A self-described tea party candidate is one of two Yorktowners who today announced bids to succeed Greg Ball in the state Assembly.
Mohegan Lake resident Steve Katz, a registered Republican and self-described Tea Party candidate, will launch his campaign for the 99th Assembly District seat on March 4 in Somers.
Ball is stepping down after two terms to run for state Senate in the 40th district, a seat currently held by longtime legislator Vincent Leibell.
This is Katz’s first run for elected office.
“I am what people are looking for at this moment, people who are non-career politicians who are willing to make a sacrifice,” he said.
A veterinarian with a practice in the Bronx, he said he and his wife, who have four daughters, joined the White Plains Tea Party early last year and attended rallies in Washington D.C. in the fall.
“I think that I can make a difference by being one of hopefully many who are going to demand a forensic accounting of the state budget,” Katz said. “This is not a system right now that needs to be tweaked.”
He has donated $150,000 to his own campaign.
Longtime Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco also announced his candidacy today. You can read about that here, and read the full story in The Journal News on Wednesday.
Photo courtesy Katz campaign