UPDATED: Rockland Lawmaker Asks for Special State Legislature Session on Rockland’s Deficit

Legislator Wolfe urges Senator Carlucci to advocate for Rockland residents, who says he will work with local leaders on the county's financial problems

Rockland County Legislative Vice Chairman Alden H. Wolfe has asked Governor Andrew Cuomo to call a special session of the State Legislature for the purpose of voting on Rockland’s home rule request. The measure would authorize the county to finance its deficit by the issuance of bonds.  

The home rule request was introduced in the State Assembly on June 21, the last day of the 2012 session, by Assemblymembers Ellen Jaffee, Kenneth Zebrowski, Annie Rabbitt and Nancy Calhoun. It was passed by the Assembly, but did not move out of committee in the Senate.

In a letter to the Governor dated July 9, Wolfe outlined the history of Rockland's efforts to address the accumulated deficit and the emergency steps taken in response to earlier inaction by the State Senate.  He also explained how important the deficit financing legislation is to Rockland's finances.  Standard and Poors joined Moody's Investor Services in reducing Rockland's bond rating. Wolfe cited inaction by the State Senate in passing the deficit financing legislation.

In a letter to Senator David Carlucci, also dated July 9th, Wolfe called upon him to take an active role in advocating for a special session to allow the Senate to address Rockland’s request.  The $80 million bond would pay down a substantial portion of the county’s $95 million deficit.

“Senator Carlucci was sent to Albany to be an advocate for Rockland's residents,” said Wolfe.  “I'm asking him to do more than simply adding his name to a piece of paper.  I hope that he will join me in actively pursuing a special session where this critical legislation can be passed. As our only State Senator, and the sole sponsor of the Senate Bill, his active participation is most critical.”

Carlucci issued a response to Wolfe.

"During this past legislative session, I worked hard to pass deficit bonding legislation for Rockland County," commented Carlucci. "I was disappointed that the Senate Majority decided to not put forth this legislation.  I am committed to working with County leaders to restore Rockland's long term fiscal health." 


Clarkstown life July 11, 2012 at 02:33 AM
move already....whatever name you go by (moving soon or f***)
John Taggart July 11, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Mr. Wolfe, it’s disgusting that a wealthy and affluent community destroys its self then begs for a bailout. You / we made the bed. Stop worrying about fracking in other's districts and do the job here. Rockland deserves nothing less than what it created. Rockland alone needs to grow up . The rest of the state will stop laughing, eventually
F*** July 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM
So you agree with Wolfe that we should borrow more money? Wolfe is just continuing to kick the can down the road. Rockland County's problems are quickly becoming Clarkstown's problems.
Yesterday, in an unexpected vote, the city council of San Bernardino, California declared bankruptcy. Joining Stockton and Mammoth Lakes, it becomes the third California city in less than a month to seek bankruptcy protection. As the Los Angeles Times reports, The unexpected vote came at the suggestion of the interim city manager, who said the city faces a $46-million deficit and depleted coffers. "We have an immediate cash flow issue," Andrea Miller told the mayor and seven-member City Council. Mayor Patrick Morris called the decision, passed on a 4-2 vote, a "stain" on the city. But he said the only other option was "draconian cuts" to all city services, including the police and fire departments.
jrod July 11, 2012 at 10:26 PM
What needs to happen is a state control board. NY is also broke...they just dont admit it as readily as Calif. Our county is a disgrace....and the lay offs, increased taxes and whatever other "plan" our gov had obviously wasn't enough. Nobody who was RESPONSIBLE for this disaster paid a price in ANY WAY...therefore - 80 mil or not - how do we trust what they do with the money? If Cuomo agrees to Wolfe's request, he needs his head examined. When Meyers asked Legislators and county exec cronies to take a pay cut they wouldn't. The budget isn't for the people of Rockland. Carlucci is a whole other story. He's starting to sound just like the "I can't make a solid decision until last minute pressure" Legislature. Carlucci said he didnt want to do their "heavy lifting". Which is it? Can any official in this county come up with something fair and realistic? No. The pharmacy remains. There are too many 6 figure heads. Too much duplication of service. How much was spent on the new Tourism commercial? By the way - the Exec threatened to file an impass with the union after the union gave 7 million in concessions so far. And the management union (RAM) has still not even met for negotiations at all yet. Sure...let's ask for the 80 mil. Ridiculous. Where's the control board?


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