Beacon Mayor Endorses Molinaro
Mayor Randy Casale Touts County Executive’s Support for Economic Development
(Left to right) Mayor of Beacon Randy Casale, City of Beacon Councilman Ali Muhammad
and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Beacon – Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro was enthusiastically endorsed today by Beacon City Mayor Randy Casale.
“Marc has a deep understanding of what drives economic development in this community,” said Randy Casale, Mayor of Beacon. “His support for the arts community has helped boost tourism, a catalyst for the business district and job creation. I am pleased to support him for another term and look forward to continuing our partnership.”
“Mayor Casale is a true partner in government and a strong advocate for Beacon,” said County Executive Molinaro. “His passion for their community, people and businesses is second to none. I am grateful for his support and friendship.”
Randy Casale added, “Marc’s administration has shown a great willingness to listen and work with our city to find ways to save money and share services. Whether through the County’s municipal workers’ compensation program, providing planning and technological assistance or municipal grants, Marc is always there to provide help and listen.”
County Executive Molinaro came into office with nearly all of the county’s fund balance appropriated. Facing a $40 million budget gap he turned this “grim” situation into 3 straight budgets under the mandated state tax cap, building a budget surplus of over $18 million this year, replenishing the fund balance to $40 million, improving the county’s bond rating to among the highest in the State. The 2015 county budget provides the largest tax levy reduction in 14 years and qualifies county taxpayers for a rebate check. The county’s fiscal condition and economic position continues to steadily improve.
“I promised 4 years ago that if we worked together in a bipartisan way and were committed, we could solve the problems we faced and that no challenge was beyond our reach,” continued Molinaro. “I am proud to say that united, we proved that we could achieve what some said was impossible under the burden of government mandates, high taxes and a faltering economy. I want to thank Mayor Casale. With his help, we will make Dutchess County the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
County Executive Molinaro was cited by the Poughkeepsie Journal as an “important political voice in the mid-Hudson Valley”, the Albany Times Union as one of Albany’s “true reformers,” and the Capitol newspaper as one of our state’s “forty under forty” leaders. He has been honored by the then-Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce as one of the Hudson Valley’s 40 leaders under 40, by Astor Services for his public service, Pace Land Use Law Center with their Groundbreakers Award and the Anderson Center for Autism for his advocacy of those with special needs.
In 1994, when he was just 18, Molinaro was elected to the Tivoli Village Board of Trustees – making him the youngest person ever elected to office in the State of New York. The very next year, he became the youngest mayor in the United States. Molinaro was re-elected mayor five times and elected four times to the Dutchess County Legislature, where he chaired the Budget, Finance and Personnel Committee and led the effort to reform Dutchess County’s Child Protective Services. Molinaro served as a State Assemblyman from 2007-2011.
Marc lives in the Village of Red Hook with his family.