Ed’s Blog

A Day of Remembrance

A Time for Remembrance

As we enter the month of September, we approach the most solemn of days for many here in New York and across our country. Every year Rockland County holds a commemoration for the local victims of the September 11th attacks ...
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Substantial Equivalency

Substantial Equivalency

Right now, the New York State Department of Education and the Board of Regents are considering regulations regarding substantial equivalency in private schools. Substantial equivalency is already required under New York State law but it has never before been monitored, ...
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Ready for Mother Nature

Ready for Mother Nature

Hurricane Season is upon us. Last week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center increased the likelihood of an above-average Atlantic hurricane season to 45% (up from 30% from the outlook issued in May). This warning means ...
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Pushing Back

Pushing Back

Rockland County has been pushing back against lackadaisical or outright corrupt code enforcement for years; launching the Rockland Codes Initiative (RCI) in 2015 to correct dangerous and disgusting conditions that were often found all across our County. Our program is ...
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In the Black Again

In the Black Again!

We are in the black again! For the second year in a row Rockland County has grown its Unassigned Fund Balance in the General Fund (a surplus). It has grown from $6.2 million in 2017 (which was the first surplus ...
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We Will Not Let Up

We Will Not Let Up

Back in March I stood with health officials, business leaders and members of law enforcement to declare a state of emergency in Rockland County. I am happy to now say our State of Emergency has ended. Much of what we ...
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Accessible for All

Accessible for All

Rockland has taken another step forward in our mission to serve and provide for all our residents. We just cut the ribbon on a handicapped-accessible kayak launch and replacement docks at Haverstraw Bay County Park. I was joined by our ...
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Our Bridge, Our Future

Our Bridge, Our Future

Last week the Thruway Authority announced the formation of a Toll Advisory Panel to review toll rates, potential resident and commuter discount programs and commercial vehicle rates over the Tappan Zee Bridge. I have expressed concern for how the new ...
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Race to the Top

Race to the Top

Shortly after I took office, our assessment rolls hit a low point; just under $35 billion, down $13 billion from their peak in 2008. Big taxpayers like Lovett, Mirant, Novartis and others left the County. But one of the promises ...
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The Right Way

The Right Way

Here in Rockland we expect people to do things the right way. Paying your taxes on time, looking out for your family, friends and neighbors, and following the laws like everyone else. One of the reasons I am so proud ...
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