By Freeman Staff
Daily Freeman News
POUGHKEEPSIE – State Sen. Sue Serino launched her bid for a second term on Thursday.
Serino, R-Hyde Park, was joined for her announcement by such notable fellow Republicans as Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison and state Assemblyman Kieran Lalor. The event was held at the restaurant Umberto’s of Mamma Marisa on U.S. Route 9 in Poughkeepsie, where Serino once worked as a waitress.
Serino, a former Dutchess County legislator and Hyde Park town councilwoman, won the seat in the state’s 41st Senate District in 2014, beating one-term incumbent Terry Gipson. Gipson, D-Rhinebeck, is expected to run this November in an effort to win the seat back.
Serino, in prepared remarks, said she is seeking a second two-year term “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.”
“This campaign is about putting the spotlight on the things that matter to us, here in our community,” she said. “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.”
The 41st Senate District comprises most of Dutchess County and three towns in Putnam County.