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New Rockland Budget OK'd As Legislators Unable To Override Day Vetoes

County Executive Ed Day won the budget battle when the Legislature failed to muster the 12 votes needed to override his vetoes.
County Executive Ed Day won the budget battle when the Legislature failed to muster the 12 votes needed to override his vetoes. Photo Credit: Zac Croce

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- After hours of contentious back and forth Monday, Rockland County legislators failed to muster the 12 votes needed to override County Executive Ed Day's vetoes to the 2017 budget.

The minority members of the Rockland County Legislature voted 11-5 to sustain Day’s budget. The budget sticks to the state-mandated 1.17 percent property tax cap.

"Rockland now has a reasonable, responsible budget that contains no tax increase for most county residents," Day said.

Most taxpayers will see no increase at all in their bill due to a decrease in sewer fees for residents of Clarkstown, Ramapo, and parts of Orangetown, Day said

“My budget once again cuts spending, maintains top-quality services and sets the path for a solid and sustainable financial future for our county,” said Day.

The downside of the $704.5 million budget includes nine layoffs, no funding for more than 30 local nonprofits -- many who say they can't operate without the funding -- and no set-asides for deficit reduction.

Last week, Day said he would explore the potential of using some revenue from the sale of the Sain Building for other needs, such as funding contract settlements, primarily if back pay is awarded. Revenue from the sale will go primarily toward deficit reduction, Day added.

“I thank the Republicans in the Legislature for standing up to the majority’s proposal, which was based on inaccurate projections and phony funding,” he said.

The county executive first action was to ask the legislature to declare the Sain building as surplus, an action needed to sell the building.

“I will work with the Legislature to see if we can use some of the proceeds of the sale to fund our non-profits,” Day said. “Let’s back up our commitment to these non-profits with action.”

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