I was blessed and honored by your support in the recent election and overwhelmed by the positive feedback in the form of you sending me back to Albany with 95% of the vote! It has always been my honor to serve, to listen and to demand action on issues of importance to our community such as reforming our criminal justice system, enshrining health care as a human right, and making sure our environment is pristine for future generations. The times we live in are challenging and we now face an uncertain future in terms of the direction of the Federal Government. These are the moments that will test our strength and resolve and they are a call to action! Far from fighting against something, we continue to fight for a society that embodies the core principles of equality, fairness, compassion diversity and human rights. This newsletter is designed to generate feedback from the folks that really matter—YOU! It is always important to connect with you, whether it is in the streets, in our office, out at meetings or events, or through a survey, as contained in this newsletter. It’s very important for me to know what is on your mind, from the election of Donald Trump, to the issues affecting you most in your daily life, the role of the NYPD, what can be done about gentrification, and quality of life concerns, such as scaffolding. I look forward to hearing your concerns and ideas and using them to move forward in a rational, productive and principled way. Please fill out this newsletter and return it to us via mail, in person at one of our offices or complete it at our website: perkins.nysenate.gov. In the interim, I wish you, your family, friends and all your loved ones the most joyous, blessed, peaceful reflective holiday season.