Assemblyman George Latimer Announces Run for Oppenheimer Senate Seat

Latimer ends speculation by officially tossing his hat into the ring for Oppenheimer's seat.

After weeks of chatter, State Assemblyman and Rye resident George Latimer has officially announced his intentions to seek the 37th District New York State Senate seat of Suzi Oppenheimer who said in January she would retire. 

Latimer sent the following letter to Democratic party leaders this week:

“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.”

Charmian Neary April 22, 2012 at 02:09 AM
@Billy - I can't read through all your remarks because they are too repetitious and tend to all be along the lines of "cry me a river", and "quaking in my boots", and "the pot calling the kettle black" -- in other words you write in silly cliches. I would not point out how poor your grammar is, at least in the posts I've read, although I suspect the others are no better, but for the fact that you attempted to taunt another writer with this remark: Billy 8:14 am on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 "And yet you still cannot disprove 1 thing I've written so go figure, I guess your guy isn't that great after all." I can disprove your spelling, your grammar, and your logic, but let me concentrate for a moment strictly on your facts. Among other errors, you don't have even a cursory understanding of redistricting, and you falsely attribute remarks made by one man to another. One is a major point and one is a minor point, but you are wrong in both instances. More important, when you say you are sure that Assemblyman Latimer will vote to increase his own pay you reveal you know nothing about Latimer's record in the Assembly. If you did you would know that, in addition to the fact that Latimer has voluntarily cut his own assembly budget in the past, he stated publicly that he will not accept a pay raise. Perhaps If you spent even half the time you spend spamming this blog reading the newspapers your arguments might rise above the level of "nyah, nyah".
Bob Zahm May 25, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Re-reading this old thread for some reason, but I really liked your post, Charmian - well, once you got past the writing criticism!
Anthony S June 07, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Congratulations Wisconsin, San Jose and San Diego! Yes, I said San Diego, California and San Jose, California. If it can happen there it can happen anywhere. Public sector unions declared war on the taxpayer many years ago and taxpayers have finally decided to fight back. How long before New York taxpayers, the most overtaxed residents in the country, take notice? WAKE UP NEW YORK! WE CAN DO IT HERE! Think BIG! End the Triborough Amendment! 401K plans for all public sector employees! End collective bargaining! End STEP increases! End tenure! Make public union members pay their fair share of health coverage! Retirement at 67 for ALL public sector employees! Let's bring this privileged class back to the real world.
Conservative NYer June 07, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Absolutely!! And believe me there are more Bob Cohen supporters around than YOU know. My entire family from PC/Harrison will be voting for Mr. Cohen. Latimer will more than likely win because lower Westchester is a bastion of liberalism but not everyone will be voting for Latimer....
B. Dodds November 07, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Cohen supporters are certainly lucky to have George Latimer as their new state senator. He has proven himself over and over again to be the best in public service.


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