Power and Politics: Westchester County Executive George Latimer
Westchester County Executive George Latimer recently sat down for a one-on-one interview with News 12’s Tara Rosenblum, where they discussed his life in inside and outside politics.
Latimer won the seat in 2017 after a decisive victory over his Republican predecessor Rob Astorino who, at the time, was heavily favored to win a third term in office.
“I wasn’t sure that I was going to win at all until about three weeks out when I saw that the race was close enough and competitive enough,” Latimer told News 12.
Despite being outfunded, Latimer secured his 18th consecutive political victory – a record in Westchester and New York. Over the course of his career, Latimer successfully ran for Rye City Council, was chairman of the County Board of Legislators, was elected to the state Assembly in 2004 and elected to the state Senate in 2012.
“I think what it comes down to is interacting with people,” he says. “…The way you interact with people personally and the active campaigning…I think gives them a sense of who you are as a person and I think that helps you achieve whatever there is to achieve.”
The veteran Democratic statesman who lives in Rye but grew up in Mount Vernon, works roughly 100 hours a week, not counting all his many posts on Facebook.
“I want to do a good enough job here so that I can feel that I delivered on what I promised in 2017,” says Latimer.
When asked if he would consider running for a higher office in the future, Latimer replied, “We'll make that decision when we get to it.”