Jonathan GordonApr 2, 2018, 11:17 pm

Once an 18-year-old mayor, Molinaro kicks off campaign for governor

The Dutchess County executive plans to fight for farmers and small business owners

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FISHKILL — Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro kicked off his campaign on Monday in Tivoli, where he first became mayor in 1994 at the age of 18. Now, he’s promising a new type of Albany politics if he’s elected as governor.

“His energy, his optimism, his drive, and his leadership transformed this village and a huge part of my job — even 13 years after he left office, [it] is keeping up what he got going and continuing to meet the high expectations that he set, for this, our community," said Tivoli Mayor Joel Griffith.

Molinaro joins State Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco as one of the two Republican candidates for governor. Currently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will compete against actress Cynthia Nixon for the Democratic ticket. However, the Republic primary election will take place in September, ahead of the Nov. 6 general election.

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