Combating Medicaid Fraud

When you pay your county property taxes, more than half of the tax levy – 55 percent – goes toward paying for one item: Medicaid.   Here in Rockland County, our share of Medicaid costs us $66 million every year.   Two factors are at work here: New York State...

Looking to the Future

Spring, that season of renewal, is almost upon us and it’s natural during this time of year to think about the future. That is what I’m doing as I complete my first term as your County Executive. I’m thinking about all that we have accomplished and all that I...

State Budget: NOT ENOUGH FOR ROCKLAND

This year’s state budget has some – but not enough – good news for Rockland. The $155 billion fiscal agreement lowers personal income tax rates, which keeps more money in the hands of people who earn it and helps our economy. And it finally ended a fiscal...

Fighting Fraud On The Front End

As your county executive, I have done my best to listen and respond to the genuine concerns voiced by Rockland County taxpayers on hundreds of issues. Chief among these concerns is the continued abuse of a system that was designed to provide temporary aid to the needy,...

Property Tax Bills Can Demonize The ‘Poor’

Rockland County taxes as listed on my Orangetown Property Tax invoice¬†are misleading and potentially inflammatory against the ‘poor.’ First the item entitled ‘State and County’ taxes contains only County taxes, not State taxes. Second the item entitled...