Business executives heard from Rockland’s five town leaders at the second annual Town Supervisor Forum, on Wednesday, September 23, 2023. The event was organized by the Palisades Institute of Dominican University.
Chair of the Palisades Institute, and former County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef, introduced the forum by pointing out that the Supervisors are in effect CEO’s of the “down home, real government” that people rely on. “You should know, if you don’t, that town government is where the rubber meets the road. It is the government that is perhaps the most important to our people – our citizens. It deals with building. It deals with zoning, It deals with police. It deals with parks and recreation. It deals with highways,” he said.
The participants in the forum included Clarkstown Town Supervisor George Hoehmann, Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard Phillips, Orangetown Town Supervisor Teresa Kenny, Ramapo Town Supervisor Michael Specht, and Stony Point Town Supervisor James Monaghan. Among the topics discussed were the need for affordable housing, the fentanyl crisis, rising police costs, and the loss of civility in politics.