|Preceded by William Steinhaus|
Party Republican Party
|Name Marcus Molinaro|
Political party Republican
|Born October 8, 1975 (age 40)
Yonkers, New York, U.S. (1975-10-08) |
Alma mater Dutchess Community College
Education Dutchess Community College
Marcus J. Molinaro (born October 8, 1975) is an American politician. Originally from Yonkers, New York, he is the current Dutchess County Executive.
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 was 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, he was appointed to serve on the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Board of Directors. In 2015, Molinaro was elected the organization's Second Vice President. He held this position from 1995-2007.
County Executive campaign
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 prevailed on November 8, 2011 with 62% of the vote. Molinaro 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.