Dutchess County Sheriff’s Employee Association Endorses Molinaro
Members of Correctional Union Support Molinaro Re-election Effort
Poughkeepsie – The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Employees Association (DCSEA) enthusiastically offered their support for Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro for reelection today.
“Marc has shown a great amount of dedication to public service as well as an unwavering support of law enforcement. From the beginning of his time in office, he has openly expressed his concern for the men and women that work at the Dutchess County Jail and has made building a new modern and safe facility one of his top priorities,” said President Timothy DeGelormo. “Marc’s level of dedication is greatly appreciated by the members of the DCSEA and he is the first County Executive to take a real concern of their dangerous work conditions and environment. It is with great pleasure that the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Employee’s Association endorses Marc Molinaro for re-election as County Executive.”
The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Employee Association represents approximately 300 County of Dutchess employees. The members comprise the correctional and civilian staff of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.
“Dutchess County has among the finest law enforcement personnel in New York State. The members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Employees Association put their lives on the line to keep us safe every day and for that we can all be grateful,” County Executive Molinaro said. “These past 4 years, they have been our partners through the transformation that has put this county back on solid financial ground and they deserve our support as well. 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 Tim and the entire DCSEA 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.