DUTCHESS SUPERVISORS ENDORSE MOLINARO
Pawling, Poughkeepsie & Red Hook Supervisors Team Up for Re-election Effort
Poughkeepsie – County Executive Marc Molinaro’s re-election campaign picked up three more key endorsements from Dutchess County Town Supervisors from the towns of Pawling, Poughkeepsie and Red Hook.
“I have been privileged to serve in public office for nearly 18 years. I have worked together with Marc Molinaro on programs and policies that have had a positive impact on our community: providing affordable senior housing, preserving important farmland and open space, promoting sound healthcare initiatives, and investing in innovative economic policies,” said Supervisor Sue Crane, Town of Red Hook. “Politics is all about relationships and County Executive Molinaro knows how to build partnerships for success.”
“In my years of public service I have worked with countless politicians. I can tell you that Marcus is a cut above all of them,” said David Kelly, Supervisor Town of Pawling. “As Pawling’s Town Supervisor I am honored to have the chance to support Molinaro’s re-election bid. By working together, Marcus and I have provided a large number of services while saving our taxpayers thousands of dollars.”
“As Supervisor of the largest town in Dutchess County, I have seen firsthand how partnering with the County can have a tremendous impact in solving problems at the local level ,” said Town of Poughkeepsie Supervisor Todd Tancredi. “We appreciate County Executive Molinaro’s support of our efforts, willingness to partner and ability to bring people together. I personally endorse him for another 4 years and look forward to working collaboratively to seize more opportunities for economic development and job growth.”
“It has been an honor to work with these fine public servants,” County Executive Molinaro said. “As my partners in government 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 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 these Supervisors for their personal support and their partnership in government. 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.