WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — On Friday, August 10th, at 11 AM, Virginia Perez, Westchester County Legislator representing the 17th District, announced her candidacy for New York State Senate (D-35) alongside dozens of supporters at the John E. Flynn Manor Senior Complex (334 Riverdale Ave. Yonkers, NY 10705).
“It’s time our district has a State Senator who will fight for all of us,” said Virginia Perez. “ I am running because Andrea Stewart-Cousins is out of touch with our community. She has been our senator for over a decade and she doesn’t even know if her constituents are dead or alive. In fact, we are not doing any better today than we were when we sent her up to Albany,” continued Perez, referencing a claim by Andrea Stewart-Cousins that some of the seniors who signed Perez’s petitions were dead.
Perez also touched on her record fighting for the Westchester community during her time as a County Legislator. “I’ve worked hard everyday to deliver for our community. And I have, including: increased funding for our transportation system and installing the Sunday service to the #8 bus, working with my colleagues to pass the Child Safety Act, adding funding for Childcare, Legal & Social Services, securing a senior meal program, and so much more,” said Perez. “Andrea Stewart-Cousins is known not for delivering for her community, but for being a perpetual ribbon cutter. This community deserves a New York State Senator who will fight for them and stand up to the establishment.”
Virginia Perez immigrated from the Dominican Republic as a child and attended Yonkers Public Schools to then pursue a career in the hospitality business. However, the tragic death of her younger brother due to gun violence propelled her into a career of public service; she was determined to make her community safer. Perez is challenging incumbent State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins in the September 13th Democratic Primary. District 35 includes Greenburgh, part of White Plains, part of New Rochelle, part of Yonkers and Scarsdale.
SOURCE: Margot Runes