Dutchess Conservative chairman remembers former state leader who passed away

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Minichino (left) and Mike Long

POUGHKEEPSIE – Former State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long was a mentor to Dutchess County Conservative Party Chairman Don Minichino a/k/a Don Mini. Long, who stepped down from the top party post a few years ago, died on Sunday at age 82.

Minichino knew Long since the local political leader entered politics decades ago.

“If you had a situation, you needed someone to talk to, he would pass on his expertise to you. He has helped me be better chairman in Dutchess County because of that,” Minichino said.

Long ran the state Conservative Party for over 30 years.