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Rockland County is the southernmost county on the west side of the Hudson River. The county's population, as of the 2010 census, was 311,687, increasing by 4.6% to a 2015 Census estimate of 326,037, making it the third most densely populated county outside of New York City within New York State (after Nassau and neighboring Westchester counties, respectively). The county seatis New City. Although Rockland County does not directly border any New York City boroughs, it lies only 9 miles northwest of the city at their closest points, and is accessible through 10 exits on the New York State Thruway. The name derives from "rocky land", as the area was described by early Dutch and English settlers.

Rockland County is the smallest county by area in New York State outside ofNew York City. It comprises five towns and nineteen incorporated villages, with numerous unincorporated villages (sixteen) and hamlets.

The county's elevations range from 1,283 feet (391 m) atop Rockhouse Mountain to sea level along the Hudson River. Approximately 30% of Rockland County is devoted to parkland, belonging to either the five towns, incorporated villages, the state, or the county. These parks provide walking and hiking trails, ball fields, dog runs, historic sites, ponds, streams, salt marshes, and equestrian trails. Some popular state parks include Bear Mountain State Park on the northernmost tip of the county, Harriman State Park also along the county's northern boundary, and Nyack Beach State Park along the Hudson River, with trails connecting to Rockland Lake State Park. 

 

Seeking feedback from members in order to enhance chapter value

By Lenore C. Sanchez Rockland Chapter President

The NYSSCPA has 15 chapters statewide, with each chapter acting as an extension of the Society. You may ask,  “What benefit will I gain from participating?” Ask a Rockland Chapter board member, and you might hear, “What do you want out of it?” Our willingness to listen may come as a surprise, but even more amazing is our readiness to implement change that will personally and professionally benefit you. The board of the Rockland Chapter recognizes our responsibility to serve its members and is seeking your feedback.

We are your gateway to the Society and the accounting profession. We aim to keep you current on issues affecting the profession, and to help build your network and advance your career. We are also committed to helping you obtain the education you need to grow and keep you up to date with new accounting standards and regulations.

To provide our members the utmost value, our Survey Committee compiled a list of 10 questions that, together, will provide the board with essential information. We are requesting a response from each member; a  few minutes of your time will tell us what you need so we can enhance your experience as member of the Rockland Chapter. You should have received the survey twice by email and once by mail—if you haven’t, please contact me.

The Chapter held its Annual Town Hall Meeting and Ethics Update on Nov. 1, generously sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank. We were honored to host  NYSSCPA President Jan C. Herringer, and President-Elect Ita Rahilly, who spoke about the issues having the greatest impact on New York state CPAs and associated industries. The Professional Issues Update included an overview of the NYSSCPA’s proposed legislative agenda for 2018–2019 and how members can help shape it, newly released information from the AICPA and more! Other special guests joining us were Foundation for Accounting Education Trustees President Kevin Matz, and Darryl Jackson, director of member relations, who delivered an update on member benefits. Finally, we were privileged and thankful to once again have Debbie A. Cutler present the ethics CPE course.

November served as Education Outreach Month for our chapter. Board members visited with students at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, as well as students at Dominican College in Blauvelt. It was refreshing to encourage and promote the profession, share our varied and diverse career experiences, as well as give insight as to the current climate of the industry.

With New York state’s recent requirements in connection with sexual harassment prevention policies the Rockland Chapter held a CPE seminar on Dec. 4, presented by Kevin Doherty of Greenwald Doherty, LLP. Those who attended gained a wealth of knowledge and know the necessary steps to take in order to be in compliance with the new law.

The board is excited to be partnering with the Westchester Chapter to offer a two-day tax seminar including topics such as federal income tax; tristate tax; New York sales tax; Medicare planning; long-term care planning; tax reform: international tax; and more. The first part of the conference was held on Nov. 2. Day two, scheduled for Monday, Dec. 17, at the Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook, is sure to be as educational and enlightening. There is still time to sign up for the second day, as day one is not a prerequisite.

We will be kicking off the New Year with a joint event. We are partnering with the Rockland Bar Association and Rockland Women's Bar Association for a panel discussion on Marriage, Divorce and the Family Business. There will be a lively discussion of “truth is stranger than fiction,” including a story of a family business gone wrong, highlighting the accounting, family law and business law issues. This CPE event is being held on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Nanuet, and is generously sponsored by People’s United Bank.

It has come to our attention that not all members are receiving information from the Rockland Chapter. Please check to see that your NYSSCPA member profile is set up to receive electronic communications from the Rockland Chapter and the NYSSCPA. If it is not set up, please visit www.nysscpa.org, and log in via the button on the top right of the site. If you have any problems, please call the Society at 1-800-NYSSCPA (1-800-697-7272)  and ask for website assistance.

For those of you who want to receive more up-to-date timely information, please also consider registering for the NYSSCPA Exchange, where you can receive daily or weekly email digests that are centered around fellow members’ questions, interests and information postings. To register for the Exchange use the blue “Exchange” link on the main NYSSCPA website to log in and then use the “settings” button to select your status and sign up for email notifications; Daily Digest” is one of the most popular choices.

I look forward to seeing new and familiar faces at our upcoming events. Please visit our home page at nysscpa.org/membership/chapters/rockland to learn about and register for future events. Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions.  

lsanchez@gkgcpa.com

Upcoming Events

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Chapter Westchester Chapter 19th Annual Estate, Tax & Financial Planning Conference
6/7/2019 9:00:00 AM
Doral Arrowwood, Rye Brook

For a full list of CPE Courses available for this chapter, visit myCPE.

Rockland Chapter Member Directory

Chartered June 1, 2001, this chapter encompasses the County of Rockland.

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The presiding President of the Rockland Chapter is Lenore C. Sanchez, CPA.

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