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Earth Day 2014 Poster Contest: District 30

Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 30th Senatorial District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:Ethan ReyesGrade 6The Reece School

April 17, 2014
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April 16, 2014
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Senator Perkins Advocates For Pioneering Small, Local Businesses On 125th Street

During the debate concerning the FY 2014-15 New York State Budget, Senator Perkins took to the floor to tell the story of several longstanding local businesses on 125th Street who are being displaced from the very soil that they enriched and cultivated through years of hard work. 

His remarks read, in part:

April 16, 2014
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UNESCO Closing Reception Held In Harlem

The Amsterdam News | March 28th, 2014 (Photo With Caption)

Senator Bill Perkins was actively involved in the recent World Federation of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Clubs, Centers and Associations 2014 International Conference; marking the first time this renowned event had been held in New York City in over three decades.

March 28, 2014
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Tribute To La Guarachera De Cuba | The Queen Celia Cruz

Senator Bill Perkins recently presented a proclamation honoring the life, memory and everlasting legacy of The Queen, Celia Cruz—on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her debut performance at the Apollo Theater in May of 1964. The event, entitled “Tribute To La Guarachera De Cuba | The Queen Celia Cruz” was hosted by the Apollo Theater in partnership with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, in collaboration with the Celia Cruz Legacy Project.

 

From Left To Right | Pamela Green-Perkins, Jose Alberto "El Canario", Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega (with Proclamation) and Melody Capote of the Caribbean Cultural Center and Senator Bill Perkins.

 

March 26, 2014
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Tribute To La Guarachera De Cuba | The Queen Celia Cruz

Senator Bill Perkins recently presented a proclamation honoring the life, memory and everlasting legacy of The Queen, Celia Cruz—on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her debut performance at the Apollo Theater in May of 1964. The event, entitled “Tribute To La Guarachera De Cuba | The Queen Celia Cruz” was hosted by the Apollo Theater in partnership with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, in collaboration with the Celia Cruz Legacy Project.

From Left To Right | Felipe Luciano (Co-Host), "Lucrecia", Pamela-Green Perkins and Senator Bill Perkins

March 26, 2014
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Senator Bill Perkins Joins The New York Branch of The NAACP Phenomenal Women’s Award Ceremony | Honoring The Mothers Of The Central Park Five

Senator Bill Perkins Joins The New York Branch of The NAACP Phenomenal Women’s Award Ceremony | Honoring The Mothers Of The Central Park Five

 

On Sunday, March 23rd, Senator Bill Perkins joined with NAACP New York Branch President Randy Tucker in honoring the mothers of the "Central Park 5" (Gracie Cuffee, Linda McCray, Milagros Nelson {posthumously}, Sharonne Salaam and Delores “Dee” Wise) at the NAACP New York Branch Phenomenal Women's Award Ceremony.  The well attended event took place at St. Luke's AME Church in the presence of a crowd of community supporters and leaders, parishioners, family and friends. 

 

March 24, 2014
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Statement Of Senator Bill Perkins | New York State DREAM Act

Statement Of Senator Bill Perkins | New York State DREAM Act
“A Dream Deferred Is Not Dead”

As the first sponsor of the DREAM Act in New York State—thanks in singular measure to the unstinting advocacy of the “undocumented” dreamers of the Youth Leadership Council (YLC)—I have taken a few days to reflect upon the events that unfolded late Monday afternoon.

Unquestionably a dream was deferred, despite the fact that a majority of Senators present voted for the DREAM Act; the final vote was 30 for the measure and 29 against. A majority generally rules—in the schoolyard, in the boardroom and at the ballot box—just not in the New York State Senate where a coalition rules.

March 21, 2014
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They Call for Passage of the Dream Act in New York

Time Warner Cable| NY1N Noticias| March 7, 2014|

The Youth Leadership Council (YLC), the original advocates of the New York State Dream Act, along with Senator Perkins who introduced the first version of the Act, and other elected officials held a press conference on Friday, March 7th demanding that the New York State Senate pass the Dream Act which has already successfully passed the New York State Assembly. 

Please follow the link to the follow story. 

March 10, 2014
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Central Park Five Want Justice

The New York Amsterdam News | By Cyril Josh Baker | February 6th, 2014 

Senator Bill Perkins stands shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart with the Central Park Five—Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam—as they ask for the City to finally do the right thing and settle the case so these men can commence to heal and find closure.

Please follow this link to the full story.  

 

February 6, 2014
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Senator Perkins Questions Mayor de Blasio Regarding Justice For The Central Park Five

At the Local Government Legislative Public Hearing On The 2014-2015 Executive Budget Proposal, Senator Bill Perkins questioned Mayor Bill de Blasio concerning an issue of essential importance:  justice, compensation and closure for the Central Park Five-Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam.  

The transcript of the exchange follows:

February 6, 2014
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Members Of "Central Park Five" Call On City To End Lawsuit

Time Warner Cable | NY 1 News Story | February 4th, 2014

Senator Bill Perkins stood on the steps of City Hall in solidarity with Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam to demand a measure of justice, compensation, closure, humanity and healing from the City and the Police Department that stole their youth, trampled their rights and has exacerbated the decades long impact—on these five men, their families and the surrounding community—by refusing to officially and formally atone for their unjust and unlawful actions.  

Please follow this link to the full story and video.

February 6, 2014
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Senator Perkins Sponsors Resolution That Chronicles And Celebrates The Legacy Of Nelson Mandela In New York | Passes Senate Unanimously

Today, the Senate passed a Resolution—Prime Sponsored by Senator Perkins—that chronicles and celebrates the New York legacy of Nelson Mandela, specifically how his speech to the people of Harlem on June 22nd, 1990 was a source of inspiration that represented a commonality of struggle, singularity of hope and unity of cause in fighting racism and oppression the world over. The full text of the resolution can be found here.

On the Senate Floor, Senator Perkins delivered the following remarks:

January 14, 2014
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Senator Perkins Calls On Governor Cuomo To Do Right By The Current Small, Local, Longstanding Minority-Owned Businesses At 121 West 125th Street

This Wednesday, as Governor Cuomo presented his “State of the State” Address, Senator Bill Perkins delivered an equally important message from the good people of Senate District 30 to the Governor: 

"Exercise your power as Chief Executive to ensure that the current small, local, longstanding minority-owned businesses at 121 West 125th Street—who believed and invested in our Harlem community when no one else would—are allowed to grow alongside the National Urban League in the proposed Land Use Improvement and Civic Project.” 

January 10, 2014
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Perkins: Harlem Leaders Left Me Out of Secret Meeting to Discuss Urban League Project

New York Daily News Article, December 12, 2013, author Jan Ransom. Senator Perkins continues to advocate for the fair treatment of the commercial tenants at 121 W 125 Street (site of the Urban League Project) and demands continued public discourse and engagement not more private meetings regarding the Urban League Project. To read the full story please click this link.

December 16, 2013
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Celebrating Nelson Mandela

New York Amsterdam News article, December 12, 2013, photos by Bill Moore, Memorial Service held in Harlem to honor and pay respect to the tremendous life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Please click the link to view photos and read full story.

December 16, 2013
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Commemorating Our Departed World Leader Nelson Mandela

Senator Perkins Mourns the Loss of and Celebrates the Monumental and Unprecedented Life and  Legacy of Nelson Mandela.

December 6, 2013
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Senator Perkins' Hanukkah Celebration

A Celebration of Hanukkah, reception to follow.

November 30, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Locals criticize plans for National Urban League development

Columbia Daily Spectator news article, November 9th, 2013 by Sophie Rothman. Senator Perkins stands up for the rights of longstanding local small businesses; argues that pushing them out will only further gentrify an area that is being flooded with chains, big box stores and astronomical rents; demands that the current commercial tenants be treated fairly, compensated wholly and embraced as part of the project. Click link to read the full story.  

November 12, 2013
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Urban League moving to Harlem, businesses ousted

ABC 7 News Story, November 6, 2013, author Josh Einiger, Senator Bill Perkins stands up for local Harlem business pioneers facing displacement; calls for thorough and meaningful community consultation, empowerment and concrete protections for those who invested and built equity on 125th Street. Please click link to read the full story.

November 8, 2013
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