DUTCHESS COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF’S UNION ENDORSES MOLINARO
Law Enforcement Officials Recognize Molinaro’s Commitment to Public Safety
Poughkeepsie – The Dutchess County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association (PBA) officially endorsed Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro for reelection.
“I am pleased to announce that the Executive Board has voted to endorse Marc Molinaro for another four year term. We appreciate Marc’s continued support for law enforcement and wish him the best of luck,” said PBA President Ken Powers. “Marc is a true friend of law enforcement and we are grateful for his support.”
The Dutchess County Deputy Sheriff’s PBA represents approximately 100 lieutenant’s, sergeant’s and deputy sheriffs in Dutchess County.
“Dutchess County has one of the finest Sheriff’s Department in New York State and I am committed to ensuring that they have the support necessary to effectively do their job. I am extremely honored and proud to have their endorsement,” County Executive Molinaro said.
“Keeping our citizens safe and protecting our quality of life is one of my main priorities,” Molinaro added. “These past 4 years, the PBA has been our partner throughout the transformation of county government that has put Dutchess 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, built a budget surplus of over $18 million this year, replenished the fund balance to $40 million, and improved 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 Ken Powers and the entire Dutchess County Deputy Sheriffs PBA for their support and their service. With their continued 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.