Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) on Friday will announce his support for a comprehensive mandate relief bill in the Senate that will provide for the state to cover a portion of community college tuition costs normally paid by Rockland County, as well as prevent Rockland County from implementing charge-back fees to its Towns.
He will be joined at the press conference 12 p.m. Friday at the Clarkstown Town Hall by Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack, Orangetown Supevisor Andy Stewart, Stony Point Town Supervisor Geoff Finn, Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard T. Phillips as well as Ramapo Town Attorney Michael Klein.
Last month the Rockland County Legislature, for the first time ever, implemented these charge-back fees as a way to shift their financial obligations onto the backs of the Towns. As a result, Towns have been hit with a massive expense that many view as unaffordable and will wind up costing taxpayers. This decision comes on the heels of Rockland County’s drastic and far-reaching plan to close their $95 million dollar budget deficit.