Legislative Committees Assigned Departments For Operational Review

Rockland legislative chair instructed committees to submit departmental recommendations by June 7


Rockland County Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell issued her instructions on Monday to Legislature Committee chairs to complete reviews of county department functions and programs.  Each of the seven committees received four or five departments to analyze for possible consolidation with other departments or different levels of government. 

Additionally she directed them to prepare reports with recommendations and submit them by June 7. The reports will be used in conjunction with the county executive’s mid-year Financial Improvement Plan, also due in June.

“These reviews should be done with an eye to possible consolidation of functions across department lines and even with other levels of government, if appropriate,” Cornell instructed. “You will want to understand revenue streams, as well as costs and analyze the impact of our reduced workforce on greater overtime costs.” 

Cornell made the following committee review assignments.

Budget and Finance                                               

Budget &Management                                            

Planning & Public Works             

General Services                                           
Public Transportation                                             
Fire & Emergency                                        

Economic Development                            

County Clerk                                                 
Community Development                           


Environmental Resources
Health Department
Youth Bureau

Multi Services

Mental Health
Social Services
Office of Aging
Human Rights

Government Operations

Board of Elections
Consumer Protection/Weights & Measures

Public Safety

District Attorney
Public Defender
Stop D.W.I

Cornell plans to schedule regular meetings with committee chairs for updates on the progress of the review process.

Kevin Roy January 15, 2013 at 06:48 PM
This sounds encouraging. Does anyone know if this is the first time they've done this?
Michael N. Hull January 15, 2013 at 07:11 PM
It's as encouraging as rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic while the Captain hands out drinks all around and claims the ship has stopped to pick up fresh ice.
Kevin Roy January 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Thanks for the laugh, Michael, but one has to admit that this is a step forward. I'm just as frustrated as you and many others. Hopefully the committees produce recommendations that can be implemented and save us taxpayers from another year of tax increases above the state mandate.


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