Dutchess County Central Labor Council Supports Re-election
– On the eve of Labor Day weekend, the powerful Dutchess Central Labor Council (DCLC) made it official and publicly announced their endorsement
of Marc Molinaro for another four year term as Dutchess County Executive. Members of the DCLC voted this past July.
“When it comes to serving the people of Dutchess County, Marcus Molinaro has been on the right side of every major issue facing us,” said Ron Diaz, Dutchess CLC president. “In his tenure in office he has held the line on taxes, stood up for our seniors, and has been an advocate for open and honest government.”
The Dutchess Central Labor Council is made up of 30,000 registered union members and their working families in Dutchess County. The DCLC includes over 3 dozen labor bodies.
“My parents taught us to work hard and do what’s right and I’ve wanted to be that example to my kids. Fighting for the hard working men and women of Dutchess County is my priority,” said County Executive Molinaro. “I am grateful for the support of the Central Labor Council and its 30,000 members. By standing together and working together we can grow good paying job opportunities and keep Dutchess County residents working.”
Diaz added, “It is clear Molinaro stands with labor and now labor stands with him as well.”
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.