HORNELLSVILLE — Hoping to become the state's chief executive, one candidate outlined a strategy that could get him out of the electoral woods and on the road to victory on Thursday.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro met and greeted residents of The Woodlands Community in Hornellsville.The location was chosen after scheduling conflicts with area nursing homes caused a last minute change.

However, it seemed appropriate, as the mobile home park undergoes a major upgrade to its sewer systems, which relies heavily on state grant money. The property was bought by its residents just over a year ago out of foreclosure for pennies on the dollar, and provided a backdrop of innovative solutions to infrastructure problems for the candidate.

Also in attendance at the meeting were local leaders and supporters of Molinaro, Assemblyman Joe Errigo (R-Conesus), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-Corning), Hornellsville Town Supervisor Dan Broughton (R), as well as members of The Woodlands Community Board.

Molinaro outlined his vast experience in state and local government for the crowd. He's held public office since the age of 19, working his way up from the school board, to Village Trustee, to Mayor, to Assemblyman and now Dutchess County Executive — a position he's held for seven years.

"I've seen how government is supposed to run, and I've seen how it actually runs," he said. "It informs the way I treat government, which is — you can't hide from the people you serve. If you lie to someone at one end of the street, by the time you get to the other end, they'll have figured it out."

Local government service handed the candidate a wide variety of challenges, which he says suits him for the Governor's Office. Despite spending a lifetime in government, Molinaro says he has a history of "fighting for Upstate issues and values."

Molinaro said his opponent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has lost a connection with those people.

"We have a governor who thinks that public service is about checking a box and walking away. They don't know how to implement the policy they just created, they don't know how it will affect people or whether it will create jobs. They just do it and move on," Molinaro alleged.

As a result, the candidate says New Yorkers face higher tax burdens and a massive population loss to the tune of 1 million since 2010, according to state studies.

"I'm running because I'm tired of people telling us that we can't do anything about it ... The most dangerous words in government are 'that's the way it's always been done'," he said.

Despite running 20 points behind incumbent Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo in most polls, Molinaro expressed a confidence in his ability to win on the strength of a platform of lowering taxes, creating jobs and addressing corruption in the state's capital.

"In Albany administration, if they can think of a new way to regulate or tax something, they will, and it has to stop. We need to question what we're getting for it. Everyone knows we're not getting the job creation, not getting the investment in infrastructure, and not getting the economic development," he said, criticizing direct grants and loans to businesses like a new film studio built outside of Syracuse. "That's not a policy. It's money laundering."

The floor was then opened for a question and answer session with those in attendance. Molinaro fielded questions about why Upstate New Yorkers should trust that he's "one of us." He again pointed to his experience in Dutchess County, and the similarities in economy and lifestyle.

He also fielded queries about term limits.

"I've never stayed anywhere more than 12 years," he said, making a pledge to two four-year terms should he win the Governor's seat. "Besides, my wife said I can only do this twice."

Moral issues like his pro-life stance and belief in prayer were also discussed to the satisfaction of the crowd, as well as his family and personal life. The father of three (and one on the way) still makes time to coach his son's soccer team and video message with his 19-month old son from the road.

A planned walk down Hornell's Main Street was cancelled due to time restrictions. The candidate is planning a return visit ahead of November's election. To learn more about the candidacy of Marc Molinaro for Governor, visit www.molinaroforny.com