GOVERNOR RACE HEATS UP

Republican Duchess County Executive, Marc Molinaro throws his hat in the ring to become New York State’s next governor. Meet him.

Aired on May 3, 2018. 

TRANSCRIPT

> AND NOW THERE ARE TWO.

AFTER MONTHS OF WILL HE OR WON'T HE SPECULATION AND WEEKS OF BEHIND THE SCENES CAMPAIGNING, DUCHESS COUNTY EXECUTIVE MARC MOLINARO LAURM HIS BID FOR GOVERNOR.

WITH THE BLESSING FROM THE PARTY.

MOLINARO MAY BECOME THE FIRST REPUBLICAN ELECTED TO THE POSITION SINCE THE GEORGE PENNSYLVANIA TACKY IN 2002.

HE JOINS ACTRESS CYNTHIA NIXON AS THE SECOND CANDIDATE TO WANT TO UNSEAT CUOMO.

AND HE MAY HAVE AN UNLIKELY ADVANTAGE AND THE SMALL TOWN ROOTS MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT.

I'D LIKE TO WELL MARC TO PROGRAM.

THANK YOU GLAD TO BE HERE.

WELL, YOU DEFINITELY HAVE A HOMETOWN ADVANTAGE, AS MUCH AS ONE CAN COMING FROM UPSTATE.

SURE.

WELL, FIRST TELL ME ABOUT HOW YOU CAME TO GET INTO POLITICS.

IT'S AN INTERESTING STORY.

I VOLUNTEERED AND INTERNED FOR MY STATE ASSEMBLY WOMAN.

WE DIDN'T SHARE POLITICAL PARTIES BUT SHE TAUT US ABOUT PUBLIC SERVICE.

I WAS INVOLVED IN MY HOMETOWN, A PLACE CALLED TIVOLI ON THE HUDSON RIVER AND STARTED TO VOLUNTEER.

PEOPLE SAID YOU SHOULD RUN FOR THE VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

AND AS AN 1-YEAR-OLD I DECIDED TO THROW MY HAT IN THE RING AND RUN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MY COMMUNE.

I WAS ELECTED TO THE VILLAGE BOARD IN 1994 AS AN 18-YEAR-OLD.

ONE YEAR LATER THE MAYOR DECIDED HE WAS GOING TO RETIRE.

SOY RAN HOME AND ASKED MY MOM IF IT WOULD BE OKAY IF I RUN FOR MAYOR OF THE VILLAGE OF TIVOLI.

IN 1995 I WAS ELECTED MAYOR OF MY HOMETOWN.

JUST TO GET INTO THE STORY, WE'RE IN A POINT RIGHT NOW WHERE WE SEE SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE EXPRESSING INTEREST IN POLITICS AND WANTING TO GET IN POLITICS.

YET AUBERRILY THE TROPE IS THAT YOUNG PEOPLE DON'T CARE.

WHAT MADE IT DIFFERENT FOR YOU.

YOU KNOW, I HAD EXPERIENCED IN MY SEEING MY KPUN CARB SHALL IT LOOKS LIKE THE UPSTATE COMMUNITIES.

BUSINESSES HADN'T REREOPENED.

IN KLINEC.

LET PEOPLE FELT THE BEST OF THE COMMUNITY WAS YESTERDAY.

AND I REALLY THINK THEY SAW IN ME AND I HAD SOME DESIRE TO TRY TO INVEST AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE, ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BE MORE INVOLVED.

THAT EXCITED VOTERS.

THE FUNNY THING WAS I HAD JUST AS MANY SENIOR CITIZENS SUPPORTING ME AS TEENAGERS.

THAT'S IMPORTANT.

I REALLY THINK LIKE BOBBY KENNEDY SAID PUBLIC SERVICE IS A DIGNIFIED DUTY AND WE OUGHT TO UPHOLD IT AS PEOPLE WANT TO DO.

I'VE SPENT EVERY DAY OF MY ADULT LIFE NOT ONLY MAKING GOVERNMENT WORK FOR THE PEOPLE BUT REALLY EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR OWN LIVES.

IT'S BEEN SO FULFILLING.

ONE OF THE DRIVING FORCES BEHIND MY DESIRE TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR.

ACTUALLY I WANT TO PICK UP ON ONE OF THE POINTS YOU MADE WHICH WAS THE QUOTE FROM BOBBY KENNEDY, GOVERNMENT IS A DIGNIFIED DUTY.

WHEN MOST PEOPLE UNFORTUNATELY RIGHT NOW WHEN THEY THINK OF GOVERNMENT AT THE CITY, STATE, AND FEDERAL LEVEL THEY DO NOT THINK OF DIGNITY.

YEAH.

WELL I THINK, LISTEN WE HAVE ALLOWED OURSELVES TO GET TO THIS PROCESSION POSITION, NO QUESTION.

AS VOTERS WE NEED TO BE MORE NANLD.

HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE.

WITHOUT QUESTION THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN INFECTED BY A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION.

NO WONDER PEOPLE LOST FAITH.

I THINK PUBLIC OFFICIALS -- I'M NOT PERFECT WITH YOU I TRY TO HOLD MYSELF TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD OR MY MOTHER MIGHT COME BACK AND MIGHT NOT LET ME RUN FOR OFFICE ANYMORE.

BUT I DO THINK AS VOTERS WE NEED TO BE ENGAGED WE NEED TO TO CHALLENGE ELECTED OFFICIALS AND HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE REGARDLESS OF THE PARTIES.

AND ELECTED OFFICIALS NEED TO RECOGNIZE THE RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE WITH VOTERS IS PERSONAL.

YOU LEARN THAT IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

THE DECISION YOU MAKE HAS A PROFOUND IMPACT ON SOMEONE'S LIFE.

IN MANY WAYS PEOPLE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL WANT PROBLEMS SOLVED.

IF YOU KOCHT IT THAT WHICH.

I BEGAN MY POLITICAL CAREER RUNS IN PLACE WHERE PARTY AFFILIATION DIDN'T MATTER.

I THINK WE NEED TO CONFRONT THE TRIBALISM THAT'S ININFECTED US.

WE CAN DO MORE TO GET THE BEST OUT OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS.

AND FRANKLY THOSE WHO DON'T I HAVE UP TO THE STANDARD OR THINK DEMOCRACY IS TOO DIFFICULT SHOULD FIND ANOTHER LINEUP OF WORK.

PRETTY POWERFUL WORDS.

BUT I'M WONDERING HOW DO YOU TAKE THAT MESSAGE TO A PLACE LIKE ALBANY.

CORRUPTION AND ALBANY HAVE GONE HAND IN HAND SINCE IT STOPPED BEING FOR THE ORANGE.

I THINK TOO MANY IN NEW YORK HAVE SORT OF GOTTEN USED THIS CULTURE OF CORRUPTION SO THEY DON'T CHALLENGE IT AND ACCEPT THAT'S THE WAY IT IS.

THAT CAN'T BE THE WAY IT IS.

AND AGAIN, I WAS ONE WHO BELIEVED THIS GOVERNOR WOULD COME IN AND SWEEP IN A NEW DAY.

INTSZ SEVEN YEARS OF A NEW NORMAL.

WHERE THE CULTURE HAS INFECTED THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF STATE GOVERNMENT.

I THINK FIRST YOU JUST REALLY -- YOU LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

BUT THEN YOU ALSO EMPOWER PEOPLE.

WHAT HAPPENED IN ALBANY AND SEE FEWER AND FEWER PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED IN DECISION MAKING.

OF COURSE THE FEWER THAT HAVE POWER THE MORE CORRUPTED THEY CAN BE.

WE HAVE SEEN IT ON TRIAL THE LAST FEW MONTHS AND ON TRIAL THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

WELL THEN ONE OF THE LAST THINGS I WANT TO ASK IN THIS PART OF THE INTERVIEW IS WITH THIS SEASON THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW WHERE WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE TAKING TO THE STREETS AND TRYING TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD.

YES.

IS THERE A WAY THAT YOU AS A REPUBLICAN -- BECAUSE SO MANY OF THEM ARE PROTESTING ON THE LEFT.

SURE.

IS THERE A WAY YOU AS A REPUBLICAN CAN HAHNERESS SOME OF THAT ENERGY AND BE THE LEADER FOR THOSE PEOPLE TO BRING THEM TO THE POLLS.

HERE IS MY PROMISE TO ANYONE.

I WILL LISTEN.

I WILL LISTEN.

WE HAVE BEEN SKT INNED BY POLITICIAN RUNNING TO PRESS CONFERENCE AND STAND IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA AND DON'T LISTEN.

WHETHER THEY'RE A PART OF THE PROTEST OR NOT.

I GET DISAPPOINTWOOD THIS GOVERNOR WHO RUSHES REALLY TO THE SCENE BUT DOESN'T SPEND ENOUGH TIME LISTENING AND INTERACTING.

I WILL NEVER TAKE SUPPORT FOR GRANTED.

I WANT PEOPLE REGARDLESS WHERE THEY FIND THEMSELVES ON THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM ENGAGED.

I WANT THAT POWER AND ENERGY USED TO BRING CHANGE.

AND I WANT PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE OR COME FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES TO LISTEN TO ONE ANOTHER SO THAT WE CAN MOLD SKENS TO US SOLVE.

PROBLEMS.

IT'S THE ONLY WAY THE DEMOCRACY WORKS AND MAKES NEW YORK STATE.

AND IT IS WHAT WOULD DEFINE AN ADMINISTRATION SHOULD I BE GIVEN THE HONOR OF SERVING AS GOVERNOR.

SO MARK MOLINARO I'M LISTENING IS THAT ON THE BUMPER STICKERS.

SEEMS LONG BUT I'M LISTENING.

HASHTAG I'M LISTENING.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON THE PROGRAM.

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