CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Westchester County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz will run for re-election this fall, he announced in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
“At a time when extreme partisanship and political games are paralyzing government at every level, I have sought to be an independent voice for the people of Northern Westchester and Westchester County," Kaplowitz said.
"I have worked with county executives and legislators of both parties to control spending and enhance Westchester’s special quality of life," he said.
Kaplowitz, an independent Democrat, represents the 4th District, which includes all of New Castle and parts of Yorktown and Somers.
In looking to strengthen public safety, preserve open space and fight for equal rights, among other issues, he said he supports legislators in both parties.
Kaplowitz also alluded to his vote on this year’s budget, saying, “And I don’t vote with them, as I did recently on the budget, when some legislators’ priorities were not fiscally responsible nor in line with the priorities of the people I represent and the people of Westchester County.”
The budget, which passed in December, caused tension among legislators, as several Democratic legislators left the room in protest instead of casting their votes. Kaplowitz continued to back the new budget.
“In the last budget, I restored park jobs and kept Hilltop-Hanover, Muscoot and Lasdon Parks fully open and staffed along with the North County Trailway," he said.
"I also succeeded in reauthorizing the Agricultural District, which I helped to create, and which preserves the open spaces of Westchester’s remaining family farms,” he added.
Kaplowitz was first elected to the board of legislators in 1998.
“Since I was first elected, I have carefully examined every budget line each year to find and root out waste, create efficiencies, and remove bloated contracts and unnecessary perks that make government unnecessarily expensive,” said Kaplowitz.
“Protecting taxpayers is my first mission that I will continue to pursue when I am re-elected in November,” he said.