Former Southeast town justice and former Putnam County sheriff candidate Jim Borkowski announced this afternoon he will run to represent the 40th state Senate District. That’s the seat being vacated by state Sen. Vincent Leibell, as he runs for Putnam county executive, and being campaigned for by state Assemblyman Greg Ball, R-Patterson, and Westchester County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, D-Somers.
Borkowski is a Republican, so his entry into the race most likely means a September GOP primary between him and Ball, and possibly Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy, also a Republican, who is considering joining the race.
Borkowski, who stepped down from the bench in January 2009, said he would make a formal announcement within the next week. You can read his press release after the break. From Jim Borkowski:
Southeast, NY – Reacting to the news that longtime State Senator Vincent L. Leibell, III (R-Patterson) will be retiring this year, former Southeast Town Judge Jim Borkowski will be running to succeed Leibell as the 40th district’s next State Senator. Borkowski has served as a prosecutor and as a Judge from 1998 through last year. An attorney, he also served as Legislative Counsel to former Assemblyman Willis Stephens.
“It is no exaggeration to say that New York is in crisis. With runaway spending and taxes, we, as a State, are at the point of no return. This is not the New York I grew up in. I refuse to quit and move to North Carolina, because New York is my home. This crisis provides an opportunity to bring common sense fiscal conservatism and discipline back. It’s going to take hard decisions to lead us out of this crisis. These are serious times, and serious times call for a serious legislator.” Borkowski said.
“Instead of leadership, we have incompetence and paralysis. It’s time for the adults to step in. Non-stop press conferences and grandstanding don’t accomplish anything, except promoting yourself. More than ever, we need mature legislators who represent us, not just themselves.”
Borkowski continued, “I am fiercely independent, and I don’t owe anything to anybody. I am my own man. In fact, I have said “no” to party leaders who warned me not to buck the system. As a judge, and as an attorney, I have 23 years of experience working in an adversarial environment, and achieving results by working with both allies and adversaries. I have the maturity, temperament and experience to control spending and bring back fiscal sanity to New York. ”
Jim Borkowski, 47, lives in Southeast with his wife, Linda, and their two children, Matthew (15) and Lauren (20). He is an attorney with offices in White Plains, and served for over 10 years as Town Justice in the Town of Southeast. Borkowski began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. He is a 1984 graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and received his juris doctorate in 1987 from Boston University.