New York State Senator George Latimer

Westchester County Exec-Elect Names Transition Team

Nov 13, 2017
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Westchester County Executive-elect George Latimer has named his transition team, and his opponent from the September primary election is co-chair.

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Voters sent a loud message Tuesday in Westchester County. In a contentious county executive race that was considered a dead heat, Democratic New York state Senator George Latimer defeated Republican incumbent Rob Astorino by a much wider margin than polls predicted. Democrats also won several other local races.

Latimer Is Westchester County Executive-Elect

Nov 8, 2017
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Democratic voters sent a message in Westchester, from their choice for county executive to county legislators. Democratic New York state Senator George Latimer will be the new Westchester County executive, having defeated Republican Rob Astorino.

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After a hotly contested race, Democratic New York state Senator George Latimer defeated incumbent Republican Rob Astorino for Westchester County executive. Astorino’s campaign team attributed the loss to a wave of dissatisfaction with the Donald Trump presidency.

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There are a number of local and county races today throughout the Hudson Valley. Orange, Rockland and Westchester Counties are picking county executives. And there is a comptroller race in Dutchess County. Plus, some local ballot questions pepper the region, including one in Orange County involving the Hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel.

The race for Westchester County executive is close and contentious ahead of Tuesday’s vote. Allegations of wrongdoing have emerged on each side and taxes are a main focus.

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A New York state senator from Westchester County is introducing legislation to create community police liaisons to build trust with immigrant communities. The effort comes after county legislators earlier this week failed to override a veto of an immigrant protection bill.

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A New York state senator will face incumbent Republican Rob Astorino in the November election for Westchester County executive. Democrat George Latimer won his party’s primary with 63 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

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In the Democratic primary for Westchester County Executive, Sen. George S. Latimer captured 63 percent of the vote while Ken Jenkins garnered 37 percent of the vote.

Latimer will go on to face incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino in November's general election. Latimer currently represents the New York state Senate's 37th district.

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There is a Democratic primary election Tuesday in Westchester to choose a county executive candidate to square off against incumbent Republican Rob Astorino in November.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Eight area groups sponsored a forum Sunday with the Democratic contenders for Westchester County executive. And depending on the outcome of the county Democratic convention May 10, there could be a September primary to see who faces off against incumbent Republican Rob Astorino.

NYS Senator Seeks Greater Protection for Wetlands

Mar 27, 2017
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A state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill that would give New York greater authority to identify and protect wetland areas. He says the legislation is crucial given the apparently reduced role of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and potential evisceration of some of the nation’s water protection rules.


One Democrat has already announced a bid in this year’s race for Westchester County executive, and now others in the party are considering it. Meanwhile, Republican County Executive Rob Astorino has said he will seek a third therm.

GOP Candidate in NYS Senate Race Concedes

Nov 7, 2014
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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.