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Wall Street’s Winter: Grim news for NYC’s budget

Last Updated: 10:20 AM, October 7, 2011Posted: 9:45 PM, October 6, 2011By: Nicole Gelinas

Tick-tock. Thanks to Washington’s support for big banks, New York City has been a cocoon of prosperity compared to the rest of the nation over the last three years.

But banks can’t stay on the dole forever -- and the city’s done nothing in the 37 months since Lehman Bros. collapsed to prepare for a leaner Wall Street.

Without endless financial-industry profits, New York can’t afford to make good on the promises it’s made to workers and pick up the trash and keep criminals off streets.

October 14, 2011
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Document Drop: Bill Perkins, Cy Vance And DSK

August 22, 2011 1:02 PMBY Celeste KatzWhile we wait to see what Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. is going to do in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case -- as our Melissa Grace reported, Vance's office could file papers to dismiss the whole mess -- state Sen. Bill Perkins is out with the letter below. In it, Perkins argues that dropping the case would be a "travesty for all rape victims and for 'due process.'"

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August 23, 2011
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Secure Communities making our communities insecure and unsecure

Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 3:50 pm, Wed Aug 17, 2011.

August 18, 2011
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Pressure builds to prosecute Strauss-Kahn case

By Mariano Andrade | AFP – Sun, Jul 10, 2011

A New York state senator and a coalition of women's rights groups and community leaders gathered Sunday to defend the alleged victim of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and demand the prosecution continue the sexual assault case."We are here to ask the District Attorney to do his job. We ask (DA) Vance to let the victim have her day in court," said New York Democratic Senator Bill Perkins at a news conference in Harlem.

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July 13, 2011
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State Senator Pressures Manhattan DA To Not Drop Strauss-Kahn Case

07/10/2011 09:50 AMBy: NY1 News

A Harlem lawmaker is calling on the Manhattan district attorney to pursue sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn and let the alleged victim have her day in court.

State Senator Bill Perkins said District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. should not drop the case against the former head of the International Monetary Fund, since a dismissal could discourage future victims of sex attacks from coming forward.

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July 13, 2011
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Chorus of voices rises urging NY prosecutors to see Strauss-Kahn sex assault case through

Jul 13, 3:07 AM EDTBy COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZAssociated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- As prosecutors privately weigh what to do with the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, an increasingly loud discussion is shaping up between legal experts who say the case is doomed and advocates who argue the prosecution should proceed despite questions about the accuser's credibility.

July 13, 2011
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N.Y. community groups, activists unite to support Strauss-Kahn accuser

July 10, 2011|  From Susan Candiotti, CNN National Correspondent

July 13, 2011
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Perkins Calls for Manhattan DA to Pursue DSK Case

By Ivan PentchoukovEpoch Times Staff

July 10, 2011

NEW YORK—State Sen. Bill Perkins called on Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to continue pursuing the sexual assault case against former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn on behalf of a Sofitel hotel worker.Perkins issued a letter to Vance prior to the press conference held on Sunday in the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building in Harlem.“We believe that the district attorney has a responsibility to pursue this case, because apparently there is some evidence that merited him getting involved to begin with,” Perkins said.

July 13, 2011
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A Vigorous Prosecution of Strauss-Kahn Is Urged

By NOAH ROSENBERG

NY TimesPublished: July 10, 2011

As the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn teetered on the brink of collapse, several supporters of his accuser gathered in Harlem on Sunday to urge the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., to pursue the case “vigorously.”“Today is a very important day because it is a time for us to guarantee that justice is done,” said State Senator Bill Perkins, a Democrat, who was joined at an afternoon news conference by other politicians and members of various advocacy organizations.

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July 13, 2011
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'Courageous' maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of rape must have her day in court, say supporters .

By Richard Hartley-parkinsonLast updated at 4:07 PM on 11th July 2011

Activists have rallied behind the woman who accused former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault.Calling on authorities to continue his prosecution, the women's rights groups and other community leaders say they want the local district attorney 'to do his job' and let the alleged victim have her day in court....

July 13, 2011
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July 13, 2011
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DREAM Act Draws Fire at Senate Hearing

DREAM Act Draws Fire at Senate Hearing

By: Simon Garron-Caine, Staff Writter for the Legislative Gazette

April 28, 2011
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State bill revives pieces of DREAM Act for illegal immigrants - access to financial aid, work

BY Erica PearsonDAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERThursday, March 24th 2011, 4:00 AM

A new bill in the state Legislature would make college life easier for undocumented immigrant students - giving them benefits like financial aid and driver's licenses.

Unlike the federal DREAM Act that died in the Senate last year, the Albany bill wouldn't provide a path to citizenship - but advocates say it would be life-changing for the more than 10,000 undocumented kids who graduate New York high schools each year.

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March 24, 2011
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Bill Seeks to Expand Rights for New York’s Immigrants

By KIRK SEMPLEThree months after the defeat of the Dream Act, a Congressional bill that would have provided a path to legal residency for young illegal immigrants, a state senator from New York City has introduced his own version of the legislation in Albany.

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March 24, 2011
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Local Dems Stand With Wisconsin Unions

By Tara MacIsaacEpoch Times Staff

NEW YORK—Republicans and Democrats across the nation are increasingly polarized on the issue of collective bargaining rights for unions. In New York, the Democratic majority tips the legislative scale in favor of unions. However, New York Democrats remain wary of the events in Wisconsin and have vowed not to become too complacent....

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March 1, 2011
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Pols Seek Answers in Housing Crime Rise

Pols Seek Answers in Housing Crime Rise

By: Tina MooreDaily News Staff Writer Elected officials want an emergency meeting with Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea in response to a Daily News report on a crime spike in public housing.

"We believe there is much more crime than has been revealed," Harlem state Sen. Bill Perkins said yesterday.

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February 15, 2011
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The government will pay 40% of your renovation costs…

The government will pay 40% of your renovation costs…

Written by Jay Harper on October 8th, 2010

It’s amazing how much we didn’t know when we bought our place. I was doing TONS of research, thought I knew a fair amount, but first I didn’t know we were buying into the roughest block in the neighborhood, and now I find out there are government programs that will pay up to 40% of our renovation costs. 40% makes a REAL difference and we had no clue when we went into contract… If we had picked the “wrong” building we would have gotten nothing....

 

October 15, 2010
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Perkins Sees Union-Backed Win As Repudiation of Foes

Perkins Sees Union-Backed Win As Repudiation of Foes   By DAVID SIMS

Embarking on a tour of polling sites on primary day Sept. 14 with a team of District Council 37 supporters, State Sen. Bill Perkins huddled the workers around him for a photo opportunity, donning a green union shirt in solidarity even though it clashed with his crisp suit....

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October 6, 2010
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Sen. Perkins’ charter school hearings will focus on finance

by Anna PhillipsNew York’s state senator most opposed to the growth of charter schools has his sites set on the schools’ books.State Senator Bill Perkins, whose Harlem district includes about one in five of the city’s charter schools, threatened to hold charter school hearings a month ago after a group of charter school parents came to him with concerns about too little regulation and parental involvement. Now Perkins is planning a hearing for April 22 that will focus on the schools’ finances and whether the people running them are corrupt....

March 18, 2010
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