Vanderhoef Vetoes Most of Legislature’s Budget Amendments

Rockland County Executive keeps mosquito control, Sheriff’s Patrol and Mounted Patrol in budget


Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef today vetoed most of the budget amendments made by the county legislature. He went along with the legislature’s reinstatement of the mosquito control program and the Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol and Patrol Officers. His vetoes were delivered to the legislature at about 4:30 p.m.

Speaking outside the county office building, Vanderhoef said the changes did not make sense and that is why he vetoed them.

“Because they literally, they didn’t add up,” he said. “We believe we had a very difficult time with the amendments they made in terms of running government. So it’s more complicated than that but that’s the simple explanation.”

Vanderhoef noted he agreed with the restoration of the sheriff’s officers because that department had further reduced overtime and relief in its discussions with the legislature. His vetoes do not change the proposed 18.4 percent tax increase in the 2013 budget. 

Vanderhoef’s vetoes once again eliminated the jobs of county security employees, food service workers at the jail and the laundry and radiology departments at Summit Park. His original budget proposal called for the security and food service to be outsourced to a private contractor to save money. An exact number of positions to be cut was not readily available.

The legislature has until Thursday, Dec. 20 to override Vanderhoef’s vetoes. A vote of at least 12 of the 17 legislators is required for an override.

In prepared remarks directed to the legislators, Vanderhoef said, “I share and respect your desire to protect the public health and safety of our residents and hope you will show similar deference to me when it comes to the other changes to the county budget which I have vetoed. Rockland residents want a smaller, more efficient government that provides essential services during these difficult times.”

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Bradley Jensen December 13, 2012 at 02:27 PM
This is all BS. 18% increase stays, Mounted Horse Patrol? It's time to get really vocal in person. Commenting here is pointless. Nothing will change until the people are truly motivated.
Pat Godfrey December 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Yes people need to get invoved in the political process. In order to get our voices heard. If you want your taxes cut your best shot is the Republican party. It means showing up at town meetings, going to political party meetings. Finding someone who"s views are like yours. It takes some work and most people are not willing to do it. So things will stay the same. It took years to get to this situation and it will take time to get out of it.
peter cardiello December 14, 2012 at 02:06 AM
it doesnt matter if you are a democrat or a republican, at stake is our future and our pockets, everyone will benefit if our politicians that we elect do their jobs to work for the people and not to their personal agenda,
Pat Godfrey December 14, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Yes it does matter if you are a republican or democrat. Look at our present situation, we are the highest taxed state in the country.(A democrat state) Rockland is the top 5 highest counties in the state, I think 3rd. We are a democrat run county. So the track record for the Democrats for many years is that when they are in power your taxes will go up. In the case of Rockland residents among the highest in the country.
YoungGrasshopper December 20, 2012 at 04:49 AM
When I was a kid, i was in Jail. Before that, I walked to school uphill, both ways in the snow with no shoes. Food for thought, enjoy some bread and water while you mull that one over!


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