White Plains, NY — At a special nominating convention held tonight Bob Cohen, a 55-year old real estate professional from Scarsdale, was nominated as the Republican candidate for New York State Senate in the 37th District. At the convention Cohen promised to bring change and common sense to the most dysfunctional state legislature in America.
Cohen will take on incumbent Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D), a 26-year member of the legislature who is seeking her 14th term.
“While I am out there talking to our neighbors, and yes even Democrats, they all seem to be saying the same things. Taxes are too high, businesses and jobs are being chased out of New York, Albany is dysfunctional, and that it is time we make changes, its time we get some new people in elected office,” Cohen said.
“It’s time to do something about the mess, the embarrassment of our dysfunctional state government. And my experience as a self-made businessman, as a community activist and concerned citizen, as a father have put me in a position to do something about the problems that we all know exist in our state. I will take on the dysfunction and political stagnation that have brought New York State to the brink of ruin. I will bring the change and common sense to the State Capital that our people demand!”
“We have already seen too many of our friends, neighbors and family, too many of our businesses, large and small, vote with their feet and leave the State of New York because of high taxes, endless regulation, and a state government that just doesn’t get it.“
Cohen, who is also an attorney, runs a real estate and construction company in Manhattan. He has been a volunteer firefighter in Scarsdale for 17 years and is currently a member of the non-partisan Town and Village Civic Club Education Forum.
More biographical information can be found on his campaign website www.BobCohen2010.com.
The 37th Senate District is comprised of Harrison, Mamaroneck, New Castle, most of New Rochelle, North Castle, Ossining, Rye Town, Rye City, Scarsdale, and White Plains.
Cohen for Senate Convention Speech – May 3, 2010
Thank you. Thank you all for coming out. I want to thank Chairman Colety for your kind
remarks. I accept your nomination for State Senate.
I want to start by thanking my wife and best friend in 26 wonderful years of marriage, my lovely wife Barbara for being here tonight.
…and our three children: my beautiful daughter Haley, who is here with us; and there’s
Jessica who is off finishing up college and Adam who unfortunately couldn’t make it
today because he’s in California.
Twenty years ago, my wife Barbara and I moved to Westchester because we wanted to
live in a place where there was green grass, great schools, and a safe neighborhood to
raise our children.
I never would have dreamed that one day I’d be walking door-to-door asking my
neighbors for their votes. But that is exactly what I have been doing, and it’s very
While I am out there talking to our neighbors, and yes even Democrats, they all seem to be saying the same things.
Taxes are too high, businesses and jobs are being chased out of New York, Albany is
dysfunctional, and that it is time we make changes, its time we get some new people in
TAXES ARE TOO HIGH
Now we all know that taxes are out of control. Everyone knows it. In fact I am pretty
sure that they have been talking about it for the last 26 years.
Lets take a look back in time for a minute. Lets examine the last 26 years and see what
they all have in common and maybe we can figure out what the problem is.
Lets see, there are taxes, there was Andy Spano, and there is Senator Oppenheimer.
And that’s about all I can come up with right now.
26 years ago New York was the Empire State; the place where people wanted to start a
family and a business. A place working class people could afford not only a home and
a family but could work hard, save their money, and become prosperous. Today, New
York is no longer that place.
It has become a place where it feels like the harder you work the more taxes the state
takes from you. Sadly, the Empire state has become an empty slogan on our license
plates and is no longer associated with hopes and dreams
Here’s some proof…
• New York has the largest budget deficit per person of any State in the Union.
• We have the third highest tax rates in the nation.
• Westchester County has the highest property taxes of anywhere in the country.
• New Yorkers are suffering the highest unemployment rate in thirty years.
• Companies that were staples of our business community like Starwood, Precision
Valve, and others have fled our state because New York ranks 49th in the nation for “business friendly”
Clearly we are moving in the wrong direction.
We have already seen too many of our friends, neighbors and family, too many of our
businesses, large and small, vote with their feet and leave the State of New York
because of high taxes; endless regulation, and a state government that just doesn’t get
ALBANY IS DYSFUNCTIONAL
It’s time to do something about the mess — the embarrassment of our dysfunctional
state government. And my experience as a self-made businessman, as a community
activist and concerned citizen, as a father have put me in a position to do something
about the problems that we all know exist in our state.
I will take on the dysfunction and political stagnation that have brought New York State
to the brink of ruin. I will bring the change and common sense to the State Capital that
our people demand!
Our problems go back far beyond the recent economic downturn.
They are rooted in a system of government that has become paralyzed by greed,
political games and self interest.
And while my opponent, Senator Oppenheimer, is a nice person, there is no denying
that she is a part of a system that’s failed our state and all New Yorkers. For more than
a quarter century my opponent has been a member of the legislature, which has
become the most dysfunctional in the entire country. And after 26 years, I think it’s
obvious that it’s time for a change!
ITS TIME FOR A CHANGE
But even now, there are those who claim that Albany politicians are working to fix our
Don’t believe them.
Everyday folks don’t buy into the gimmicks of Albany.
They realize that putting off paying our bills until tomorrow doesn’t make us fiscally
sound, it just passes on our debts to our children and their children.
Well good people — good stewards of the public trust — don’t pass on debt to our
children; we pass on prosperity. 26 years of the same old politics is too long.
It is time for a change!
Albany politicians, both Republicans and Democrats alike and certainly my opponent a
26 year resident of the State Senate, are wrong in how they have governed our state.
People watch what goes on and they can’t help but be cynical — they can’t help but
think things won’t get any better for them and their families.
I have spoken a little tonight about the last 26 years and now it is time we move ahead
and start looking into the future.
I’m here to tell you as a person who’s seen better days in this great state, that we are
capable of more, much more if Albany would just remove the shackles of high taxation
and allow us to prosper.
The cynicism and doubt about state government has gone on for way too long.
We will bring change to Albany!
As a state, our survival depends on charting a new course.
The formula for a better, more functional, more transparent state government is not that
• We must reign in the culture of spending and excess that is mortgaging our future.
• We have to put an end to the highest property taxes in the nation.
• We must stop passing costs down to local governments and future generations.
• We have to start treating communities fairly with the decisions made on education
and municipal funding.
• We must foster a better, more competitive economic climate by scaling back
• And we have to start treating businesses in this state like we actually want them
…These are real reforms that would make a real difference for all New Yorkers!
Over the next six months I will continue to share my ideas for a better New York with the people of the 37th District and I hope they will engage in that discussion with me.