New York State Senator George Latimer

GOP Candidate in NYS Senate Race Concedes

Nov 7, 2014
Courtesy of Joe Dillon for State Senate

A candidate in a New York state Senate race out of Westchester has conceded.

Republican Joseph Dillon Thursday conceded the race for the 37th District to Democratic state Senator George Latimer. Dillon had 48 percent of the votes and Latimer, 52%, with absentee ballots yet to be counted. Dillon called to congratulate Latimer for a spirited campaign, and lauded Latimer's joining him in an extensive number of debates. Dillon, who has a consulting practice, served as senior advisor and chief of staff in the Treasury Department under President George W. Bush.

The movement to put the brakes on the national education standards known as the Common Core is gaining momentum across New York State.

Some are calling for a one-year delay while others want a two-year hold on using Common Core-based tests to evaluate teachers and place students. And there are those on the fringe calling for more drastic measures including completely eliminating the tests or withdrawing New York entirely from the standards.