YONKERS, NY — November 29, 2017 —Assemblymember Shelley Mayer (D-90) today declared her candidacy for the 37th State Senate seat, vacated by George Latimer following his win for Westchester County Executive. Mayer’s announcement comes on the heels of overwhelming victories for Democrats across Westchester, setting up potentially heated races for control of the New York State Senate in 2018.
“I am excited to announce my candidacy for the 37th State Senate District. It has been an honor to serve in the Assembly for the last five years and I look forward to bringing that experience to the State Senate. The values that make our state and nation strong – fairness, inclusion, and opportunity for all – are under attack and we need leaders ready and willing to stand up and fight back. This is no time to equivocate; this is our time to lead,” said Mayer.
“Local and state politics carry more weight than ever before, especially in the New York State Senate. We need a strong Democratic majority in the Senate to deliver on the policies we care about – quality public education, creating and retaining good paying local jobs, quality health care, fighting climate change and holding the line on middle class taxes. I pledge to be a part of the Senate Democratic mainline conference, led by my friend Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who will continue the fight for these and other critical Democratic values.
“I am a lifelong Westchester resident and my husband, Lee, and I raised our children here, first in White Plains and then back in my childhood home in Yonkers. I have worked in the private sector and in public service, first as an Assistant Attorney General, then Counsel to the New York State Senate Democrats, and currently, as the Assemblymember for the 90th Assembly District. I have been a Democrat for my entire life, a loyal Democratic District Leader for many years, and have a strong record of supporting positive, progressive initiatives and candidates.
“The Republicans have long coveted this seat and will spare no expense in trying to win it back so they can continue to advance their regressive agenda in Albany. We can not let that happen. I know that our cities, towns, and villages do better when everyone has a seat at the table, when everyone’s voice is heard. I look forward to being the voice for the diverse communities of the 37th Senate district in the New York State Senate.”