Officially Announces Re-Election Bid for State Senate

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Senator Sue Serino today was joined by local officials and community supporters at Umberto’s of Mamma Marisa’s in Poughkeepsie to officially announce her re-election bid for the New York State Senate.

People ask me all the time why it is I do what I do,” said Senator Serino. “I worked for years as a waitress here at Umberto’s and the job taught me not only the value of hard work, but about the importance of connecting with people, of being involved in the community, of understanding people’s lives and wanting to help make them better. I haven’t lost sight of that person or those values and making life better for the people of our community remains my number one priority. I am running for re-election because our community deserves a strong, independent leader who will put its needs first and fight to deliver results that will move our community forward.

Carmine and Christina Annunziata, owners of Umberto’s, kicked off the program which included speeches by Assemblyman Kieran Lalor, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Putnam County Legislator Toni Adonizio representing Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.

In addressing the crowded room of local supporters Serino touched on her achievements to date including:

  • $5 million for Dutchess County to hold the line on local taxes and expand mental health services;
  • securing a major tax credit worth $8 million to kick-start development of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center—a project that will spur the local economy;
  • securing fair funding for our local infrastructure—an investment that will create real jobs in the Hudson Valley;
  • scoring unprecedented funding for our local schools;
  • closing the gap elimination adjustment so that they state will be forced to stop taking money from local schools to fill their budget gaps;
  • securing historic funding and raising awareness for Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases that are devastating families in the Hudson Valley;
  • extending the property tax cap that families depend on to balance their budgets and passing historic tax cuts for the middle class;
  • fighting to ensure that our seniors have a voice in Albany.

Senator Serino noted that building on these wins, combatting Albany’s pervasive crisis of corruption, cutting taxes and creating jobs would remain her priorities going forward saying, “This campaign is about putting the spotlight on the things that matter to us, here in our community. It’s about reminding leaders at every level that government belongs not to them, but to the people. It’s about reminding the state that we’re tired of being its piggybank, reigning in spending, cutting taxes, and breathing new life into our economy here in the Hudson Valley. I am incredibly grateful to everyone in this community for their hard work and support throughout my term. Working together, we can absolutely accomplish these goals and make New York a place where people want to live again, not one they want to leave.”

Assemblyman Kieran Lalor said, “Senator Serino is a fellow Town of Wappinger native, a fellow John Jay High School Patriot and a friend. Sue is a truly self-made woman who has achieved success in business and in politics because she is a tireless worker. Sue is an entrepreneur, which is an experience all too lacking in government these days.

Senator Sue Serino cares deeply about our state and our community. She has been a zealous advocate for our seniors confronting important issues like elder abuse. She has taken the lead in the fight against the scourge of opioid abuse and on important reform issues like term limits and pension forfeiture for felonious lawmakers.”

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said, “Sue Serino understands the challenges facing our residents and knows we need to tax less and make state government more responsible and responsive. She is committed to making it easier for small businesses to grow, neighborhoods to thrive and families to succeed. She is fighting to keep us safe, help us reshape mental health services and respond to addiction and drug abuse. Most importantly, though, Sue Serino cares. She cares about our kids and seniors, about those struggling to make ends meet. I am grateful for our service together and want her fighting for us in Albany."

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said, “Senator Sue Serino has been a friend to Putnam County. She setup an office at the Putnam Valley Senior Center to make sure she was available to those constituents who were vulnerable. Putnam County needs Senator Sue Serino to be re-elected so she can continue to fight for us up in Albany.”

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison said, "We have seen firsthand what happens when entitled, arrogant leaders take the reigns in Albany—our communities suffer. With Sue Serino, it is never about her—it is always about us. She is a strong, independent leader of integrity who is never afraid to take a stand for our community. She has been a dedicated partner in Albany, ensuring that our voices are heard and our needs met. Working together we can reinvigorate not only the City of Poughkeepsie, but our community as a whole."

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