Mayor Bloomberg To Endorse Bob Cohen For Senate

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today will endorse Republican Bob Cohen for the state Senate in Westchester County.

Bloomberg, an independent, endorsed Cohen in 2010, when Cohen first ran for the seat.

“Westchester voters who want property tax relief, mandate reform, and pro-job-growth policies in Albany have a superb candidate for state Senate this year in Bob Cohen,” Bloomberg said in a statement obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau.

In the statement, Bloomberg called Cohen, “an independent thinking businessman with the guts to stick up for Westchester taxpayers, and to say ‘no’ to the special interests and party bosses.”

Bloomberg, a billionaire, has pumped big bucks into Senate Republicans. He recently gave $1 million to the Senate Republicans’ housekeeping committee, which can raise an unlimited amount of money to help its efforts.

Republicans hold a 33-29 seat majority in the Senate heading into the November elections.

Cohen, who lives in New Rochelle, is running for an open seat being vacated by Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck, Westchester County. The Democratic candidate is Assemblyman George Latimer, D-Rye.

A Siena College poll this month said Latimer had a 3 percentage-point lead over Cohen. Cohen narrowly lost to Oppenheimer in 2010.

“I’m honored to receive Mayor Bloomberg’s support in this race,” Cohen said in the statement. “Mayor Bloomberg has shown that good government and common sense can succeed in an era where partisan gridlock has become the norm. I plan to bring that same independent leadership style with me to Albany on behalf of Westchester County taxpayers.”

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  1. Go get ’em Bob!

    Nice endorsement here from the mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg!

    I wonder why he didn’t pick Latimer? Is it because he’s revolted by Latimer’s attempt to slime Bob Cohen with the slumlord BS again? No I’d say its George’s too many aye votes on taxes and not enough ney votes on spending.

    Latimer wants to have it all and spend it at the same time, typical career politican.

  2. So the pro-commuter tax, pro-big government, drive-Pepsi-out-of-business Mayor of New York City thinks Westchester residents should just fall in line and do what he tells us, because obviously he has only our best interests in mind.

    No thanks.

  3. hey wage, way to come out swinging, but why don’t we have a discussion on the unitemized expense reports in George’s campaign account or would you rather hurl another unfounded insult at me? Did I read that number’s around $30,000 & was spent on dinners?

    Or perhaps we could talk about how Latimer pushed through the legislation that repealed New Rochelle’s tax cap?

    Or perhaps we could talk about how he introduced legislation in the middle of the night to transfer the ownership of the New Rochelle Armory?

    Or perhaps you’d care to enlighten me with George’s position on new ulitility & transfer taxes for New Rochelle residents?

    I know where Bob Cohen stands on all these issues (he wouldn’t have done any of them), but my understanding is that George already introduced legilsation supporting many of these issues so again why does anyone think Latimer should be our Senator?

    I think he’d be horrible for our area and further burden the middle class w/even higher, different &/or new taxes. Remember when politicos talk of new revenue streams, they’re looking at new taxes and not reducing spending at all. And let’s remember, Latimer did vote for the MTA payroll tax.

  4. The same people who post over and over and over on this race should find a job because either one or the other of the candidates (who loses) will cease to employ them. Find a real job.

  5. Drone, nothing to add to the conversation? No bullet points, nothing? Then maybe you should go hang w/George (or are you George?), but there’s no room for your nasty Latimer attitude in the Cohen camp, Bob’s about getting things done and moving forward. Like that new adjective? I wish I could get paid for this stuff, but I’m only worker in the big machine. Oh well