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

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

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

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

Bill Proposed To Crack Down On Fake Ids

State Senator Jeff Klein, D-Bronx and Westchester, has proposed a bill that would hold the makers and vendors of fake IDs accountable for minors’ access to alcohol and for the consequences of underage drinking.With this bill, Klein hopes to decrease the availability and ease with which minors can access fake identification cards.

October 24, 2007

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

MTA Nominee Defends Membership In Social Club

Governor Spitzer's nominee to head the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Dale Hemmerdinger, is defying a request from a state lawmaker that he resign from the Harmonie Club, a private social group in Manhattan.

October 22, 2007

D.m.v. Chief Is Pressed To Defend Plan To Give Licenses To Illegal Immigrants

ALBANY, Oct. 15 — In a hearing punctuated by angry exchanges about terrorism, Senate Republicans grilled the commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday, pressing him to defend Gov. Eliot Spitzer ’s plan to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Senator Vincent L. Leibell, an upstate Republican, declared that under the proposal, Osama bin Laden could obtain a driver’s license in New York. The commissioner, David J. Swarts, shot back, "I think we’d probably catch that right away." Mr.

October 19, 2007

Congestion Pricing’s Effects On Upper Manhattan Debated

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hotly debated congestion pricing plan is aimed primarily at reducing traffic in the area of Manhattan below 86th Street. Yet while the focal point of the plan is downtown, its effects would ripple across the city, and local politicians and environmental activists differ dramatically on its ramifications for northern Manhattan.

October 18, 2007

A Racist Incident Rocks Teachers College

A day after a noose was found hanging on the doorknob of Professor Madonna Constantine’s office, the Teachers College community rallied to her support in decrying the incident as intolerable.

October 11, 2007

No Suspects Yet In Noose Incident

As hundreds of students, professors, and city leaders gathered Wednesday to protest the hanging of a noose on the office door of an African American Teachers College professor, police said that there were no suspects yet in the criminal investigation of the incident.Officials said Wednesday that they were considering the incident aggravated harassment as a hate crime. Investigators reported that the noose had not been on the door of Professor Madonna Constantine’s office as late as 11:30 p.m.

October 11, 2007

Early Diagnosis Key To Breast Cancer Awareness, Says Senator Perkins

State Senator Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) today urged New Yorkers to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month by taking the initiative to learn all they can about the deadly disease that one in eight women will develop at some point during their lifetime.The Harlem lawmaker said the earlier breast cancer is detected, the greater the chances of successful treatment and that screenings for the disease are an important component.“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the ideal time to be proactive about your health,” said Senator Perkins.

October 2, 2007
August 1, 2007

Senator Perkins Asks Constituents To Help The Secure The Call Foundation Give New Life To Old Cell Phones

State Senator Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) believes that the nation’s 45 million old cell phones can serve an important purpose when retooled as emergency phones for those who would be in need of its services.To that end, Senator Perkins urged his constituents to donate unused phones and batteries to the Secure the Call Foundation. "As an owner of a cell phone, I rely on it to help me stay in touch with my colleagues in the Senate as well as what’s going on in my district," he said. "I also know that it’s an important tool to have in the event of an emergency.

July 17, 2007

Timing Of Review Of Harlem's Expansion Plan Irks Board

More than three years in the making, the city is moving forward on Columbia University's proposed 17-acre campus expansion into West Harlem.

June 5, 2007

Senator Perkins Responds To Governor Choide For Newly Formed Higher Education Commission.

ALBANY — Governor Spitzer is facing criticism from African-American leaders questioning his decision to appoint a former top Giuliani aide once accused of making a racist remark to a newly formed state higher education commission.Among the 28 members of the commission is John Dyson, a wealthy businessman and a creator of the "I Love NY" ad campaign who served as deputy mayor for finance and economic development from 1994–96.In 1994, Mr.

June 1, 2007

Senator Perkins Attends Unveiling Of $11 Million Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture Renovation.

It was a great day in Harlem. The brass band played as the sun majestically shone down from a boundless sky. The poets interpreted, as the wind whispered to the waving tree that would one day grow big and strong and tower like a Watusi guard in front of the newly renovated "Center of Knowledge on the Global Black Experience." The talking drums beat out the news, carrying the message from beneath the new steel-gray, glass façade of the entrance at 515 Lenox Avenue, up to 136th Street, and then vibrating back to 135th Street.

May 29, 2007

Senate Minority Unveils "Green Apple Initiative," Seeks To Tackle Air Pollution, Clean Up Brownfields, Halt Suburban Sprawl And Preserve The Wetlands That Keep Our Drinking Waterways Safe For Recreational Use

The New York State Senate Minority Conference today announced their "Green Apple Initiative" to protect New York's environment. Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) said the measures are "an important part of our '9 to 5 Agenda' to help families live, grow, work and thrive in the Empire State."

May 16, 2007

Bill Perkins Introduces Legislation Requiring Insurance Providers To Cover Preventive Screenings For Colon Cancer

In recognition of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, State Senator Bill Perkins today announced that he has introduced legislation (S4450) to require insurance providers to provide diagnostic screenings for colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as “colon cancer”).

May 7, 2007