Former Yonkers Inspector General Dan Schorr announced Thursday that he’s will be running for George Latimer’s vacant seat in the New York State Senate, to represent the 37th District on Westchester County’s eastern side.
The Republican, Schorr, a one-time county district attorney candidate who lives in White Plains, is hoping to obtain his party’s backing to run in a special election. Westchester Dems have endorsed Shelley Mayer, a state assemblywoman, to run for the seat.
“I think one thing all of the candidates agree on is that this district needs to be represented as soon as possible,” Schorr told The Journal News/lohud on Thursday. “I’m starting my campaign today, I’m going to be working very hard and I’ll be ready when a special election comes.”
Bedford attorney Sarmad Khojasteh, a commercial litigation lawyer with the Manhattan firm of Kasowitz Benson Torres, was the first Republican to officially announce his candidacy for the State Senate seat vacated by County Executive-elect George Latimer.
Khojasteh, 36, was born in Iran, but his family escaped the country during the Islamic Revolution when he was about a year old. They settled in Poughkeepsie where Khojasteh’s father was a chemist at IBM, and later opened a gas station and convenience store that he owned and operated in Peekskill.
As of press time, the Westchester County Republican Party has not announced a date for when it will nominate its candidate. Doug Colety, the chairman of the county Republican Committee, could not be reached for comment.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has not yet called for a special election. The governor is not necessarily required to call for a special election. Cuomo has the option to let the seat remain unfilled until the November 2018 election. Latimer, a Democrat, vacated the seat on Jan. 1 after being sworn in as county executive.
The election may be crucial for Republicans to prevent Democrats from regaining more ground in the Senate, as Republicans currently hold a slim 31-30 majority, as of press time. The 37th District seat is one of two vacated positions in the state Senate this year. The Senate’s 32nd District seat, which covers an area in the Bronx, has also been vacated.