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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. 

 

Working together to enhance the chapter’s value to members in a time of transition

By Lenore C. Sanchez Rockland Chapter President

As an active participant on the Rockland Chapter’s executive board and vice-chair of the NYSSCPA’s Accounting and Review Services Committee, I have been on the frontline of some of the enormous changes within the accounting industry this year. In my new role as chapter president, I am excited to continue my work with the board to carry out Society objectives through the chapter’s activities and contributions. In our endeavor to implement our goals and transition alongside the profession, the board recognizes the necessity of our members’ input. The NYSSCPA recently expanded its membership to include non-CPAs in associate industries. Our chapter’s professionals range from students to lifetime members—and their diverse perspectives will be of tremendous value during this time of change.

We will continue to offer opportunities to earn CPE, to network with accounting professionals as well as those in associate industries and to enjoy social activities. The expansion of our membership, however, requires us to continue the expansion from traditional CPA-focused activities. The chapter is looking to our members for input and participation, as we are ultimately here to serve you. We want to know what you need as a professional and welcome your feedback so we can enhance your experience as part of the Rockland Chapter. Please feel free to email me at the address below.

To kick off the new fiscal year in June, we hosted our annual “Family and Friends” event with the Westchester Chapter at a Rockland Boulders’ baseball game. Members, their families and guests from associate industries all enjoyed great fellowship. In July, our CPE Committee’s hard work came to fruition with an incredible seminar on cybersecurity, generously sponsored by Frank Kolovic of Tri State Insurance Brokerage, LLC and presented by Al Alper, president of CyberGuard360, a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions and services.

In mid-July, I was fortunate to attend the NYSSCPA’s 2018 Leadership Conference and meet chapter presidents and presidents-elect statewide, as well as others who serve as an integral part to the Society. The conference offered an opportunity to build meaningful connections across the membership, while sharing experiences and expanding our knowledge on topics ranging from leadership to what is trending in best practices. I am excited to put what I have learned into action and to foster the connections I made to enhance our profession, the Rockland Chapter and the Society as a whole.

The beginning of August brought about an informative seminar, “Savvy Social Security Planning and Medicare,” generously sponsored by Melanie L. Powell of Merrill Lynch. Check the calendar on this web page for updates as well as details about our annual tax seminar, held jointly with the Westchester Chapter, which is scheduled for two days—Friday, Nov. 2 and Monday, Dec. 17.

As president, I put my commitment to the chapter at the forefront. Through teamwork, I look forward to steering the future of the Rockland Chapter and bringing the utmost value to its members.

lsanchez@gkgcpa.com

Upcoming Events

Please click on any course title for more information or to register.

Chapter Rockland Chapter NYS Sexual Harassment Law
12/4/2018 8:30:00 AM
Casa Mia Manor House, Blauvelt
Marriage, Divorce, and the Family Business
1/7/2019 6:00:00 PM

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.

Click here to find and contact all your fellow members in the Rockland Chapter.

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

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