Dutchess County Independence Party Endorses Molinaro For County Executive
The “Clear Choice” for Moving County Forward
Fishkill – The Dutchess County Independence Party announced today that it has endorsed County Executive Marc Molinaro for reelection. “Having interviewed both candidates, our choice is clear. No one has worked harder bringing people together to confront the challenges facing Dutchess County and its residents than Marc Molinaro. Marc is the right person with the right vision and skills to continue leading and serving Dutchess County and we are proud to endorse his candidacy for reelection,” said Dennis R. Zack, Chairman of the Dutchess County Independence Party.
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 consecutive 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.
Chairman Zack added, “Marc Molinaro has moved Dutchess County forward over the past 3 years, most notably the improved financial condition the County is in. He has demonstrated sound planning and reasoned strategies for resolving the issues we face as a county.”
“I am grateful and honored to once again have received the endorsement from the committee and Chairman Zack. We have worked earnestly in a bi-partisan way together to put this County back on solid financial ground,” said Molinaro. “People expect their elected officials to work together to find solutions to the problems facing the communities they live in, not against one another. My administration will continue that practice and keep Dutchess moving in the right direction.”
The 2015 county budget provides the largest tax levy reduction in 14 years, qualifies county taxpayers for a rebate check and – after 8 years of decline – with a $136 million increase the county’s assessed valuation grew for the first time since 2008. The county’s fiscal condition and economic position continue to steadily improve.
“Four years ago I committed that together we would transform County government with bold innovative ideas, control spending and reduce the size of government. I am proud to say that together we have turned the corner and are poised for a great comeback,” continued Molinaro. “We have made the difficult decisions together and are prepared to move this County forward.”
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.