WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- State Sen. George Latimer, D-Westchester, has announced his re-election bid, opening his campaign headquarters at 437 Ward Ave. in Mamaroneck on July 31.
The senator, whose political career has included stints on the Rye City Council and as Democratic chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, was first elected to the state Senate in 2012.
Along with his years of public service, Latimer spent two decades in the corporate world working for subsidiaries of Nestle and ITT.
At the announcement of his re-election campaign, Latimer outlined his vision for the state, emphasizing his intention to bring a spirit of bipartisanship back to government.
“In Albany, I’ve established a record as one of the most bipartisan elected officials in either house and as a strong advocate in Albany for ethics reform,” he said. “However, our weak ethics laws and the partisan, polarized state legislature keeps real reform beyond our reach.
“What we need in Albany today is exactly what I have done my entire career. We need to look past partisan labels, refrain from the name calling and personal attacks and work together to solve the many problems our state faces.”
In addition to calling on a more collaborative effort from Democrats and Republicans, Latimer emphasized his desire for reforms in ethics laws, in order “to get money and corruption out of government.”
The senator also called for a renewed commitment “to fully fund our schools, in all of our communities,” as well as the need to fix roads, bridges and public transportation systems.
He also called for “real mandate relief, so that our local governments can do their work better while saving property tax payers millions of dollars.”
Latimer pointed to mandates large and small – such as the Medicaid costs required of County government – as a major problem for New York’s local governments.
He also cited the failure of the state legislature to combine the state and federal primary election dates, which costs local government up to $50 million every two years.