Ed’s Blog

A Time for Change

A Time for Change

Many people this time of year are resolving to change things in their lives. Whether it be quitting smoking (like I did in 1994), eating healthier, exercising more, saving more money or even learning a new skill or language; these ...
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We Must Do Better

We Must Do Better

Brutal, horrific, savage, vicious, barbaric; all these words and more describe the attack that happened this week at the home of a Rabbi during Hanukkah. It serves as a stark reminder that even in a community as good and serene ...
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Shape Up or Pay Up

Shape Up or Pay Up

New Jersey Transit is finally being held accountable for their poor service. Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi told NJ Transit President Kevin Corbett last month in a letter that she intends to withhold 15% of the commuter rail's monthly payments to ...
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The Spirit of the Season 2019

The Spirit of the Season

This week we have a very symbolic confluence of holidays as Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza all fall within days of each other. This is an important reminder that though we may worship in different ways, this time of year we ...
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Bipartisan Budget

Bipartisan Budget

15-2. That was the vote by the Rockland County Legislature in favor of the amended 2020 Budget. To put your mind at ease, their amendments did not result in ANY additional increase in taxes from the Proposed 2020 Budget I submitted ...
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Holiday Cheer for All

Holiday Cheer for All

As wonderful as receiving gifts can feel, it is also important to remember that the holidays should also be a time of gratitude and giving. With the National Retail Federation predicting more than $727.9 billion in holiday sales this season, ...
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Age-Friendly

Age-Friendly

Rockland County's Office for the Aging (RCOFA) is now an Age-Friendly Center of Excellence. This designation comes with a $100,000 grant from the New York State Office for the Aging, which will be used to develop and improve Rockland's Age-Friendly ...
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Service and Support

Service and Support

November is the month when Americans gather with family and friends, share a traditional Thanksgiving meal and express gratitude for the good things in their lives. It is also a time when we reflect on our blessings and help to ...
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Clean Bill of Health

Clean Bill of Health

I have more good news to share with you in respect to the 2020 Proposed Budget. The New York State Comptroller's Office reviewed our $729.9 million spending plan and found that, "the significant revenue and expenditure projections in the proposed ...
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Preserving Our History

Preserving Our History

This week we marked a momentous occasion; we cut the ribbon on a beautifully restored 223-year-old barn at the Cropsey Farm property in New City. The New World Dutch Barn was built in 1796 and is a wonderful example of ...
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