The Following letter was published in The Journal News.
Re “Day, Wolfe need ‘marriage counseling,'” Sept. 1 editorial:
We wish marriage counseling could solve the deadlocks between my administration and the Rockland County Legislature.
My administration is determined to right Rockland’s financial ship. We whittled down the $138 million deficit we inherited, now projected to be $19 million.
My 2016 budget reduced spending by $35.3 million, the largest decrease in Rockland history.
But we could do so much more if we weren’t constantly fighting our own partners in government — some legislators who are supposed to be serving the same taxpayers.
We have made tough, sometimes painful decisions — all with the taxpayer in mind. All too often, we have no choice but to do it alone.
We closed Summit Park nursing home, which was costing taxpayers $1.5 million monthly, after an exhaustive effort to find a new owner left us with a buyer who backed out at the last minute.
The Summit Park closure was affirmed in court. Why would the chairman of the Legislature appeal this move to stem the losses for taxpayers? We don’t know.
It’s been almost one year since we asked the Legislature to work with us to sell the Sain Building. My administration got a bid for $4.51 million for the Sain Building — $510,000 over the appraised value.
The Legislature did nothing: The crumbling Sain Building remains on the books, a drain for taxpayers instead of a tidy surplus in county coffers. Why? We don’t know.
We use social media to communicate directly with our constituents. The Ramapo Democrat who leads the Legislature is suing me personally because he was insulted a year ago by a Facebook comment? Grow up.
Finally, the new logo was designed to present Rockland County government with a united face — a universal marketing tool. That the Legislature rejected it speaks volumes.
Marriages are hard. Relationships are hard. Governing is hard.
Sometimes one partner just tries harder than the other.
The writer, a New City Republican, is Rockland County Executive.