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New York State Reform Party endorses Latimer for Westchester County Executive

Latimer links Astorino to federal pay-to-play probe

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YONKERS — On Oct. 30 Democratic candidate for county executive, Sen. George Latimer, was endorsed by the New York State Reform Party.

The chairman of the New York State Reform Party, Curtis Sliwa, offered his endorsement of Latimer at his campaign headquarters in Yonkers.

Sliwa says he had a long-time friendship with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, but ended up joining with Latimer in asking for his resignation in the wake of federal testimony he says "implicated Astorino" in a bribery scheme.

"Reichnitz gave Rob Astorino $25,000 for a plaque that suggested he was qualified to the clergy members in Westchester County. They have no clergy background, they are not rabbinical, this was clearly pay-to-play and Rob Astorino has had two years to answer that question," says Sliwa.

With the election for county executive just over one week away, Latimer continued in his quest to unseat two-term incumbent Astorino.

In response to the allegations, Astorino provided bank statements and receipts for a Rolex watch that he said he paid for.

Meanwhile, Latimer pushed that the Rolex was a gift from one of Astorino's campaign donors, adding that the receipts he provided for the watch are not credible.

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