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UPDATE: Senator Carlucci Blasts Rockland County Continuing Tax and Blame Policy

Carlucci calls county executive's budget gap proposal "an $8 million gimmick." County Executive's office issues response.

 

State Senator David Carlucci issued the following statement Friday afternoon.

"Yesterday, the County Executive proposed an gimmick to an $80 million dollar problem. Hardly well thought out, and with no support from the county legislature, this ill-conceived plan would enact troubling new measures for Rockland residents. Vanderhoef's plan will implement an outrageous new energy tax on families who are simply trying to heat their homes in the cold winter months. What's next – a tax on breathing? Scott Vanderhoef now has a new tax increase for every day of the week – plus one for good luck.

"It's clear that the County Executive is not serious about ending the fiscal mismanagement that has betrayed our taxpayers for too long. They have resorted to more of the same tax and blame policies that have gotten us into this mess, instead of working to bring the unions, the legislature, and department heads together to find greater efficiencies and cost-cutting measures.  

"I will work with anyone, of any party, to put the county's fiscal house in order without raising taxes on residents. However, I will not and cannot be a part of making Rockland County the tax capital of New York State."

Ron Levine, Communications Director for County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef, issued this response. 

"Senator Carlucci has placed politics above the interests of Rockland
County residents and has not shown an ability to lead, which has been
demonstrated by his total inaction and disinterest in working in a
bipartisan manner with the County Executive and the leadership of the
Rockland County Legislature. Instead he has resorted to personal attacks
and caustic rhetoric. Sarcasm is not a solution. The Senator simply has
no plan."

Rockland Resident May 19, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Definition of sarcasm: Being in charge of the county as County Executive for 18 years, leading this county into financial disaster and blaming our new State Senator for the disaster he didn't create.
VinnyfromCongers May 19, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Do we really need a sheriffs deputy to run radar on Route 303 in Valley Cottage?
Joe Cortelli May 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Great job
Cal Mendelsohn May 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM
THIS IS DEFINITELY THE TIME THAT DAVID CARLUCCI MUST PROPOSE A PLAN TO ADDRESS THE BUDGET DEFICIT IN ROCKLAND , WHETHER INDIVIDUALLY OR WITH OTHER LEADERS . HOWEVER VALID, JUST CRITICIZING THE PLAN THAT THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE CONCOCTED ISN'T ENOUGH. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT HE HAS IN MIND SPECIFICALLY.
Margaret McKee May 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM
"Taxes on top of taxes" is more than the average homeowner can afford. Solve the problems without penalizing hard working people....voluntary salary cuts, duplication of services, cut the excess, etc. Figure it out......now do it! Good Luck Senator! Maggie
The Real Mary Smith May 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Instead of placing blame, we need real leadership! Both Senator Carlucci and C.E. Vanderhoef should not be pointing fingers. We need help getting out of this financial mess!
JohnJ22 May 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Hey, Senator Carlucci.............. Do you have a "workable" plan???? I totally agree that we have to "cut the fat", and have more efficiency in government, but will all of that be enough to cut the deficit?
Joe Shedlawski May 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Enough grandstanding, Senator. Where is YOUR plan?
Phil Leiter May 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM
It is not Senator Carlucci's job to come up with a plan for running the Rockland County government, but it certainly is within his realm to look at the plan presented to him and judge it on its merits...or in this case the lack thereof. Senator Carlucci is right - the residents of Rockland cannot support the county government with even more taxes. The County Executive and the Legislature need to recognize the obvious and make the tough choices to get their house in order.
Watchdog May 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Well said David Carlucci. STAND YOUR GROUND.Taxpayers need the true leadership you are exhibiting in the face of the criticisms by all the small, incompetent, tax and confuse, politicians and their "Communication Director", whose job should not even exist while we have this enormous, unpresidented deficit caused by numerous years of mismanagement. How much does this dude Levine get paid and what the hell does he do all day long? Perhaps he chats with the useless $102,000 Tourism Director, whose job Vanderhoef was going to eliminate but instead he changed the name of her office? I, a life long Republican, who voted for you will continue to support your efforts to debunk these so-called solutions which either add new fees to replace the taxes Vanderhoef could not get approved or pass off County services to the Towns which means taxpayers will have to pay the increases taxes except to a different entity. I have one question for you Levine, DO YOU REALLY THINK TAXPAYERS ARE THAT STUPID?
Mike Hirsch May 19, 2012 at 01:18 PM
That's what I've been telling Gromack to do in Clarkstown for the last three years. The professional politicians and their supporters who control our town and county, and who work only for their own jobs and benefits, are not interested in efficient governance. The citizenry complain but are not informed and believe the myth that our elected officials are their public servants. They also don't vote. We can only blame ourselves.
Richard Salter May 19, 2012 at 01:19 PM
David Carlucci an honest man. Seemingly, he's the only trustworthy politician around. Hopefully, he doesn't back down. Richard A. Salter
Mike Hirsch May 19, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Correct as usual Phil. Thank you for all your clear headed thinking.
stephany May 19, 2012 at 02:21 PM
glad somebody else noticed THERE IS NO PLAN from Carlucci only a well deserved political rant on a member of the opposite party and what he does mention is obvious to everyone.
stephany May 19, 2012 at 02:24 PM
so Phil what did Carlucci tell you that you did not already know
stephany May 19, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Please do not confuse this with any defense of CSV. He needs to go but doesn't Carlucci seem to be defending the Democratically led RC legislature when he says this. It is my understanding that the legislature is a big part of the problem "Yesterday, the County Executive proposed an $8 million gimmick to an $80 million dollar problem. Hardly well thought out, and with NO SUPPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE, this ill-conceived plan would enact troubling new measures for Rockland residents" I am not saying theCSV plan is,not at all,but maybe a plan is a better plan if it doe NOT not have the support of the humongous Rockland county legislature who is a big part of the problem.
RJ May 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I'm a republican who also voted for Carlucci and against Vanderhoef. No matter your party we are all in this together. The solution is simple. No new taxes or surcharges, cut the government fat. It's up to us, democrats & republicans alike, to get to the voting booth and elect officials that work for the good of the majority of the taxpayers in this county, not just the few family, friends & political allies.
RJ May 19, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Senator Carlucci, you've given us all hope. Please don't let us down.
just read a community view article in the journal news...by Mr Gervasi..h e listed the 6 and 7% raise Gromuck allowed to the clerk of the works who is aslo a party member..he gets 169,000??? the same guy who had his son working under him..cleaning up...the Polce chief makes what 258,000....people..please can we see the real financial paperwork that allows this absurd spening..Mr Gervasi has the guts to stand up...well done.....but I know of very few kids wanting to move back here...it is not that desirable a place in reality...and the way this town and county is run....maybe one daythey can install snow making rquipment all over rockland for everyone to ski downhill..we are building the slopes all too well..I see absoulutely no accountibilty
HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller May 19, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Someone! [ feels like] is under [ UI ] "under the influence of alcohal! . . . . .The trends [of] the "Person" occupying the "Office of The NY State Senator of Rockland County" since its "creation or formation" has been so. Doesn't matter [when one is a Republican or a Democrat!] in the end of "an election Campaign" and "From The Oath of An Office of Public Trust" must be reevaluated based on "The Laws of The United States of America" and not on the personal "likes" or "dislikes" of The Rockland Senator or The Rockland County Executive. . . . . Hello! I am Habib Hasan - An American Storyteller and I endorse this comment [Joke] LOL! Enjoy reading! I never wrote in The Patch before; [For Private Reasons] but when the but when I READ THE News Headline about "blaming the Budget Deficit on "One Honest Man" [ I smell that only because He is a Republican] he is being picked up by a "Municipal Senator" [ of an unknown Distirct- actualy a self-created one by a long sitting foreign traveller US Congressman from Bronx] in the House of U.S. Representatives! But its ok! Equal Justice Under Law dicates something else not what is transpiring in the County. HABIBHASAN - An American Storyteller
HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller May 19, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I can well imagine; how happy you are Mike! [after] getting the "Blame of The Deficit Gap" on The 5th Time County Executive Sholders [ You and I ] and many are in it too! But, the [only difference] is I practice what I Preach. Mr. Vanderhoef does what "The Republican Insiders" tell him to do! And [ apparently] The Disgusted Tax-payers of Clarkstown playing both sides! . . . . Don't they! Ask Diane Holland or Tony Mele for Clarkstown Clerk! and US Congress! . . . I thought it otherwise; but [you] proved me wrong! Didn't you? When George Washington Took Oath of Office; he ran a very transparent Government; May be know not you! . . . But, it's a historical fact! The Wind should be America not It's Political Factions and Groups! What Say You? HABIBHASAN - An American Storyteller
Clarkstown life May 19, 2012 at 09:41 PM
nice analogy howie the unhappy taxpayer.......what happened to your usual clarksclownville nonsense
Rhea Vogel May 20, 2012 at 02:33 PM
As usual Phil, you are spot on in your analysis of the situation. It is not Carlucci's job to come up with a plan, that is the County Exec and Legislature's responsibility.
Watchdog May 20, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Hibib, you are much clearer than any of the politicians presenting any of the proposals.
Clarkstown life May 21, 2012 at 01:27 AM
if you are getting all your info from the Disgusted taxpayers.....you got problems
HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller May 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM
. . . No Sir! the Rockland County Legislators are equally responsible for the Bond Rating! Let's not put blame on One Man! HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller
Gary May 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM
We dont need anymore BLAMERS Carlucci which is all you seem to do. We have enough of that going on for 4 years in the white house. DO SOMETHING!
Anthony Mele June 25, 2012 at 08:53 PM
The Rockland County leadership have stated openly, that it was not a spending problem that caused our County fiscal calamity, it was a revenue problem. I beg to differ. Before anyone can craft a remedy to any problem, they must first understand the cause of the problem. For this reason, they cannot formulate a solution because they do not recognize the problem. It is my observation that we indeed have a spending problem not a revenue problem. The blame on Summit Park and Mirant Tax certs are mis-placed. I have openly called for a 50% salary cut of all elected officials in Rockland County, both imposed and voluntary. All tax funded union contracts are up for re-negotiation and re-think the wisdom of continuing that practice. Redundancy in County and Town governments are an open secret, along with ever elusive patronage jobs bleeding our fiscal health. The solutions offered by the Rockland County Legislative body are comparable to drilling a hole in the bottom of sinking boat to let the water out. No intention to sound harsh but the problem demands a harsh solution. The NYS Senate were prudent in shelving the so called "home rule bill" or what ever other name you want to use in order to masquerade what it really does, which is the "pick the tax payers pocket some more bill" Moody's said it loud and clear. RC Legislature is not credit worthy for a loan. They rated them between; "don't even think about it and Just forget about it." Admit how then fix it.
Anthony Mele June 25, 2012 at 08:55 PM
For the sake of good order. I publish my real name when posting. Any similarities to me are either by coincidence or mal-intended.
Watchdog June 26, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Thank you Mr. Mele for those excellent observations. You hit the nail squarely on its head. The incompetents on the Legslature are not fooling the rating agencies as easily as they fool taxpayers. Ther can be no solution unless we get a multi year rolling projection of revenues and expenses, adjusted quarterly, going out for at least five years or until the last payment is due on any new financial obligations they are trying to float. My personal take is that te county is in so deep with political cronyism like the Tourism Dept. and entitlement spending, a good portion of which favors BLOC voters that we are incapable of producing a sensible budget without even more large increases in taxes and fees. This County is in BIG trouble. Moody's knows this. We will soon be downgraded to junk status.

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