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Open Letter To Governor Cuomo Concerning The Central Park Five & Senate Bill 1267 Pertaining To Videotaped interrogations

On June 24th, in the wake of news that New York City has finally settled with the Central Park Five, Senator Bill Perkins wrote an open letter to Governor Cuomo calling for his immedate and active partnership to pass Senate Bill 1267—legislation he carries that requires the videotaping of entire interrogations in all felony investigations.

File: 
Cuomo, S.1267.pdf

June 30, 2014
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Senate Passes New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Reform Legislation Sponsored By Senator Perkins

On Thursday, June 19th the Senate passed S.1550-B, legislation sponsored by Senator Perkins to ensure absolute responsibility at NYCHA, by making them subject to the oversight of the Authorities Budget Office (ABO) including standards with respect to--operating transparency, financial accountability, board governance best practices, State Comptroller approval of contracts, whistleblower protections, MWBE participation and land dispoition oversight.

The full remarks of the Senator follow:

June 25, 2014
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Senate Passes Urban Development Corporation Reform Legislation Sponsored By Senator Perkins

On Thursday, June 19th the Senate passed S.7384--legislation sponsored by Senator Perkins to require the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) to give 30 days notice of a public hearing to ensure that the general public, communities and specifically affected parties have adequate time to actually learn of public hearings-and subsequently mobilize, deliberate, draft and execute meaningful public participation (in the form of comments, testimony and proposed alternative considerations) in situ

June 25, 2014
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Central Park Five — Wrongfully Convicted In 1989 Rape — Settle With City For $40 Million

The New York Daily News | By Michael Feeney & Ginger Adams Otis | Thursday, June 19th, 2014

 

Senator Perkins recognizes and commends New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his leadership team for coming to terms on a settlement with the Central Park Five--Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise.

 

While no amount of money, nor admission of injustice on the City’s behalf can ever make the Central Park Five—who had their youth stolen away from them by a total system failure that allowed for coerced confessions to be illegally and immorally obtained from them—whole again, this settlement is an absolute and necessary step in the healing process.

 

June 25, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Community Town Hall On Solitary Confinement In New York & The HALT Solitary Confinement Act

Please join Senator Bill Perkins, Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry and New York Campaign For Alternatives To Isolated Confinement (CAIC) for an importnat Community Town Hall On Solitary Confinement In New York & The HALT Solitary Confinement Act.  

July 12, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Bill Perkins Pays Tribute And Homage To The Incredibly Inspiring Life Of Dr. Maya Angelou

On Tuesday, June 3rd Senator Perkins offered the following remarks on the life of Maya Angelou, acclaimed African-American poet, influential memoirist and playwright:

I rise to honor perhaps the greatest and most inspiring renaissance woman that ever lived:  Dr. Maya Angelou.  I thank my colleagues, especially Leader Stewart-Cousins and Senators Parker, Sanders, Hassell-Thompson and Montgomery for co-sponsoring this Resolution alongside me. 

 

June 4, 2014
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Panel on Senator Perkins' Bill: Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act

Time Warner Cable News| Liz Benjamin| May 8, 2014| 3:25PM

Senator Perkins participates in a panel discussion on his Humane Alternatives to Long Term Confinement Act (HALT Solitary Confinement Act). The Act would prohibit the use of solitary confinement for youth, elderly, pregnant and postpartum women, LGBTI individuals, and individuals with certain mental health conditions as well as restricts the use of Solitary confinement as a discplinary method for all incarcerated individuals in favor of more therapuetic treatment. To view the full panel discussion please click here 

May 8, 2014
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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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