Latimer encourages special election to fill his vacant Senate seat


WHITE PLAINS – Newly elected Westchester County Executive George Latimer is encouraging a special election to fill the state Senate seat he vacated when elected to the new post.
The Democrat is hopeful the governor will call a special election this spring so that constituents of the district will be appropriately represented.
“It’s not merely just my seat and who we represent, the control of the Senate seems to pivot on the outcome of that race, so it is a matter of political discussion more than it is just practical discussion,” Latimer said. “From my standpoint, I believe the Democrats should have the opportunity to run the state Senate consistent with my philosophy and I am going to work for the ultimate Democratic nominee and I would hope that person would have the opportunity to start running as soon as plausible.”
Four years ago when Republican Annie Rabbitt gave up her state Assembly post to successfully run for Orange County Clerk, Cuomo chose not to call a special election, leaving that Assembly seat vacant for an entire year. 

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