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, 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.

Legislator Perez, who 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.

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.”