Sen. George Latimer declares bid for Westchester County executive

Sen. George Latimer declared his candidacy for the county's top job on Monday.

Sen. George Latimer declared his candidacy for the county's top job on Monday. (4/3/17)

WHITE PLAINS - A New York state senator is throwing his hat into the ring in the race for Westchester County executive.

Sen. George Latimer declared his candidacy for the county's top job on Monday.

"I think I can bring a rebalance to the way we operate in county government," he says.

Latimer says his choice to take on Republican and current County Executive Rob Astorino - who is seeking his third term in office - comes from his concerns about budget decisions.

A spokesperson for Astorino said in a statement: "We look forward to a robust political debate in the fall with the winner of the Democratic primary. Until then, the County Executive will remain focused on providing excellent services, keeping taxes flat, and expanding Westchester's job base. There's a time for politics and a time for governing. This is a time for governing."

Latimer and Democratic challenger Ken Jenkins will face off in a primary Sept. 12.

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