White Plains, NY — Westchester County Legislator Virginia Perez (D – Yonkers) has announced she will not seek re-election this year. Leg. Perez, who represents the County’s 17th Legislative District, is in her fourth term.
“I have always devoted my full-time energies to the best interests of my constituents and I am proud of the work I have done for them and with them,” said Perez. “I am also proud to have served with all my colleagues. Together we have done some really positive things for the residents of Westchester, such as making significant improvements to Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant and passing the Immigration Protection Act.”
Perez, who chaired the Legislation Committee for the past five years, noted that her committee also helped pass measures that raises the age requirement to purchase tobacco in Westchester to 21; prohibit wage history discrimination; and mandate paid sick leave for workers at companies that have five employees or more.
“I have concluded that given my increasing business commitments with my new startup business venture [the launch of her pet product line: www.petluxury.com], I no longer am in a position to dedicate the time and commitment that the residents of the 17th District need and deserve,” Perez said in her statement.
Perez, the first Latina Legislator in Westchester County first took office in 2012, previously also served as Chair of the Public Safety Committee.
“This was not a decision I came to lightly, but I feel it is the right decision. I want to thank my colleagues and all the residents of District 17 for their continued support over the years,” Perez concluded.
Legislator Perez first broke the news Monday, January 2st – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in a sit down interview with Yonkers Voice (see video below). But Former Yonkers Councilwoman and People Before Politics Radio Show co-host Lorraine Lopez informed listeners the announcement was coming two weeks prior on the weekly talk radio show.
Board Chairman Ben Boykin (D – White Plains, Scarsdale, Harrison) said, “I would like to thank Legislator Perez for her years of service to the people of Westchester County and for chairing the Committee on Legislation for five years. I wish her the best of success in her business endeavors.”
We caught up to Legislator Perez for more on her new business;
“My new business Pet Luxury (PetLuxury.com) has taken me in a new and exciting direction,” she shares with Black Westchester. “As I now prepare to launch in Canada, the UK and the European Union, I will not have the time needed to campaign. I love my constituents, they have become my extend family. If I will no longer have the time to work as hard as I normally do, the best and responsible thing to do is to step aside and allow someone else to continue to serve them.”