Dutchess executive files to challenge in 19th district
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro will challenge Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado for his congressional seat next year, seeking to represent a district whose contours may change as a commission redraws state and federal legislative boundaries based on new census figures.
Molinaro, a Republican barred by law from seeking a fourth term as county executive, filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sept. 17 to run for the 19th Congressional District. He made his official announcement on Tuesday (Sept. 21).
The district spans both sides of the Hudson River and covers all or parts of 11 counties: Broome, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster.
Elected to his first four-year term as county executive in 2011, Molinaro unsuccessfully challenged Andrew Cuomo for governor in 2018 and reportedly had considered another run for governor in 2022.
Democrats account for 34 percent of the 19th District’s active voters, and Republicans, 31 percent, but the makeup could be different for next year’s elections.
A voter-approved commission, composed of 10 members appointed by the state Legislature’s Democrats and Republicans to redraw district boundaries for New York’s House of Representatives and state Senate and Assembly seats, released two sets of competing draft maps on Sept. 15 after failing to reach consensus on a single proposal.
Each proposal would alter the boundaries of both the 19th and the 18th congressional district, which includes Beacon and Philipstown and is represented by Sean Patrick Maloney, a five-term Democrat.
The commission is required to submit a plan by Jan. 15 to the Legislature, where both the Assembly and Senate must approve it by a two-thirds majority. If at least seven of its 10 members are unable to agree on a new map, the commission must submit the one receiving the most votes.
If the plan fails to garner enough votes in the Legislature, or is vetoed by the governor, the commission must submit a second plan to state lawmakers by Feb. 28. If the second plan fails to get enough votes, the Legislature can amend the proposal and submit it to the governor for approval.