Rockland legislature chair accuses county exec of blocking access to department heads

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NEW CITY – Rockland County Legislature Chairman Alden Wolfe charged County Executive Edwin Day with restricting government openness and transparency by ordering county department heads not to respond to e-mails, letters or telephone calls from county legislators seeking information about issues concerning their departments.
Day has instructed department heads to contact him or Deputy County Executive Guillermo Rosa to obtain a response to any inquiries.
“This new policy eliminates openness and transparency, restricting the flow of information to legislators and the people we represent,” Wolfe said on Friday. “Members of the public who come to our meetings and who call seeking information about actions that can impact their daily lives deserve access and transparency.”
This new policy will delay important items of county government business, Wolfe said.
Day’s office had no comment about Wolfe’s criticism.