Bill Perkins's Blog entries

Senator Perkins Fights For Our Tenants, Neighbors And Communities

Senator Perkins and other lawmakers remained in Albany all week long in a bare-knuckled fight for the future of Rent Stabilization and affordable rent regulations.


Last week, Senator Perkins and other housing advocates were arrested during a civil disobedience action at the Governor’s Office prior to the Rent Regulations expiration date. 


As of Thursday night, the legislators have yet to reach an agreement and we will return to Albany again next Tuesday to continue our fight. 


June 19, 2015

Please Sign Our Petition To Make Videotaped Interrogations State Law

Let Governor Cuomo know that you support legislation carried by Senator Bill Perkins, in the form of Senate Bill 2419—which will make videotaped interrogations the official law of the land in New York State, by requiring the creation of an electronic record of an entire custodial interrogation in felony cases.  Sign our peition here.

VI, Petition, Final.pdf

February 12, 2015

Sign Our Petition To HALT Solitary Confinement

Let Governor Cuomo know that you support Senate Bill 2659.  Convey your support for HALT-ing the tortuous and counterproductive practice of Solitary Confinement by signing our petition, which can be found here.

SC Petition (1).pdf

February 12, 2015

Sign Our Petition Calling On Governor Cuomo To Ensure Educational Equity For All

To sign Senator Perkins petition Calling on Governor Cuomo to ensure educational equity for all, please click on: this link


Education Petition, V3.pdf

February 11, 2015

Senator Bill Perkins Delivers Testimony To The NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) Concerning The Municipal ID Card Program

In early October, Senator Perkins delivered detailed testimony to the New York City Human Resources Administration relative to their proposed rulemaking on the City’s first ever Municipal ID Card Program.


Succinctly put, the Senator lauded HRA for the progress they have made in terms of implementing the enabling legislation, saying: “It is my earnest desire that this program is embraced by all, thrives in practice and serves as another substantial step in bringing individuals, families and whole immigrant communities out of a shadowy exile created and exacerbated by forces beyond their control.”


BP Municipal ID, Final.pdf

October 22, 2014

Senator Bill Perkins Marches In The 14th Annual Gladys Ricart—Victims Of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk | Brides’ March

On Friday, September 26th, Senator Perkins joined hundreds of advocates, activists, and individuals—from the Washington Heights community and beyond—in the 14th Annual Brides’ Walk to raise awareness concerning the scourge of domestic violence.  The Senator was proud to offer remarks in the loving memory of Gladys Ricart—a young lady who was murdered by a former abusive boyfriend in an atrocious act of domestic violence—on the day she was to be wed.  Senator Perkins also looks forward to returning to Albany to advocate for and support comprehensive legislative measures that fully support and empower victims and deter this type of reprehensible conduct from ever happening in the first place. 


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October 21, 2014

Full Remarks Of Senator Bill Perkins | New York State Nurses Association 2014 Biennial Meeting—“Single-Payer HealthCare for All"

Today, State Senator Bill Perkins (D/WF—Harlem) spoke at the 2014 Biennial Meeting of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) about the urgent need for Universal, Single Payer HealthCare in New York State during a panel entitled “Single-Payer Healthcare for All:  Registered Nurses Respond to the Call for Universal Healthcare in New York State and Nationwide.”  The Senator’s remarks centered around legislation (Senate Bill 2078-A | Assembly Bill 5389-A) that he carries, along with longstanding Assembly Health Committee Chair, and unstinting Universal, Single Payer HealthCare advocate, Dick Gottfried—called New York Health. 


Highlights of the Senator’s remarks follow; the entire speech is attached to this blog entry.  

Final NYSNA Remarks.pdf

September 16, 2014





Please note that our Development On 125th Street Forum originally scheduled for September 10th, 2014 at 6:00 PM at the National Black Theater (2031 5th Avenue) has been temporarily postponed. 


September 9, 2014

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.

Cuomo, S.1267.pdf

June 30, 2014

Tributary Messages for Elombe Brath: Our Living Hero



As you may already know on Saturday, May 11, 2013 we will be paying tribute to our hero, brother and friend Elombe Brath. Saturday's program is rich with expressions of  love from many who know him and have shared experiences with him over the years.  your feedback has been tremendous and we anticipate a great turnout.

Some of you who are unable to make it have already contacted us with messages for Elombe in your absence.  In recognition of the many who would like to send a message to Elombe or share a thought about all of the many contributions he has made I have dedicated this page on my website.  The page will remain up and will be printed and given to Elombe and his family.  

May 7, 2013

Open letter to the New York City Chancellor of Education

On April 8th, 2013, Senator Perkins attended a co-location hearing for the Harlem Success Charter School on PS 185/208 premises.  The hearing was devoid of parental involvement; parents, in protest of the disrespect and disenfranchisement that the charter school hearing process has afforded them, refused to attend.  Below is Senator Perkins' open letter to the New York City Chancellor of Education, demanding an end to meaningless public school hearings.  It is time to  acknowledge the cruciality of parental involvement in our children's education, and demand that parents are heard and heeded, and that their privacy is respected.

Open Letter to Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott.pdf

April 19, 2013
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