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Residents Use Harlem Meeting On Ebola To Shed Light On Outbreak In West Africa

By NY1 News | October 18th, 2014 | Mahsa Saeidi Reporting

On Friday, October 17th—Senator Bill Perkins hosted a “Community Dialogue On Ebola”— to inform, educate and disseminate information to our constituents, as well as answer questions, address concerns and rally support to fight this epidemic both in Africa and New York City.


October 21, 2014

NYC Parks Cuts Ribbon On New Robert L. Clinkscales Playground & Community Garden

BWW News Desk | September 30th, 2014


On Monday, September 29th, Senator Bill Perkins was proud to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and attendant celebration of the new Robert L. Clinkscales Playground and Community Garden on West 146th Street in Harlem.


This universally accessible park—born of reclaimed land that once stood dormant—is the perfect tribute to the inspiring legacy of Robert L. Clinkscales, a beloved and tireless community activist in Harlem who launched an initiative to “take back” Jackie Robinson Park for the whole community in the 1990’s and called together the very first meetings and laid out a comprehensive community vision for the park that now bears his name.

October 2, 2014

South African President President Jacob Zuma Meets South African Community In Harlem

Senator Bill Perkins was honored and overjoyed to host the President of the Republic of South Africa, the Honorable Jacob Zuma on September 25th, 2014.  Hundreds attended a truly inspiring reception and celebration that was held in President Zuma’s honor at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building.  More pictures and video can be found here

September 29, 2014

Central Park 5: Beyond The $40 Million Settlement And The Impact On Pending, Future Cases

Demetria Irwin | The Grio | June 28th, 2014

This important in-depth story highlights the spectrum of compelling reasons to immediately pass Senate Bill 1267 which would require the videotaping of interrogations in New York State.  The article--which can be found here--quotes Senator Perkins at length:  

“We want to guarantee that any confession is acquired in a legal manner without coercion. This bill could end coercion, “ said Perkins.

July 1, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harlem business owners say National Urban League will put them on the street

Daily News Article, November 6, 2013, author Jan Ransom, 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 the link below to read the full story.


November 6, 2013

Latest Corruption Arrest Erodes Power of Minority Politicians

WNYC News Blog

Monday, May 06, 2013 - 08:56 AM

By Anna Sale : Reporter, WNYC News / Brigid Bergin : Reporter, WNYC News

 "State Senator Bill Perkins of Harlem told WNYC that while none of the politicans have been convicted, “it hurts very, very much to make the case for leadership, when the leadership is engaged in corruption. And it’s very hard to make the case to our communities to support us when we’re caught with our hands in the cookie jar.”

May 7, 2013

Governor Cuomo, Stop Fracking Around with Our Health

Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am

By -- STATE SEN. BILL PERKINS, New York Amsterdam News

I’m New York State Sen. Bill Perkins; I’m opposed to hydrofracking because it puts our children’s future at risk. New York City residents have a tremendous stake in whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo allows hydrofracking in New York. This dangerous method of natural gas drilling threatens our water, air, food and health. Along with a growing number of elected officials, local leaders and community organizations, I have come to the conclusion that fracking is not safe and should be banned statewide.

August 10, 2012
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