Marc was first elected to public office at the age of 18 in 1994, serving on the Village of Tivoli Board of Trustees. In 1995, he became the youngest mayor in America at age 19. He was re-elected mayor five times and elected four times to the Dutchess County Legislature. In 2006, he brought his passion for public service to Albany when elected to represent the 103rd District in the New York State Assembly.
In November of 2011, Marc was elected as Dutchess County’s 7th County Executive. At 36, he took office as the youngest County Executive in county history.
Upon taking the office of County Executive, Marc sought to create a comprehensive economic development strategy, one that more aggressively attracts and retains private sector companies and jobs. This strategy streamlines the County’s economic development apparatus, invests in a targeted marketing campaign to fill vacant commercial and industrial space, and promotes tourism and agri-business opportunities.
In 2015, Marc launched “Think Differently,” an initiative to ensure equal access and service, along with greater outreach, to those living with special needs and developmental disabilities. Nearly 100 communities across New York are implementing the “Think Differently” principles. Efforts continue to make County Government more accountable and responsive to the public, providing unprecedented access to county information and data with Marc himself hosting over 60 town halls and public forums in his first 3 ½ years as County Executive.
Molinaro is a graduate of State University of New York, Dutchess Community College, where he earned a Dutchess United Educators award, and the PACE Land Use Law Center Community Leadership Alliance. He has been recognized by the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce and “Capitol” news publication as one of their first “Forty under Forty” leaders. The Albany Times Union cited him as one of Albany’s “True Reformers,” the Hudson Register Star recognized him as a “strong advocate,” and the Poughkeepsie Journal called Molinaro a “voice of reason.” Hudson Valley Magazine readers have voted Molinaro the “Best Politician” in the Hudson Valley region each year from 2012-2017.
County Executive Molinaro resides in Red Hook, with his wife Corinne and children Abigail, Jack, and Elias. He enjoys coaching his son’s team in the Red Hook Soccer Club.