Westchester County Legislator Virginia Perez tonight denied a rumor that she was weighing a resignation from the county Board of Legislators, presumably to accept a job with County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican. Perez, one of ten Democrats on the 17-member county board, caused a stir on the board last week when she teamed up with fellow Democrat Michael Kaplowitz to cross the aisle and approve a $1.7 billion budget plan pushed by Astorino and Republican legislators.
This afternoon one of our Politics on Hudson readers asserted that Perez was stepping down and “copping a freebie job in the corrupt Astorino regime.” Not only did Astorino’s office flatly deny the claim, but Perez herself called it “the most ridiculous rumor anybody can ever come up with.”
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” she told us tonight. “I’m actually going to fight harder than I ever did before. I don’t know who started that or what their motive is, but it’s absolutely, 100 percent a ridiculous lie.”– Staff Writer Jorge Fitz-Gibbon