New York State Reform Party Endorses County Executive Molinaro
New York’s Newest Party Cites Molinaro’s Long Record of Reform
Poughkeepsie, New York – Marie Smith, the Chairwoman of the New York State Reform Party, announced today the Party’s endorsement of County Executive Marc Molinaro for the upcoming November election.
“Marc Molinaro has proven to be a true “Reformer” when it comes to governing,” said Marie Smith, Chairwoman of the New York State Reform Party. “His long record of tackling real problems with bold bipartisan solutions is the kind of leadership that exemplifies the Reform Party agenda.”
Labeled a “True Reformer” by the Albany Times Union as a member of the State Assembly, Marc fought to hold Albany politicians accountable. He led the fight to adopt sweeping budget and ethics reform legislation and joined then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in sponsoring and adopting the “Government Consolidation and Citizen Empowerment Act.”
Throughout his career, Marc has always been willing to work across party lines serving on both the Governor’s Transition Team and Mandate Relief and Redesign Team. As Mayor of Tivoli and as a Dutchess County Legislator, Marc held the line on taxes while improving essential services. As County Executive, Marc has transformed County government with; consolidations, reorganizations and focused on shared services all in an effort to make government smaller, smarter and more effective.
“As County Executive I bring my own style of leadership. Consensus building and shared stewardship is our focus,” concluded Molinaro. “We have but a fleeting moment to inspire all our residents to action. By working together to deliver real results and meaningful reforms, we can achieve this essential goal. I am honored to have the Reform Party’s support and thank Chairwoman Smith for her endorsement,” said County Executive Molinaro.
“Common sense governmental reforms and bold leadership are the basis of the Reform agenda. Marc understands this and works hard every day to improve the lives of the people he serves,” said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. “I am proud to partner with my friend and colleague to implement bold new ideas and improve the lives of all New Yorkers.”
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 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. 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.