Bill Perkins's Press releases

NY Senate to Hold Hearings on World Trade Center Delays

For immediate release  Contact: Cordell Cleare 212-222-7315 or cordellcleare@gmail.comNY Senate to Hold Hearings on WTC DelaysState Senator Bill Perkins (D-New York) Chair of the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee announced a Senate hearing next month on the stalled redevelopment of the World Trade Center.  The impasse between the Port Authority and Silverstein Properties, a commercial developer threatens further delays.

August 10, 2009
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Senator Bill Perkins & Local Teens Raise Awareness of Urban Issues

Senator Bill Perkins & Local Teens Raise Awareness of Urban Issues

August 3, 2009
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Joint Statement from Senators Martin Malavé Dilan and Bill Perkins

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2009

Contact: Cordell Cleare | ccleare@senate.state.ny.us | (212) 222-7315 (Senator Perkins)Graham Parker | gparker@senate.state.ny.us | (518) 455-2177 (Senator Dilan)

Joint Statement from Senators Martin Malavé Dilan and Bill Perkins

“As chairs of our respective committees, this morning we met with Jay Walder, the Governor’s nominee to head the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

July 15, 2009
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Senate Minority’s Illegal Attempt to Grab Control of NY Senate

Senator Bill Perkins on the Senate Minority’s IllegalAttempt to Grab Control of NY Senate

As you have certainly heard, there have been some very dramatic events in the New York State Senate in recent days. I want to share my perspective on these developments.

June 19, 2009
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Crunchtime in Albany: Mayoral Control and The Coup

New York State Senators Bill Perkins (D-30th) and Martin Golden (R-22nd) discuss the debate over renewing mayoral control of the New York City public schools and how the "coup" in Albany affects that legislation.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO CLIP

June 10, 2009
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Atlantic Yards Public Hearing: Both Riveting and Revealing

(New York, NY)-In a packed Higgins Hall at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, with a standing room only crowd,  State Senator Bill Perkins, Chair of the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions held the first ever Senate hearing on the Atlantic Yards project.

May 29, 2009
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SENATOR PERKINS HELPS PROTECT UNEMPLOYED

SENATOR  PERKINS HELPS PROTECT UNEMPLOYED NEW YORKERSSenate passes legislation to aid unemployed as tens of thousands face loss of benefits

Today, State Senator Bill Perkins announced that the New York State Senate passed critical legislation (S.4110-A) that will provide an additional 13 weeks of extended benefits to nearly 120,000 currently unemployed New Yorkers. 

May 22, 2009
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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Passes Senate Finance Committee

Program will bring unprecedented redevelopment to distressed areas; expected to pass the Senate next week.

The Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) (2960-A/Valesky) has passed in the Finance Committee and will be sent to the full Senate next week where it is expected to pass.

The current program introduced in 2006 offers tax credits for expenses associated with the rehabilitation of historic homes and depreciable properties.  The current program offers:

May 22, 2009
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Atlantic Yards: Where are We Now, How Did We Get Here, and Where is this Project Going?

Subject:  The Atlantic Yards deal is a $4 billion project that Forest City Ratner proposes to build in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Preliminary designs for the complex were drawn by world-famous architect Frank Gehry. In addition to a stadium, slated to be the future home of the New Jersey Nets, the project will also have office space, retail space, and many apartments, some for “low income” families. The Empire State Development Corporation is the primary state authority driving this project.

May 14, 2009
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Senator Perkins Honors Mother's Day By Encouraging Breast Cancer Screening

State Senator Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) asks New Yorkers to show their love, respect, and compassion for women across the state by advocating the importance of regular mammogram screening.

May 8, 2009
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Senate Passes MTA Rescue and Reform Package

(Albany, NY) Last night the Democratic Conference accomplished what years of a Republican ruled Senate Majority could not accomplish. The Democratic Conference, under the leadership of Senator Malcolm A. Smith, has put the MTA on the right track by passing S.5451.

May 7, 2009
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M.T.A. Plan for Revenue Draws Host of Critics

An array of city, state and federal elected officials sharply criticized the proposals to bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at a legislative hearing on Thursday, raising fresh concerns about whether the proposals can survive in Albany.

City Council members opposed a plan to introduce tolls on the East and Harlem Rivers. Representative Anthony D. Weiner and business groups said they were against introducing a new payroll tax. And state senators, as well as many advocacy groups, disagreed with the proposal for an 8 percent fare increase.

March 19, 2009
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