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They Call for Passage of the Dream Act in New York

Time Warner Cable| NY1N Noticias| March 7, 2014|

The Youth Leadership Council (YLC), the original advocates of the New York State Dream Act, along with Senator Perkins who introduced the first version of the Act, and other elected officials held a press conference on Friday, March 7th demanding that the New York State Senate pass the Dream Act which has already successfully passed the New York State Assembly. 

Please follow the link to the follow story. 

March 10, 2014

Central Park Five Want Justice

The New York Amsterdam News | By Cyril Josh Baker | February 6th, 2014 

Senator Bill Perkins stands shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart with the Central Park Five—Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam—as they ask for the City to finally do the right thing and settle the case so these men can commence to heal and find closure.

Please follow this link to the full story.  


February 6, 2014

Senator Perkins Questions Mayor de Blasio Regarding Justice For The Central Park Five

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.  

The transcript of the exchange follows:

February 6, 2014

Members Of "Central Park Five" Call On City To End Lawsuit

Time Warner Cable | NY 1 News Story | February 4th, 2014

Senator Bill Perkins stood on the steps of City Hall in solidarity with Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam to demand a measure of justice, compensation, closure, humanity and healing from the City and the Police Department that stole their youth, trampled their rights and has exacerbated the decades long impact—on these five men, their families and the surrounding community—by refusing to officially and formally atone for their unjust and unlawful actions.  

Please follow this link to the full story and video.

February 6, 2014

Senator Perkins Sponsors Resolution That Chronicles And Celebrates The Legacy Of Nelson Mandela In New York | Passes Senate Unanimously

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:

January 14, 2014

Senator Perkins Calls On Governor Cuomo To Do Right By The Current Small, Local, Longstanding Minority-Owned Businesses At 121 West 125th Street

This Wednesday, as Governor Cuomo presented his “State of the State” Address, Senator Bill Perkins delivered an equally important message from the good people of Senate District 30 to the Governor: 

"Exercise your power as Chief Executive to ensure that the current small, local, longstanding minority-owned businesses at 121 West 125th Street—who believed and invested in our Harlem community when no one else would—are allowed to grow alongside the National Urban League in the proposed Land Use Improvement and Civic Project.” 

January 10, 2014

Perkins: Harlem Leaders Left Me Out of Secret Meeting to Discuss Urban League Project

New York Daily News Article, December 12, 2013, author Jan Ransom. Senator Perkins continues to advocate for the fair treatment of the commercial tenants at 121 W 125 Street (site of the Urban League Project) and demands continued public discourse and engagement not more private meetings regarding the Urban League Project. To read the full story please click this link.

December 16, 2013

Celebrating Nelson Mandela

New York Amsterdam News article, December 12, 2013, photos by Bill Moore, Memorial Service held in Harlem to honor and pay respect to the tremendous life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Please click the link to view photos and read full story.

December 16, 2013

Commemorating Our Departed World Leader Nelson Mandela

Senator Perkins Mourns the Loss of and Celebrates the Monumental and Unprecedented Life and  Legacy of Nelson Mandela.

December 6, 2013

Senator Perkins' Hanukkah Celebration

A Celebration of Hanukkah, reception to follow.

November 30, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Locals criticize plans for National Urban League development

Columbia Daily Spectator news article, November 9th, 2013 by Sophie Rothman. Senator Perkins stands up for the rights of longstanding local small businesses; argues that pushing them out will only further gentrify an area that is being flooded with chains, big box stores and astronomical rents; demands that the current commercial tenants be treated fairly, compensated wholly and embraced as part of the project. Click link to read the full story.  

November 12, 2013

Urban League moving to Harlem, businesses ousted

ABC 7 News Story, November 6, 2013, author Josh Einiger, Senator Bill Perkins stands up for local Harlem business pioneers facing displacement; calls for thorough and meaningful community consultation, empowerment and concrete protections for those who invested and built equity on 125th Street. Please click link to read the full story.

November 8, 2013

Harlem business owners say National Urban League will put them on the street

Daily News Article, November 6, 2013, author Jan Ransom, Senator Bill Perkins stands up for local Harlem business pioneers facing displacement; calls for thorough and meaningful community consultation, empowerment and concrete protections for those who invested and built equity on 125th Street.  Please click the link below to read the full story.


November 6, 2013
August 10, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Senator Perkins Supports Women's Equality.

On June 4th, 2013 Senator Perkins met with the GirlsTalk/GuysTalk program in Harlem that came to Albany, NY as guests of the NYCLU. They were a group of inspirational individuals who came to Albany to advocate on behalf of the women's equality movement. Pictured here with Senator Perkins is Jermani (left) and Tatiana (right).

June 4, 2013

Latest Corruption Arrest Erodes Power of Minority Politicians

WNYC News Blog

Monday, May 06, 2013 - 08:56 AM

By Anna Sale : Reporter, WNYC News / Brigid Bergin : Reporter, WNYC News

 "State Senator Bill Perkins of Harlem told WNYC that while none of the politicans have been convicted, “it hurts very, very much to make the case for leadership, when the leadership is engaged in corruption. And it’s very hard to make the case to our communities to support us when we’re caught with our hands in the cookie jar.”

May 7, 2013

Tributary Messages for Elombe Brath: Our Living Hero



As you may already know on Saturday, May 11, 2013 we will be paying tribute to our hero, brother and friend Elombe Brath. Saturday's program is rich with expressions of  love from many who know him and have shared experiences with him over the years.  your feedback has been tremendous and we anticipate a great turnout.

Some of you who are unable to make it have already contacted us with messages for Elombe in your absence.  In recognition of the many who would like to send a message to Elombe or share a thought about all of the many contributions he has made I have dedicated this page on my website.  The page will remain up and will be printed and given to Elombe and his family.  

May 7, 2013

Winning Picture: Earth Day Picture Contest -- Monday, April 22, 2013

Senator Perkins 

District 30

Student: Collin Small

Grade: 4 

School: P.S. 197M John B. Russwurm

May 2, 2013

Open letter to the New York City Chancellor of Education

On April 8th, 2013, Senator Perkins attended a co-location hearing for the Harlem Success Charter School on PS 185/208 premises.  The hearing was devoid of parental involvement; parents, in protest of the disrespect and disenfranchisement that the charter school hearing process has afforded them, refused to attend.  Below is Senator Perkins' open letter to the New York City Chancellor of Education, demanding an end to meaningless public school hearings.  It is time to  acknowledge the cruciality of parental involvement in our children's education, and demand that parents are heard and heeded, and that their privacy is respected.

Open Letter to Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott.pdf

April 19, 2013