Democratic Westchester legislator who sided with Republicans on budget denies resignation rumor

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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

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  1. Memo to Perez and Kaplowitz form your own IDC and side with the GOP and take control of the Legislature that make the voters “HAPPY”, since they seem to like the way the State Senate is doing it.

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    http://www.VJMachiavelli.blogspot.com
    Power to the People who “VOTE”

  2. Yes join forces w those the people put in the minority and govern to pls consrvative bloggers. When the Rs win they RULE. When Ds won they dither and jump ship.

  3. simon, spare me the rhetoric. Westchester residents pay the highest property taxes in the country and you’re part of the problem with that attitude. And last I checked the voters took away the Dems super-majority in the last election so go blow somewhere else.

  4. Perez has no future as a Legislator from Yonkers.
    She has been bought and paid for and her Yonkers constituents will remember her double cross to inflict pain on Yonkers health centers in voting to eliminate financial help as well as her vote to hurt working moms in increasing the child care subsidy that may well force some of them off work and onto welfare.