"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.
He has been a tireless fighter, in the Council and the State Senate, for our public schools, for environmental and worker protections, and for immigrant families. He sponsored the City’s first living-wage law. He has helped lead the fight to strengthen the rent laws and eliminate vacancy decontrol and other predatory practices, even getting arrested with housing advocates during a civil disobedience action at the State Capitol.
Senator Perkins has never been another go-along, get-along legislator. He has been independent fighter who has taken action and gotten results and we look forward to him bringing that voice to the Council and to the Progressive Caucus. We know that Senator Perkins will work with us from day one to make a difference – to take on the status quo and special interests and be a voice for fairness, basic justice and the people of his district, and the City.
The Progressive Caucus Alliance is proud to support Senator Perkins in this Special Election, and we look forward to serving alongside him.
The Progressive Caucus Alliance is the political arm of the New York City Council Progressive Caucus. It’s members are Co-Chairs Brad Lander and Carlos Menchaca, Vice-Chairs Antonio Reynoso and Ben Kallos and Members Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Corey Johnson, Steve Levin, Mark Levine, Donovan Richards, Ritchie Torres, Jimmy Van Bramer, and Jumaane Williams.