Rye Patch 2012 Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting the City of Rye and Village of Rye Brook.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Rye Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race, issue and candidate in town.

Here are a handful that residents are already talking about:

Voters in the City of Rye will cast their ballot for a city council member and possibly a bond referendum for capital projects. People are already talking about . 


State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is stepping down after 28 years of public service. She was first elected in 1985.  


With Assemblyman George Latimer taking a run for State Senate, . Otis worked closely with Oppenheimer during her tenure. The 91st Assembly district includes Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye Brook and Rye.


Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester) is seeking re-election on the heels of her 19 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the past two years, Lowey has served the 18th district, a swath that  come November. If elected, Lowey would then pick up Mt. Kisco and all of Rockland County, and see the newly-crafted 17th shift further north. The GOP choice to face her? Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin faces a primary challenge June 26 against Jim Russell.


Incumbent U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand(D) will face off against the GOP pick. The GOP primary is June 26; Bob Turner, the public servant who grabbed Anthony Wiener's seat and then had it redistricted out from under him, is already running against Gillibrand. Wendy Long and George Maragos are also seeking the GOP nod.


As the race for the White House heats up and commandeers headlines, Patch will focus on how the nation election affects local residents. While President Barack Obama faces off with his Republican challenger former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, we'll keep communities engaged with stories and polls . We'll also be tracking the Republican New York primaries, which come to a close on June 26.


Patch readers have a unique opportunity to become involved this elections cycle, beyond news tips and comments. If you're serious about a certain post, candidate or issue, use our blogging feature to connect with other residents and sound-off on the political stage. To get started, click here

Bob Zahm October 16, 2012 at 03:51 AM
It probably makes sense to add candidate positions to the election guide. And tonight (15 October), Bob Cohen made clear one of his positions - having owners of stand-alone homes subsidize the property taxes of condo and co-op owners. Yes, tonight at the LWF debate, Bob Cohen said that he thought it was right for condo and co-op owners to pay lower property taxes than other home owners. That seems just about right coming from someone in the real estate business.
Bob Zahm October 17, 2012 at 01:01 PM
And now the NY Times has picked up on this issue with an article in Tuesday's paper about the $xx million condo/coop sales in NYC that are taxed as if they were rentals. So much for Bob Cohen's thought that the home owner subsidy of coop and condo owners helps "first time home buyers" make their purchases affordable. It's a subsidy, plain and simple.


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