Rhinebeck And Red Hook Mayors Endorse Molinaro
Mayors of Historic Villages Join Together in Bipartisan Support of County Executive
Poughkeepsie – Today, the Mayors of the Villages of Rhinebeck and Red Hook proudly endorsed County Executive Marc Molinaro for re-election.
“As a former Mayor of Tivoli, Marc knows exactly the challenges we face and the issues we have to address on a daily basis. Our community appreciates and values the quality of life that exists here and so does Marc,” said Heath Tortarella, Republican Mayor of Rhinebeck. “He works hard to build partnerships, provide leadership and support the work in our village. I am honored to support him for another term and look forward to working together to keep Rhinebeck moving in the right direction.”
“Red Hook could not have a stronger supporter in County government than its own resident County Executive, “said Ed Blundell, a Democrat and Mayor of the Village of Red Hook. “We are very proud of his leadership and record of accomplishment as a public servant.”
“I am grateful for their support and appreciate what they do every day for Dutchess County. Both of these Mayors exemplify what is truly great about our democracy and our Country ,” said Molinaro. “They understand that when government engages its people is the most effective way to be responsive to the needs of those that depend on their leadership.”
“In Red Hook, we have periodic work sessions where we review policy issues important to Red Hook and seek to present ideas that benefit all residents,” Blundell added. “Over the years, Marc has shown that no matter what our differences are, when we work together anything is possible. I am proud to endorse my neighbor and friend Marc Molinaro for reelection.”
“As County Executive, I strive every day to engage our residents, listen to their concerns and respond accordingly. My time as Mayor taught me that everyone matters and deserves a voice in government,” continued Molinaro. “I want to thank both of these Mayors for their service and support. 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 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,” Molinaro concluded. “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.
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.