(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.”
(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 www.tax.ny.gov/forms(which can be accessed by clicking on the button on the front page of this site)
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.