A Republican county executive from New York's Hudson Valley is formally kicking off his campaign for governor.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro plans to launch his campaign late Monday morning at the village hall in his hometown of Tivoli. His second campaign stop will be Monday afternoon in downtown Albany.
The 42-year-old father of three was elected county executive in November 2011. A former mayor of Tivoli, he has also served in the Dutchess County Legislature and the state Assembly.
Molinaro had initially said he would not seek the GOP nomination for governor, but changed his mind last month after state Sen. John DeFrancisco of Syracuse announced he would seek the party's nomination to challenge two-term Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Since then, Molinaro has picked up support from most county GOP leaders across New York.
In 2010, Molinaro served on Cuomo’s Transition Team. This year, he was appointed by Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb as Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore and the Republican Conference’s representative on Cuomo’s Mandate Relief and Redesign Team.