STAATSBURG, N.Y. -- Republican Marc Molinaro took the oath of office Monday for his second four-year term as Dutchess County Executive at the Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg.
"You just met the three most important people in my life: Abigail and Jack give meaning and purpose to my very existence; and, Corinne – Corinne makes every day meaningful and provides me peace and encouragement, she challenges me to be better, do more and be the husband, father and man I only hope to be."
"Thank you, too, to Neil Pollack and the Anderson Center for Autism. We appreciate your hospitality and service to the community," his remarks began.
The center, he continued, "lifts up and supports a segment of our population that too often is overlooked, underappreciated and struggles to have a voice in our shared community."
Molinaro recounted his call to action last year to embrace differences "regardless of ability and his administration's "core decision-making principles when confronting challenges: Focus, Logic, Inclusion and Fairness."
"To these principles, I would add compassion. Compassion and empathy allow us to reach back to lift others up. To understand the perspective, background and experiences of others. To realize that every day is an opportunity for us to make a difference, touch a heart, encourage a mind and inspire a soul," Molinaro said.
Among his administration's priorities are strengthening the county's response to people that struggle with substance abuse, addiction and mental illness.
"Our goal is to make Dutchess County the healthiest county in New York State and I am confident together we will get there," he said
Read Molinaro's full remarks here.
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