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Mayoral Control - Two Lawmakers Weigh In

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Mayoral Control - Two Lawmakers Weigh In

By Beth FertigMay 14, 2009

When the New York Civil Liberties Union invited reporters to hear its ideas for reforming mayoral control of the schools today, it also invited two legislators with their own strong opinions.

May 15, 2009
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Joel's in 'Control' : Returns Fire At Hearing - New York Post 5/6/09

JOEL'S IN 'CONTROL'RETURNS FIRE AT HEARING

By BRENDAN SCOTT in Albany and CARL CAMPANILE in NY

Last updated: 4:47 amMay 6, 2009 Posted: 1:48 amMay 6, 2009

Unflappable Schools Chancellor Joel Klein skillfully fended off a firestorm of criticism yesterday from Democratic state senators and other foes of mayoral control.

The hostile reception for Klein in a tense Senate committee hearing sent a clear signal that the battle over the school-governance law was near the boiling point. The seven-year-old law expires June 30.

May 6, 2009
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Mayor Bloomberg and Joel Klein told to relax on mayor control of schools - NY Daily News 5/6/09

Mayor Bloomberg and Joel Klein told to relax on mayor control of schools

BY Kenneth Lovett DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF

Wednesday, May 6th 2009, 4:00 AM

ALBANY - Several state lawmakers warned Tuesday they intend to soften mayoral control over the schools - and urged Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein to get on board.

May 6, 2009
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Senator Bill Perkins Joint Committee Hearing On MTA Ravitch Plan

Please join Senator Bill Perkins, Chair, Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee along with Senator Martin Malave Dilan, Chair of the Transporation Committee for a joint committee hearing on the proposed plan to avoid draconian cuts and severe fare hikes (The Ravitch Plan).  The hearing will be held at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY  10027 on Thursday, February 19th at 3:00pm. Attached is a hearing notice and rsvp form if you plan to attend and/or testify  We look forwar

February 9, 2009
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November 30, 2008
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Senator Perkins Sponsors Anti-torture Resolution

Senator Bill Perkins joins prominent leaders from the faith community, former military, state officials, interrogators, survivors of torture and their families to re-affirm the absolute prohibition of torture by urging the New York State Congressional Delegation to ensure humane prisoner treatment and ban cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment.

November 21, 2008
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Make New Registered Voters Count

By STATE SEN. BILL PERKINS

October 16, 2008
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Power Grab!

By DEMETRIA IRWIN Amsterdam News StaffPublished: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 8:58 AM CDT

October 13, 2008
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Notice Of Public Hearing

SUBJECT:     Senate Democratic Conference Task Force on NYC School Governance

September 29, 2008
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Perkins Discretely Teary Over Obama

Sen. Bill Perkins , a self-proclaimed "child of the civil rights movement" and one of the first New York Democrats to break with the hometown pack and endorse Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton, talked to me yesterday about how moved he was by the historic nature of Obama's nomination.

I also asked him about the idea that there's a split between the old guard, MLK-era guard of African American leaders and the new generation, now led by Obama, whose members are too young to have been part of defining moments like the march on Washington.

September 1, 2008
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Senate Passes Cuts, 51-6

The Senate returned briefly to the Capitol today to pass the spending cuts agreed on yesterday by the governor and legislative leaders and approved by the Assembly in the wee hours of the morning.

Six Democrats voted "no." They were: Shirely Huntley, Efrain Gonzalez Jr., Marty Connor, Kevin Parker, Bill Perkins, and Ruben Diaz Sr.

August 20, 2008
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2 State Lawmakers Urge Challenge Of National Guard Use

The Working Families Party and the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) are launching a $1.5 million tv ad campaign against Gov. David Paterson's property tax cap.

The ad – titled "Wrong Answer" – quotes the New York Times' description of Paterson's tax cap "gimmick"  and argues that the tax cap "is the wrong answer to the serious problem of property taxes.  Similar caps have devastated public education in states like California, Massachusetts and Illinois."

August 19, 2008
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Tax Cap Opposition Launches Tv Ad

The Working Families Party and the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) are launching a $1.5 million tv ad campaign against Gov. David Paterson's property tax cap.

The ad – titled "Wrong Answer" – quotes the New York Times' description of Paterson's tax cap "gimmick"  and argues that the tax cap "is the wrong answer to the serious problem of property taxes.  Similar caps have devastated public education in states like California, Massachusetts and Illinois."

August 11, 2008
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Cops Bust Harlem Doll's-head Whistleblower

BY WIL CRUZ and MELISSA GRACE DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS 

Five days after complaining that the head of a black doll was attached to an unmarked cop car's antenna, a Harlem man was busted on unrelated charges Sunday.

July 27, 2008
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Senator Bill Perkins Denounces The "salt In The Wound" Retaliatory Arrest Of Individual Who Exposed Racist Act - Nypd Car With Infant Black Doll Head On The Antennae

(Harlem, NY) – Monday, July 28 – State Senator Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) joined family, community, elected officials and Attorney Roger Wareham today calling the arrest last week of "whistleblowers" Clarence Jones and his mother, retaliatory.

July 27, 2008
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Harlem Residents Rally Against Alleged Police Racism

Harlem residents called for action Thursday in response to a black baby doll head being found on an unmarked police car's antenna.

Dozens of Harlem locals denounced the incident as racist.

State Senator Bill Perkins reported the incident to police Tuesday.

Perkins said he does not believe the claim that the officers didn't know it was there and dismissed suggestions that someone in the neighborhood might have placed it there as a prank.

July 23, 2008
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Senator Bill Perkins Marches With Elected Officials, Community Members And Leaders Against Recent Acts Of Racism

Harlem, NY) – Thursday, July 24 – State Senator Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) and others are continuing calls for action against New York City Police officers who drove through Harlem Tuesday evening with a black infant baby doll head affixed to their car antennae.

July 23, 2008
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Rally Planned As Police Investigate Possible Nypd Racism In Harlem

Harlem community leaders are planning a rally this afternoon as the NYPD investigates charges of misconduct involving two white police officers.

Witnesses say two white police officers drove through the neighborhood with the head of a black doll on the antenna of their unmarked car.

Police are probing the incident, which some local leaders are calling an act of racism.

July 23, 2008
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