POUGHKEEPSIE – State Assemblyman Marc Molinaro says he definitely will seek the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines to run for Dutchess County executive, but before he even makes a formal announcement about his candidacy, the county Democratic Committee launched an attack. Its chairwoman, Elisa Sumner, claims Molinaro is “unfit” to be county executive.
Sumner pointed to an audit of the Village of Tivoli, where Molinaro served as mayor for 11 years, noting it was critical of the municipality’s financial condition.
“That was proven by the state comptroller’s audit and since he has been in the state assembly, he is no friend to women and that has been proven by his voting record up there,” she said.
Molinaro said the Democrats need to get their facts straight; that audit was conducted for the period from June 2006 and ran for three years. Molinaro was in office during the first six months of the audit.
“The taxpayers of Dutchess County absolutely deserve fiscal stewardship, fiscal discipline, and a county executive, who is committed, not to tearing people down and playing political games, all in an effort to score political points, but rather working to bring people together to solves the problems that face us, to grow our economy and help the private sector grow jobs, to hold the line on taxes, and protect our quality of life,” he said.
Sumner, meanwhile, said a few potential candidates have expressed interest in running for the county’s top job, some in government and others in business.
New York State Bridge Authority Executive Director Joseph Ruggiero and Beekman Town Supervisor Daniel French have been mentioned as possible candidates on the Democratic ticket. Ruggiero ran four years ago, losing to incumbent Republican William Steinhaus, who is retiring after five terms.
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