DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- County Executive Marcus Molinaro is being honored by the Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Library for his ThinkDIFFERENTLY program Saturday.
Molinaro will receive the inaugural Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Hudson Valley Vision Award at the second annual Family Fun Festival on the Library's Great Lawn.
“I am honored to receive this recognition for Dutchess County’s effort to ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY’ and change the hearts and minds of our residents about our neighbors of all abilities," Molinaro said. "Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were true champions for inclusion and the rights of all Americans, and I am humbled to receive an award that embodies their spirit. I am grateful for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum’s support of our ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY’ efforts, and I’m inspired to continue its namesake’s advocacy for every resident of every ability."
The program, established in 2015, aims to support residents with special needs through various programs including teaching businesses and organizations to better communicate with people with autism and hosting the 2016 and 2017 Special Olympics New York State Winter Games.
"Through his efforts to ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY,’ County Executive Molinaro has made inclusion a priority, and his message has spread throughout New York," Paul Sparrow, Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, said.
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