After more than a year serving the state’s 93rd assembly district, Assemblyman David Buchwald, a White Plains Democrat, announced his bid for re-election on the steps of White Plains City Hall earlier this month, touting his previous work and record while in office.
Buchwald, surrounded by a mix of family, friends and supporters including state Sen. George Latimer, a Rye Democrat, and White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, also a Democrat, told the May 1 crowd of his intentions to run for his seat again.
First elected to state office in November 2012 after serving for three years on the White Plains Common Council, Buchwald promised to continue working for state and county residents if re-elected.
“I have a record of being out in the community and hearing people’s concerns and taking municipal action,” Buchwald said. “I’ve worked with legislators, state agencies, local government and school officials to maintain the quality of life in New York State.”
The 35-year-old incumbent assemblyman emphasized legislation he’s spearheaded while serving in Albany. He created a bill that any state or local officials convicted of a felony involving breach of public trust to be required to forfeit pension rights or retirement benefits. As of press time, the bill, A.7173, sits before the assembly floor with majority support.
“Everyone told me there was no chance [to pass A.7173], and we now have 91 members of the state assembly signed on to support the bill,” Buchwald, a White Plains resident, said. “It doesn’t guarantee progress, but it means we have already defied expectations, with the League of Women Voters coming out for the bill as well.”
Buchwald, whose legislative district encompasses White Plains, Harrison, Mount Kisco, Bedford, Lewisboro, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem and Pound Ridge, cited the current tax system as demanding for residents across the state, and said it will be a priority issue for him.
“I continue to think we have too burdensome a tax system, and in order for progress to continue, part of it is having states and local governments be partners in addressing efficiencies and dealing with state mandates,” Buchwald said, referring to passed legislation in the state Assembly that provides relief from state mandates on county governments.
Latimer gave Buchwald his full support.
“[Buchwald] was an outstanding partner as we successfully fought for increased funding for Westchester schools and improvements for our roads and bridges during the most recent state budget,” Latimer said. “It is clear that he has made an impact in a short time in Albany and will continue to grow in that role as he accomplishes many of our shared goals.”
Buchwald called working with Latimer, who was elected to the state Senate in 2012, a “tremendous pleasure,” and said he looked forward to future initiatives with the democratic state senator.
The general election for New York state candidates will be Nov. 5.