Friday, February 8, 2019




Rockland exec brings government to the people with State of the County address

Day - selling Rockland at the mall

WEST NYACK – Rockland County Executive Edwin Day made local history on Thursday by delivering the 2019 State of the County address at the Palisades Center mall in West Nyack, in “an effort to make government more open and accessible to the people of Rockland.” 

The executive’s address, which has traditionally been held in the chambers of the county legislature, recapped the growth of Rockland’s economy and the progress its government has made toward improving its residents’ standard of living.

Day told the audience the people of Rockland are the key to its success.

“Those of you who were born here and those of you who just arrived. Although we all may come from different backgrounds, it is only by working together that we can truly prosper as one people. We all seek the same goals – health, safety, prosperity for our families.”

Day said the state of “our beloved county is strong and becoming more robust,” as he described the growth that Rockland has experienced over the last year.

 “The Bio Med sector in this county is booming, the New York Center for Innovation Campus at Pearl River continues to grow and RK Pharma, an international pharmaceutical manufacturer, has signed a long-term lease for 83,000 square feet of space in Rockland,” he said.

Day told the audience that RK’s expansion will immediately create 100 new jobs in the industry and that the company hopes to double its workforce over the next few years.  “Total private investment for this endeavor is projected to be 17.5 million dollars,” he added. 

Other key industries are enjoying similar success, he said. Caribbean Foods Delights, the world’s largest producer of Jamaican Patties, is building a 23.5 million dollar, 50,000 square foot addition to their existing Rockland facility, which will create 25 new jobs.

Day was also proud to announce a new “Craft Beer Immersive arts festival,” which is expected to bring big publicity and business to the county’s fledgling craft beer industry and the establishment of “Java Loves Coffee,” Suffern’s first independent and female-owned coffee company.  Other county-wide successes include the relocation of Epic Insurance, a company that employees 130 people, from New Jersey to Rockland, the creation of a new training facility in Orangeburg for the New York City Football Club, and the establishment of The Valley Rock Inn, a new hotel and spa that is quickly becoming “a global tourist destination.”

After sharing those success stories, the executive took time to reaffirm the vows that he and his administration have made to maintain Rockland’s standard of living.  Day repeatedly called on the New York State government not to raise tolls for the new Governor Cuomo Bridge at Tappan Zee, “dumping the cost of the new bridge on the people of Rockland would be unacceptable,” he proclaimed. 

Day reaffirmed his commitment to enforcing town zoning codes in order to protect both local residents and volunteer firefighters and he told the crowd that the county’s new fire training center is nearing completion.

The executive thanked the members of the department of health “for going above and beyond in their service to Rockland” during the recent measles outbreak. Day called the DOH Rockland’s most important and valuable department, personally addressing the members of the department who were on hand for the speech. 

The executive concluded his remarks by imploring his constituents to continue their efforts to improve Rockland and thanking all of the members of government who have assisted him and his administration in their efforts to help the people of the county.


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