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Port Chester's Terenzi Eyes April Campaign Launch

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - While Port Chester Board of Trustee Saverio "Sam" Terenzi is mulling the launch of his campaign for state Senate, don't expect any big news for a few weeks.

Terenzi, an accountant by day and trustee by night, will be bogged down in busy tax season until April 15, causing him to partially delay his campaign efforts.

"I really won't be able to get the ball rolling until April 15th," Terenzi said. "But we'll see what happens."

Terenzi, a conservative, announced earlier in the month he was considering a run in the 37th district, which is currently represented by Suzi Oppenheime,r who has announced she will not be seeking re-election. Almost immediately following Oppenheimer's announcement, Bob Cohen, who nearly nabbed Oppenheimer's seat in 2010, announced his candidacy for the seat.

"Cohen is the heir apparent," Terenzi said. "But were they voting for Cohen or just voting against Oppenheimer?"

Last week, long-time District 91 representative George Latimer threw his hat into the ring as well.

"I had a strong suspicion George would run," Terenzi said. "I've known George for many years and I've been involved with him through the board and I like him, but I'm not sure that his voting record will resonate with the new district's construction."

Terenzi believes his experience in municipal finance presents him as a qualified candidate for the seat.

"When it comes to municipal finance, I don’t think there is an elected official who has more experience than I do. I've been living and breathing this stuff for years," Terenzi said.

Terenzi thinks he can get the full backing of the Conservative party, and also spoke about the possibility of entering the Republican primary.

"We feel strongly that we need a seat at the table," Terenzi said of the Conservative Party. "Can you win as a Conservative? I don't know, but you can certainly affect the outcome."

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