Dutchess Supervisors Endorse Molinaro

 Fishkill & East Fishkill Supervisors Support Molinaro Re-election Effort

Poughkeepsie – County Executive Marc Molinaro picked up two more key endorsements from Dutchess County elected officials today from the towns of Fishkill and East Fishkill.

“I support Marc Molinaro for re-election. I’ve found working with him has not only been good for the County but good for East Fishkill,” said John Hickman, Supervisor of East Fishkill. “We both share in the belief of putting our constituents first and I look forward to working with Marc for the next 4 years.”

“I have found Marc to be an energetic advocate of public engagement and thoughtful deliberation of public concerns. I have always known him to make communication a top priority,” said Bob LaColla, Supervisor of the Town of Fishkill. “When I am working with County officials, I often hear the high regard with which they hold County Executive Molinaro.  Marc has supported initiatives that help not just Fishkill, but incentivize collaboration in the entire region. It has been a very rewarding experience for me to work with Marc in his role as County Executive.”

“Dutchess County has some of the finest public officials in New York State and these leaders are an example of that,” County Executive Molinaro said. “These past 4 years, they have made tough decisions and supported a 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. Faced with 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 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 John and Bob for their personal 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.

Election Day is November 3, 2015.  For more information, visit Marc Molinaro online atwww.molinarofordutchess.com or find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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