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Vanderhoef Names New Budget and Finance Commissioner

Stephen F. DeGroat of South Nyack replaces H. Chris Kopf.

Stephen F. DeGroat of South Nyack, a certified public accountant who was senior vice president of public finance at Dexia Credit Local, was today named Rockland County’s acting commissioner for Budget and Finance.
County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef said DeGroat has many years of experience
taking innovative approaches to the complicated financial needs of state and local governments, nonprofits and quasi-governmental operations.
“Stephen DeGroat has the financial acumen and business savvy that
Rockland County needs in a Commissioner of Finance,” Vanderhoef said. “He has a proven record of custom designing solutions to meet changing financial and
budgetary needs. His expertise will be invaluable with respect to the planning of future fiscal and budgetary policies.”
DeGroat, 56, fills the vacancy created by the retirement in December of H. Chris Kopf, who was hailed by Vanderhoef last week in his State of the County message to the County Legislature for his work managing the county’s budget and financial operations.
In addition to his work in the private sector, DeGroat also served as a senior examiner of Municipal Affairs with the New York State Comptroller’s Office.
Ron Levine, a spokesman for Vanderhoef, said the county executive has six months to recommend DeGroat to the County Legislature for permanent appointment to the post. Levine said that with the importance of the position, Vanderhoef decided to make the appointment on an acting basis, although DeGroat will have full authority over budget and finance matters
DeGroat is a life-long Rockland resident and graduate of Nyack High School. He has a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from St.
Thomas Aquinas Collage in Sparkill and an MBA in Finance from Iona College of New Rochelle.

Mike Hirsch March 22, 2011 at 12:44 AM
What is the yearly salary? What is the benefit package worth/year? Was the job advertised? How many people were interviewed?
Chauncy Tillinghast March 22, 2011 at 05:06 AM
Reminds me of the Justin Sweet appointment by Gromack. They do what they want, taxpayer be damned . He wants his buddy in there so he can screw with the budget. Now in the hole for $30 million deficit. Expect a 30% tax increase.
Mike Hirsch March 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM
I believe the salary is north of 150k plus free health care, etc, etc. If this position opened up in private enterprise today, the business would receive over 200 resumes and be able to hire a highly competent individual for under $100,000/yr, no pension, no nothing, and the new hire would feel very fortunate to have a job. Contrast this with the way this position was filled - one individual was chosen out of three people who were put forth by the politically connected. No wonder we have budget problems.
Chauncy Tillinghast March 22, 2011 at 12:19 PM
I believe taxpayers have had enough. Term limits are mire necessary now than ever before. We have no real choices. Just s bunch if political retreads like this guy who when I called and spoke to him lied to me about doing away with the bloated Tourism Dept and transferring it to REDC saving taxpayers over $500,000. This Dept. Is basicallya web site staffed by three people. DISGUSTING. I understand there us a petition circulating in Clarkstown for term limits. Anyone know anything?
Mike Hirsch March 22, 2011 at 01:20 PM
The Clarkstown Taxpayers Group is organizing to get a term limit proposition on the ballot this November. Their next meeting is Sunday, April 10th at the New City Library. I forget the time, but I'm sure it's posted on their website www.clarkstowntaxpayers.com Ed Day has proposed legislation for term limits on the County level and a NYS legislator has legislation pending on the State level. The Clarkstown Taxpayer Group is attempting to get it on the ballot on the Town level.
Scott Walters March 22, 2011 at 01:33 PM
his is more evidence as to why we need a three member county commissioner set up like in PA. They are voted at large, with two from one party and one from another (sometimes even one from three different parties!), and they are able to work with much less waste, fraud, abuse, etc. than our BLOATED 17 member legislature with a county executive...imagine the savings and the need not to Gerrymander districts...:)
Chauncy Tillinghast March 22, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Thanks Mike. Vanderhoef tried to leave the CE job several times but no one wants this guy, he was resoundly rejected by voters in favor of a 29 year old. His appointment to the ballot was arranged by Vinny Reda, who is now under a cloud for allegedly stealing from a department store in his District (Nice huh?). Ed Day should have been the candidate and he would have won. This questionable appointment only shows that TermLimits are necessary. IMO he has run this County into the ground squandering all the sales tax money from the Mall and increasing taxes like the County Mortgage Tax he put in that hurts potential purchasers of homes in Rockand.

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