A Puerto Rican native, she is the first Latina woman to seek the position.
Buitrago currently represents clients in family court cases.
She began practicing law at the Legal Aid society in 1999, then joined the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office in 2000.
Buitrago then moved to Rochester’s Assistant Attorney General’s office in 2008, before returning to the public defender’s office in 2009.
In addition, in 2014, Buitrago received the Daily Record’s Excellence in Law Unsung Legal Hero Award, and is the only candidate who “has been rated “highly qualified” by the Monroe County Bar Association,”according to a press release.
“There is no better exemplar of the Democratic Party’s virtues better than Maritza Buitrago,” Monroe County Democratic Committee Chairman Dave Garretson stated. “Her work as a public defender, unique cultural perspective, and her deep roots within the community make her an immensely qualified candidate.”
Buitrago’s educational background includes a B.A. in political science and history, and a master’s degree in teaching, at the University of Rochester. In addition, she obtained her J.D. degree from SUNY Buffalo.
Buitrago is currently a member of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys; the Hispanic National Bar Association; the Monroe County Bar Association; the Rochester Black Bar Association; and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.
She has also taught social studies in the Rochester City School District, and Spanish at the University of Rochester.
Buitrago currently lives in Penfield with her partner Ricardo.