Race to fill George Latimer's state Senate seat heats upPosted: Updated:
George Latimer hasn't even taken over as Westchester County executive yet, and the race to fill his state Senate seat in the 37th District is already heating up.
White Plains school teacher Kat Brezler threw her hat in the ring on Thursday. Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer is reportedly interested in the seat, as well.
News 12 didn't hear back from Republicans, but the Democratic chairman of the Board of Elections says this will undoubtedly be a hotly contested race.
The 37th Senatorial District is vast – covering a large part of Westchester, including half of Yonkers and the entire Sound Shore.
For Democrats, holding on to this seat is crucial and potentially could lead to them gaining the majority in the state Senate.
It's not yet clear if there will be a special election for the seat. A spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the issue is under review, and gave no timetable for a decision.
If there is a special election, both parties would hold mini-conventions, nominate candidates and launch campaigns in short order.
Ruben Diaz Sr. in the Bronx is also leaving his job after being elected to the New York City Council.