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Senator Bill Perkins Proudly Hosts Annual "Celebration Of Hanukkah" Event

On Saturday, December 20th, 2014, please join Senator Perkins as he proudly hosts “A Celebration Of Hanukkah”—in partnership with Old Broadway Synagogue & BINA Cultural Foundation. 

 

The event will begin at 7:00 PM at Old Broadway Synagogue—15 Old Broadway, between 125th and 126th Street.  A kosher reception will follow. 

 

To RSVP please call the office of Senator Perkins at 212.222.7315

December 20, 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Senator Bill Perkins Hosts 8th Annual Holiday Seasonal Open House | 12.12.2014

On Friday, December 12th, please join Senator Bill Perkins at our 8th Annual Holiday Seasonal Open House as we celebrate the holiday season with an evening of food, music & song.

 

To all who join us, please bring an un-wrapped toy to support underserved families in our Senate District. 

 

Important date/time/location details include:

 

When:  Friday, December 12, 2014

Where:  Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building | 163 West 125th Street , Suite 912

Time:  4:00-PM—7:00-PM

 

 Please RSVP TO SENATOR PERKINS’ OFFICE @ 212-222-7315

December 12, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Two Senegalese Boys Got Beat Up And Called “Ebola” In New York City

 Nicolás Medina Mora| Buzzfeed | October 27th, 2014

 

Senator Perkins joined leaders and members of the Senegalese American Association in Harlem to speak out on the offensive, senseless and hurtful stigmatization faced by many in the African Community, including NYC-born youngsters—Pape and Amidou Drame, 8th and 6th graders, respectively, in I.S. 318/The Bronx—who have been repeatedly taunted, ostracized and physically beaten simply because of their Senegalese heritage.   

 

The Senator said the following, concerning the issue of mandatory quarantine:

 

October 29, 2014
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Ebolaphobia Persists: Two Senegalese-American Schoolboys Were Bullied and Called 'Ebola'

 Irene Chidinma Nwoye | The Village Voice | October 27th, 2014

 

Senator Perkins joined leaders and members of the Senegalese American Association in Harlem to speak out on the offensive, senseless and hurtful stigmatization faced by many in the African Community, including NYC-born youngsters—Pape and Amidou Drame, 8th and 6th graders, respectively, in I.S. 318/The Bronx—who have been repeatedly taunted, ostracized and physically beaten simply because of their Senegalese heritage.   

 

October 29, 2014
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Senator Bill Perkins Delivers Testimony To The NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) Concerning The Municipal ID Card Program

In early October, Senator Perkins delivered detailed testimony to the New York City Human Resources Administration relative to their proposed rulemaking on the City’s first ever Municipal ID Card Program.

 

Succinctly put, the Senator lauded HRA for the progress they have made in terms of implementing the enabling legislation, saying: “It is my earnest desire that this program is embraced by all, thrives in practice and serves as another substantial step in bringing individuals, families and whole immigrant communities out of a shadowy exile created and exacerbated by forces beyond their control.”

 

File: 
BP Municipal ID, Final.pdf

October 22, 2014
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Senator Bill Perkins Marches In The 14th Annual Gladys Ricart—Victims Of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk | Brides’ March

On Friday, September 26th, Senator Perkins joined hundreds of advocates, activists, and individuals—from the Washington Heights community and beyond—in the 14th Annual Brides’ Walk to raise awareness concerning the scourge of domestic violence.  The Senator was proud to offer remarks in the loving memory of Gladys Ricart—a young lady who was murdered by a former abusive boyfriend in an atrocious act of domestic violence—on the day she was to be wed.  Senator Perkins also looks forward to returning to Albany to advocate for and support comprehensive legislative measures that fully support and empower victims and deter this type of reprehensible conduct from ever happening in the first place. 

 

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October 21, 2014
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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
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Perkins Hosts Community Dialogue On Ebola | Friday, October 17th

On Friday, October 17th Senator Perkins will host 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.

 

This Community Dialogue will be held at 6:00 PM at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building—8th Floor Conference Room.

 

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this event. Please RSVP to our office at 212.222.7315.

 

October 17, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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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
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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
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Full Remarks Of Senator Bill Perkins | New York State Nurses Association 2014 Biennial Meeting—“Single-Payer HealthCare for All"

Today, State Senator Bill Perkins (D/WF—Harlem) spoke at the 2014 Biennial Meeting of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) about the urgent need for Universal, Single Payer HealthCare in New York State during a panel entitled “Single-Payer Healthcare for All:  Registered Nurses Respond to the Call for Universal Healthcare in New York State and Nationwide.”  The Senator’s remarks centered around legislation (Senate Bill 2078-A | Assembly Bill 5389-A) that he carries, along with longstanding Assembly Health Committee Chair, and unstinting Universal, Single Payer HealthCare advocate, Dick Gottfried—called New York Health. 

 

Highlights of the Senator’s remarks follow; the entire speech is attached to this blog entry.  

File: 
Final NYSNA Remarks.pdf

September 16, 2014
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: DEVELOPMENT ON 125th STREET FORUM—TEMPORARILY POSTPONED

DEVELOPMENT ON 125th STREET FORUM—TEMPORARILY POSTPONED | NEW DATE TBA

 

 

Please note that our Development On 125th Street Forum originally scheduled for September 10th, 2014 at 6:00 PM at the National Black Theater (2031 5th Avenue) has been temporarily postponed. 

 

September 9, 2014
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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
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Open Letter To Governor Cuomo Concerning The Central Park Five & Senate Bill 1267 Pertaining To Videotaped interrogations

On June 24th, in the wake of news that New York City has finally settled with the Central Park Five, Senator Bill Perkins wrote an open letter to Governor Cuomo calling for his immedate and active partnership to pass Senate Bill 1267—legislation he carries that requires the videotaping of entire interrogations in all felony investigations.

File: 
Cuomo, S.1267.pdf

June 30, 2014
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Senate Passes New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Reform Legislation Sponsored By Senator Perkins

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.

The full remarks of the Senator follow:

June 25, 2014
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Senate Passes Urban Development Corporation Reform Legislation Sponsored By Senator Perkins

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

June 25, 2014
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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
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Forum/Town Hall: Community Town Hall On Solitary Confinement In New York & The HALT Solitary Confinement Act

Please join Senator Bill Perkins, Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry and New York Campaign For Alternatives To Isolated Confinement (CAIC) for an importnat Community Town Hall On Solitary Confinement In New York & The HALT Solitary Confinement Act.  

July 12, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Bill Perkins Pays Tribute And Homage To The Incredibly Inspiring Life Of Dr. Maya Angelou

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. 

 

June 4, 2014
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