Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Prosecutors and lawyers for the defense gave opening statements Monday in the bid rigging trial of a former associate of New Governor Andrew Cuomo and two upstate development firms, who are accused of fraudulently obtaining lucrative taxpayer-funded state contracts.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the anti-sexual harassment policies enacted in the state budget are among the strongest in the nation, but his political rivals say the governor has not done enough to respond to allegations of sexual harassment in his own administration.

GOP Formally Backs Molinaro For NY Governor

May 23, 2018
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Politicians from both sides of the aisle gathered today in the New York City area as the Republican and Democratic parties hold their nominating conventions. The GOP nominated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro to run against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo picked up the backing of Hillary Clinton today on Long Island. Our Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt is covering the GOP convention in Manhattan and listened to Molinaro’s 35-minute acceptance speech.

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Challengers to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo were on the campaign trail Thursday, as the Democrat announced a massive new anti-poverty program in Brooklyn. Democratic candidate Cynthia Nixon visited the Finger Lakes to voice her opposition to a controversial proposed liquefied natural gas plant on Seneca Lake. 

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A new Siena College poll suggests New Yorkers still prefer Governor Andrew Cuomo over the Democrat’s current challengers in this year’s election. Cuomo recently lost the support of groups like Citizen Action and the Working Families Party.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Editor and Publisher of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal and AllOtsego.com, about Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro's campaign for New York governor.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, seeking a third term in office, is facing challenges both from the left of his party and from a new Republican candidate. But the two candidates, Cynthia Nixon and Marc Molinaro, share a common theme – they say they are nicer than Cuomo.

Dutchess County Exec Launches Bid For NY Governor

Apr 2, 2018
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After saying in January he would not enter the race for New York governor, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro reconsidered. Monday, in his hometown of Tivoli, where his political career began in the 1990s, the Republican kicked off his campaign. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was at Tivoli Village Hall for the announcement.

It has been almost two weeks since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people and ignited a national policy debate. The New York State Sheriffs’ Association is calling on lawmakers to include funding in the state budget to provide at least one armed school resource officer at every grade school and high school in the state. A few Hudson Valley leaders are weighing in on the proposal.

Dutchess County Exec Reexamines Gubernatorial Run

Feb 23, 2018
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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says he is reconsidering a run for New York governor after a “Draft Molinaro” effort emerged earlier in February.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was at Marist College in Poughkeepsie today, touting his proposed budget with highlights in the Hudson Valley. He included a few announcements that came as news, mainly in the area of economic development.

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With campaigns heating up in New York’s top statewide races, Republicans from the Hudson Valley are being mentioned as potential candidates. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who had considered running against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, announced in early January that he would not enter the race. Now, the Republican is being urged to reconsider. Meantime, an attorney from Westchester County is considering challenging Democratic state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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The Commission of Correction has identified five jails as the “worst” in New York state. The Greene and Dutchess County Jails are on the list.

Dutchess County Executive Will Not Run For Governor

Jan 4, 2018
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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said Thursday that he will not run for New York governor. WAMC’s Allison Dunne has more on the latest Republican to back away from the race.

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Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says he is much closer to a decision about whether to run for governor of New York.

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Two Democratic New York Congressmen and local stakeholders stood at the Yonkers waterfront Monday afternoon to talk about potential anchorage proposals for the Hudson River. Though they praised a U.S. Coast Guard study, the lawmakers and environmentalists also made it clear they are doubling down on opposition to any long-term anchorage sites in future proposals.

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Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has signed a ban on polystyrene foam food containers by chain restaurants and county government. Molinaro signed the law Friday at a school in Pleasant Valley, surrounded by fourth-graders who inspired the ban.

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Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says he will decide by the end of the year whether to run for governor of New York. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to seek a third term in 2018.

Dutchess County Exec Releases 2018 Proposed Budget

Oct 31, 2017
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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro released his 2018 budget proposal Tuesday. The $480 million plan includes a property tax cut and maintains all existing services and programs.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
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Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has taken the next step toward a possible run for governor of New York. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to seek a third term in 2018. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Molinaro about what lies ahead.

Former IBM East Fishkill Campus Will Be Redeveloped

Oct 19, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

An industrial landmark in Dutchess County is set to come back to life. A real estate development and investment firm that specializes in redeveloping industrial sites has purchased 300 acres of the former IBM campus in East Fishkill. The acquisition is being heralded as one of the largest economic redevelopment projects in recent Dutchess County history.

HV County Execs Chime In On Shared Services Plans

Oct 16, 2017

County leaders in New York were required by the state to present their shared services plans to residents by October 15. The plan is Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to reduce property taxes by requiring counties to work with local governments to find savings by coordinating and eliminating overlapping services. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne checked in with a few county executives in the Hudson Valley on their plans.

The federal government recently informed a housing organization in Dutchess County that it will cut funding for a program that serves homeless veterans by the end of September. The surprise announcement is prompting local officials to band together for a solution. On Tuesday, two members of Congress from New York asked the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to reverse the decision.

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The Dutchess County Executive and local leaders went to the Poughkeepsie waterfront Monday, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to require more PCB cleanup of the Hudson River. This comes as the agency considers public comment on its five-year review.

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The Poughkeepsie Common Council was scheduled to hold a special meeting the 6 o’clock hour Tuesday evening on whether to fund city buses for three more months. This comes as a citizens group has hired a law firm to get involved amid continuing controversy.

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The fight against the opioid epidemic has seen a variety of approaches, including changes to law enforcement policies and an increased focus on prevention. Now, a few counties in the Hudson Valley have filed suit against pharmaceutical companies. Dutchess County is the latest to allege the companies have used deceptive practices, leading to the crisis. And at least one other Hudson Valley county is considering filing suit.

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New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker was in Poughkeepsie earlier this week as part of a series of events across the state marking National Public Health Week. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

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Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Dutchess County Monday, reintroducing his bill to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by creating pre-booking drug diversion programs. The idea is to allow police officers to use their discretion to divert individuals directly to treatment instead of booking them and processing them through the criminal justice system. Maloney made the announcement in the Dutchess County Stabilization Center, whose grand opening was last week.

Dutchess County Formally Opens Stabilization Center

Mar 16, 2017
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A number of local, county and state officials were on hand in Poughkeepsie Thursday for the formal opening of the Dutchess County Stabilization Center. It’s a walk-in facility for individuals who need immediate assistance coping with mental health issues or substance abuse. The idea is to help residents avoid emergency rooms or even jail and save lives.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered the third of his six regional State of the State addresses today in the Hudson Valley. One of his proposals got positive feedback while another is facing some criticism, as he predicted.

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