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District 37 Voters To Choose Between Latimer And Cohen

Bob Cohen (R-New Rochelle) and George Latimer (D-Rye) at a debate held in October. The two are squaring off Tuesday in the race to decide who will fill the seat vacated by state Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer in the state Senate.
Bob Cohen (R-New Rochelle) and George Latimer (D-Rye) at a debate held in October. The two are squaring off Tuesday in the race to decide who will fill the seat vacated by state Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer in the state Senate. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to choose between current state Assembly member George Latimer and real estate businessman Bob Cohen for the 37th District state Senate seat.

Latimer (D-Rye) and Cohen (R-New Rochelle) are running for the seat of retiring state Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck). Cohen is making a second run for the seat, after losing to Oppenheimer by a few hundred votes in 2010.

The hotly contested race is viewed as pivotal in deciding which party controls the state Senate in the next legislative session.

Cohen is a real estate businessman and former member of Scarsdale’s volunteer fire department. Latimer, who is ending his term as District 91 Assembly member, formerly served as chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

The 37th encompasses Rye, Harrison, Mamaroneck, New Castle, New Rochelle, Scarsdale and White Plains.

Click the links below to read past coverage of the District 37 State Senate race this season:

League of Women Voters of Rye, Rye Brook, and Port Chester debate held on Oct. 16 at Rye Middle School.

League of Women Voters of Bedford, Lewisboro, North Salem candidate’s forum held on Oct. 22 at the Bedford Hills Community House.

Rye Brook debate held on Oct. 23 at 800 Westchester Avenue and moderated by Steve Scott of WCBS Radio, who said of the race, “It is not hyperbole to say this race in the 37th District may, indeed, decide the balance of power in the New York State Senate.”

A ruling by the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee on Oct. 17 , that deemed it OK for a mailer titled “The Truth About Bob Cohen” to call Cohen a slumlord, based on past documentation of suits brought by New York City since the late 1990s over conditions and activities in New York City buildings owned by Cohen.

Another ruling by the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee in early October in favor of Cohen’s claim that Latimer’s campaign wrongly informed the media of his own complaint to the committee about Cohen’s campaign commercials he believed to be misleading.

Vote in our poll for which candidate is your pick to represent the 37th District in the state senate.