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Candidate Profile: Republican Marc Molinaro for NY CD 19


RED HOOK, NY – In the 2022 general election, Hudson Valley residents will vote for state and local representatives.

In anticipation, Patch has asked candidates in contested races to answer questions about their campaigns and will post candidate profiles ahead of Election Day on Nov. 8.

The new Congressional District 19 covers part or all of 11 counties: Broome, Chenango, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins and Ulster.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro of Red Hook is running on both Republican and Conservative party lines in the November general election to represent District 19 in Congress. Josh Riley is running on the Democratic Party line against him.

Molinaro, 47, is married with four children. He graduated from Dutchess Community College.

He was first elected to public office at the age of 18 in 1994, serving on the Tivoli Village Council. In 1995, he became the youngest mayor in the United States and was re-elected five times. In 2006, Molinaro was elected to represent the 103rd District in the New York State Assembly. He won the 2011 Dutchess County leadership race and was re-elected twice. He is also first vice president of the New York State Counties Association.

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Why are you looking for this office?

Why am I running

New York and America are at a crossroads, with each decision having a profound and lasting impact for years to come. Do we continue to follow the tired, worn-out ways of doing things in Washington, the same status quo, or do we have the courage, ability, and character to create the vision for our state and our country that we aspire to? I have made my decision: I have decided to dedicate myself to the people of New York and to seek to represent you in Congress.

From my days as a teenage village administrator and America’s youngest mayor, through my career in the New York State Assembly, and now, nearly a decade as a county executive from Dutchess, I have continuously worked to build consensus and tirelessly serve the residents. I represented — my neighbors who trusted me to serve their community with their best interests at heart. It is a sacred mission that I have embraced for a long time, a pact that I am honored to respect every day.

Our community needs a proven leader in the House of Representatives, a leader who is proven to find solutions, without stoking the deep division that continues to prevent our state and our nation from reaching its full potential. For more than a quarter century, I have earned the trust of New Yorkers by uniting people of different backgrounds and ideas to bring greater good to those I have served. Did it in the Hudson Valley. I did it in Albany.

I will do it again in Washington.

Son of a mother who for a time raised a young family alone, I know the value of hard work and determination. Father of four children, including one on the autism spectrum, I know the importance of family, of giving everything for loved ones, no matter the personal sacrifice. A public servant since 1995, I have dedicated my adult life to working for my community, always achieving results for those I have served.

The past year and a half, these most difficult times of our lives, have required great leadership, and never has the ability to bring agreement been more precious; it was literally a matter of life or death. I know all too well the loss of life this pandemic has brought to our community, our state and our nation. In light of such dire consequences, I am running for the future of our community – the health, safety and well-being of my neighbors – and to help New York and America bounce back and achieve the ideal of our state and our country for which we have desired.

I run for the future of my children and yours; for the employees who fought like never before to maintain the American dream; for small business owners whose ambitions and livelihoods have been devastated; for those who have been marginalized, left behind and sidelined for too long. I’m running to make NY-19 a better place to live, work and raise a family.

What are the main differences between you and the other candidate for this position?

We grew up very poor. My mother often says that I rose; she was a single mother for a long time. We were on food stamps for a while, and it instilled in me a desire to do something good for everyone in my situation. I have dedicated my whole life to public service. I haven’t worked for anyone but the people of New York State. I am not on the red team or the blue team, I will be a truly independent voice for upstate New York.

My opponent will be a vote for Joe Biden and the radical Democrats who helped create this crisis of inflation and high taxes. He is in tune with President Biden, having donated thousands of dollars to him. Also, my opponent, a wealthy corporate lawyer who lives in Washington, DC, only moved to New York a year ago after deciding to run for Congress. He hasn’t voted in New York in 16 years and has no contact with those upstate communities. His primary residence is a $1.8 million mansion in an upscale DC neighborhood, which he can afford due to his work as an associate at a law firm specializing in the defense of Harvey Weinstein and the silence of his female victims.

What other issues do you intend to address during your campaign?

I am passionate about changing the way our community treats and thinks about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2015, we launched our Think Differently initiative which has spread across New York State. Challenge individuals, businesses and governments to think differently about people of all abilities under my leadership Dutchess County has become one of the most accessible counties in the nation. I want to bring this message of acceptance and inclusiveness to our nation’s capital.

Editor’s note: The candidate’s answers have been lightly edited for style and clarity.