County Executive-elect Latimer ready to get workingPosted: Updated:
In his first live interview after winning the Westchester County executive race, George Latimer said he is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work.
Latimer, who has now run for office 18 times and never lost, won 57 percent of the vote in a surprisingly easy victory over incumbent Rob Astorino. “It’s just starting to sink in that we won and now we have to move forward and organize a new administration and do a good job of governance,” said Latimer.
When asked about the double-digit victory, Latimer said he was surprised. When we started this campaign, we realized we were running against a two-term incumbent and we knew he had a tremendous financial advantage—a 4 to 1 financial advantage, including the money that the Mercer family gave. So we knew we were underdogs.”
Go HERE to watch Latimer's victory speech.
Latimer also acknowledged a backlash against President Donald Trump that affected many Republican candidates this year. “I think it was a very strong factor. What it did was make Democrats come to the polls. We know we have an advantage in registration, but we also had an advantage on issues.”
Latimer said that Astorino called him after the results were in and was very gracious. “He said we would work together on a transition, which I appreciate. We have had a long relationship. We’re both big sports fans, and I hope to have a very civil relationship going forward.”
Go HERE to watch Astorino's concession speech.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will now have to hold a special election to fill Latimer's vacated seat in the state Senate.