Rockland Executive Ed Day delivers State of the County addressPosted: Updated:
The Rockland County executive delivered his State of the County address Thursday night.
The address was held at the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack.
County Executive Ed Day discussed various topics, including a renewed focus on tourism and economic growth.
He discussed lawmakers working together on internal enhancements, especially for the Palisades Center Mall where they want to create more parking.
"700 construction jobs, 500 new permanent retail, entertainment and food service jobs, more ways to attract visitors to Rockland and an estimated $5 million in taxes generated for Clarkstown and the county," said Day.
Day also discussed the measles outbreak plaguing the county and addressed the fiscal state of the county.
Day sat down with News 12 Thursday before the address. He said one of the biggest takeaways from the address is that Rockland is back in the black.
When Day took office in 2014, the county had a $138 million deficit. He says Rockland now has $6.3 million in the bank while steadily making payments on that deficit.
He credits that in part to new clean ratables in the county - companies that have moved there like bio tech firms that don't demand resources but still contributed $2.5 billion combined to the economy last year alone.
Another highlight of Thursday's speech is fighting overdevelopment. Day says he wants to limit large new communities like the controversial Patrick Farm in Ramapo that Day says are making the area more urban than it should be.
Day also talked about his plan to limit toll increases on the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge.