Ed’s Blog

What Could Have Been

What Could Have Been

Picture this; Rockland County has increased its surplus to levels not seen since the early 2000s, our bonds are ranked in the A-category by ALL the major credit rating agencies, saving tax payer dollars on our needed infrastructure projects and ...
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A New Shelter

A New Shelter

This week we announced the 2020 proposed Budget for Rockland County; to make the announcement we visited the Hi Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona. Two years ago, we pledged to construct a new facility on that property, and we ...
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Measles Is Over

Measles Is Over

This week, 51 weeks since it began, we officially declared this measles outbreak over. I must say how proud I am of the way our community has rallied together to fight this outbreak. We have been part of the largest ...
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Challenges Old and New

Challenges Old and New

Every year in the fall as the temperatures begin to cool, we all take note of certain things, leaves changing color on trees, the return of football season or watching the Yankees make a playoff push. And those of us ...
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We Are Fed Up

We Are Fed Up

Rockland has had enough, enough over development, enough unsustainable growth, enough of our problems being ignored and enough of being told we are wrong, biased or anti-Semitic because of these valid concerns. What happened on the evening of Tuesday, September ...
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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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