Assemblyman George Latimer, a Rye resident, will run for NY State Senate.
His announcement from this morning follows. What do you think? Leave a comment below.
"George Latimer to run for State Senate
George Latimer, a longtime Sound Shore resident, businessman and public official, has announced he will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the New York State Senate, 37th District, currently held by Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, who is not seeking re-election.
George is a Westchester native, graduate of local public schools, with degrees from Fordham University (B.A.) and New York University's Wagner School (M.P.A.). For 20 years, he served as a sales and marketing executive with major U.S. corporations, subsidiaries of Nestle and ITT, with on-site assignments with IBM and AT&T operations, among other responsibilities.
In his public life, George has served as a member of the Rye City Council, and the Westchester County Board of Legislators, where he was twice elected Chairman of the Board, and ran a highly successful bi-partisan legislative administration for four years. He is completing his 8th year as a member of the New York State Assembly.
In the community, George is a frequent volunteer with groups too numerous to mention individually, ranging from youth baseball to Helping Hands, and has served on many volunteer boards. George has been honored for his service by non-profit groups of all type, from local Chambers of Commerce to advocacy groups. He is a visible participant in the life of his home region in Westchester.
Ask your friends. If you know someone who lives along the Sound Shore – in Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, Port Chester, Rye Brook or New Rochelle – ask them about George and what's he's done as a public official.
"This is a time for people to hear the truth – not partisan platitudes – about what must be done in government.
The changes we need – the changes I have fought for all my life – involve sacrifice from everybody, not just from 'the other guy'.
Property taxes are too high, and I have worked hard to address that major worry many of us face; it always comes up as the #1 local issue homeowners are concerned about.
But I'm also worried that we are going to wreck the good things we've created, over many years: our transportation system, our police and fire protection, health care for our seniors and veterans, education for our kids, all because our political system has been captured by cynical politicians who play to people's anger. Their voices are drowning out the reasonable and rational majority of us. Those politicians are trying to tear down the very things our grandparents and parents fought so hard to build.
I'm not here to sell "snake oil solutions". I grew up in a tough, poor part of this County. My parents worked hard and sacrificed, to give me a better life than they had. That's still possible for the next generation.
And that's what I'm going to fight for in the State Senate. Join me.