Marcus Molinaro

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Marcus J. Molinaro
Executive of Dutchess County
Assumed office
January 1, 2012
Preceded by William Steinhaus
Member of the New York State Assembly
In office
2007–2011
Mayor of Tivoli
In office
1995–2007
Personal details
Born (1975-10-08) October 8, 1975 (age 41)
Yonkers, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Dutchess Community College

Marcus J. "Marc" Molinaro (born October 8, 1975[1]) is an American politician. Originally from Yonkers, New York, he is the current Dutchess County Executive.[2] Marcus J. Molinaro was elected as Dutchess County's 7th County Executive in November 2011. At 36, he took office as the youngest County Executive in county history.

Molinaro was first elected to public office at the age of 18 in 1994, serving on Village of Tivoli Board of Trustees. In 1995, he became the youngest mayor in the United States. He was re-elected mayor five times and elected four times to the Dutchess County Legislature. In 2006, he brought his passion for public service to Albany when elected to represent the 103rd District in the New York State Assembly. Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed him to serve on the Governor's Mandate Relief Redesign Team. As County Executive, Marc was appointed to serve on the New York State Association of Counties’ (NYSAC) Board of Directors and in 2015 he was elected the organization’s Second Vice President.

He has been leader on Open Space Protection and Farmland Preservation, an advocate to preserve the Hudson River Valley Greenway and a supporter of the Greenway Compact. In 2013, the New York State Senate appointed him to the Greenway Heritage Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley. In 2014, he was honored by the Pace University Land Use Law Center as the recipient of its Groundbreaker’s Award given to a graduate of the Center's Land Use Leadership Alliance (LULA) Training Program.

He has been active in numerous community and civic organizations. He has served as an active member of the Tivoli Fire Department as well as numerous community and civic organizations including the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council, Dutchess County Historical Society, Hudson Advisory Board, Dutchess County American Cancer Society, Dutchess County Farm Bureau, Red Hook Senior Services and Hardscrabble Committees. He has also been a Red Hook Little League coach.

In 2010, he was honored with the VV Anderson Award for Community Service by the Anderson Center for Autism. In 2011, Astor Services for Children and Families presented him with the Louise Marillac Public Service Award in recognition of the work he has done on behalf of children and families in the community. In 2014, Marc received the Champion for Elder Rights and Safety Award from the Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County. In 2015, he was honored for outstanding leadership by the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the American Red Cross. He was also honored as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council.

Personal life[edit]

Molinaro is a graduate of Dutchess Community College, where he earned a Dutchess United Educators award, and the PACE Land Use Law Center Community Leadership Alliance. He and his wife, Corinne live in Red Hook, New York with their son, and two children from Molinaro's first marriage.

County Executive campaign[edit]

Molinaro officially announced his bid to succeed twenty-year Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus in May 2011. The campaign was endorsed by the county's Republican, Conservative, and Independence parties. On June 3, Beekman supervisor Dan French was nominated as the Assemblyman's Democratic challenger. Molinaro won on November 8, 2011 with a solid margin of 62% to French's 38%.[3] He was sworn into office on January 1, 2012. In 2015, Molinaro was re-elected to a second term, defeating Democratic challenger Diane Jablonski with 64% of the vote.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Project Vote Smart - The Voter's Self Defense System". Votesmart.org. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  2. ^ M.R. Newman (2010-01-26). "2010 GOP Hopefuls: Marcus Molinaro". RedState. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  3. ^ "DUTCHESS COUNTY EXECUTIVE RESULTS: Molinaro beats French handily". Dailyfreeman.com. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Patrick Manning
Member of the New York Assembly
from the 103rd district

2007–2011
Succeeded by
Didi Barrett
Political offices
Preceded by
William Steinhaus
Executive of Dutchess County
2012–present
Incumbent