County on Solid Financial Ground and Poised for Comeback

Kick-Off-Event1Pleasant Valley – Four years ago, then Assemblyman Marc Molinaro announced his candidacy for Dutchess County’s top elected post and was overwhelmingly elected to become the youngest County Executive in the County’s history. Today, surrounded by friends, family and firefighters, Molinaro announced his bid to seek re-election and another 4 year term. Citing the County’s strong financial position and return to fiscal stability, Molinaro declared that the County is ready for a comeback.

“Four years ago I committed to you that together we would transform County government with bold innovative ideas, control spending and reduce the size of government. Today, I am proud to say that together we have turned the corner and are poised for a great come back,” Molinaro said. “We have made the difficult decisions together and are poised to move this County forward. Together we can strengthen our communities for our children and their future. With your support and confidence I want to continue that effort and today I announce my intentions to seek another 4 year term.”

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, and 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, 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 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. I am proud to say that together 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 continue that promise and I humbly ask for your support. With your 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”, in the Albany Times Union as one of Albany’s “true reformers,” and by 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 or find him on Facebook and Twitter.


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