Bill Perkins

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Senator Bill Perkins Actually Voted Against Ban On Spending Welfare Money On Cigs, Booze and Strippers

    A bill that would ban spending welfare money on "sins" like cigarettes, booze, strippers and gambling sailed through the New York State Senate yesterday, which is no surprise. The fact that some legislators actually voted against the bill, however, is absolutely shocking.One of the few lawmakers to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Fear Not, You Will Likely Be Able to Eat Smelly Spaghetti on the Subway Forever

    Doublecool / FlickrIf your food's too smelly, people won't want to sit near you​Don't worry, boys and girls. Despite the fracas that can occur from eating fried chicken and other stinky foods on the subway, there's little chance of the State Senate banning eating on public transportation, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    'Rat Czar' Joseph Lhota Tells Senator Bill Perkins That He's Sorry for Being a Big Meanie

    So here's a piece of advice for public figures: Think before you speak -- especially if you're going to talk smack about other pols. Today, The New York Times detailed MTA chief Joseph Lhota's opposition to subway food bans. State Senator Bill Perkins, of Harlem, is behind a bill that would fine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Report Gives Mike Bloomberg's Polemic School Closure Policy an 'F'

    ​A new report released last week comes down hard on the mayor's record of shutting down schools that aren't performing well. Mike Bloomberg and the Deptartment of Education can add it to the list of grievances and criticisms that have been thrown at them so far this year (He demonizes teachers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2012

    State Senate Bill Wants To Ban Subway Snacking To Get Rid Of Rats

    via​We know from experience that two things make for strange and uncomfortable subway videos: food and rats. Now, in order to get rid of the latter, a New York State Senate bill aims at getting rid of the former. The New York Post reports that the proposed bill would institute a $250 fine for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street: Live Updates From the March

    The Community/Labor march to Wall Street is on, with thousands of people filling Foley Square, where marchers are assembling prior to the march, which begins at 5 p.m. They're scheduled to head past City Hall and to Zuccotti Park to "unite in solidarity." Nick Pinto (@macfathom) and Rosie Gray (_@ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Have You Seen a Rat Today? The 4, 5, and 6 Line at 125th Street Is the Rattiest

    ​The results of Senator Bill Perkins' Have You Seen a Rat Today? campaign are in, with responses from some 5,000 New Yorkers who filled out the surveys. The answers are interesting, probably because they are true, or at least, seem representative of our own experience, for the most part.

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    New York City's Board of Elections: Chaos, Madness, The Absolute Worst?

    ​Those in New York City responsible for seeing that the Great American Democratic Process goes smoothly -- the Board of Elections -- has had a complete shitshow of an election season. Or has been the complete shitshow of New York's election season -- which, given Charlie Rangel, Carl Paladino, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Michael Mulgrew Gloats on NY1 After Dubious Teachers Union "Victory" in Election

    ​The Michael Mulgrew victory tour took an embarrassing turn on NY1 last night, when the United Federation of Teachers president gloated throughout an extended interview, overstating a very mixed primary day report card.

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    They All Look Alike: Daily News, Minority Politicians Division

    ​ "Throw the Bums Out!" is the lead battle cry of the front page of the Daily News' Web site this morning, and it has pix of those rascals we should all be voting against today -- a quartet of black and Hispanic politicians: state senators Pedro Espada, Kevin Parker, Assemblyman Adriano Espail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2010

    Bill Perkins and the Phantom Charter Schools Group

    Perkins​Bill Perkins has been a fixture in Harlem politics since 1997, elected to two terms in the city council first and then to David Paterson's state senate seat in 2006. But the 60-year-old marathoner is in a fight for his political life now, facing a well-financed challenger, Basil Smikle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Please Complete This Survey While a Huge Rat Comes Directly Toward Your Face

    Hide. ​As rats continue their campaign to take over New York City, we're left wondering how we can take action. One way is by filling out State Senator Bill Perkins' survey, "Have you seen a rat today?," while an enormous kinda-almost 3-D Photoshopped rat looks you right in the eye. Is that a ... More >>

  • News

    June 1, 2010

    Black Parents vs. the Teachers' Union

    Union intransigence hits a low point

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Paterson's Cuts Include Hits to a Park He Helped Create Through Protest

    ​Governor David Paterson's dramatic budget cuts to state parks includes a severe hit to a park he once blocked traffic to create. Back in 1988, then-State Senator Paterson joined environmental activists to block the West Side Highway as a way to protest the stench reeking from the North Rive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    State Senate Votes to More Than Double Number of Charter Schools

    ​The State Senate voted yesterday to raise the number of charter schools in the state to 460 from 200. Majority Leader John Sampson supported the legislation and, despite significant Democratic resistance, led it to a surprisingly bipartisan victory (45-15). More than doubling the number of c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    School Daze: Charter Break-in at Harlem P.S.

    Back in February, Mayor Bloomberg threatened that there could be "riots in the streets" if mayoral control isn't renewed in Albany, and in today's Daily News, Juan Gonzalez reports the first mini-riot outbreak.The commotion came at P.S. 123 where yesterday workers showed up unannounced and started r ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 1, 2009

    Senate Coup Plotters' Hidden Agenda

    Tabloids call it a circus, but the lobbyists' goal is to squelch reforms

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Marty Golden Happy Now With His Pal Hiram

    Back in January, senate Republicans called Hiram Monserrate a "ticking time bomb" who shouldn't be allowed to contaminate the august state senate chambers. Now, questions about that old girlfriend stabbing incident are just "nit picking" about their new pal Hiram.That's the latest harvest in the bum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2009

    Atlantic Yards Combatants Finally Forced To Sit Through State Senate Hearing

    The footprint. Image via Atlantic Yards or Atlantic Lots. Yesterday was the long-awaited — like, six years long — first state legislative hearing on Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project, with State Senator Bill Perkins convening his Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    School English Test Scores Up; Critics Remain Unconvinced

    Mayor Bloomberg happily announced that English scores are up in city schools. 69 percent of students in Grades 3 through 8 met state standards for reading. That doesn't sound so hot, and the statewide figure is 82 percent. But last year the city rate was 58 percent, so that's an 11-point gain, and ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 26, 2008
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    August 25, 2008

    Golisano's Senate Picks: Mostly (and in NYC, Only) Same-Old

    Politics on the Hudson reports that Tom Golisano, one-man PAC, has made 39 Responsible New York endorsements for the State Senate. In general, he favored Democrats narrowly (25-22) and incumbents widely. But in New York City Districts, he favored Democrats widely (14-2), and only chose incumbents. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008

    State Senator Rips Bloomberg's Denial of His Minority-Contracting Failures

    by Samuel Breidbart and Sarah Lavery After hearing that Mayor Bloomberg casually dismissed the failures of his administration’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise initiative, state Senator Bill Perkins had a clear message to the mayor: it’s time to confess. "He's lying. He knows he's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2008

    The Revolt of the Superdelegates?

    Barack Obama’s is locked in a virtual tie for convention delegates with slim delegate lead over Hillary Clinton, but Democratic Party rules could still shut him out of the presidential nomination despite his strong performance in the primaries. At issue are so-called “superdelegates ... More >>

  • Music

    April 3, 2007
  • News

    November 22, 2005

    Vote of No Confidence

    New York shows up late in national push for clean voting

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2005

    Pro-Union Council Gives Labor Their Bill

    With organized labor pushing hard for the legislation, the city council voted today in favor of a bill narrowing restrictions on labor unions' contributions to political candidates. Passage of the bill marks the first time in the 17-year history of the city's Campaign Finance Board that a rule has b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2005

    Meanwhile, in District 9 . . .

    The mayoral campaign isn't getting a lot of front page treatment these days, so other races around the city are getting even less. That's understandable: In a town with a 5:1 Democratic registration advantage, the primary contest is usually—for practical purposes—the whole ballgame in race ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2005

    Council Cliffhanger

    The mayoral primary wasn't the only race that went down to the wire yesterday: A mere 16 votes separate the top two finishers in the fight for City Council District 8, which covers East Harlem. Melissa Mark Viverito has 3,626 votes (25.41 percent) to Felipe Luciano's 3,610 (25.3 percent). Absentee b ... More >>

  • News

    August 9, 2005

    President of What?

    Nine's a crowd in the race for Manhattan beep

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2005

    New York's Detainees

    City Council bill would squeeze city to speed the time between arrest and arraignment As far as thousands New Yorkers are concerned, the Republican Convention could happen every day—at least in the city's jails. The arrest and unduly long detention of hundreds of anti-RNC protesters raised a ... More >>

  • News

    September 14, 2004

    Convention Detention

    For Bloomberg, a looming showdown over civil liberties and the right to protest

  • News

    September 2, 2003

    A Paucity of Choices

    Few Challengers, and Fewer Issues, in Council Races

  • News

    May 20, 2003


    A Schedule of Protests in the City

  • News

    April 15, 2003

    Harlemites March

    Anti-War Rally Eyes Troubles at Home

  • News

    February 18, 2003

    NYC's Forsaken Future

    An Alarming Report on the State of New York's Women of Color

  • News

    February 11, 2003

    New York Dodgers

    Report and Hearing Mean More Status Quo

  • News

    January 21, 2003

    Renaissance Rats

    Harlem Development Residents Fight Major Developer

  • News

    September 17, 2002

    The New Harlem

    Who's Behind the Real Estate Gold Rush and Who's Fighting It?

  • News

    September 10, 2002

    Lead Poison Legacy?

    Councilmember Dilan No Help on 'Lead Belt' Relief

  • News

    September 10, 2002

    Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    For Months, D.A.'s Office Looks for Link Between Central Park Defendants and Confessed Rapist

  • Dance

    June 18, 2002

    Spring Brings Many Things

    Playing Catch-Up in Heavy Traffic

  • News

    May 7, 2002

    Double-Standard Deity

    9-11 God Demands Special Treatment on Records and Residence

  • News

    April 9, 2002

    Getting the Lead Out

    Will the City Council Finally Protect Kids From Toxic Paint?

  • News

    January 8, 2002

    Bloomberg’s Taxing Debut

    Beyond Feel-Good Aura, a Brutal Budget Plan

  • News

    January 8, 2002

    Miller Time

    How Internecine Minority Politics Picked the Speaker

  • News

    September 25, 2001

    Out of the Ashes

    Rudy Tries to Ride Rubble to Reelection

  • News

    January 9, 2001

    HUD: The Horror Movie

    A Big Fish Fries the Little Fish in Harlem-Brooklyn Mortgage Scam

  • News

    August 31, 1999

    By Any Means (Unnecessary)

    A History of the Confrontational Politics That Led to the 'Assault' on Councilman Bill Perkins by the Bully Boys of The Million Youth March

  • News

    October 6, 1998

    At Each Other's Throats

    Political retribution in Harlem in the wake of the Million Youth March

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