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County Employees Protest at Senator Carlucci's Office in Nanuet (VIDEO)

Watch the video interviews and read Senator David Carlucci's response below

 

On Thursday late afternoon, about 30 county employees who are members of the CSEA gathered with signs in front of Senator David Carlucci's office in Nanuet. 

They chanted "People Work, Layoffs Don't" to call on Carlucci to sign on as a Senate sponsor of Bill A10100. This bill has the support of Assemblymembers Ellen Jaffee and Annie Rabbitt. 

“We want Senator Carlucci to reconsider his position on this bill,” said CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo. “Without his support in the Senate, Rockland County faces devastating cuts in vital services as well as job losses numbering in the hundreds. These cuts will hurt all Rocklanders. The job cuts will hurt small businesses and impact all homeowners, as foreclosures will be inevitable and that will lower property values across the county. We’re urging Senator Carlucci to step up and do the right thing for Rockland.”  

The CSEA—Civil Service Employees Association—is the largest union representing County of Rockland employees. They were joined by fellow union activists and community members at that rally. 

"I sympathize with the frustration of the CSEA members gathered here today: after all, they've been sold a false bill of goods. The truth is that an increase in the county sales tax will neither protect jobs, nor solve our county's budget problems," said Senator David Carlucci. "That's why I made clear from the very beginning that a sales tax increase is the the wrong way to proceed. I encourage CSEA leadership to refocus their efforts on supporting a different and viable solution to our county's budget woes."

"I remain committed to working with members of the CSEA and the county legislature, on attaining a serious plan to restore Rockland County's finances. In the coming days, I will release several proposals that will help close the county budget gap, while preserving jobs and services," Carlucci added.

Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef  a comprehensive plan aimed at closing the $21.1 million gap in the county's 2012 budget.

Issy May 17, 2012 at 10:41 PM
People seem a forgotten commodity in this era of corporate greed and the irrational desire to solve our problems at the expense of government workers, the working class and those who can least afford it, while reducing the burden on the wealthy,who can afford it.
Mike Hirsch May 17, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Issy, of course corporate greed is not a good thing, but what does that have to do with Rockland's inept county government? Cornell, Schoenberg, and Vanderhoef allowed the county to get into this mess, not any greedy corporations or wealthy individuals. Don't forget that Cornell, Schoenberg, and Vanderhoef are also government workers. Unfortunately these layoffs won't cost them a dime. I applaud David Carlucci's stance. If he keeps it up, he may even get my vote the next time around.
ADK May 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Stand firm David!! Our current situation is unsustainable and must be completely overhauled. Your stance is correct. Now go the extra mile and propose eliminating virtually all of the current structure and return to a board of supervisors until we can develop a better, leaner, honest structure with new people.
Issy May 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM
It is pervasive, Fireman,policeman teachers and government workers are the new boogeyman. Yes of course we should blame our 'leaders' but the solution does not come from the backs of the workers, There has to be a increase in revenue somewhere, we as a society have spent the money but are unwilling to pay the cost. There has to be some tax increase (as well as reduce expenditure) if were are to get to a fiscal balance.
Mike Hirsch May 18, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I agree with you on that one ADK. Dissolve the county government and let a Board of Supervisors take their place. That will happen when pigs fly. How do you dissolve the county government? What's the first step?
Andrew Wiley May 18, 2012 at 01:14 AM
This is simply politics at work. Our leaders will try and make draconian cuts to apply pressure on Senator Carlucci to change his position. Special deals are being made behind the scenes to make a deal with all who are affected. Mismanagement and poorly negotiated contracts with companies who receive large outsource contracts.Don't forget about the special interest groups and all the 100k+ jobs that are given to people who don't meet civil service standards.
F*** May 18, 2012 at 01:55 AM
How about putting a couple of forensic accountants to work in Monsey and New Square to review welfare, medicare and section 8 housing?
Randy May 18, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Keep up the good work Senator Carlucci! County taxes went up over 30% this year and still there is nearly $100M in deficit. Many years of mismanagement by the county executive, legislature and those managing county departments have brought this on and now the fix will be very painful. Much could have been done earlier to ease the pain but has been put off. Only now, the county is cutting conference travel and strictly controlling purchases. Those working for the county need to remember that many are living day to day and will not be able to afford higher real estate tax payments without losing their homes especially the magnitude of the increase that would be needed to balance the county budget.
why dont the county workers ask the clarkclownville employees who make 150,000 a year as a clerk of da works or some high ranking police who make over 150,000 for a loan!!!!!what this county needs is 1,One,Uno everything.....IE..school superintendent...ie...one police force.....ie...one highway department...the county has already begun its downword path...look over the river people there is a city called NYC where the ones who run it make less than many in charge of this mini county... county employees are feeling what soo many business people have felt over the years..its called "REALITY" many business owners put up their life savings... their homes to finance their work..with a LOT OF RISK... the time is now for rockland to have one of everything not 7 or 8
Joe T May 18, 2012 at 04:09 AM
So Carlucci has a plan, he says.. "I will release several proposals that will help close the county budget gap, while preserving jobs and services," I can't wait to see how he proposes to do that, seems like he says no to sales tax and then he realizes oh maybe i should come up with an alternative. The Union's right about one thing-he's just like those Republicans in Congress, who just say NO and have no clue how to get our economy back on track. I don't want my taxes raised, but the people who shop at the disaster of a Palisades Mall don't live in Rockland anyway-increase the sales tax make them pay.
ALW May 18, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Unfortunately, that will never happen. You are 100% correct in what should be done. These communities are sucking the life out of this county. They have just about destroyed the East Ramapo School system and our politicians continue to just ignore this situation. It is totally disgusting what is going on and no one has the b**ls to stop it.
Pat May 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM
So we should pay more money for the sole reason of keeping government employees working? What about trimming the fat, doing more with less, eliminating redundancy, giving back some of the enormous benefits that are not available in private sector jobs and sharing the sacrifice that others endure?
BenRound May 18, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Bigger is not the answer. I live in the town I chose to raise my family in based how well all of those departments/agencies run. I already loath paying couty taxes to sustain programs and agendas that provide not one single service to me, aka County government. Combine them all and you might as well call us the County of Ramapo.
Rockland Resident May 18, 2012 at 05:24 PM
We are one of the most highly-taxed counties in the nation. I can already drive to New Jersey for gas , clothing and other items and pay much less in sales tax. While they are shopping in New Jersey, they are also dining at the restaurants in NJ. Our residents already do that in high numbers. This is a simple formula. -- If you INCREASE the sales tax, you will DECREASE the number of shoppers. -- If you DECREASE shoppers, you DECREASE revenue for business. -- If you DECREASE revenue for business, some businesses will be forced to either down-size, or even shut down -- When a business down-sizes or shuts down, they FIRE people -- The sales tax and business taxes being generated by that business disappear -- MORE people being fired = HIGHER unemployment I support Senator Carlucci for rejecting the sales tax increase. Here is a couple of starter ideas: 1 -- Eliminate the property tax exemption for religious institutions that are not open to the public 2 -- Eliminate pensions for any new government hire starting tomorrow 3 -- Equalize the health benefits to the average private sector position for any new government hire 4 -- Force a special election for the county executive, and any person involved in the county budget, if their estimate from sales tax is off by more than 5%. Outlaw their ability to run for that position again at any point in the future. 5 -- Same as #4 if there is a shortfall of any sorts of more than 5% That's just a few ideas.
Mary May 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Bill A10100: "Authorizes the county of Rockland to issue bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed eighty million dollars for the specific purpose of liquidating the projected accumulated deficit in the general fund as of December 31, 2011; imposes an additional rate of sales and compensating use taxes to fund such bonds." http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A10100-2011 More Bonds = More Debt. Now that the county's bond rating has been downgraded, it's going to cost even more to borrow. The county needs to stop incurring debt and stop spending. I agree with Sen. Carlucci...raising taxes is not the answer...revenue is not the problem...spending is the problem. How about the union members agreeing to some concessions in order to save the jobs of their fellow co-workers. They should be expected to be a part of the "shared sacrifice" we've been hearing about so much lately.
Kim Tran (Editor) May 18, 2012 at 06:51 PM
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