CSEA MEMBERSHIP ENDORSE MOLINARO
Union Leaders and Rank File Support Molinaro Re-election Effort
Wappingers Falls – CSEA Officials, park employees and dozens of union members gathered today in Wappingers Falls to officially endorse Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro for reelection. The event was held at Bowdoin Park.
“Marc has improved worker morale and earned our members’ respect by keeping his promise of an open door policy and taking the time to actually learn about the different services our members perform,” said CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo. “When challenges arose, Marc approached CSEA and worked collaboratively with us to find solutions instead of creating a division between labor and management. It is that kind of leadership that has earned him our endorsement and support for another term.”
CSEA, known as New York’s Leading Union, represents 1,300 County of Dutchess employees, in addition to another 500 working in Dutchess cities, towns and villages. CSEA also represents state and school district employees working in Dutchess County, as well as a growing membership in the private sector.
“Marc has taken a genuine interest in the work our members do, which goes a long way in improving worker morale,” said CSEA Dutchess County Local President Lizabeth Piraino. “Whether workers are plowing county roads in a blizzard, answering 911 calls, protecting our vulnerable children and adults or answering phones in the county office building, Marc sees the value in the services CSEA members provide for Dutchess County. We look forward to building on that partnership in his second term as Dutchess County Executive.”
“Dutchess County has some of the finest public employees in New York State and these leaders are a perfect example of that,” County Executive Molinaro said. “These past 4 years, they have made the tough decisions and supported the transformation that has put this county back on solid financial ground. I am grateful for their endorsement and if re-elected, look forward to continuing Dutchess County’s comeback together.”
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 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 both Liz, Bill and the entire CSEA membership for their support and their service. With their 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.