Molinaro Recieves Re-Election Support Democrat Town Supervisors First to Endorse
May 14th, Poughkeepsie – After announcing his intention to seek another 4 year term last week, County Executive Marc Molinaro’s re-election campaign picked up the first endorsements of the election cycle. The Molinaro campaign was endorsed today by Supervisors from the Towns of North East and Pine Plains.
“I have worked with Marc these past four years in my role as Supervisor but have known about him since he was Mayor of Tivoli a long time ago. He has done an admirable job in putting our county back on sound financial ground. I am very impressed with his team. They listen to us and deal with our town issues in a reasonable prudent way. What Marc’s leadership has done for our county should be a model for other counties across this state. From my perspective, he deserves another 4 years and that is why I endorse him for County Executive,” said John Merwin, Supervisor Town of Northeast.
“I agree with Supervisor Merwin and I also appreciate Marc’s ability to cross party lines and listen to our concerns on the local level. For me, Marc’s support of the Pine Plain’s revitalization plan and his sincere willingness to work through problems together proves to me that he has the qualities we need in a leader. I personally met Marc several years ago at a Veteran’s event and was impressed with his sincerity even then. My core values are with the Democrat party but I don’t always agree with members of my party. I always want to do what is best for my community and that is why I am endorsing County Executive Molinaro,” said Brian Coons, Supervisor Town of Pine Plains.
“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 am honored and want to thank Brian and John for their personal support and their partnership in government. With their help, we will make Dutchess County the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
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, 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.
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.
Election Day is November 3, 2015. For more information, visit Marc Molinaro online at www.molinarofordutchess.com or find him on Facebook and TWITTER (Marcus Molinaro).