Latimer endorses Bramson for Westchester exec; Jenkins wins Somers committee vote

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State Sen. George Latimer endorsed Noam Bramson for Westchester County executive Thursday, saying he was most likely to win against incumbent Republican Executive Rob Astorino. Wednesday night, Ken Jenkins, the chairman of the Board of Legislators and another candidate for county executive, won 96 percent of the weighted vote on a poll of Somers district leaders. Legislator Bill Ryan is also running and Astorino’s opponent will be chosen in a party convention on April 24.

Latimer said in a statement that he gives Bramson his full support.

“I am convinced that Noam Bramson is the right person to represent our party in November and to lead our County come January,” he said.

The statement continued:

Latimer stressed Bramson’s record of accomplishments in New Rochelle, saying, “Noam has guided his hometown with vision, perseverance, and a good dose of practicality. He’s pursued effective economic development, promoted sound environmental practices, and approved responsible budgets with balanced priorities.”

Latimer raised the image of his own challenging campaign for State Senate in 2012 to make the case that Bramson is the Democrat with the best chance to defeat incumbent Rob Astorino in the general election. “I know what the GOP attack machine looks like,” he said, “and I know what it takes to win.” He called Bramson “a spirited campaigner, a powerful communicator, and a capable fundraiser.”

Latimer closed on a more personal note, praising Bramson for his idealistic pursuit of good policy, his integrity, and his commitment to his community. “I endorse Noam Bramson,” said Latimer, “but more importantly, like many others who have worked with him, I admire Noam Bramson.”

Latimer’s endorsement bookends a month of statements from current and past elected officials in support of the Bramson campaign. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, State Assembly Members Amy Paulin, Sandy Galef, and Tom Abinanti, as well as local mayors, supervisors, council members, and trustees from all parts of the county have been joining the Bramson campaign in recent weeks.

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