Joseph D. Blanck

Joseph D. Blanck entered the United States Army in July 1964. Upon completion of Airborne School in December 1964, he was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Abn) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In May 1966, Mr. Blanck went to South Vietnam, assigned to the Long Range Reconnaissance Platoon of the 101st Airborne Division, and graduated from the 101st Airborne Division. In October 1968, Mr. Blanck left the United States Army after serving bravely in South Vietnam for thirty months. 

May 19, 2015

Kerry W. Walsh

Kerry W. Walsh serves as President of the Board of Directors of Gramatan Village, an aging in place organization serving the needs of older adults who wish to remain in their communities. Gramatan Village offers the necessary services and programs to make this dream a reality.

May 13, 2015


Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.  This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 37th Senatorial District. Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is: Matthew Seidel3rd GradeGreenvale

April 10, 2015

Legislative Report with Senator George Latimer

Senator Latimer welcomes guest Ed Bergstraesser - AT&T's External Affairs Director

March 12, 2015

Latimer & Otis Oppose Border Toll Proposal in Connecticut Legislature

(Port Chester, NY) Senator George Latimer and Assemblyman Steve Otis came out in opposition to a proposal making its way through the Connecticut State Legislature that would install tolls at the border of New York and Connecticut.  An independent study prepared for a Connecticut state agency showed that the placement of these tolls would cause an additional 14,000 cars per day to drive through Port Chester and Byram before getting back onto the highway after avoiding the toll. The proposal is designed to help close a $225 million deficit in the Connecticut Transportation budget.  Latimer and Otis sent a letter to NYS Transportation and Thruway Authority officials urging them to help combat the unnecessary burden on New York drivers in border areas.

March 4, 2015

Latimer Discusses Insurance Issues in Westchester

Latimer's guest is Michael Barrett, President of Barrett Associates and an active member of the Independent Insurance Brokers of New York

March 4, 2015


Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.


December 2, 2014

Latimer, Buchwald, Otis & Paulin Announce Construction Grant Awards for Westchester Libraries

Senator George Latimer, Assemblymembers David Buchwald, Steve Otis and Amy Paulin have announced that 6 libraries in the 37th Senate District will receive new funding.  Below is the list of recipients, amounts and the uses of the grants.

June 16, 2014

Tony Marsella

Tony Marsella is a lifelong resident of Mamaroneck, New York. Born on May 20, 1924, he graduated from Mamaroneck High School in June, 1942. Seven months later, on exactly the same day, he and his brother, John, were drafted into the United States Army. Their individual training and subsequent assignments eventually took them both to Italy.

Due to his fluency in Italian and skill as a stenographer, Tony was assigned to the Allied Military Government of Occupied Territories and served as an interpreter and stenographer in Sicily, and mainland Italy. On May 26, 1944, his brother, John, was killed during the Anzio invasion.

May 16, 2014

Lee Roberts, Former Bedford Town Supervisor, Selected as 2014 Woman of Distinction

(Albany, NY) State Senator George Latimer has selected the former Bedford Town Supervisor and long time community activist, Lee Roberts as the 2014 NYS Senate Woman of Distinction.  Roberts served as Town Supervisor from 2003 through 2013 after serving for nine years on the Town Council.  Roberts was active in numerous other organizations both related and unrelated to her government service.

May 15, 2014

Lee Roberts

Lee Roberts moved to Bedford, New York with her husband, Ken, in 1972 – after living in New York City for three years. Upon starting a family, Ms. Roberts began to join local organizations including the Presbyterian Church, where she is currently an Elder and a Deacon. After becoming active in the elementary school PTA, she joined the Katonah Village Library Board and the Village Improvement Society (KVIS). As an active member of the church, Ms. Roberts was long time board member and officer of the County Children’s Center and subsequently joined the daycare center board, where she served for many more years.

May 14, 2014

Senator Latimer & Assemblyman Otis Announce State Aid Increases to Sound Shore School Districts

(Albany, NY) With passage of the state budget, State Senator George Latimer (D-Rye) and Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye) announced increases in state aid to Sound Shore School districts.    Assemblyman Otis stated,  “In this time of tight school budgets and pressure on the property tax levy, we are pleased to report successful efforts to increase state aid to Westchester school districts.  This year’s school aid package is the largest since before the recession and will help to maintain the educational programming our school districts work so hard to provide.”  

April 3, 2014
February 24, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Latimer's Office Makes & Other Related NYS Tax Forms Available

(PORT CHESTER, NY) State Senator George Latimer has announced that beginning immediately, NYS income tax forms, including the IT-201, will be available for pickup at the Senator's office or via delivery for senior citizens who request them.

Up until a few years ago, New York State used to send forms out by mail. With that service no longer available, Latimer's office has taken the initiative to perform this function for local taxpayers. Forms are also available online at (which can be accessed by clicking on the button on the front page of this site)

January 31, 2014

Common Ground for Students by George Latimer, Albany Times Union, January 8th, 2014

For decades we have heard the rallying cry that American students' performance is falling behind that of students in other countries and for decades education experts have attempted to come up with ONE solution.


This time, under the guise of making students more prepared for a global economy, New York has adopted the "Common Core" standards and is forging ahead at breakneck speed to implement a new top-down education mandate on local school districts. Without dissecting the validity of the "global competition" argument, there are elements of the Common Core's implementation in New York that must be addressed first.


January 9, 2014