Rockland County Executive Ed Day delivers State of the County address

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Rockland County Executive Ed Day delivered his State of the County address Thursday.

Day spoke at the Palisades Center Mall to make it more accessible to residents of Rockland.

Topping the discussion was going after illegal housing, the measles outbreak and going green.

The county had 312 confirmed cases of measles last year before the outbreak was declared over in September.

Rockland became the center of media attention after multiple acts of anti-Semitism last year. It's a major issue the county's human rights commissioner will be tackling, according to Day.

"She has already met with many local officials and will soon be sitting down with schools and community, religious and ethnic groups to hear their needs, concerns, ideas and recommendations firsthand," says Day.

Day says the county has conducted 26,000 investigations into illegal housing, issued over 32,000 violations and assessed almost $2 million in fines since 2015.

Ed Day also discussed the county's finances. He said in 2014, the county faced a $138 million deficit, and today there is a $32.2 million surplus, still below where the county needs to be. He said it will continue to grow until it reaches full financial strength.

The county executive touched on new businesses opening up and even expanding old ones like the Palisades Mall.

Day also touted his county's low unemployment rate.

 
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