Senator Latimer Named Ranking Minority Member on Senate Education Committee

A press release from State Senator George Latimer's office.

State Senator George Latimer has been named the Ranking Minority Member on the State Senate’s Education Committee, his office announced today.  Latimer will now be the leading advocate for the Democrats on educational issues in the New York State Senate.  Senator John Flanagan of Long Island is currently the Chairman of the Education Committee.
“All of the school districts in Westchester accurately represent a cross section of the rest of New York in my opinion.  Every school district has unique needs and deserves an advocate that will keep the best interests of our children in mind and I am confident that my background, experience and knowledge of the needs of Westchester students has appropriately prepared me for this assignment.  I am very grateful to our Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for giving me this appointment and I look forward to working with Senator Flanagan, school districts and other education advocates as we fight for the true next generation of our State,” stated Senator George Latimer
Latimer also received assignments to other committees including Environmental Conservation and Local Government.  During Latimer’s time in the Assembly he served on both committees and has extensive background and familiarity with the subject matter involved with these committees and intends to help shape those public policy areas.  Latimer was also assigned to the Consumer Protection, Mental Health and Racing, Gaming and Wagering committees, the latter of which will be critical as the State is in the process of legalizing full-fledged casino gambling. 
Latimer stated, “Serving at different levels of government has given me unique opportunities to advocate for my constituents on a wide range of issues and individual concerns.  Moving from the Assembly to the Senate, gives me an opportunity to continue working on some issues and also gives me a chance to grow as a public official expand my own base of knowledge to be the best supporter for my constituents that I could possibly be.” 


John B January 17, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Congratulations Mr. Latimer. Maybe now you will be able to eliminate the unfunded mandates that you have been opposed to.
Cadeyrn January 17, 2013 at 08:34 PM
John, you'll grow a 12 foot beard before that happens. He's just another liberal. Period.
joe January 17, 2013 at 08:49 PM
George, you are right, "all school districts are unique, and deserve an advocate who will keep the school children in mind"....Do you mean you will be come a republican and fight against unfunded mandates, and the teachers' union????....My school district (Tuckahoe) pays 82% of it's budget to the teachers' salaries, benefits and healthcare. The Budget goes up each year FAR more than the inflation rate, and we STILL have to cut the kids' programs. Let's see what you do. We will be watching you Latimer. My guess is you will be a one termer.
Stuy Guy January 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Well, nothing like a little news to open the door to the usual chorus of Conservative Boo-Birds. Latimer is well respected and well-liked by Dems and Reps along the Sound Shore. That's why he's won all those elections. You don't know the guy -- because he's a Democrat, you sully him with the usual stuff. He won by 9,000 votes last time, and he'll work hard enough to earn continued service. Of course, he won't get the voters of your far-right wing folk. But he'll get plenty from people who are fair minded.
Billy January 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM
As the ranking minority member, I don't he's bringing any bacon to our area nor will he look to undo any mandates, the teacher's union didn't elect him for that. We'll have to live off the scraps as usual while the majority gets champagne & caviar.
Tom Murphy January 18, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Billy get over it Cohen lost badly. Spent 5 millions dollars to lose by 10% for a 79,500 job. Wow some businessman. Typical teabaggers, sore losers.
BetsyR January 18, 2013 at 01:40 PM
A politician who actually votes with his conscience. refreshing.
joe January 18, 2013 at 05:56 PM
We'll see. I bet he does absolutely nothing to stand up to the unions...and nothing to stop even some of the unfunded mandates. You can insult me by calling me a 'teabagger" because that's all you can do. Numbers don't lie. We are going broke. (btw tea party stands for taxed enough already--Does that mean I'm conservative?)
Suzanne January 18, 2013 at 06:11 PM
George is constituent driven, that's the fact. He works tirelessly and ethically. I wonder, when you bash those evil teachers, are you thinking of the ones who put the students first in the Sandyhook massacre? Furthermore, George wouldn't be in the minority if certain democrats didnt choose to caucus with the "Party of No" in Albany.
joe January 18, 2013 at 06:18 PM
My Brother is a teacher, 2 of my sisters-in-law are teachers. No, I wasn't talking about the teachers at Sandy Hook. I was talking about union leaders and the politicians who have sucked up to them for so long and so hard that the kids get only 18% of a school budget. That's who I'm talking about and If YOU think that the Dems have done a good job at fighting union demands and stopping unfunded mandates I beg to differ. They are the CAUSE of unsustainable union contracts and the CAUSE of unfunded mandates. Latimer is part of that ilk, is he not? At least my brother is a realist. He's a teacher because "it's the best deal in town"
Billy January 18, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Suzanne, we all support teachers, just not the teachers union like George does. And I personally like to see the Dems. have the majority in the senate, then we'd all be reminded why we through them out in the 1st place. We'll see how far Andrew tacks left with his new majorities.
Stuy Guy February 04, 2013 at 05:44 AM
Joe, have you ever met Latimer? Or spoken with him? Or asked him any questions? "Latimer is part of that ilk" sounds like you know nothing of him and are expressing your preformed opinions on Democrats in general.
Suzanne February 04, 2013 at 06:13 AM
You haven't got a clue about what teachers have to deal with. They need that union to represent them when some thug hits them ( happened to a friend of mine, not a millionaire either). And, Stuy guy is right. You don't hve any experience with George. He was outspent 3:1. People who knew him came out to get him elected because he is contstiuent driven. You just keep spewing that Drudge-Hannity-Limpbaugh stuff. Cuomo is no lefty, I think he's a closet REpub. Show the numbers. The idea that your taxes are all about teaachers is lame. It is Albany's unfunded mandates, a ridiculous tax stucture. You a Millionaire? Coumo and the Repub Senate sunset the Millionaire's Surcharge. That money would help out right about now -- 4.5 BILLION/ YEAR. There's a lot wrong in Albany. George will work hard and won't rely on buzz-word-bumper-sticker BS to do it.
Suzanne February 04, 2013 at 06:15 AM
Sorry for the misspelled words. It's late.
Billy February 04, 2013 at 12:17 PM
The apple never falls far from the tree though. And he's already introduced a couple of taxes for New Rochelle so I'd say Joe's correct.


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