The Role of a Legislator

Legislature 101

The Rockland County Legislature is the branch of your county government that is responsible for creating and passing laws for the county. The 17 members of the legislature must work in tandem with the County Executive’s Office, the town governments and other agencies to ensure that the government operates in the best interests of the people it represents.  The legislature is responsible for approving the county’s budget and needs to approve any individual spending measures over $100,000.  The legislature also has responsibilities associated with planning and review of public works, county roads and highways and environmental reviews and considerations that affect the county.

Each legislator is elected by and serves an individual geographical district, but must balance that responsibility with the overall interests of the county. The maps of these districts and the contact information for each individual legislator can be found on the county’s website. The direct link to the county legislature section is: http://rocklandgov.com/departments/county-legislature/

The legislature meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.  The public is invited to speak at these scheduled sessions, but each speaker is limited to two minutes. The total public participation time is capped at 40 minutes.  If you wish to speak, you will need to sign up right outside the meeting room or at the Legislative office 45 minutes before the start of the session.

Public participation is strongly encouraged, as it is the primary function of government to address the needs and concerns of the people. By making your voice heard, the legislature can make better decisions in crafting laws and budgets.

The meetings are held at:

Rockland County Legislature
11 New Hempstead Road
New City, NY 10956

As a legislator, it is my job to be accessible to my constituents and to carefully consider your concerns and ideas. I am available by phone, email and on Facebook.  I will address any questions you might have concerning county government. If your concern doesn’t fall under county jurisdiction, I will do my best to guide you to another department or resource that can help. Please feel free to contact me any time that you think I might be of assistance.

Submit a concern or question to me.