Future-focused Agenda for Rockland County

A vision for Rockland County’s environment, economy, transportation, governance, health, and quality of life.

It’s time to put aside the divisive, wasteful political games that obstruct progress, and work instead on a future-focused agenda that benefits all Rockland County residents!

Environment

Our most urgent need is environmental action for breathable air, flood prevention, climate protection, tourism, and cost-savings.

Preserving Open Space
Preserving Open Space will prevent irresponsible development, keep our air, soil, and water cleaner, improve the quality of life for residents, and attract tourists to enjoy the natural beauty of Rockland County
Passing a Green Fleet Law
Passing a Green Fleet Law that would replace county vehicles at the end of their life-cycle with quiet, clean, money-saving electrical vehicles. (A nearby New York County has lowered its fuel costs to 3¢per mile by implementing a Green Fleet Policy!)
Upgrading aging HVAC systems in county buildings
Upgrading aging HVAC systems in county buildings to money-saving geothermal and solar power, funded in part through state and federal grant money.
Reinstating the county air quality laws
Reinstating the county air quality laws whose elimination has given polluters like Aluf a free pass to release harmful fumes into our neighborhoods with few consequences.
Implementing a Green Business Challenge
Implementing a Green Business Challenge to assist local businesses who want to save money and help the community by converting to clean, renewable energy.
Increasing Electrical Vehicle charging stations
Increasing Electrical Vehicle charging stations through public-private partnerships to support the Green Fleet Initiative, encourage municipalities to adopt similar policies, make it easier for residents to consider purchasing their own EVs, keeping the air, soil, and water cleaner, and attracting EV tourists who will spend money in our communities.
Encouraging Green, transit-oriented redevelopment of failing retail and other commercial space
Encouraging Green, transit-oriented redevelopment of failing retail and other commercial space, land that is already paved and equipped with infrastructure, to provide affordable housing for Rockland seniors who want to age in place, veterans, the disabled, and other residents who are at risk of being priced and taxed out of Rockland. This saves environmentally sensitive land that should never be developed and attracts new businesses.
Promoting Community Choice Aggregation
Promoting Community Choice Aggregation throughout the county to help the municipalities that have not yet begun the process to create buying groups that provide residents with lower-cost, clean energy.
Supporting Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
Supporting Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), a program that makes it easy and affordable to convert commercial, non-profit, and municipal properties to clean energy.
Increasing awareness of NYSERDA grants for residents and business-owners
Increasing awareness of NYSERDA grants for residents and business-owners to bring in state money and save on county and local taxes.
Banning the manufacture of BTX (benzene, toluene, xylene)
Banning the manufacture of BTX (benzene, toluene, xylene) near any residential area in Rockland.
Conserving water and avoiding future costs
Conserving water and avoiding future costs by embracing the recommendations of the Water Task Force to maximize the efficiency of Rockland’s water usage.
Preventing and mitigating floods
Preventing and mitigating floods by investing in water-management infrastructure funded in part by federal and New York State DEC grants.
Making Rockland a Climate Smart Community

By joining six other NY counties and several municipalities in Rockland in working toward Climate Smart Community certification, Rockland County can take advantage of NYSERDA grants to reduce our carbon emissions, mitigate the effects of climate change, and save taxpayer money.

Quality of Life

Why do people love to live and work in Rockland County? It’s all about the Quality of Life.
Increasing Code Enforcement
Increasing Code Enforcement to protect residents and first responders from the dangers of overcrowding, bad wiring, and fire-prone buildings.
Strengthening the Non-Profits
Strengthening the Non-Profits that serve our elderly, our veterans, our disabled neighbors, and our disadvantaged communities
Maintaining Aging-in-Place Services
Maintaining Aging-in-Place Services that empower seniors to live independently and successfully age in place, and to transition to care, if necessary.
Supporting the mission of Rockland Community College
Supporting the mission of Rockland Community College to provide educational and vocational opportunities for Rockland County residents of every community and age.
Encouraging Green, transit-oriented redevelopment of failing retail and other commercial space
Encouraging Green, transit-oriented redevelopment of failing retail and other commercial space, land that is already paved and equipped with infrastructure, to provide affordable housing for Rockland seniors who want to age in place, veterans, the disabled, and other residents who are at risk of being priced and taxed out of Rockland. This saves environmentally sensitive land that should never be developed and attracts new businesses.

Transportation

Rockland County is on the move! But we need major improvements in our transportation system to speed residents around the county and to opportunities in NYC.
Achieving Bus Rapid Transit
Achieving Bus Rapid Transit across the Hudson River to make commutes faster and easier, and to enhance Rockland’s economic competitiveness.
Improving Intra-County Bus Service
Improving Intra-County Bus Service to speed commuters from door to hub.
Transitioning to Electric Buses
Transitioning to Electric Buses to save fuel costs and keep Rockland’s air cleaner.
Promoting Bicycle Commuting
Promoting Bicycle Commuting to reduce traffic and emissions.
Supporting Transit-Oriented Development
Supporting Transit-Oriented Development to ease commuting and grow local business.
Fighting for Rockland County businesses
Fighting for Rockland County businesses to get more service in exchange for the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax our local businesses pay.

Economic development

Fostering a healthy local business climate provides good jobs, keeps residential taxes in check, and makes Rockland an attractive place to raise a family.
Promoting Economic Development
Rockland boasts a highly-educated workforce, thriving multilingual communities, high-tech infrastructure, some underutilized commercial and industrial spaces, and a short commute to NYC. We need to use every available resource, including state and federal grants, to market Rockland’s many advantages. Attracting more businesses to set up shop here develops our tax base, raises property values, and provides more good jobs to our residents.
Boosting Tourism
Rockland County’s natural beauty, historical treasures, lively arts scene, and cultural diversity make it an ideal weekend getaway for people from NYC and beyond. In addition to promoting our picture-perfect landscapes, family activities, and world-class restaurants, adding EV charging stations near tourist attractions around the county will attract EV tourists who plan their meals and recreational activities around available energy. We also need to attract new businesses to complement our existing tourist draws, like the Boulders Stadium, the Garnerville Industrial Arts Center, the Revolutionary War site in Stony Point, Piermont’s waterfront, Nyack’s burgeoning culinary and restaurant scene, and Haverstraw’s and Sloatsburg’s newly revitalized main streets.

Mental Health and Addiction

Rockland residents suffering from mental illness, PTSD, and addiction, as well as their families, need help to obtain treatment, medication, and wraparound community-based services.
Providing Crisis Intervention/De-escalation Training
Providing Crisis Intervention/De-escalation Training for all police officers in the five towns and in the sheriff’s department to keep our police and our most vulnerable citizens safe in dangerous situations.
Expanding Access to Mental Health and Opioid Addiction Treatment
Expanding Access to Mental Health and Opioid Addiction Treatment so that Rocklanders in crisis need not wait for life-saving interventions.
Supporting Veterans’ Services
Supporting Veterans’ Services for the 9,000 men and women in Rockland who have served in our armed forces and deserve simple access to the benefits to which they are entitled.

Governance

The Rockland County Legislature is a branch of government (co-equal with the County Executive) whose role is to represent ALL residents. People are entitled to transparency about how the County spends taxpayer money and how its agencies are working to improve our quality of life.
Improving communications
Improving communications between the County and the community
Maintaining the independence
Maintaining the independence of the Legislature as a co-equal branch of government representing the residents and taxpayers of Rockland County
Redesigning tax bills
Redesigning tax bills into a user-friendly format that will show exactly how our tax dollars are being spent. E-bills should have links to each department or service they support.

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