Former Rye Mayor Steve Otis To Seek Latimer’s Assembly Seat


The race for some of the lower Hudson Valley’s seats in the state Legislature is quickly becoming a game of musical chairs.

Former city of Rye Mayor Steve Otis, a Democrat, said in a brief phone interview Wednesday that he will formally announce his bid for the state Assembly later this week. Otis has also been chief of staff to longtime Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck, since she took office in 1985.

He’s looking to succeed Assemblyman George Latimer, D-Rye, who announced earlier this week that he would be seeking the seat being vacated by Oppenheimer, who announced her retirement in January.

Otis first floated his interest in the seat shortly after Oppenheimer’s retirement announcement.

“I am planning an announcement within the next couple of days,” Otis said Wednesday. “I am going to run.”

Otis was mayor of Rye from 1998 through 2009, and currently sits on the executive committee of the Westchester County Municipal Officials Association.

He would be the first person to announce a bid for the 91st Assembly District, which runs along the Sound Shore and includes parts of Rye, Mamaroneck and New Rochelle.


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  1. So many hack Dem bumblers want to be an Assemblymen. Why? So that they can spend years reading Shel Silver memos about how they will vote? Must be big bucks up there somewhere.

  2. Charmian Neary on

    Steve Otis is not a “hack Dem bumbler” and he certainly didn’t “ruin” Rye. Rye is a wonderful place to live.

  3. Apawamis Andy on

    Yeah, Aidan, things are going GREAT with a 6-1 Republican Council.

    Mayor French and Councilman Sack are at each other’s throats.
    Councilwoman Keith runs for two different offices in 3 years, then leaves town.
    The RTV guy who blew the whistle on misdeeds, is now brought up on charges.

    But blame it on the Democrats, why don’t you.

    Republican Mouthpieces dominate this site….but you can’t drown out the sound of Rye residents feeling like they were betrayed after giving Republicans 6 of 7 seats the last two elections.

  4. Rye and Soda on

    About time the Republicans took back Rye. Too bad it took so long and your property and school taxes are already well into the stratosphere.