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Sam Terenzi, State Senator? Port Chester Pol Says He's Considering Run

Port Chester's Sam Terenzi will launch an exploratory committee ahead of a likely run for the state senate's 37th district.

Outspoken Port Chester politician Saverio "Sam" Terenzi is the latest person to eye Suzi Oppenheimer's seat since the state senator announced she won't seek re-election in 2013.

Terenzi joins Scarsdale's Bob Cohen and New Castle's Diane Roth as early contenders in a match-up against a yet-to-be-named Democrat for the 37th district seat.

The difference — Cohen and Roth are Republicans, while Terenzi is a Conservative. Terenzi touted his credentials on Friday afternoon while describing the rationale behind his decision.

"This is about the seat," Terenzi said, "but it's also about the Conservative Party getting some credibility and Republicans realizing we're a force to be reckoned with."

Terenzi is the chairman of Rye Town's Conservative Party, as well as executive director of the county Conservative Party.

What differentiates him from Cohen and Roth? Terenzi points to his social conservatism, as well as his financial experience. He's an accountant by day, and made good on promises to cut taxes after voters elected him to Port Chester's village board in 2010's historic election.

He hopes voters respond to the idea of sending a local leader to Albany, where he can advocate for local communities in tough economic times.

"No one's more keenly aware of the impact of unfunded mandates on municipalities," Terenzi said.

What's next? Terenzi will launch an exploratory committee and muster support from local conservatives. On Thursday night he met with county conservatives, following a gathering on Tuesday with Republican town and district leaders from across Westchester.

Pointing to his work and close association with Rye Town Supervisor — and senate candidate – Joseph Carvin, Terenzi said he's running to make sure Republican values align with those of conservatives.

"I've always worked very closely with Republicans," he said. "I don't want this to be a line in the sand, but everybody's been keying in on the race and our Conservative caucus feels this is a time and place to be heard and to get our voice out."

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Linda Turturino March 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I have to put in my two cents.. The Village of Port Chester was headed in a very bad direction and had many large problems. The current board has managed to change direction and get us headed the right way. Don't get me wrong we have a long way to go but all the BOT we have now are making some progress. Say what you want about Sam. He knows his numbers and budgets like no one else and I can his take his rough around the edge ways as long as he is fighting for us SHUT UP and let him and the BOT do their job ! Come on Morey come to a BOT meeting and contribute we would love to have you just no personal comments or snickering comments just business .. PS my dog loves me too
Ralph Spoilsport March 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM
First of all having a dog is a poor choice. Cats are nicer. With all due respect Mr. Terenzi saying that you have "saved" pc residents $2 million in taxes is misleading. I wouldn't have a problem if you would just tell the truth. Yes, you trimmed some window dressings like police and fire overtime, but the bulk of the money came from drawing down the fund balance. The "rainy day" fund has enabled pc to receive a top credit rating, and you and transferred a large portion of the money to the general fund to pay the bills. This is a common shell game played by pols to dupe taxpayers (all political parties are at fault). However, the herky-jerky ups and downs of the tax levy is a tactic put out by every PC Conservative board since the eighties. On the DOJ; the case was already closed. The village signed a "consent decree" that means finata, closed, done already. Your choosing to pursue DOJ was smoke and mirrors pure political gamesmanship. You don't win a medal in my book for being a fiscal conservative when you choose partisanship over common sense. Sorry. I don't mind your rough edges as much as some, and on some level I admire your tenaciousness. But the political nonsense is as transparent as high grade plexiglass.
JJ March 11, 2012 at 12:40 AM
The "Gadfly's" will always be present; you need to do what you feel. I believe that you'll get the support. Just move smartly & with purpose.
Samantha Terenzi March 11, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Dear Mr Spoilsport, we have a cat as well! But I must say, the cat really really isn't a fan of my father either. You might be on to something
Interested Reader March 11, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I'm thinking Samantha should run this campaign.

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