Legislator Virginia Perez, D-Yonkers, who broke with her party to approve the 2013 county budget with seven Republicans and one other Democrat, is launching her reelection campaign with an email to supporters saying she has lived up to her promise to be an independent advocate for her district and appealing for money to fight off a potential primary challenge.
“My historic budget vote prevented working families and small business from receiving a costly tax increase while retaining our County’s AAA credit rating thereby reducing our cost to finance many of our important programs and operations,” said Perez, who represents District 17.
The budget compromise kept the child care costs to parents in the county’s subsidized programs from going to the maximum and added public safety workers, she said.
“The big party bosses are unhappy with my independent voting record and are prepared to spend thousands of dollars against me in an effort to elect someone who will represent them instead of representing you,” she said. “We can’t let that happen!”
Photo: Legislator Virginia Perez