Vote On Finance Commissioner Appointment

Rockland County Legislature expected to confirm acting Commissioner of Finance as permanent appointee


One of the first actions expected at tonight's Rockland County Legislative meeting is the vote to confirm of South Nyack as the Commissioner of Finance and Budget Director. The legislature's Budget & Finance Committee unanimously voted in favor of the appointment last week. DeGroat has held the position as acting commissioner and director for more than a year.

The legislators will also vote to accept a $227,000 Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant from New York State.  The funds will cover planning, surveillance, communication, education and training for the period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 for an emergency event.

Another agenda item deals with the borrowing of to help pay the county’s operating expenses. The county has stated that there is $30 million in uncollected county sales, compensating use and mortgage tax revenues along with monies due from the state and federal governments. The county would borrow the money for a period of one year.

Legislators will vote on setting dates for two public hearings for local laws dealing with electricians on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The first hearing, expected to be scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Nov. 7, would amend local laws related to licensing master electricians in the county. The second hearing to follow at 7:10 p.m. would concern a proposed local law for a county Electrical Code Enforcement Program and certification of electrical inspectors by the county.  

Additionally, they will vote on approval of a $2,287,300 contract for repairs to the wastewater treatment plant in Orangeburg. The lowest bid for the project came from Helmer-Cronin construction of Stony Point. The work on the facility, which serves County Sewer District 1, includes repairing cracks; furnishing, installing and testing a new float cover; removing all parts of the previous cover, and testing for lead and performing abatement as necessary. The Anaerobic Digester Rehabilitation Project must be completed within 365 calendar days from the start of the contact.  

An updated Fire Mutual Aid Plan will be presented to the legislators for approval. The County first put the plan into place in 1985 and since updated it in 1998 and 2004.  The 21-page plan was revised to keep pace with the changing firefighting needs of the county’s fire districts, towns and villages.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 11 New Hempstead Road in New City.  


JLeo September 04, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Maybe the commissioner of finance should ask the County legislature how they could award a contract transporting pre-school children to a company that has not paid school taxes in three years. According to the Town of Clarkstown website RTB Properties, the parent company of Brega Transportation owes over $300,000 in back school taxes. How could this be possible? Does anyone check these things out before giving out a multimillion dollar contract? If the Clarkstown website is wrong, that's a problem in itself...
R. Nite September 05, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I guess he is doing such a great job lets reward him. Our credit rating is Junk status and the county is going bankrupt. Good Job!


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