YONKERS, N.Y. — Westchester Legislators Ken Jenkins (District 17) and Virginia Perez (District 16) emerged victorious yesterday against rivals in the Democratic Party primary for the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Congratulations were extended by John Santos, Vice President of 32 BJ SEIU, which endorsed the two candidates and supported them in get out the vote campaigns. The Hudson Valley District of 32BJ represents commercial and residential building cleaners, security personnel, and other service employees, with some 4,500 members who work in Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, and Westchester counties.
“We’re thrilled by these two victories in the County Board of Legislators. We offer our hearty congratulations to Legislator Jenkins for his commanding victory and to Legislator Perez for coming out on top in a tight race. Our members volunteered in get out the vote drives for both of these Yonkers candidates, and we’re proud to have helped make a difference with 75 volunteers in the field.
“Legislators Jenkins and Perez demonstrated their commitment to working men and women in Westchester County by helping to pass the Displaced Worker Protection Act,” Mr. Santos continued. “It ensures that low-wage service workers in Westchester have some job protections when a building is sold or a new cleaning contractor is brought in. Now, we look forward to continuing our work toward both candidates’ victory in the coming general election in November.”
With more than 145,000 members in 11 states and Washington DC, 32BJ is the largest building service workers union in the country.