Doing Our Part to Save Lives

I shared my lunchtime last Monday with two extraordinary young women. Lauren Shields of Stony Point is 14. A heart transplant saved her life five years ago. Malkie Brandler of Spring Valley is 21. She is hoping to receive the gift of a new heart later this spring. As we talked...

A Team Effort to Win State Dollars

Part of our sweeping effort to improve Rockland’s economy involves empowering our local municipal leaders, business owners and nonprofits. In the past, our County has left these stakeholders to largely fend for themselves when it came to navigating the confusing web of...

Rockland County – Working for You

Talking among friends last week, our discussion turned to the latest job numbers. One person remarked, “Rockland’s unemployment rate is down almost a point from the same time last year. This is great news!” True, it’s a big improvement over where we were....

A Good Day at Work for All

Part of our sweeping effort to change the direction of Rockland County involves a culture change within this organization. While our highly-skilled workforce dutifully moves our government forward each day, I’ve recognized a need to further empower department heads and give...

Tuxedo Reserve: What It Could Mean For Rockland County

There’s been a lot of talk recently about Tuxedo Reserve and exactly what the residential housing development in Orange County means for the people of Rockland County. Developers have told me their plan is to build nearly 1,200 single-family homes, condominiums and...

The LDC And Summit Park

As the effort to find a suitable buyer for the Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center forges ahead, I’ve been asked to remind county residents of the leading role played by the Local Development Corporation, or LDC, during this complex process. Under the previous...

Deficit Bond Will Help Improve County’s Financial Condition

Our continuing efforts to put the County’s fiscal house back in order got a major boost this month with the news of a low interest rate on our $96 million deficit financing bond. One of the key components of our financial recovery is gaining the trust and confidence of the...

Righting the Fiscal Ship: A Plan to Solve the Budget Crisis

Rockland County has been facing an ever-growing deficit since 2008.  Since then, it has ballooned to an estimated $125 million annually.  There are innumerable reasons for the deficit – one of which is a moribund local economy (and therefore tax base).  I...

Desalination: Prove it’s Right or Stop it

A major issue of importance in Rockland County since  has consistently been water supply.  In 2006, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) decided to have United Water determine if Rockland needed more water, and to provide solutions to increase the water...

“Preserving Rockland” A Plan to Stop Irresponsible Development

Rockland County is a community known for its suburban character, close-knit neighborhoods, and high quality of life. Those of us who were born here have known and cherished this from childhood; those who moved here from other areas chose to do so for these exact qualities. But as...