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Senate Minority’s Illegal Attempt to Grab Control of NY Senate

Senator Bill Perkins on the Senate Minority’s IllegalAttempt to Grab Control of NY Senate

As you have certainly heard, there have been some very dramatic events in the New York State Senate in recent days. I want to share my perspective on these developments.

June 19, 2009

Crunchtime in Albany: Mayoral Control and The Coup

New York State Senators Bill Perkins (D-30th) and Martin Golden (R-22nd) discuss the debate over renewing mayoral control of the New York City public schools and how the "coup" in Albany affects that legislation.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO CLIP

June 10, 2009

Atlantic Yards Public Hearing: Both Riveting and Revealing

(New York, NY)-In a packed Higgins Hall at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, with a standing room only crowd,  State Senator Bill Perkins, Chair of the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions held the first ever Senate hearing on the Atlantic Yards project.

May 29, 2009


SENATOR  PERKINS HELPS PROTECT UNEMPLOYED NEW YORKERSSenate passes legislation to aid unemployed as tens of thousands face loss of benefits

Today, State Senator Bill Perkins announced that the New York State Senate passed critical legislation (S.4110-A) that will provide an additional 13 weeks of extended benefits to nearly 120,000 currently unemployed New Yorkers. 

May 22, 2009

El Fracaso del Sistema Escolar

El Fracaso del Sistema Escolar

Bill Perkins / Representa Distrito 30 de Manhattan. | 2009-05-20 | El Diario NY

La palabra oficial del Departamento de Educación (DOE) de la Ciudad de Nueva York es que la ciudad está viviendo un milagro en el área de educación gracias al control ejercido por el alcalde hacia las escuelas. Pero la verdadera realidad no es la misma que el DOE celebra tanto.

May 21, 2009

Senate Passes MTA Rescue and Reform Package

(Albany, NY) Last night the Democratic Conference accomplished what years of a Republican ruled Senate Majority could not accomplish. The Democratic Conference, under the leadership of Senator Malcolm A. Smith, has put the MTA on the right track by passing S.5451.

May 7, 2009

M.T.A. Plan for Revenue Draws Host of Critics

An array of city, state and federal elected officials sharply criticized the proposals to bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at a legislative hearing on Thursday, raising fresh concerns about whether the proposals can survive in Albany.

City Council members opposed a plan to introduce tolls on the East and Harlem Rivers. Representative Anthony D. Weiner and business groups said they were against introducing a new payroll tax. And state senators, as well as many advocacy groups, disagreed with the proposal for an 8 percent fare increase.

March 20, 2009