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 –...

We Will Protect Our Children

Rockland County fire inspectors have already started inspecting 49 private schools that either failed to comply with regulations or were given questionable grades. It’s not something we wanted to do. But when the schools failed to follow the law and the municipalities in...

Do Children Have To Die?

Even now, nearly 20 years later, I can still picture the two tiny bodies huddled in a closet where the toddlers had taken refuge to escape flames engulfing the locked room. It was 1998 and I was a New York Police Department detective commander in the 47th precinct in the...

Changing Slumlords to Landlords

My 2016 State of the County message offered a comprehensive update on one of my administration’s key programs: The Rockland Codes Initiative. Launched ten months ago outside a blighted Spring Valley property, RCI is a sweeping effort to combat unsafe and illegal housing...

Help Is On The Way

Last week, I visited the Spring Valley Police Department to get a firsthand look at the county’s new 911 system. The state-of-the-art “Next Generation 911” software is now fully operational for callers in Haverstraw, Orangetown, Ramapo, Stony Point, Suffern...

Volunteers Keep Us Safe

Beneath the blazing summer sun, police officers, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical (EMS) personnel from across Rockland County converged on Orangetown last week in response to an “accident” on the CSX rail line near Highview Avenue. This...