Milan Supervisor Supports Molinaro Re-election Effort
Poughkeepsie – County Executive Marc Molinaro received the endorsement today from Town of Milan Supervisor Bill Gallagher.
“I’ve known Marc for over 16 years and we have always had a strong partnership in government. He has been a strong leader for the county and has been there to support the Town of Milan when we needed it,” said Bill Gallagher, Supervisor of the Town of Milan. “I am happy to endorse Marc for another four year term and look forward to working together to continue building a stronger Dutchess County.”
“Dutchess County has some of the finest public officials in New York State andBill Gallagher is a prime example of that,” County Executive Molinaro said. “These past 4 years, he has made tough decisions and supported a transformation that has put this county back on solid financial ground. I am grateful for his 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, a budget surplus of over $18 million this year, a replenished fund balance of $40 million, and a county bond rating that is 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 Bill for his personal support and his service. With help from leaders like Supervisor Gallagher, 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.