Ali RosenMay 22, 2018, 8:22 pmMay 23, 2018, 3:12 pm

Race for NY Senate District 40 heats up

A spokesperson for Republican incumbent Terrance Murphy called Democratic challenger Pete Harckham a 'career politician'


WHITE PLAINS — It's been a little over 24 hours since Democrat Pete Harckham, a former Westchester County Legislator, announced that he would run for the empty State Senate in the 40th district and already Harckham is defending himself from attacks.

Following Harckham's announcement, Martha Jiminez, a spokesperson for Republican incumbent Terrance Murphy, said, "The last time we heard from career politician Peter Harckham, he was ringing bells, shutting off the mic and turning out the lights in the county office building while his colleagues held a bipartisan vote to cut property taxes."

"This distraction is a long ago dispelled issue where the Democratic majority simply passed a better budget than the County Executive did," Harckham said in response. "We lowered taxes more; it was more fiscally responsible, and if you read the recent comptroller's report, you know that what we're saying about Rob Astorino's budgeting was done with smoke and mirrors. And if Terrance Murphy wants to hang his hat on that, well, woe be him."

Harckham is not the only Democrat running against Murphy, Robert Kesten of South Salem is also looking to unseat the Republican.

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