Expected. Rye guy and County Executive George Latimer formally announced his re-election bid Monday morning for a second term as the boss of Westchester County.
Latimer has been a fixture in Rye since his City Council days. Early in the pandemic, Latimer landed in the national spotlight on 60 Minutes when New Rochelle became one of the earliest battle zones for the Coronavirus. Now twice weekly, Latimer early on held daily COVID briefings.
Here is the full statement on his bid:
Building on our progress together: County Executive George Latimer announces re-election bid
Latimer running on record of cutting taxes, maintaining vital services, leading through a pandemic, and advancing Westchester’s progressive values
(White Plains, NY) – County Executive George Latimer has announced his plans to seek re-election as Westchester County Executive in the midst of a first term filled with fixing problems – both large and small.
“When I took office in 2018, we inherited a County Government plagued with fiscal mismanagement, budget gimmicks, and stalled projects,” said Latimer. “You entrusted me to fix these issues – and together we have. Now, Westchester is facing an entirely new set of challenges – social injustices that have long been swept under the rug and economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic just to name a few – and I am once again asking for your vote so we can face these challenges head on.”
When Covid-19 struck Westchester first, Latimer was a calming presence – providing the public with factual information through daily updates and announcements of programs aimed to protect public health and lessen the impact on families, schools and small businesses.
Latimer is proud to run on the progress made in Westchester over the last 3 years. Progress which includes the reopening of Sprain Ridge Pool in Yonkers, fixing the historic Miller House in North White Plains, building a new New Rochelle Family Court, and making real, tangible progress on the long-awaited new Memorial Field in Mount Vernon – all while cutting property taxes for two consecutive years while maintaining and expanding essential services.
During Latimer’s first three years in office, Westchester stabilized its finances while passing progressive legislation advancing the County’s core values.
Unlike politics as usual, Latimer has built strong connections with every local municipal government and the Board of Legislators – relationships which helped the County’s swift response at the height of the pandemic.
Latimer is seeking a second term following his proposal, and the County Board’s passage, of a two-term limit for County Executives.
For more information and updates, go to the newly launched LatimerForWestchester.com.
Watch Latimer’s campaign video: