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:Senator Bill Perkins: I want to bring you greetings from the Central Park Five-Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam--who as you know are waiting for some justice with respect to their case and would like to know at this point where is your office at in that regard. Mayor de Blasio: As you know Senator I’m committed to a settlement in that case and I think a grave injustice was done. I think we have to come up with an appropriate settlement. I think the case as you know with the agreement of the Corporation Counsel was adjourned recently to allow for that conversation to progress; so we have already instructed the Corporation Counsel’s office and our new Corporation Counsel is vigorously working on this responsibility to go about the process of beginning the settlement discussions…so that as soon as we have a result we will make it public but we are clear about we will settle this case. Senator Bill Perkins: Thank you, I’m glad to hear that and needless to say there is a sense of urgency; it’s been out there for too long and that procrastination and delay aggravates the suffering that the families and the notion of justice that we want the community to have about this administration.