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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 2, 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 21, 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 20, 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 12, 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 28, 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 28, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 2008
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City Leaders Condemn "new Yorker" Obama Cartoon

Community leaders gathered in Midtown Manhattan Tuesday to condemn the "New Yorker" for a cover cartoon of Barack and Michelle Obama.

They protested outside the magazine's offices.

The presumptive presidential candidate is depicted in Muslim clothing in the Oval Office, fist-pumping his gun-toting wife. A portrait of Osama Bin Laden hangs above the fireplace, in which an American flag burns.

The magazine's editor said the cartoon was meant to be satirical, but many still say it is just offensive.

July 18, 2008
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Youth Leadership Summit

The recent rise in gun violence has shocked us all, and we, as a community, must join together to stop the violence and ensure that our youth prosper. I believe that the youth themselves should play a critical role in the fight against violence.

With the help of youth leadership and connections in our community, it is our hope that we can reach a diverse population of youth leaders to attend a Youth Leadership Summit Luncheon on August 16th.

July 18, 2008
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It's On! State Starts Eminent Domain For Columbia

by Eliot BrownThe New York Observer

The state's main development agency, the Empire State Development Corporation, kicked off the public process for eminent domain for Columbia University's 17-acre West Harlem expansion today, starting a final chapter in the approvals for the contentious $7 billion initiative.

July 17, 2008
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Columbia Expansion Expected To Get Boost From 'blight'

By PETER KIEFER, Staff Reporter of the Sun 

July 17, 2008
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Columbia University Clears Hurdle For Huge West Harlem Expansion

A state board voted Thursday to approve Columbia University's $6 billion expansion into West Harlem, paving the way for the property to be seized.

July 17, 2008
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Senate Democrats Urge Public Service Commission To Support $4.5 Billion Energy Acquisition Of Energy East

State Senate Energy Committee Ranking Members are concerned over Commission’s approach to purchase of Energy East by Iberdola S.A.

(New York, NY) State Senate Democratic members Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) and Bill Perkins (D-Manhattan)  raised concerns that the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) recent stall of the planned acquisition of Energy East could prevent a lucrative investment opportunity for the state.

July 11, 2008
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State Senator Rips Bloomberg's Denial Of His Minority-contracting Failures

by Samuel Breidbart and Sarah LaveryThe Village Voice

After hearing that Mayor Bloomberg casually dismissed the failures of his administration’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise initiative, state Senator Bill Perkins had a clear message to the mayor: it’s time to confess.

June 27, 2008
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Government To Issue National Recall

December 10, 2007 -- New York Governor Eliot Spitzer today announced that the state Consumer Protection Board’s (CPB) Safe Toys NY Campaign found that toys with unsafe lead levels remain on store shelves across the state. The findings resulted from the Governor’s call for a statewide investigation of toys being sold in New York and revealed retail practices are in need of improvement in order to protect consumers. While inspections found increased compliance with recall requirements, toys with unsafe lead levels were still being sold.

December 10, 2007
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Perkins Says Columbia Must Remember Community Concerns

Senator Bill Perkins, D-West Harlem, fielded questions from residents within the footprint of Columbia’s proposed expansion zone at the Manhattanville Community Center on Monday night.At the meeting, Perkins criticized behind-the-scenes negotiations between the city and Columbia and stressed that community concerns must be taken into account as the University’s proposal for a 17-acre campus moves forward.Perkins emphasized that residents of the area must fight for those who might be displaced from their apartment without their consent.

November 7, 2007
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Furor Over MTA Chief's Club Ties

Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV is criticizing the newly confirmed Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman, Dale Hemmerdinger, over his ties to the Harmonie Club, a private social group that has been accused of discrimination.Mr. Powell is demanding that Mr. Hemmerdinger back up his claim that he actively recruited minority members while president of the organization 20 years ago. "In fact, the Harmonie Club had no minority members at the time," Mr.

October 24, 2007
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