Marc Molinaro for Governor

Marcus J. Molinaro was elected as Dutchess County’s 7th County Executive in November 2011. At 36, he took office as the youngest County Executive in county history.

Marc Molinaro was first elected to public office at the age of 18 in 1994, serving on Village of Tivoli Board of Trustees. In 1995, he became the youngest mayor in the United States. He was re-elected mayor five times and elected four times to the Dutchess County Legislature. In 2006, he brought his passion for public service to Albany when elected to represent the 103rd District in the New York State Assembly. Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed him to serve on the Governor’s Mandate Relief Redesign Team.

Upon taking the office of County Executive, Marc sought to create a comprehensive economic development strategy, one that more aggressively attracts and retains private sector companies and jobs. This strategy – 4RFuture: Reform, Retain, Reinvest, Recruit – streamlines the County’s economic development apparatus, invests in a targeted marketing campaign to fill vacant commercial and industrial space, and promotes tourism as well as agri-business opportunities.

Marc has been leader on Open Space Protection and Farmland Preservation, an advocate to preserve the Hudson River Valley Greenway and a supporter of the Greenway Compact. In 2013, the New York State Senate appointed him to the Greenway Heritage Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley. In 2014, Marc was honored by the Pace University Land Use Law Center as the recipient of its Groundbreaker’s Award given to a graduate of the Center’s Land Use Leadership Alliance (LULA) Training Program.

Since 2012, Marc and his Administration have transformed the way County Government does business – making it smaller, smarter, and more effective. The consolidation of county departments and divisions has saved millions of taxpayer dollars. County Government now operates with its smallest workforce in 32 years without diminishment of core services such as law enforcement, mental health, and road repair. It ended the taxpayer subsidy at the Resource Recovery Agency (RRA) and seeks now to do the same at the Airport with a private operator and commercial investments. County Government now provides grants to municipalities that share, consolidate, and make more effective their programs and services all in an effort to cut the total cost of government. In 2015, Marc launched “Think Differently,” an initiative to ensure equal access and service, along with greater outreach, to those living with special needs and developmental disabilities. Efforts continue to make County Government more accountable and responsive to the public, providing unprecedented access to county information and data with Marc himself hosting over 60 town hall and public forums in his first 3 ½ years as County Executive.

Marc has been active in numerous community and civic organizations. In 2010, he was honored with the VV Anderson Award for Community Service by the Anderson Center for Autism. In 2012, the readers of Hudson Valley Magazine voted Molinaro “Best Politician” in the Hudson Valley region. In 2014, Marc received the Champion for Elder Rights and Safety Award from the Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County. Marc serves on the New York State Association of Counties’ (NYSAC) Board of Directors and in 2015 he was elected the organization’s Second Vice President.

County Executive Marc Molinaro and family reside in Red Hook.

Will Truitt for NYS Assembly

“I am humbled and excited to announce that I have earned the nomination of the Dutchess County Republican Committee for my candidacy for the 106th Assembly District.

“The time for reform in Albany is long overdue. If we are to make New York State a more affordable place to live, work and build a family, we must be thoughtful in our opinions, creative in our solutions, and bold in our actions. This November, I truly hope I can earn your trust and support so that I may be your representative in the New York State Assembly.”

Will Truitt for NYS Assembly, 106th Assembly District
Representing the People of Dutchess and Columbia County.

Karen Hagstrom for Family Court Judge

Karen has practiced law in Dutchess County for 23 years. Karen is the only candidate for Dutchess County Family Court Judge who has prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases in Dutchess County Family Court as a Senior Assistant County Attorney, advocating on behalf of and protecting our local children.

Karen is also the only candidate for Dutchess County Family Court Judge who has prosecuted criminal cases, and all criminal cases involving our youth, up to age 16, are heard in Family Court. With the recently enacted “Raise the Age” legislation, most of the criminal cases involving 16 and 17-year-olds will be heard in Family Court for the first time, as of October 1, 2019.

As a Senior Assistant District Attorney for Dutchess County, Karen prosecuted all types of criminal cases, and spent many years in the Special Victims Unit, prosecuting domestic violence and child abuse cases. Karen worked hand in hand with Child Protective Services, the police, and victim advocates to hold offenders accountable while treating domestic violence and child victims with compassion. Because Dutchess County’s domestic violence program was looked to as a progressive example, Karen lectured at several conferences in New York State about domestic violence.

After 9 years as a prosecutor, Karen has spent the last 14 years in private practice with the Poughkeepsie law firm of Corbally, Gartland and Rappleyea, LLP.  A Partner at the firm, Karen represents clients in Family Court relative to family offenses, which are domestic violence related crimes, child custody petitions, and criminal cases. Adding to the extensive trial and negotiation skills she gained as a prosecutor, Karen’s experience in private practice makes her uniquely qualified to understand all the roles and perspectives in the courtroom.

Karen grew up in the Town of Poughkeepsie and now resides in Red Hook with her husband, Matt Weishaupt, a Chief Assistant District Attorney for Dutchess County, and their two children, Jonathon, age 12, and Courtney, age 10.  Karen is also the proud step-mother of Tatum, age 30, and Matthew, age 25.

Karen graduated with honors from Spackenkill High School in 1987, Skidmore College, cum laude, with a BA in Psychology in 1991, and from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1994.

Karen previously served on the Judicial Screening Committee for the Dutchess County Bar Association and as a Board Member for the Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association. Karen currently serves on the Dutchess County Supreme Court Excellence Initiative Committee, which seeks to improve the court system.

Judge Michael Hayes for Surrogate’s Court Judge

Judge Michael Hayes grew up in Dutchess County. His father, Hon. Gerald V. Hayes, served our community as a Dutchess County Court Judge from 2000 to 2010. His mother, Sheila Hayes, is a retired nurse. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Judge Hayes is the oldest of six children. He and his brothers and sisters [Susan (Hayes) Meyer, Matt Hayes, Meghan (Hayes) Farquharson, Chris Hayes, and Patrick Hayes] have fond childhood memories of piling into the Big Red Van, cracking the tilt-out windows, and heading up to “the country” for the weekend.

Judge Hayes and his wife, Michele, were married in 2003. They have two daughters, Maggie (age 12) and Sally (age 10). Maggie is an All-County Orchestra violinist who has a gift for working with younger children. Sally is working toward her black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and has a special connection with animals of all shapes and sizes.

Michele received her undergraduate degree from NYU, and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. She is an accomplished attorney who previously served as a highly-respected Principal Court Attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division.

After their daughters were born, Michele placed her career on hold. She is an active member of the Parents’ Association at their school, and has served two terms on its Executive Committee. Judge Hayes has also taken an active role at the school, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

The Hayes family is rounded out by an ill-behaved, but lovable, yellow lab named Winnie, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy named Walter.