WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. (January 9, 2018) – GOP candidate for the 37th New York State Senate District, Sarmad Khojasteh, today made the following statement regarding the Democrats’ choice for their candidate in the race:

“I congratulate Assemblymember Shelley Mayer on securing the Democratic nomination for State Senate.  However, Albany is broken and there is too much at stake for Westchester’s working families to allow this election to be about an Albany insider moving her picture frames and books from one office to another,” Khojasteh said.

“With rising unemployment, few good paying jobs, the highest taxes in the nation and the highest cost of living, more and more New Yorkers are being shut out of the American Dream. Now more than ever, the people of the 37th Senate District need an independent-minded, practical problem solver who will provide bipartisan, innovative solutions to address the issues faced by Westchester’s working families,” Khojasteh said.

“I look forward to a spirited campaign with Assemblymember Mayer that is focused on the issues and each of our proposed solutions, background and experience,” Khojasteh said.

Sarmad Khojasteh, an attorney and a first-time candidate, and his wife, Anjella, live in Bedford, where they are raising their two young children. Sarmad was born in Iran in 1981, and his family emigrated to the United States in 1982 after the Islamic Revolution. The Khojasteh family settled in Poughkeepsie in 1983, where Sarmad’s father worked as a polymer chemist for IBM and his mother worked as commercial layout designer and they also ran a small business in Peekskill for twenty-five years. Educated in local public schools, Sarmad graduated from Colgate University and went on to earn his J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review. He is currently a commercial litigator and partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres, LLP.

For more information about Sarmad Khojasteh’s candidacy, please visitwww.sarmad4ny.com and follow @sarmad4ny on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.