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."

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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