On Thursday, June 19th the Senate passed S.1550-B, legislation sponsored by Senator Perkins to ensure absolute responsibility at NYCHA, by making them subject to the oversight of the Authorities Budget Office (ABO) including standards with respect to--operating transparency, financial accountability, board governance best practices, State Comptroller approval of contracts, whistleblower protections, MWBE participation and land dispoition oversight.
On Thursday, June 19th the Senate passed S.7384--legislation sponsored by Senator Perkins to require the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) to give 30 days notice of a public hearing to ensure that the general public, communities and specifically affected parties have adequate time to actually learn of public hearings-and subsequently mobilize, deliberate, draft and execute meaningful public participation (in the form of comments, testimony and proposed alternative considerations) in situ
On Tuesday, June 3rd Senator Perkins offered the following remarks on the life of Maya Angelou, acclaimed African-American poet, influential memoirist and playwright:
I rise to honor perhaps the greatest and most inspiring renaissance woman that ever lived: Dr. Maya Angelou. I thank my colleagues, especially Leader Stewart-Cousins and Senators Parker, Sanders, Hassell-Thompson and Montgomery for co-sponsoring this Resolution alongside me.
During the debate concerning the FY 2014-15 New York State Budget, Senator Perkins took to the floor to tell the story of several longstanding local businesses on 125th Street who are being displaced from the very soil that they enriched and cultivated through years of hard work.
At the Local Government Legislative Public Hearing On The 2014-2015 Executive Budget Proposal, Senator Bill Perkins questioned Mayor Bill de Blasio concerning an issue of essential importance: justice, compensation and closure for the Central Park Five-Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam.
Today, the Senate passed a Resolution—Prime Sponsored by Senator Perkins—that chronicles and celebrates the New York legacy of Nelson Mandela, specifically how his speech to the people of Harlem on June 22nd, 1990 was a source of inspiration that represented a commonality of struggle, singularity of hope and unity of cause in fighting racism and oppression the world over. The full text of the resolution can be found here.
On the Senate Floor, Senator Perkins delivered the following remarks:
Kick Butts Day and every other day we are committed to protecting our youth from aggressive tobacco marketing tactics so our children can grow up in a healthy community.Senator Bill Perkins | District 30 - Manhattan
Town Hall Meeting hosted by State Senator Bill Perkins with a Panel Discussion and Public Dialogue on Solitary Confinement in New York State and City Prisons with state and local legislators, advocates, the formerly incarcerated, and family members. Panel discussion moderated by Jean Casella, Co-Editor of Solitary Watch, with Jack Beck, Director of Prison Visiting Project, Correctional Association of New York, Dilcio Acosta, Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement, Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney of The Legal Aid Society Prisoners' Rights Project, and Lisa Ortega, JAC, New York City Jails Action Coalition.
Feb 07, 2012 -- Senator Bill Perkins comments on Resolution J.3181 Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 7, 2012, as Black HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York in Senate Session
Senator Bill Perkins of Northern Manhattan raises the issues of extensive rat infestation in New York City subways. Sen. Perkins participated in an event with TWU Local 100 and WE ACT for Environmental Justice at the 181st ST subway station on the 1 train to demand a rat-free subway for all New Yorkers.
On January 18, 2012 the NYS Senate unanimously adopted resolution No. 3025, sponsored by Senators Perkins, Hassell-Thompson, and Duane, which mourns the death of acclaimed civil rights pioneer and federal judge Robert L. Carter.
Senator Perkins and the New York State Youth Leadership Council Stand With ImmigrantsThis video clip is of Senator Perkins (D-Harlem) standing with the NYSYLC, a network of undocumented youth, and all immigrants in New York to affirm their humanity.
**Below is a copy of the press release announcing the press conference**
On January 31, 2011 the New York Senate adopted a resolution honoring Howard Dodson, upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.