PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday and looks to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Kristen Gillibrand by winning the Republican nomination.
Carvin, 57, of Port Chester, is currently serving his second term as Rye Town Supervisor after being reelected last fall. As supervisor, Carvin recently spearheaded the settlement of the Home Depot dispute and the exploration of the dissolution of the Town of Rye.
"I have decided to run for the office of U.S. Senate because I believe that our representatives in Washington have provided us with an economic framework that severely undermines our competitive position in the world today," Carvin said in a statement.
Glen Caplin, a spokesperson for Gillibrand, said the senator believes her record will stand against any challenger, regardless of who runs against her.
“Senator Gillibrand looks forward to contrasting her vision for growing the economy and her strong record of fighting for New York values against whomever the Republicans ultimately choose to run against her,” Caplin said.
Carvin, who has a degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, manages a hedge fund for the London-based financial group Altima Partners. Carvin founded two charities in Rye Town - the Port Chester-based One World United and Virtuous is an educational institution that fosters "character education" and "worldwide understanding" for students. Carvin's non-profit Building Community Bridges is designed to bridge racial, social, religious and economic gaps between citizens of Rye Town.
In his statement, Carvin said his decision was not made in haste and was based on what he called the lack of leadership in the New York political scene during the economic downturn.
"If we do not act now, and with urgency, our competitive position risks dramatic deterioration," Carvin added. "Time is running out. The time to act is now."