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Updated 11/18/2010 07:21 PM
Molinaro will help Cuomo transition
A local elected official has joined Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo's transition team. As our Curtis Schick shows us, you might be surprised who it is.
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Andrew Cuomo's transition to Governor is underway. Names you would expect to hear, Lt. Governor Bob Duffy, Democratic Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Democratic New York City Comptroller John Liu, are all on board. But Marc Molinaro?
"Well, it is a surprise to a degree, but I recognize it as an honor," said Marc Molinaro, Assemblyman from Red Hook.
Yes, the Republican Assemblyman from Red Hook will serve on Cuomo's transitional Government Reform committee. Molinaro said its task is to recruit and review candidates for key positions dealing with state and local government's relations
"I think these need to be reform minded individuals, the state of New York is broken, it is in need of major reform and that the state of New York is headed in the wrong direction," said Molinaro.
Molinaro said the committee begins meeting next week. And while on paper his pick might be unexpected, Molinaro said he has worked with the Governor-elect on a number of issues, including a local government consolidation law. It was something that was a key part of Cuomo's campaign.
"I think with my 12 years of experience in local government and then my work over the last few years in the Assembly, I can bring a particular prospective that hopefully helps the Governor-elect," said Molinaro.
And Cuomo will need all the help he can get. With years of legislative dysfunction and big budget deficits looming, only time will tell if the Governor-elect can end what Molinaro calls the "Reign of Error."