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Scott recently completed 20 years as Rockland County’s Executive. Elected five times as that county’s chief executive officer, he was responsible for administering a $750 million budget with 3000 employees in serving the residents of Rockland County. Among the more notable accomplishments was the preserving of 1200 acres of parkland, the establishment of 10 new countywide communication systems and the development of thousands of affordable housing units.


Scott was nominated and ran for Lieutenant Governor of New York in 2006. Prior to his election as county executive he was employed by and became the president and chief executive of the Ramapo Land Company. Prior to that he practiced as an environmental law attorney and served in the administrations of Governors Nelson A. Rockefeller and Malcolm Wilson as a staff member responsible for program administration in the Executive Chamber.


Scott is known statewide and has decades of experience and valuable knowledge of the legislative process and operations of local government. He continues to maintain valuable relationships with key decision makers in state and local government and provides advice on the substantive impact of law and regulation on individual and business interests. In particular, he provides clients with practical advice on a wide-range of issues relating to election and political contribution law, state and local procurement issues, union negotiations, public record issues, Open Public Meeting Act issues, bidding issues, local government ethics, utility franchising and the use of public rights of way. He also provides mediation and arbitration services.


Scott has been very active in civic and community affairs prior to and during his tenure as County Executive and continues serving since leaving county government.


Hon. C. Scott Vanderhoef

Professional Recognition


▪    Liberty Bell Award, Rockland County Bar Association, 2014





▪    Alfred University, B.A., 1971


▪    Columbia University, Teachers College, M.A.,1972


▪    Pace University, School of Law, J.D., 1981



Honorary Degrees


▪   Dominican College, Sparkill, N.Y., Doctor of Laws, 1995


 ▪   St. Thomas Aquinas College, Orangeburg, N.Y., Doctor of Humane

     Letters 1999


Bar Admissions


▪    New York, 1982


Court Admissions


▪    United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


▪    United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York



Scholarly Lectures and Writings


▪    Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law and Policy, St. Thomas

     Aquinas College, Spring 2014.


▪    “Master Planning for Development”, Urban Land, vol. 49, no.7.,

     July, 1990


▪    “ Aquifers: The Porous Legal State of a Primary Water Resource”, 

     Pace University Environmental Law Review, Vol.1,No. 1,1983


▪    Guest Lecturer, Columbia University, School of Public Policy and

      International Affairs, 2000--2012



Community Activities


▪    Co-Chair, Palisades Institute of Dominican College, 2014


▪    Acting Village Justice, Village of Hillburn, N.Y., 1983-1986


▪    President, Trustee, Board of Education, Ramapo Central School

      District 1983-1989


▪    Chairman, Rockland Business Association, 1987-1989


▪    Founder and Chairman, Leadership Rockland, Inc., 1989-1991


▪    President, Historical Society of Rockland County, 1992-1994


▪    Chairman, United Way of Rockland County, 1988-1990


▪    Member, Board of Trustees, St. Thomas Aquinas College,



▪    Member, Board of Directors, Rockland Economic Development

     Corporation, Inc.,1987-2013


▪    President, NYSAC County Executives Association, 2003


▪    Co-Chairperson, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council,

     1997-1998, 2010-2011



Honors and Awards


▪    Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Rockland Economic

     Development Corporation 2013


▪    Award of Distinction for Economic Development presented by

     Rockland Economic Development Corporation 2004


▪    National Award for Outstanding Leadership in Metropolitan

     Transportation Planning by the Association for Metropolitan

     Planning Organizations 2001


▪    Achieving Community Equality Award Presented by the Rockland

     County Commission of Human Rights 2009


▪    Environmental Quality Award for Efforts to Protect the Environment

      presented by the Untied States Environmental Protection Agency


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