. We worked...

Not Resting on Laurels

Two seismic events shook Rockland County this week and both have profound impacts on our shared future. The first I’m sure you’ve heard: The people of this county honored me by overwhelmingly voting to give me a second term as County Executive. The second might have...

Getting Best Value for Rockland’s Taxpayer

Every month, Rockland County spends $12,000 on cell phones – a vital tool in this age of instant communication. It’s a necessary cost, but we very easily could be paying $2,000 less for the same service every month. That would save $24,000 a year of your money. Now...

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...