New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today will endorse Republican Bob Cohen for the state Senate in Westchester County.
“Westchester voters who want property tax relief, mandate reform, and pro-job-growth policies in Albany have a superb candidate for state Senate this year in Bob Cohen,” Bloomberg said in a statement obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau.
In the statement, Bloomberg called Cohen, “an independent thinking businessman with the guts to stick up for Westchester taxpayers, and to say ‘no’ to the special interests and party bosses.”
Bloomberg, a billionaire, has pumped big bucks into Senate Republicans. He recently gave $1 million to the Senate Republicans’ housekeeping committee, which can raise an unlimited amount of money to help its efforts.
Republicans hold a 33-29 seat majority in the Senate heading into the November elections.
Cohen, who lives in New Rochelle, is running for an open seat being vacated by Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck, Westchester County. The Democratic candidate is Assemblyman George Latimer, D-Rye.
A Siena College poll this month said Latimer had a 3 percentage-point lead over Cohen. Cohen narrowly lost to Oppenheimer in 2010.
“I’m honored to receive Mayor Bloomberg’s support in this race,” Cohen said in the statement. “Mayor Bloomberg has shown that good government and common sense can succeed in an era where partisan gridlock has become the norm. I plan to bring that same independent leadership style with me to Albany on behalf of Westchester County taxpayers.”
Updated: Latimer spokesman Mike Murphy responded, “George Latimer is the only candidate in this campaign that has actually delivered tax relief for the people of Westchester. On the issues that matter most – tax relief, job creation, women’s rights and common sense gun laws – George Latimer is the better choice every time. Anti-choice Bob Cohen is simply out of touch with the people of Westchester County.”