We Haven't Had Time!

Vanderhoef fiddles while Rockland County burns.

In a previous blog entitled I wrote: "Things are so bad that our County government doesn't even know what its deficit is. Vanderhoef says its about $50 million while the legislature has asked Albany for about $80 million.  All of this reminds me of Will Rodgers' observation that: A government's budget is like a mythical bean bag. The politicians vote mythical beans into it, then reach in and try to pull real ones out."

Well who could imagine that it continues to get worse?  According to the March 20, 2012 issue of the Journal News:

"Rockland County does not have a Finance Director.  It is muddling along appointing a temporary one every 6 months.  This is giving rise to issues of confidence, competence and continuity".

And how is this for political doublespeak?

"Vanderhoef said he wanted to maintain options when it came to the finance post. He said he might want to conduct a broader search for a permanent commissioner while simultaneously praising DeGroat’s work over the past year. “We’re still in a learning curve at a very critical time,” Vanderhoef said. “I want to retain flexibility where we need to. “He’s doing a satisfactory job. We may at some point want to go out and broaden the look and he may be the one. We just haven't had time to look.”

We just haven't had time to look?

Vanderhoef and the County Legislature have racked up an $80 million deficit and they are still on a learning curve and haven't had the time to find someone who has competency in finance!

H. Jackson Brown, author of 'Life's Little Instruction Book', which was a New York Times bestseller (1991–1994), remarked:

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein."

But then paraphrasing Lloyd Bentsen's comment at the 1988 Vice-presidential debate - Vanderhoef is no Thomas Jefferson!

Who can disagree?

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Rockland County Legislator Ed Day March 22, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Oh Dog Catcher I know full well the tourism department was eliminated BUT the patronage position costing us over $100K was unfortunately continued. Not obsessed at all; it was just that your comments sounded much like one with a patronage job in County government. But no matter, as clearly you have no ideas or real concerns other than acting as some sort of sniper, and all one has to do is click on your name and see your history as being one thing - commenting on my life. Very strange indeed. No matter what I offer or expand on is denigrated by you, and that's OK, as we all see you reach your limited level of ability in that way. Your interest in community is clearly quite narrow, and that is your cross to bear. I'll instead focus on my profession outside of government and serve my community the best I can otherwise. Answering narrow minded, snide commentary is truly a waste of time better spent on the positive things in this life. And as I mentioned in another post where you were psuedo stalking me on, and where you got your hand slapped by others, given your depth and commitment to bettering government, I am sure you will be at that Multi Services meeting next week to share your thoughts and expertise!
Dog Catcher March 22, 2012 at 03:43 PM
My goodness, and this is the man who wants to be our new County Executive. He's right about one thing - I don't need to say another word. Mission accomplished. That was too easy.
George C March 22, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Yes, BJ, I mean CJ Miller still has a nice high paying job with the County. So what did we save?
Watchdog March 22, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Scotty seems to like her a lot for some strange reason known to a select few I guess. Now the title of her Department is Rockland Tourism AND Local Development? Just what is she developing that even Doggie Catcher does not know. At $102000 a year all I see is emails advertising restaurants. What a waste since she had no qualifications in local or any kind of development, or Tourism for that matter. But Scotty seems to like her a lot! :) :)
Watchdog March 22, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Hey Doggie Catcher! If you are going to be used as a schill at least the boys could give you accurate information. What they are giving you is suitable for your Walmart bag when walking your poochie.


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