Unity

A vinyl swimming pool slashed at Camp Shalom in Chestnut Ridge. Swastikas and racist graffiti scrawled on vehicles outside a secluded home in Pearl River. Anti-Semitic phrases and profanity spray-painted across the greenhouses at Van Houten Farms in Pearl River. While the Summer...

Charter Reform: Hopes Dashed

A few days ago, I vetoed legislation I had hoped would make this organization more responsive our residents. The plan was to reform Rockland County’s 30-year-old charter. The current County charter, which acts as a blueprint for Rockland’s system of government, was...

This Is What Dedication Looks Like

While most of us were sleeping last week, Rockland County’s dedicated first responders crawled through twisted metal, thick brush and pitch black to rescue a trucker from his wrecked tractor trailer. The 18-wheeler crashed through a metal guardrail and careened down an...

The Right Person for the Job

In order to ensure that Rockland County delivers quality, cost-effective services, it’s imperative that we select and promote the most qualified individuals to vacant positions. For many years, high-ranking County officials injected themselves into the vetting process to...

Term Limits

When the Legislature announced intentions this spring to open the Rockland County Charter for revisions, my Administration immediately started work on several meaningful reforms. While any changes to the Charter require legislative approval, I expect one critical proposal to be...

Summit Park – Taking Care Of Our Community

With negotiations now underway in the effort to transfer ownership of the Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center, it’s time we recognize the facility’s dedicated staff. Despite months of uncertainty and bad press, these highly-committed health professionals...

Six Months of Change

As my Administration moves toward the second half of 2014, I’m taking a few moments this week to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished in just under six months. My team and I have spent each day focusing on common sense, intelligent solutions to the County’s...

Governance

It’s no secret. Rockland County is on financial life support. This has been a disturbing fact for some time. Our current budget deficit surpassing $140 million dollars is a result of years of gross mismanagement, bad decisions and unfunded state mandates. My campaign for...

It’s Your Money – and Our Fiscal Health

Despite making a convincing case for action on the $11 million premium earned on the County’s deficit financing bond, our Legislative Leaders continue to embrace inaction. Deliberate decisions to delay a vote on the resolution will bring devastating consequences, including...

No More Kicking the Can

The County of Rockland faces a projected, unaudited budget deficit of $145 million. To help move the County forward, my Administration has undertaken a series of aggressive cost-cutting measures since January, including: 1) the identification and correction of critical...