TIVOLI MAYOR AND BEACON COUNCILMAN ENDORSE MOLINARO FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Democrat and Independent Officials Join Molinaro Team
June 5, Poughkeepsie – Two more Dutchess County elected officials today endorsed County Executive Marc Molinaro for reelection. “I understand that crossing party lines is an unpopular choice in this age of deep partisanship. However, in this case, I feel it is the right one. Therefore, I’ve made my choice. I choose Marcus Molinaro to continue serving the people of Dutchess County as County Executive,” said Ali Muhammad, City of Beacon Councilman.
Mayor of Tivoli, Joel Griffith, an independent said, “I support Marcus Molinaro in his effort to seek another term as Dutchess County Executive. Marcus has been a personal friend for over 25 years and I am as impressed with his energy, open-mindedness, and imagination now, as I was when he first became our Mayor in the Village of Tivoli years ago. Marcus is an indefatigable leader who empowers others, and is prepared to work with anyone with good ideas and a desire to better our communities here in Dutchess County.”
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 consecutive 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.
“I am truly grateful and appreciate the support from these two leaders whom I greatly respect. As my partners in government, they understand the importance of putting aside party labels and working together to solve problems for the betterment of the residents of Dutchess County. I look forward to continuing our partnership and working together,” County Executive Molinaro said.
Ali Muhammed added, “Marc Molinaro and I share the same passion for humanity, commitment to community, pursuit of happiness, accountability towards our neighbor’s quality of life, and willingness to lead. By dismissing labels and working TOGETHER, we can and will make our county into one of the best in New York 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 continue to steadily improve.
“Four years ago I committed that together we would transform County government with bold innovative ideas, control spending and reduce the size of government. I am proud to say that together we have turned the corner and are poised for a great comeback,” continued Molinaro. “We have made the difficult decisions together and are prepared to move this County forward.”
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.