Molinaro Picks Up Bipartisan Support
Millbrook Mayor & Washington Supervisor Support Molinaro Re-election EffortPoughkeepsie – County Executive Marc Molinaro received bipartisan endorsements today from Dutchess County elected leaders from the Village of Millbrook and the Town of Washington.
“I have always felt that party affiliation has no place in this County Executive race in that Marc Molinaro is the best person for the job and has done a tremendous job since he has been in office,” said Laura Hurley, Mayor of Millbrook and an enrolled Democrat. “As a local official, we are all aware that he is one of us. He truly understands the challenges we face every day with our residents and the limited amount of money we have to provide services to our citizens. I am delighted to support him for another term.”
“I have known Marc Molinaro both personally and professionally for over 20 years as we both served as Mayors of small villages in the 1990’s and he has always been there for me. I knew without a doubt that he was somebody special and destined for bigger things. I have followed his progress for years and I knew he would be perfect for the job of County Executive,” said Gary Ciferri, Supervisor of the Town of Washington. “It is no surprise to me that he has done a wonderful job and he has my full support for another term.”
“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. 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.
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.