Assemblyman Rodriguez Endorses Bill Perkins

robert-rodriguez-portrait.jpg"When it comes to fighting for what is right, no one speaks louder than Bill Perkins," said Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez.

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32BJ Members Endorse Bill Perkins for City Council

32BJ.jpgNew York– 32BJ announced today that its members have endorsed State Senator Bill Perkins in the special election for City Council District 9 based on his record of fighting for good jobs, affordable housing and immigrant rights.

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Perkins Announces Task Force to Establish Harlem LGBT Center

State Senator Bill Perkins today announced that he was forming a task force to plan, coordinate and establish the LGBT Harlem Center. The Mayor's office, government officials, elected representatives, business and community leaders will be invited to participate on this Task Force.

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The NYC Progressive Caucus Alliance Endorses Bill Perkins

Progressive_Caucus_Small_Logo_400x400.jpg"Bill Perkins has been a progressive champion throughout his legislative career, in the City Council and the State Senate. On issue after issue – affordable housing and tenants’ rights, economic justice, criminal justice, the environment, women’s, LGBTQ, and immigrants’ rights – he has shown leadership in the fight for a better, fairer New York.

Perkins’ successful sponsorship of the Childhood Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention Act of 2004 – the strongest law in the country to protect children from the deadly effects of lead in their homes, over the objections of real estate lobbyists, initial resistance in the City Council, and a veto from Mayor Bloomberg – was one of the inspirations for the creation of the Progressive Caucus. His courage in that fight made a meaningful difference in the lives of many low-income children, and demonstrated the kind of leadership that we aspire to. 

 

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Ground Broken For Renovation Of Martin Luther King Park, Harlem

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A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for the $3 million renovation of Martin Luther King Park, located along Malcolm X Boulevard between West 113th and 114th streets in the southern end of Harlem. The park will get entirely new basketball courts, playgrounds, a water play area, and a turf area. Other upgrades include an outdoor fitness center, as well as new vegetation and a comfort station. Quennell Rothschild & Partners is the landscape architect. The project is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Park Initiative, where a total of 56 existing parks around the city will see renovations.

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Senator Perkins Fights For Our Tenants, Neighbors And Communities

Perkins_Tenants.JPGSenator Perkins and other lawmakers remained in Albany all week long in a bare-knuckled fight for the future of Rent Stabilization and affordable rent regulations. Last week, Senator Perkins and other housing advocates were arrested during a civil disobedience action at the Governor’s Office prior to the Rent Regulations expiration date. As of Thursday night, the legislators have yet to reach an agreement and we will return to Albany again next Tuesday to continue our fight.

Senator Perkins and many Democrats are pushing to strengthen rent laws and forever eliminate vacancy decontrol and other predatory practices that allow landlords to take advantage of tenants. The Senate Republicans have forwarded a proposal that contains amendments which are hurtful and may drive many from the City.

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