Stopping the Madness

My administration has a steadfast commitment to address quality of life issues in Rockland County. Stemming the tide of unsafe, illegal housing and overcrowding is paramount to ensuring the health and safety of our people. This week, we fire the first salvo in a well-orchestrated...

Helping Hi Tor

I’m writing this week to ensure there are no misconceptions about my administration’s relationship with the Hi Tor Animal Care Center, Inc. First, it must be noted that a letter of intent (LOI) to construct a new shelter in Pomona was forged by this office with Hi Tor...

A Bold Step Toward Better Mental Health

Friends, It happens every day in Rockland County. Police officers and paramedics rushing to 911 calls involving individuals with mental health concerns – often referred to as “Emotionally Disturbed Person” (EDP) calls. These situations typically end with the...

Working to Stop the Medicaid Moochers

Just last week, the County Legislature’s Budget and Finance Committee held a public discussion on the inherent shortcomings of Medicaid, which leave the federally-created, state-mandated program vulnerable to rampant fraud and abuse. The Committee’s recent efforts...

Saving East Ramapo

Since before taking office as County Executive, one of my most heartfelt priorities has been to secure much-needed help for the children of the troubled East Ramapo Central School District. While county government does not have oversight of public school districts, I believe...

Fixing a Broken System

Friends, Less than six weeks into the new year, we’ve already had our fill of political scandals in New York. On January 22nd, now-former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested on federal charges that he exploited his office to obtain millions of dollars in payoffs....

Taking Aim at Illegal Housing

Friends, My administration has a steadfast commitment to address quality of life issues. In 2015, the worsening problems of illegal housing and overcrowding are major priorities. From Tomkins Cove to Spring Valley and from Nyack to Monsey, jerry-built rooms and shared extension...

Growing Our Economy In 2015

As I mentioned during my 2015 State of the County message last Tuesday, putting our fiscal house in order is good stewardship and helps us regain the trust of the people. It also builds confidence in Rockland County as a place to invest and realize one’s dreams. Creating...

Collecting a Debt

Thirteen months ago, I took office as your county executive knowing the challenges I inherited were stubborn and steep. Rockland County was broke and broken. The people elected me to fix this government and lift up our entire community. Part of our efforts to create a more...

Working Together

On a frigid afternoon last week, I met with State Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski in my office in New City. Ken provided an update on a host of key, nonpartisan issues he’s concentrating on for the people of his district, which includes parts of Clarkstown, Haverstraw and Ramapo....