As eyes are on the November election, Republican NY-19 candidate speaks

Published: Sep. 1, 2022 at 7:45 PM EDT
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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) - The two primary elections are behind us and now eyes are on the November midterm election.

12 News spoke with Josh Riley, the Democratic candidate for NY-19, back on August 23. On September 1, 12 News met up with Marc Molinaro, the Republican candidate vying for the same role in Congress.

Molinaro has experience as the Dutchess County Executive, but this time around, he’s hoping to expand his role here in New York State with running for NY-19.

The candidate said where he lives, in Dutchess County, he has had to experience a lot of the same challenges that we see across Upstate New York. Challenges include businesses leaving, farms closing down, and manufacturers turning away from the state.

With Molinaro’s current experience to date in public office, he said he wants to apply his causes to a broader area. “All of that. The relationships built, the professional experience.. I want to leverage all of that on behalf of the people of this district,” he said. “I want to use every aspect, every second of my life experience making government work as a local official. I want to use that on behalf of the people of Upstate New York, the people of this district.”

When it comes to of his platform and what he cares about, Molinaro mentioned driving down property taxes, investing in infrastructure, an education system that is not one-size-fits-all approach, and a focus on mental health and substance use community treatment programming.

12 News also asked the candidate about what separates him from is opponent Riley. “I never left the state,” said Molinaro. “With all due respect to Josh, he left as a teenager and came back a year ago after 20 years gone as a Washington D.C. lawyer...”

If elected by the people, the Republican said he wants to work across the aisle to confront the district’s problems and sees Congress as a way to partner with local leaders for change.