Assemblyman George Latimer, a Rye Democrat who launched a bid for the state Senate earlier this week, has no interest in joining the upper chamber’s breakaway Democratic caucus, he said in a phone interview this week.
Last year, four Democrats broke away from the main caucus to form the Independent Democratic Conference. That includes two senators who represent parts of the lower Hudson Valley—Sens. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, and David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County.
“I intend to be a member of the Democratic conference,” Latimer said. “My hope would be at the leadership level of the conference, the conference and the IDC people will sit down and say, ‘Look, we’ve got some difficulties between us, but we have more in common if we work together.’”
Latimer said he hopes the differences between the main caucus and the breakaway set of Democrats could be resolved next year, a sentiment several members of the main conference have conveyed.
“Whatever happened in this session happened in this session, and I would hope—and it’s a hope—that this can get resolved in the next one,” Latimer said.
Every state lawmaker is on the ballot this year, and control of the Senate is on the line. Republicans currently hold a 32-29 majority (with a special election in Brooklyn too close to call, but leaning in the GOP’s favor.)
There are already two Republican candidates for the Oppenheimer seat: New Rochelle businessman Bob Cohen, and Diane DiDonato-Roth, a North Castle councilwoman and realtor.