Queens GOP backs Molinaro in race for governor

The Queens Republican Party last Wednesday voted unanimously, with two abstentions, to endorse Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in the race for New York governor.

“Thank you @QueensCountyGOP for your support,” Molinaro tweeted shortly after the vote. “I am humbled & grateful.”

Joann Ariola, chairwoman of the Queens Republican Party, said she and the GOP’s executive committee were impressed with the candidate’s resume and that he outlined a strategy for accomplishing his platform promises.

“It wasn’t just saying ‘A chicken in every pot,’” Ariola told the Chronicle. “He explained how you were going to get that chicken. I think that’s what everyone was impressed with.”

Molinaro was 36 when elected Dutchess County executive in November 2011, the youngest person ever to win that position. He started his public service at 18 when he was elected to the Board of Trustees for the village of Tivoli and a year later became the youngest-ever mayor in the United States.

He’s also served in the Dutchess County Legislature and state Assembly.

Molinaro will face state Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) and Joe Holland, former commissioner of the state Department of Housing and Community Renewal, in the September primary.

The winner of that race will face the Democratic nominee. Cuomo is being challenged by former “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon.


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