Thursday, September 1, 2011

Meet the Candidates: The Race for Dutchess County Executive and the Value of Nonprofits Set of Oct 27th

Dutchess County Executive Candidates Forum
Thursday, October 27, 2011
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Locust Grove


This is an opportunity to meet the candidates in the race for Dutchess County Executive and hear their perspectives on the value and impact of Nonprofits.

The Members of the Dutchess County Coalition of Nonprofits are pleased to sponsor the Dutchess County Executive Candidates Forum to continue important dialogue relative to strengthening Government and Nonprofit relationships. All Nonprofits (Board, Staff), County Residents and Public Officials are invited to hear how the candidates for Dutchess County Executive plan to address policy reforms and other measures that will strengthen the partnership between County Government and Nonprofit service providers in recognition that this partnership is integral for the delivery of services to the citizens of Dutchess County who require assistance in their lives.

Special thanks to the League of Women Voters of the Mid-Hudson Region for moderating this forum.

The Dutchess County Coalition of Nonprofits purpose in hosting this non-partisan forum is to provide an opportunity to educate the local community on the Candidates for Dutchess County Executive respective opinions and positions on various issues relevant to the local nonprofit community. The Members of the Coalition do not endorse nor oppose any specific candidate running for this office. The forum is strictly for educational purposes only.


About the Candidates for Dutchess County Executive:

Dan French grew up in a working-class family from the Bronx and was 7 years old when his family settled here in Dutchess County. French graduated from Arlington High School in 1999. Dan French and his sister were the first members of his family to attend college; he graduated from Binghamton University in 2003. After the attacks on our country on 9/11 became interested in public service and began a renewed interest in political science courses. He was elected to his first term as Beekman Town Councilman in November 2004, at the age of 23. After 5 years as the only Democrat on the Beekman Town Board, he decided to run for Town Supervisor. French was elected by a majority and is now proudly serving his town as their chief executive.

Marcus J. Molinaro (born 1975), originally from Yonkers, New York, represents District 103 in the New York State Assembly. He is a Republican. In 1994, when he was just 18, Molinaro was elected to the Tivoli Village Board of Trustees—making him the youngest person ever elected to office in the State of New York. The very next year, 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. A graduate of Dutchess Community College, Molinaro is an active member of the Tivoli Fire Department and Rescue Squad. He resides in Red Hook with his wife Christy L. Cocker, a registered nurse in the OR at Northern Dutchess Hospital. He has one daughter, Abigail Faith and a son, Jack Henry.

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