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Rob Astorino stumps for Bob Cohen's bid to win Senate seat
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has cut a new TV ad for Republican Bob Cohen's bid to win the 37th District State Senate seat, referring to the New Rochelle businessman as a potential ally in his efforts to lower property taxes.
"For the third year, we've held the line on county property taxes -- even lowered them," the Republican leader says in the spot, which began running this week. "But if we are to keep lowering property taxes, we need an ally in Albany, where most increases come from."
Cohen is running against Assemb. George Latimer, a Democrat, to succeed retiring State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) in the reconfigured 37th Senate District. A recent poll showed the two neck and neck as they enter the final stretch to the Nov. 6 election.
"Rob Astorino has done his part to freeze, even lower, property taxes in county government, but he needs a like-minded fiscal reformer in the senate with whom he can work to achieve progress at the state level, where most of the cost increases come from," said Cohen spokeswoman Jessica Proud.
Latimer's campaign dismissed Astorino's support for Cohen's candidacy.
"George Latimer is the only candidate in this race that has actually lowered taxes and has a plan to continue to lower taxes," said Latimer campaign spokesman Mike Murphy. "George Latimer voted to lower middle taxes to the lowest level in 58 years and as chairman of the County Legislature he led the board during three straight budgets yielding tax cuts of nearly 8 percent. Taxes in Westchester County were lower the day George left as chairman than when he began that job."
The 30-second TV ad can be viewed below.
Meanwhile, Latimer's campaign is touting a recent endorsement from Democratic heavyweight U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who announced that she was backing the Rye lawmaker's candidacy at a news conference Sunday at White Plains City Hall.