Key to the County

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of presenting the Key to the County award to Cole Donnellan. As you may know, the Key to the County is awarded to a person who makes a special contribution to Rockland. We have given keys in the past for acts of love, acts of kindness and...

Memorial Day

As we approach what I view as the most solemn holiday of the year, I want to take the time to remind everyone of the true importance of Memorial Day. It isn’t about retail sales or an excuse for a three-day weekend. Memorial Day pays tribute to those who served and never...

Farewell

Last week we laid to rest a patriot; a true American hero who gave all for country and to our returning combat veterans. Personally, I was blessed to both know him and work with him. Jerry Donnellan served the county and countless veterans as chief of Rockland’s Veterans...

Being There for Our Hero Veterans

We saw Rockland County come together this week to mourn the tragic loss of one our own, a young Marine from Pomona who was killed in a military plane crash. Sgt. Owen Lennon represented the very best of both Rockland and this nation. He was brought back home for his funeral and...

Independence Day: Salute the Revolutionaries who paid for it

  As we celebrate Independence Day festivities, fireworks, and back-yard cookouts to acknowledge 241 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence; take pause to reflect what did it cost, who paid that price, and why must we remain vigilant to protect it. At...
Posted On Jul 02 2017

Megan Leavey: One of Our Own

I’m not usually one to heap praise on big Hollywood productions. But I can’t help but feel proud of one of the top movies in theaters across the nation right now: “Megan Leavey.” This true story of a young woman from Valley Cottage whom I have had the...

The Greatest Generation

There’s a reason we call them “the Greatest Generation.” The men – and women – who grew up during the Great Depression and entered adulthood just in time to fight in World War II. They saved the world and laid the groundwork for the freedom and...

A Hero Gone

Rockland said goodbye yesterday to another hero as we buried a 28-year-old Army sergeant from Wesley Hills. James Morrison graduated from Ramapo High School and had been a member of the Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Department. Then he volunteered to serve his country. Sgt....