PEEKSKILL- In front of the “One” Peekskill Democratic Headquarters (9 Bank Street) Saturday afternoon, State Senator and Westchester County Executive candidate George Latimer announced his endorsement of the City of Peekskill Democratic Candidates running in the September 12th Primary. Latimer gave his endorsement to Colin Smith, Ramon Fernandez, and Vanessa Agudelo because he believes strongly in the slate’s “Positive Agenda” for “One” Peekskill which focuses on transparency and accountability in government, community building, affordable housing, direct action, and improving quality of life.
Latimer was joined by the Peekskill Democratic Council primary slate along with Kathleen Talbot, City of Peekskill Councilwoman and Pat Riley, Former City of Peekskill Councilwoman.
“Local government is closest to the people and this slate’s Positive Agenda will position Peekskill to lead Westchester as a progressive and visionary City that denounces the harsh, partisan politics and anti-family tactics of the Trump ideology, ” County Executive hopeful George Latimer said at the presser.
Each of the candidates expressed their appreciation for the endorsement, one at a time, starting with Colin Smith, an attorney based in Peekskill and a member of the Peekskill City School District Board of Education who says he will step down if elected to Common Council
“The support of State Senator George Latimer, who has a strong progressive record in both Westchester and Albany, is positive proof that there is only one group of candidates that are true progressive Democrats running for Mayor and Common Council. And the fact that while he has his own campaign to run he is taking the time to support this campaign should be a sign of how important this race is for the future of Peekskill and Westchester County,” said Colin Smith, Democratic Candidate for City of Peekskill Common Council.
Ramon Fernandez, founder and organizer of the Peekskill Hispanic Community Corporation and leader in Assumption Church followed suit speaking on how important Latimer’s endorsement was.
“George’s endorsement is particularly significant because he has been a true leader in helping support working and middle-class families in Westchester and New York. In Albany, he helped to raise the minimum wage to make sure people can continue to afford to live in New York and has been a true champion to pass the Women’s Equality Agenda and New York State’s own Dream Act. We are proud to have his backing,” said Ramon Fernandez, Democratic Candidate for City of Peekskill Common Council.
Rounding off the trio, Peekskill activist, Vanessa Agudelo, a lifelong Peekskill resident and community organizer involved in supporting city beautification and green projects expressed her appreciation as well.
“Getting George Latimer’s endorsement is like getting the progressive seal of approval. His willingness to come to Peekskill and stand by true Democrats bodes well for this City and its relationship with both our legislative leaders in Albany as well as Westchester County,” said Vanessa Agudelo, Democratic Candidate for City of Peekskill Common Council.
Smith, Fernandez and Agudelo are running on the slate with Councilman Andre Rainey who is running for Mayor of the City of Peekskill to lead a new generation of local leaders who are less interested in partisanship and more interested in community action. The ticket also includes attorney and environmental activist Nancy Vann who has helped build and lead regional efforts to stop the Spectra-Algonquin Pipeline, which is decimating communities and putting lives at risk throughout Peekskill, Cortlandt and Yorktown, for County Legislator in District 1.