Rockland executive to impose austerity plan to avoid $4M deficit

Rockland County Executive Ed Day says the County Legislature's delay in selling the Sain Building is creating a fiscal crisis for the county.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day says the County Legislature's delay in selling the Sain Building is creating a fiscal crisis for the county. (7/15/16)

ROCKLAND COUNTY - Rockland County Executive Ed Day says the County Legislature’s delay in selling the Sain Building is creating a fiscal crisis for the county.

County Executive Day says he is imposing an austerity plan to avoid a $4 million deficit by the end of the year.

The plan will will include a hiring freeze and no overtime for county employees, unless approved by the county executive's office.

"We have made every effort to make these cuts judiciously, to lessen the impact on residents,” says Day. “It is not their fault that the Legislature failed to discharge their responsibility.”

Alden Wolfe, the chairman of the Rockland County Legislature, says Day's claim of a fiscal crisis is pure fantasy.

In a statement, Wolfe told News 12 that, "even without the sale of the Sain Building, we expect to see millions of dollars in surplus revenues and savings that would allow us to remain on target for 2016."

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