George Latimer

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George Latimer
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New York State Senate District 37
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly District 91
2005-2013
Education
Bachelor'sFordham University, 1974
Master'sNew York University's Wagner School, 1976
Personal
Birthday11/22/1953
Place of birthMount Vernon, NY
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
George S. Latimer (b. November 22, 1953) is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

He previously served in the New York State Assembly, representing District 91 from 2005 to 2013. Latimer's political experiences also includes being a legislator on the Westchester County Board of Legislators; candidate for lieutenant governor for New York State; chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators; councilman for Rye City Council; and chair of the Westchester County Democratic Committee.

Biography

Latimer earned his B.A. from Fordham University and his M.P.A. from New York University's Wagner School.[1] His professional experience includes being a marketing executive for AT&T, IBM, International Telephone & Telegraph Company, Nestle and Sherson Lehman.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Latimer served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Consumer Protection
Education
Environmental Conservation
Infrastructure and Capital Investment
Local Government
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Racing, Gaming and Wagering

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Latimer served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Latimer served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Latimer's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "George believes that even though we’ve had many recent successes, there are still more steps that must be taken to right-size government and reduce over-reaching mandated costs. He has been a long time supporter of efforts to relieve the Medicaid costs that have been forced onto county governments. New York is one of the only states in the country that forces county governments to pay for Medicaid costs – it’s inexpensive, it’s inefficient, and it drives up property taxes."

Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Over the past three years, as part of a process that has awarded more than $2 billion for job creation and community development, the Regional Economic Development Councils, which George Latimer has supported as both an Assemblyman and Senator, has created jobs and brought millions of dollars of investment to the Hudson Valley and Westchester County."

Education

  • Excerpt: "The role out of Common Core in New York came too fast for proper implementation. Our kids have been tested on material they have yet to be taught. These tests have real world implications for both the students and teachers. Furthermore, New York’s haste to provide optimal technological solutions skipped a public input program to ensure our student’s privacy was fully protected."

The Economy

  • Excerpt: "With sound fiscal leadership, George Latimer has worked with Governor Cuomo to turn the $10 billion deficit into a projected $2 billion surplus. With spending under control, the State should cut taxes and reverse the mentality of New York as the tax capital of the nation, an image that defined New York for decades."

The Environment

  • Excerpt: "George is fighting to protect New Yorkers against climate change by leading the way for New York to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. George voted to remove toxic chemicals from our children’s toys and to increase energy efficiency standards. He is working on a compromise to continue Brown Fields cleanups in New York and working to develop a thorough plan to avoid flooding in Westchester Communities through funding capital investments and ensuring local and State government work together effectively to prevent flooding."

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent George Latimer was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Joseph Dillon was unopposed in the Republican primary. Latimer also ran on the Working Families Party ticket and Dillion also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Jean M. Maisano (I) was not listed on the general election candidate list. Latimer defeated Dillon in the general election.[3][4][5]

New York State Senate District 37, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Latimer Incumbent 49.9% 38,092
     Republican Joseph Dillon 45.8% 34,913
     None Blank 4.3% 3,248
     None Scattering 0% 28
Total Votes 76,281

2012

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Latimer ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 37. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Latimer defeated Bob Cohen (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

New York State Senate, District 37, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Latimer 54.1% 64,236
     Republican Bob Cohen 45.9% 54,574
Total Votes 118,810

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Latimer ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Bill Reed (R) in the general election on November 2.[9][10] In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, he was also listed as a candidate of the Independence Party of New York State and Working Families Party.

New York State Assembly, District 91 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png George Latimer (D) 21,759
Bill Reed (R) 10,283

2008

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Latimer won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 91, defeating opponent Rob Biagi (R).[11][12]

Latimer raised $140,964 for his campaign while Biagi raised $22,273.[13]

New York State Assembly, District 91 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png George Latimer (D) 31,886
Rob Biagi (R) 12,816

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for George Latimer is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, George Latimer raised a total of $1,178,705 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[14]

George Latimer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 37 Won $765,137
2010 New York State Assembly, District 91 Won $125,617
2008 New York State Assembly, District 91 Won $140,964
2006 New York State Assembly, District 91 Won $69,133
2004 New York State Assembly, District 91 Won $77,854
Grand Total Raised $1,178,705

2012

George Latimer won election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, George Latimer raised a total of $765,137.
New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to George Latimer's campaign in 2012
Democratic Senate Campaign Cmte of New York$170,000
Latimer for Assembly$55,933
Tenants Pac$10,300
Aaron, Steven$10,300
Friends of Mike Gianaris$10,300
Total Raised in 2012$765,137
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Latimer received $125,617 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[15]

New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to George Latimer's campaign in 2010
Rivergate Development$3,800
New York State Pipe Trades Association$2,000
New York State United Teachers$1,650
Nationwide$1,500
New York State Nurses Association$1,250
Total Raised in 2010 $125,617

2008

In the 2008 election, Latimer raised a total of $140,964.[13]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Chin, Sylvia F $2,000
New York State Trial Lawyers $1,500
New York State United Teachers $1,500
New York State Pipe Trades Association $1,500
Communications Workers Local 1103 $1,050

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[16]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
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Personal

Latimer and his wife, Robin, have one child; Meagan.

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Latimer,” accessed August 1, 2014
  2. George Latimer's campaign website, "Issues," accessed October 7, 2014
  3. New York Board of Elections, "Certification for the September 9, 2014, State Primary Election," accessed December 17, 2014
  4. New York Board of Elections, "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
  5. New York Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections Senate Election Returns November 4, 2014," accessed December 17, 2014
  6. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  7. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  8. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  9. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  10. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  11. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 9, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  12. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Follow the Money, "Report on 2008 Campaign donations in New York," accessed August 1, 2014
  14. followthemoney.org, "Latimer, George," accessed September 23, 2013
  15. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  16. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Suzi Oppenheimer (D)
New York Senate District 37
2013–present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
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New York Assembly District 91
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Steven Otis (D)