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Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro presented his 2018 State of the County Address this evening at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park to residents, business and nonprofit leaders, as well as local and state officials. With the County’s fiscal condition secure, including four consecutive years of property tax levy reductions and a commitment to continued property tax relief, the County Executive’s annual message focused on the County’s efforts to provide opportunities to unite as one community with a shared sense of purpose to improve and build a better tomorrow.
“The State of Dutchess County is not the time I have spent speaking with you,” County Executive Molinaro told the nearly 600 people in attendance. “The state of our county is you – it’s us. It is our dreams and labors, the steps we take, decisions we make, problems we solve and challenges we overcome, together.”
Among the initiatives highlighted in County Executive Molinaro’s State of the County Address:
The County Executive highlighted the work of the Th!nk Dutchess Alliance for Business, supporting more than $2.8 billion in major investments for projects under construction or planning stages throughout Dutchess County, in every sector from data to healthcare, tourism to agriculture.
County Executive Molinaro also focused on acknowledging the more than 16,000 veterans living in Dutchess County by proclaiming 2018 the ‘Year of the Veteran,’ the ongoing work of the Commission on Human Rights, and the continuation of the Path to Promise initiative which continues into its second phase this year with the assessment of youth services throughout Dutchess County and the creation of an innovative action plan to ensure every child has equal access to assets that will lead to his or her success.
“We are the heirs to this county’s rich history; stewards of its land and resources; caretakers of its monuments and achievements; we are its hope for a prosperous future; and we are the State of our County – may we find purpose in its making,” concluded County Executive Molinaro.
County Executive Molinaro’s full 2018 State of the County Address is available online. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in conversations about the 2018 State of the County at several town hall forums over the next several weeks: