Rolison crosses party lines and backs Maloney for re-election

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Congressman Maloney with Rolison and Poughkeepsie police officers. File photo.

POUGHKEEPSIE – Rob Rolison is the Republican mayor in Poughkeepsie, but he broke ranks with his fellow party members to endorse Democrat Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney in the upcoming election.

Rolison said while he may not agree with everything Maloney does, his partnership with the city has paid dividends.

“He is involved in so many things in the city from helping with funding for the police through the Department of Justice, five officers that we have the ability to hire and we have hired one on the federal grant, also he has been very, very focused on helping us with our YMCA initiatives,” Rolison said.

Maloney’s Republican opponent Chele Farley responded, noting she has several endorsements from law enforcement groups including the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, the New York City Police Benevolent Association, the New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association, and the New York City Detectives Endowment Association, as well as from pro-business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison

Those endorsements “speak for themselves. I am the pro-public safety and pro-growth candidate, which is why Dutchess County leaders like Senator Sue Serino and Sheriff Butch Anderson have also given me their full-throated endorsements,” said Farley.

The 18th Congressional race is a three-way contest with Scott Smith running on the SAM Party line.