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“Rockland County has turned the corner,” says Day, in State of the County address

NEW CITY – Rockland County Executive Edward Day used the words “full confidence” in leading off a mostly upbeat State of the County message Tuesday evening. 

The audience in the packed legislative chamber seemed to concur, giving a standing ovation at the end of the 36-minute message.


Day: "We are all Rocklanders"

Day said there has been a short timeline between an economic bottom, with the departure of large companies including Pfizer and Novartis, leaving the county’s assessment roll at about $35 billion in 2015, down about $13 billion from the 2008 peak. 

 “Since 2015, the assessment rolls have increased by $5 billion.  We are bringing wealth back to this county.”

That includes progress in luring new tenants to the Pfizer campus. 

Day said it is not the role of government to create jobs, but to create a positive atmosphere for business.  He noted in particular a surge in TV and move production in the county.  Also important, a low unemployment rate of just over four percent.

Accomplishments that are works in progress include remaking county government, with emphasis on efficiency. That includes finally shutting down the Sain Building and centralizing services into fewer central locations, including the government center in New City and the campus in Pomona.

A Health and Human Services Hub is in the works in Pomona.

 “This vision, already partially realized, involves a mixed-use complex that houses county departments like Personnel, Health and Social Services, Office of the Aging along with the independent non-profit health and human services agencies currently scattered across this great county.”

A good portion of Day’s speech focused on humanity.  Several individual county employees were cited for going above and beyond the call of duty. 

The county executive also spoke of diversity.

“With the help of the Rockland County Human Rights Commission, I will meet with different community groups every month so we can work collaboratively to improve the lives of all our residents.  Much of Rockland’s strength comes from its diversity; diversity of cultures, religions and ideas that, when properly focused, can bring us all closer together.”

Day said all are Rocklanders. “We all chose to live in this beautiful county for the same reason.”

 


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