Dear Friends & Neighbors:
I hope you and everyone you know and love is safe after the devastating effects of Sandy. While the storm was tough on New Rochelle, it is very sad to see how many others in NYC and NJ were hit much harder than us. Let’s hope everyone in our community is restored to power as quickly as possible, and our thoughts and prayers are with all those in our region devastated by this terrible storm.
Despite the storm, Election Day is still this Tuesday, and I want you to know why the race for the 37th State Senate District is so vital to New Rochelle’s future.
Over the past 28 years, New Rochelle has not received our fair share of financial assistance from New York State, and this has been publicly declared by New Rochelle elected officials from both parties. This deficit has cost our city and school district TENS of MILLIONS of DOLLARS over this time. For example, nearby cities receive greater state financial support than New Rochelle for municipal aid per capita: Yonkers (+472), Mt. Vernon (+26), White Plains (+16) and Peekskill (+14), and this is not acceptable any longer. As a result, we all pay HIGHER property taxes, and the city and school district are forced to make troubling budget cuts. New Rochelle deserves better, and here is the cause for this inequity:
-- During these 28 years, New Rochelle was represented in the 37th District by a Democrat in a State Senate controlled by a Republican majority (except for 2 years), and therefore, this State Senator was unable to help our city by correcting the flawed state funding formulas.
-- While it may be unfortunate that so much power lies with the majority party in the State Senate, it is a serious reality that has caused our city to receive much less state aid for too long. (Note: virtually no NYS election expert is predicting the Republicans will lose the majority in the State Senate tomorrow).
-- For the first time in 28 years, the 37th District is an OPEN SEAT. We are electing a new senator who must fight to reform this funding inequity hurting New Rochelle.
-- I’M SUPPORTING BOB COHEN FOR STATE SENATE. Bob will be best positioned in the Republican majority of the State Senate to advocate for reform and ensure that New Rochelle finally receives our fair share from Albany.
I respectfully request that all voters put the best interests of New Rochelle over voting the party line by casting our votes for Bob Cohen. Even if you personally like Bob's opponent, this election is way too important for New Rochelle to vote for someone just because he may be a nice guy. Our city and state need results from our state senator - and we need them quickly. And Bob is a nice, thoughtful and talented person, and I’m sure he will be an excellent senator because:
-- Bob will work diligently every day in a bipartisan manner to compel the state government to deliver fair and adequate funding to help our cash-strapped city and school district budgets.
-- Bob has spent his entire career in the private sector and will bring his business background to Albany to confront the dysfunctional government we’ve sadly watched for much too long.
-- We must replace the career politicians in Albany with leaders like Bob, who are independent reformers with a real-world understanding of the serious financial challenges facing this state.
-- Bob will advocate for lower taxes, reduce wasteful state spending, reform misguided unfunded state mandates, and push for more open, responsible and ethical government.
Please join me in voting for NEW ROCHELLE RESIDENT BOB COHEN tomorrow - November 6. Here is Bob's website for more information about his candidacy: http://www.bobcohen2012.com/
Do you need a ride to the polls? If yes, call me at 914-636-1621.
Please contact me if you have any questions about this endorsement.
Please feel free to forward this endorsement to anyone you wish or share it on social media.
Jim Maisano is the Minority Leader of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. He represents District 11 covering New Rochelle and Pelham. You can follow Jim on Facebook, Twitter or on his Blog. You can contact Jim at 914-636-1621 or CtyLegJimMaisano@gmail.com