Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

The New York State Bar Association says the FBI should investigate allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh.

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Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo blamed upstate weather for prompting New Yorkers to flee to other states.

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After a delay, the eastbound span of the 3.1-mile Mario Cuomo Bridge is set to open Tuesday night, weather permitting. This comes after a setback Friday, hours after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a grand opening ceremony for the span’s public debut. Cuomo’s gubernatorial opponents are calling for outside investigations into the timing of it all.

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The end of August used to be considered a slow season in politics, but television ads released by New Tork Governor Andrew Cuomo, and his Republican challenger Marc Molinaro, are getting heated. Molinaro says Cuomo insulted his pregnant wife while the governor’s campaign tried to bar the GOP candidate’s spot on state corruption from airing on television stations.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stirred some controversy Wednesday when he told an audience at a bill signing ceremony in Manhattan that America “was never that great.”

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has more than $31 million in his campaign coffers, according to the most recent July filings. That figure dwarfs the amount collected by his challengers Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Republican Marc Molinaro, who each have less than a million dollars in their war chests.

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The Republican candidate for New York governor, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, says he agrees with incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo that President Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents is wrong, but he says there are issues with caring for children in New York that Cuomo is ignoring. 

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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 York 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
Marcus Molinaro
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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.

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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
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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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