Commuter Lot Expansion, Bus Service Update

Several committees of the Rockland County Legislature meet tonight on issues from approving an expansion of a commuter lot in Monsey and authorizing the county to borrow money to getting an update on public transportation services.

Harriet Cornell
Harriet Cornell

Members of the Planning & Public Works Committee are scheduled to discuss the status of the county’s Transport of Rockland (TOR) and Tappan Zee Express (TZx) services.

The Budget & Finance Committee will vote on expanding the Monsey Drive-In commuter lot on Route 59 by 70 spaces. The lot’s current capacity is 290 vehicles and the expansion would bring it to 360 parking spaces. The added rental cost for the increased number of parking spaces would be paid for with New York State Department of Transportation funds.

Committee members will vote on authorizing $45 million in Revenue Anticipation Notes to cover the expected receipt of revenue and $55 million in Tax Anticipation Notes to cover expected tax collection payments. Legislators will review the Rockland County Mandate and Taxation Information Act and Rockland County Taxation Transparency Act both passed in 2012. 

Legislator Harriet Cornell will propose a resolution regarding human trafficking to the legislature's Public Safety Committee. If passed, the resolution would call upon the state legislature to consider and act on recommendations made by the New York Bar Association's Special Committee on Human Trafficking.

The Economic Development Committee’s presentation on Wednesday from the Rockland Economic Development Council’s President & CEO Michael DiTullo comes on the heels of Novartis’ announcement that it will be closing its Suffern plant within two to three years.

The Tuesday committee meetings are scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. with Public Safety, followed by Multi Services at 6 p.m., Planning & Public Works at 7 p.m. and Budget & Finance at 7:45 p.m. The Economic Development Committee will meet at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Charles Clewsow January 28, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Harriet is looking for redemption since she and her cronies nearly bankrupted the county. She was the first woman (or man, or transvestite) in the history of Rockland County to increase taxes over 50% in just three short years. She bucked her own party's governor who wanted her to cap tax increases to 2% a year but Harriet showed she was not a puppet of the Govermer and insisted on tax increases of over 50%. Quite an achievements or Rocklands first woman chair of the Legislature. Now she is turning her attention to something other thanks local issue, sex trafficking. Considering her achievements in Rockland, I wonder why any group would want her behind their cause.
Charles Clewsow January 28, 2014 at 02:37 PM
"Committee members will vote on authorizing $45 million in Revenue Anticipation Notes to cover the expected receipt of revenue and $55 million in Tax Anticipation Notes to cover expected tax collection payments.".....In other words,they not only spent the tax money they already collected but now they want to spend the tax money they will collect INTHE future. So what happens to the expenses they will incur INTHE future now that they already spent the future tax money for current expenses. This, my friends, is a legalbutdisturbing way to bust your budget I.e. spend more than you have,without getting anyone's approval.
Pat Godfrey January 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM
How do these people keep borrowing money when they are 140 million over budget right now? You only can conclude their goal is to bankrupt the county. Harriett Cornell and the council what has the Rockland residents done to you that you can treat us this way? Is this punishment for voting you back in office? What is going on here?


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