Rockland County’s Fiscal Crisis Takes Center Stage Thursday

Vanderhoef introducing financial contingency options and CSEA members planning protest


Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef will announce financial contingency options including layoffs and revenue enhancements and actions regarding the Summit Park Hospital/Nursing Home on Thursday afternoon.  Vanderhoef and legislative leaders have met to discuss ways to close the county’s budget deficit after they learned that their request for would not be introduced in the State Senate.  Later in the afternoon CSEA members, union activists and community member plant to rally outside State Senator David Carlucci’s Nanuet office.

The CSEA’s “Rally for Rockland” will call on him to sign on as a Senate sponsor of Bill A10100, which has been supported by Assembly members Ellen Jaffee and Annie Rabbitt. The protest is scheduled from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

Vanderhoef will announce a number of financial contingency options designed to close a budget gap projected to be $80 million and cut the county’s workforce “to the bone.” County officials convened after learning the proposed sales tax and deficit reduction bonds increase would not be introduced and that Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Rockland’s to Baa3.

Vanderhoef will also outline his plan of action with respect to the future of the Summit Park Hospital & Nursing Facility in Pomona. The county facility was the subject of a comprehensive study by consultants whose findings were released on Tuesday.

“We want Senator Carlucci to reconsider his position on this bill,” said CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo. “Without his support in the Senate, Rockland County faces devastating cuts in vital services as well as job losses numbering in the hundreds. These cuts will hurt all Rocklanders. The job cuts will hurt small businesses and impact all homeowners, as foreclosures will be inevitable and that will lower property values across the county.”

The CSEA is the largest union representing Rockland County employees.

Gregg May 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Do just that “to the bone.” cuts. stop talking about it and do it.
michael May 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Time to cut some of the useless positions you have in the county. Cut the number of top executives in office and cut in half the councilman/woman positions. Start from the top with the high salary work way down.
Andrew May 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Vanderhoef should not raise taxes one bit. Rockland Cty. already has about the highest Sales Taxes in USA (9%) and the highest Property Taxes in USA (higher per $1000 of home value than Beverly Hills). Rockland homeowners are being taxed as if this was Bedford Hills or Scarsdale (Westchester), yet most here are not that rich. The only rich in Rockland, are the grossly overpaid Cops who work mostly leisurely jobs for 20 years and then start collecting pensions by age 42, and get a 2nd Govern. job. And the Teachers with their part-year, short-hours jobs who work till age 55, and also retire with Pensions and Health Care worth $3 million each. There's no excuse for Rockland's Financial Crisis, self-inflicted by its overly pension greedy Govern. Employees (same as Greece). Let them become entrepreneurs, work 70 hours per week and risk their own capital if they want to have a shot at retiring worth $millions. THE RAPE OF ROCKLAND HOMEOWNERS MUST STOP by the Govern. Gluttons who have no shame.
Andrew May 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM
What was the point of even having a County Executive, if he couldn't stop the Rockland Govern. from running up huge deficits? If he didn't manage the county's financials properly? Rockland didn't always have a County Executive's office, and never before had $90 million DEFICITS. I wonder how much of that money is "commisions" and graft to the various elected officials and depart. managers?
Watchdog May 16, 2012 at 11:32 PM
UNIONS vote in solidarity with their brothers, the JEWISH HASIDIM BLOC to destroy this County. Mr. Carlucci, HOLD YOUR GROUND. I am a Republcan all my life but I voted for you and I am glad I did. HOLD YOUR GROUND. Do not listen to these greedy Unions who are putting Seniors out of their homes while they ZERO co-pays, for their drugs and medical.
Watchdog May 16, 2012 at 11:34 PM
PLEASE stop calling tax increases......revenue enhancements. PLEASE.
Mike Hirsch May 17, 2012 at 12:38 AM
David Carlucci is certainly no dummy and has a bright political career ahead of him. Vanderhoef and his small time partners in shame Cornell and Schoenberger are going nowhere. He's already light years ahead of them at half their age, and that's being charitable.
GWashington May 17, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Lay off everyone and work from there.
Jim Kingsland May 17, 2012 at 01:09 AM
3 Cheers for Sen Carlucci. He is a man of integrity amongst a den of corrupticians.
Walt May 17, 2012 at 01:28 AM
CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo sounds a bit hysterical, no? Make the cuts for crying out loud and we'll deal with the outcome.
Watchdog May 17, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I think he is being applauded behind the scenes in NYS political circles (including Cuomo insiders) while being maligned by the weak, inept ans self-serving local democrats, including the puppets in the Assembly who will be toast in a few years. Cuomo is not going to let someone like Vanderhoef and Cornell, who ran Rockland County off a cliff, stand in the way of the Legacy he is building as a proponent of lower taxes.
NetworkGuy September 12, 2012 at 01:33 PM
The fact that almost all the teachers and cops in this county make well over a hundred thousand a year is disgraceful. Moreover, looking at the salary schedules online is nauseating. The salaries are over inflated. And in Clarkstown can someone please explain why a Bingo Inspector makes over $65/hr? What IS a Bingo Inspector? Bottom line is that although teachers and cops have noble professions and we all say "rah-rah" for them, since when do those jobs pay that much? My son's Kindergarten teacher makes $105,000/yr and works 180 days. Do you see the problem here? When the parasite keeps eating the host eventually there is nothing left. Taxes in this county are offensive. Period. If I'm going to pay $18,000/yr in taxes I expect the services I'm paying for to be stellar. They are not. They are sub-par at best. The moment I cross into NJ the roads and landscaping are beautiful in contrast the neglected looking county of Rockland. If the County Executive wants to solve this tax issue he needs to get dig in and say no more. People are leaving in droves to places like Charlotte, NC where taxes are $2000/yr, the place is beautiful, the schools are excellent, and middle class folks can afford top buy a home for $250,000 (which is equivalent to $800,000 here) and live a comfortable life. People in NY fool themselves that this is the norm. This is not the norm.


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