Senator Stewart-Cousins faces primary challenge

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Perez, with supporters in Yonkers

YONKERS – New York Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will face a primary election challenge next month from fellow Democrat Virginia Perez, a member of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Stewart-Cousins previously served on the county board as well.
Both women are from Yonkers.  
Perez officially announced her run for the 35th State Senate seat surrounded by a group of residents outside a senior citizen complex in Yonkers.
She noted Stewart-Cousins’ criticism of President Trump, but suggested her opposition is personal.
“I am the kind of person that Trump wants to kick out of this country,”
Perez said. “I don’t like him either, but I will not use him
as a political tool to instill fear in our community and to deflect from
the fact that you have not delivered.”
Perez was born in the Dominican Republic.
She characterized Stewart-Cousins as “a perpetual ribbon cutter” who does not work for her constituents.
The incumbent said on Friday that Perez is the only Democratic member of the board of legislators who did not support her re-election bid. The other 12 have endorsed her, Stewart-Cousins said.