MOLINARO RECEIVES MAJOR ENDORSEMENT FROM BUILDING TRADES UNION
Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council Supports Re-Election
Poughkeepsie – County Executive Molinaro announced today that the 10,000 member Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Union officially announced their endorsement of his candidacy for another four year term as Dutchess County Executive. The second major Union to do so in the month of September.
“County Executive Molinaro has taken the time to meet with us and understand the issues that are important to local labor and members of the Building Trades. We feel the relationship between the County Executive and the Trades is strengthening every day. That’s why we are proud to endorse him”, said Todd Diorio, President of the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council.
The Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council (DCCLC) represents 28 Trade locals and over 10,000 members and their working families in Dutchess, Ulster and Orange County.
“My thanks to Todd Diorio and the hard working members of the Building and Construction Trades Union, I am truly grateful for their support,” said County Executive Molinaro. “Working together, we will continue to improve our infrastructure and attract new businesses to provide good paying construction job opportunities for all who work in the Trade Unions.”
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. The hard working union members of Dutchess County who live and work here are integral to our economy, neighborhoods and overall quality of life. Together, we will continue to 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.