With primary season now in the books, Senate Democrats are beginning to spend on general election races, with one of their first mailer of the campaign season aiding Assemblyman George Latimer.
The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee remains about $1.45 million in debt, but had about $770,000 on hand in July. Senate Democrats shied away from being active in primaries, but — like the better-funded Republicans — are focusing their efforts on a handful of close races across the state.
That includes Latimer’s run for the seat of retiring Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck. A Rye Democrat, Latimer is facing Republican developer Bob Cohen of New Rochelle in a closely watched run attracting dollars from both major parties.
The mailer, which is expected to hit southern Westchester County mailboxes in the coming days, appears to be an attempt to beat back the Cohen campaign’s messaging, which has repeatedly tried to paint Latimer as the “highest taxing official in Westchester County.”
“No one has done more to lower our taxes than George Latimer,” the mailer reads, before highlighting property-tax cuts during his time in the county legislature and his sponsorship of bills that would expand STAR rebates and fully repeal the MTA payroll tax.
(Cohen’s campaign, however, has been quick to point out that Latimer voted in favor of the MTA tax when it was first implemented in 2009. Latimer’s camp last week released a video describing his vote and detailing his bill to repeal the tax, which acted as a bailout of the cash-strapped MTA.)
Senate Republicans, who are set to get a $1 million boost in their housekeeping account from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have spent significantly on Cohen, including about $102,400 from January through July.
UPDATE: The Senate Democrats are also funding a mailer in the Rochester area, where Monroe County Legislator Ted O’Brien is running for the Senate against Assemblyman Sean Hanna.
Check out the Democrats’ mailer here: