During his tenure as County Executive, C. Scott Vanderhoef has transformed Rockland County government by consolidating and streamlining services, initiating innovative programs and improving the accessibility of County government.
Vanderhoef's creation of the first Open Space Program in the County has led to the preservation of 1,200 acres of land, including 3 farms. Much of that land would have been developed had it not been for his leadership. Under this program, the beautiful Haverstraw Bay County Park – the County's first waterfront park – was created along the shore of the Hudson River.
As County Executive, Vanderhoef has championed programs to aid veterans, children and families. More than 6,000 veterans per year now receive health benefits from the County's expanded clinic in New City. The Rockland County Health Department has increased housing inspections and public education outreach programs combating West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and smoking. Beginning in June 2011, uninsured and underinsured Rockland residents have been able to save money on their prescriptions with the ProAct Prescription Discount Cards. Vanderhoef was also instrumental in the creation of the 21st Century Collaborative for Children and Youth, which enhances pre-school and school age care for children through our schools.
Vanderhoef has been a vocal advocate for careful and reasoned land-use planning in Rockland's communities. He commissioned the first Comprehensive Master Plan in 25 years, and an update of that plan won the 2012 New York Planning Federation's "Comprehensive Plan" Award. Under his guidance, the Office of Community Development has built and rehabilitated more than 2,000 units of affordable housing and has been instrumental in the continued revitalization of Rockland's downtowns and hamlet centers.
Vanderhoef has also been a long-time proponent of increased mass transportation for Rockland commuters and has been critical of the decision to scrap earlier plans to include high speed rail and Bus Rapid Transit on a New Tappan Zee Bridge. In addition, Vanderhoef has called for more and better service for Rocklanders from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Through his perseverance in negotiations, he has secured more trains, express service and enhanced transportation stations and parking for Rockland commuters. He continues to fight for a better deal for Rocklanders with the MTA to decrease the value gap.
Under Vanderhoef's leadership, the crumbling infrastructure of County government has been modernized and rebuilt with 10 new buildings being constructed, including the state-of-the-art Technology Building at Rockland Community College. Vanderhoef has also improved the communications and the accessibility of County government with a new, more user-friendly website, County Government Day, and the reverse 911 system.
As a five-term County Executive, Vanderhoef has become a senior statesman in organizations such as the New York State Association of Counties, where he serves on the Board of Directors. His strident, consistent call for mandate reform has finally paid off. This year, State leaders enacted Medicaid reform and pension reform. Vanderhoef was invited to Albany to stand beside Governor Cuomo for the signing of the pension legislation.
Vanderhoef was born and raised in Rockland County. A graduate of Tappan Zee High School, Vanderhoef earned a B.A. in History from Alfred University, a Masters degree from Columbia University Teachers College and a law degree from Pace University Law School in White Plains. He taught environmental law at St. Thomas Aquinas College and has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Vanderhoef received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dominican College of Blauvelt and a Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Thomas Aquinas College. As an environmental attorney, he has written and published articles on environmental and land use issues.
Vanderhoef's public service career began when he served in the administrations of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, Governor Malcolm Wilson and Governor Hugh Carey. He then served as the State Project Coordinator of the Child Medicaid Program in New York City.
Upon his return to Rockland, Vanderhoef worked for the Ramapo Land Company. Starting as an employee, he successfully climbed the ranks, and he was quickly promoted to general manager, and later president and chief executive officer. He has also served as the Acting Village Justice of Hillburn, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Thomas Aquinas College and the Board of Education for the Ramapo Central School District, where he was elected president. He has been an active member of numerous community and charitable organizations throughout his career.
Vanderhoef is the proud father of triplet daughters and twin boys.