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.”