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.”

SRT April 06, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Billy, NY's population went up 2.1 percent from 2000 to 2010. This may come as a shock to you but the number of member of Congress does not change from year to year. So just because NY lost reps doesn't mean the population went down, it means that other states grew more, probably in the sunbelt. I don't know who is supplying you with your talking points but you might want to check your facts before you lose much more credibiltiy. Latimer always comes armed with the facts, he doesn't just shoot his mouth off, you might learn from him.
John B April 07, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Hear Hear
Billy April 07, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Those are great qualities if only he didn't support every tax that came in front of him and maybe he introduced something to cut or lower taxes (other than the MTA tax which he voted for 1st, then voted to repeal 2nd that's BS political flip flopping. Oh & don't forget he'll join the Democratic caucus in the Senate, do you know how they handled the majority in 08 & 09? It was the most dysfunctional body in the legislature, why would we want to back to that? For those reasons, nobody should vote for him. Simple as that.
Suzanne April 07, 2012 at 04:30 PM
1. The facts aare that George is not rich, he worked in Corporate America for 20 years, served in a NON-PAYING capacity on the Rye Council, then went to a county position and then the Assembly. He runs back and forth between Albany and his constituency so much that I shudder to think of his gas bill. He has time for anyone who appoaches him -- no Ivory tower complex about the little people and still does commuity announcements on Fox owned WVOX. You blame him for everything Billy. I'm curious, do you work for Bob Cohen? The Republicans re-drew the district lines in a circle around Bob'ss house! There's democracy at work for you.
Suzanne April 07, 2012 at 04:39 PM
2. So, it is established: you hate Democrats. OK. We get it. We have fundamental differences about how gov't and the people it serves should work. I think there is much good, even with problems. I like having police, firemen, paramedics, traffic lights, roads and bridges repaired, public libraries, places for kids to go after school, programs for the elderly,regulation of Wall St gamblers and good schools for my children. I'm not rich, so I am not supporting any party that caters to them. The last decade was very good to them, with all that Republican control. The middle-class is sinking into poverty. I really enjoyed bailing out those banks with my taxes, and the republicans want to look the other way while they start doing it all over again! I guess you are a millionaire. BTW, 200K in the Millionaire's Surcharge refered to an individual's income. Millionaire's pay a lower percentage on earned income than some one makiing 20K/year. Oh yeah, that's Fair and Balanced. So, go worship your wallet and tell Bob what a great job you did trying to tear down a terrific Assemblyman's reputation. Most of us know better. In the mornin' In the evenin' Ain't we got fun! The Rich get Richer and the poor get--children! Ain't we got fun! Should be the Republican theme song. ;-)
Bob Zahm April 07, 2012 at 05:20 PM
@Billy - Thanks for sharing your views on who should lead the Senate. I've not expressed an opinion on that, but will now - I don't care which party leads. Both leaderships are corrupt. I do care that Dean Skelos gets the boot. Just like his buddy over in the Assembly, Sheldon Silver. Both are "bad men" and must go. Along with the Gov Cuomo.
mlloyd01 April 07, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Simple is all you understand Billy. So, let's keep it simple. You are clueless. People will come out for honest people like George and your guy will be a two time loser. Get over it. Better yet, do us all a favor and move.
Bob Zahm April 07, 2012 at 05:25 PM
As to the tax cap, Billy, you are, I hope, aware that it does zippo to reduce taxes. It supposedly constrains the rate of future growth in property tax. You must also be aware that the tax cap fundamentally conflicts with the democratic right to decide an issue by requiring 60% voter support for tax increases above the tax cap limit any year. I trust that you also recognize that the tax cap has no material impact on taxing authorities other than schools because getting 60% on most village, city, county, etc. councils is trivial. And finally, I am extremely hopeful that you recognize that a tax cap without fundamental change to unfunded state mandates will not allow any redress of state spending problems. In short, the enacted tax cap is bad legislation. Sure, the Gov and Republicans who championed it said that first they had to get the tax cap to create pressure to fix the unfunded mandates. But there’s been nothing done to fix the unfunded mandates. As a result, nothing has been done to fix the property tax problem. By the Gov. By the Democrats. By the Republicans. But of course, the Republicans conveniently ignore this fact and try to blame someone who’s stood up for the right course of action – fix the spending problems and the tax problems at the same time. George did the right thing in voting against bad legislation. Just like he did the right thing in walking out on a middle-of-the-night deal that also didn’t fix the retirement funding problem.
Bob Zahm April 07, 2012 at 05:28 PM
@Billy - nope, never said 60%. In fact, I fear that the Republican gerrymandering will make it impossible for George to win. Would have been great if the Gov had stuck to his promise and not agreed to gerrymandering "one last time" just so that he could pass the ineffective Tier IV retirement fund.
Brian Sussman April 07, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Billy, it was I, not Bob Zahm who predicts a 60% victory for Latimer. I am a reliable and accurate predictor of elections. 2012 will be a great election year for Democrats nationwide, and especially on the East Coast from Maine to North Carolina, and on the West Coast, and along the Great Lakes. This will be due to a number of factors, including the improved economy, the popularity of President Obama, and the political incompetence of Mitt Romney and of the other Republican candidates for President, and the governmental incompetence of the Republicans in Congress who were given their chance 2011-2013 and have cleared failed to accomplish anything except frustration and a reduced popularity of Republicans nation-wide.
Billy April 09, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Is that really all you've got? That George is a good guy? After 8 years in the Assembly and that's all, nothing better? And you thought I was clueless, I think you're the pot calling the kettle black. Hey, Suzanne thanks for all the pointers on why not to vote for Latimer. The voters in Eastchester, Bronxville & Yonkers aren't as familar with his handywork or should I say hatchetwork (?), now they can see the light! Whatelse can you share or shed light on? Please do tell, you're making my life a lot easier.
Suzanne April 09, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Ya know somthin' Billy. No really, do you know anything? Tired of your silly taunts, as are, oh say, about 99% of us. Glad to be of service to you! I 've watched you say"stick to the facts" and insult others here, unless everybody agrees with you and your wallet. You've got it all under control. Sounds to me as if you are a scared little man, without the ability to see past your nose. There's a bigger picture here. You don't see it. You'll never see it. I am not argueing a belief. I suspect not many people listen to you anyway. I hope Bob pats you on the head for all this ranting, though I suspect that he doesn't give thought to you. I know Assemblyman Latimer cares about his constituents. That's all I really need to know. His record is a good one. Now, go caress your wallet & turn on Faux News, everything will be all better.
Billy April 09, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Quakin' in my boots over here after yet another pointless post. Sorry (but not surprised) you can't supply any specifics as I've done over & over.
Bea Conetta April 09, 2012 at 09:25 PM
My advice to all of the supporters of George Latimer is to completely ignore this Billy whoever he is and any others who are of the same mind. Don't give him the dignity of a response. He is a typical Republican who does nothing but try to stir up the pot and cause controversy. We who sincerely feel that George is by far one of the most honest and hardworking man in our government, don't really have to defend him to a anybody who is just out to make trouble. With the support of all of us who want him to win, George will be victorious. I know that he is liked and respected by the majority of the organizations I belong to and nothing that the Party of NO can say is going to change their vote. I intend to support him in any way I can. Spread the word to anyone that you come in contact with and educate them as to the importance of George winning. He is for the people, unlike those of the opposite party.
mlloyd01 April 10, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Actually, I have more, but you are a simple man and I didn't want you to feel overwhelmed.
mlloyd01 April 10, 2012 at 04:13 AM
We ignore people like him at our peril. Those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat its mistakes. We endured 8 years of dick Cheney type politics because they polluted the record. The same thing happened when newt was the speaker. It's best to engage these types so that they are forced to articulate their platforms. When they do, those who read their rants understand that they are selfish, hacks who don't have a clue about what it takes to self govern. This board is exhibit a for anyone who wants to see the hypocrisy of bob cohens campaign.
Billy April 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM
And what's George's platform? Higher taxes can't always be the answer to every problem the state has and the people should be albe to say more than he's a good guy so vote for him. That's pathetic, but then again so is his voting record!
mlloyd01 April 10, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Had you started with a question like this, you would have found a bunch of people who would have been willing to engage you in a civilized exchange. But, you demonstrated you are nothing but a hack who spews hate. All that's left is to keep you busy spewing so that anyone who reads your posts can see that you are an unadulterated fibber. Keep it up Billy, cohens goons won't change the outcome. You'll just enrage the base and they'll come out in numbers. We can't afford to entrust our communities to you self absorbed, unpatriotic nuts.
Billy April 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM
And yet you still cannot disprove 1 thing I've written so go figure, I guess your guy isn't that great after all.
Suzanne April 10, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I have looked at his record, you obviously haven't. It is a reasonable one. There are plenty of bills that relieve tax burdens, like the one for VETs, in there. Mlloyd01 is right, so is Bea. We are going to get busy. The Repubs Carl Rove Strategy is: repeat a lie enough and it becomes the truth. Tax Cap shash cap, the towns, if they are in enough trouble, can override it. There was a better idea & the repubs squashed it. All that hatred is bad for your heart Billy -- sure you'll make it to Nov.? I'M DONE HERE. Glad to see that the support for a forward thinking, pragmatic candidate, who listens to his constituents out numbers the Flat Earth Society Right-Wing-Nuts.
Billy April 10, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Your delusional, but it seems you are taking plays right out of the Karl Rove playbook, you know if you keep saying Latimer supports tax cuts and not tax hikes nobody will notice his actual voting record. Latimer can run from that record, but he can't hide.
Reality April 10, 2012 at 04:12 PM
George has always won with strong republican and democratic support. Bea the person you reference is not a typical republican because historically the typical republican who knows George will support him. If I remember correctly when George won in Rye running as a democrat he was the first to do so and did it with strong republican support. He got that support then and has always kept it because those who know him know he is fair, honest, hard working and truly cares about those he represents regardless of party. That is George's record - He is very proud of his record and should be. I think most would agree that is a record to be proud of and that is why he has such widespread support
Billy April 10, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Stong Republican support for Latimer? Where do get that nonsense? The fact of the matter is the Republicans have ceded the seat by running little known candidates and providing them with no financial assistance. Why you might ask would they do this? Because that chamber is controlled by NYC Democrats and always will be. There's no Rebuplicans out there that would vote for the liberal tax & spend policies that Latimer supports, just not happening. Also Republicans realize the importance of maintaining control of the Senate because it keeps a balance of power in Albany where no 1 party dominates. 1 party domination has been a disaster at the local level (think New Rochelle) and the national level (think Obamacare) and we don't want or need it in State government (think 08 & 09 when Patterson had control of both houses of NY government yet he couldn't get anything done). So you think Joe Carvin is voting for Latimer? I'll take you up on that bet any day.
Stuy Guy April 11, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Billy - You're doing your job trying to chop down Lattimer, but the real problem is Bob Cohen. He's a smiling, wealthy empty suit. He's a blank page waiting for marching orders from the Senate Leaders, Skelos, Libbous, etc. People are already commenting that he doesn't have anything to say. He's mouthing platitudes. He lives in a gated community, having jumped over the dotted line just in time to remain in the District. Insider trading, my boy. He doesn't get what the little guy is worried about. He's the Commercial Real Estate's Boy in this race. Not gonna go over well. Watch how Diane Roth does - she's going to give Bob a real good scare, even without organized GOP support. Better worry more about her, or your boy won't make it to Sept. 12. He ran a nasty race against Suzi, but people were deeply tired of her. The same people come home to George this year. And the negative calls are turning your vote away from you along the Sound Shore. George Latimer and his record is superior. He ain't gonna run from it, he's gonna use it to prove you and yours are selling people bad medicine...phony solutions that sound good but don't do the job. I remembering you mouthing off in 2010 - all the dems were terrible, all were gonna lose - and your predictions will be just as wrong again.
mlloyd01 April 13, 2012 at 04:47 PM
You want us to disprove unsupported, irrelevant, confused and confusing drivel that you concocted to spew your hatred? No thanks.
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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