Governor George E. Pataki Endorses Julie Killian for Senate

Governor George E. Pataki Endorses Julie Killian for Senate


EASTCHESTER, N.Y. (April 4, 2018) – New York Senate candidate Julie Killian (R-Rye) was today endorsed by George E. Pataki, the 53rd Governor of New York, at an event in Killian's Yonkers campaign office.

"Julie Killian has the fresh perspective and fighting spirit that is required to stand up to the status quo and affect the change Albany so desperately needs,” Governor Pataki said. “Julie has been an active part of the Westchester community for 27 years, working in the trenches as a mother of five, serving as a councilwoman and deputy mayor, and a community advocate.”

“Julie’s focus on affordability, opportunity and security is important. We need Julie Killian in the State Senate to fight to change the school aid formula to better educate our children and lower taxes, make permanent the property tax cap, keep businesses here and create more jobs, keep our children and families safe by supporting common sense gun laws, protect Westchester’s clean air and clean water, and focus on ways to address the heroin and opioid epidemic,” Governor Pataki said. “For these and many other reasons I am proud to support Julie Killian for the New York Senate.”

“I am honored to have Governor Pataki’s endorsement,” Killian said. “His legacy is far-reaching here in Westchester County and across our state. Under his leadership, New Yorkers paid over $140 billion less in taxes, we became the safest large state in America and preserved over 1 million acres of open space. Most importantly, for 12 years he led Albany with honest and effective government. I am delighted to have his support in this important election.”

For the last 25 years, Julie Killian has worked to make Westchester County a better place to live, work and raise a family. As a Rye City Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor, Julie led the fight to reform local government and held the line on property taxes. She also co-founded RyeACT (Rye Action for Children and Teens) to fight youth drug and alcohol abuse. RyeACT works with the federal government and regional partners to promote prevention through a positive cultural framework by training local leaders and youth, developing prevention messages and providing local access to drug and alcohol abuse prevention experts. Julie is also passionate about all mental health issues including reducing the stigma and increased awareness, helping the 4% of population that is severely mentally ill, and early intervention and prevention efforts. Born in Mt. Vernon, one of six siblings, Julie learned the value of an honest day’s work – and the importance of education – at an early age. As a teenager, she started a summer camp with her sister and waited tables at a pizza place at night, often working 15-hour days each summer to help pay for college. After earning a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from New York University, Julie spent more than a decade working on Wall Street in the financial services industry. She and her husband Gary have five children.

For more information on Killian’s ideas on Affordability, Opportunity and Security for all New Yorkers, please visit