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Marc Molinaro kicks off campaign for NY Governor

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - The race for New York governor is getting more crowded today.

Marc Molinaro (R) has been serving as Dutchess County Executive since 2011 and was a state Assemblyman before that. He says he is going to use his experience to change the tone of government and unite both parties

“When the roof leaks it leaks on both Republicans and Democrats and in government our job is just to fix the roof and move on,” Molinaro said.

When asked in January, Molinaro said he would not be running for governor but he said on Monday it was because of requests from communities around the state he decided to run .

“A campaign more important than the race for Governor. A campaign for the people and the very soul of New York State.”

Molinaro says he wants to end the four men in the room that decide some of the major issues on the budget and more. He’s referring to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Speaker of the Assembly, Senate Majority Leader and the Leader of the Independent Democratic Committee.

“The tone from the governor’s office is angry and divisive. The language is crude and offensive. The office is dark and shrouded in secrecy. We will change the way we do business in this very city to include more stakeholders and more citizens and finally end four men in a room.”

Molinaro also talked about creating term limits and boosting Upstate's economy.

Although a Republican, Molinaro says he did not vote for Trump and was disappointed in Congress' decision to reduce state and local tax deductions.

“If we can rise up and find hope in one another. Let us move forward from this place today and believe again in our state in our people and each other.”

Molinaro will be challenging Senator John DeFrancisco from Syracuse in the Republican Gubernatorial Primary.

DeFrancisco issued this statement:

"I welcome County Executive Molinaro into the race and look forward to appearing with him before the various committees between now and the State Convention in May to engage in a spirited debate. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm anything but quiet. The issues are too important to be meek or timid. I won't be quiet about the corruption or the high taxes or the number of people leaving our state. Now is the time to fight for the future of our state. I'm ready, willing and able to take on the fight."
 

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