Assemblyman Nick Perry always puts children first. Assemblyman Perry firmly believes that every child in our great city and across New York State who attends our public schools has a right to an educational environment in which he or she can perform and achieve to the height of their capability and be exposed to the best quality education which will adequately prepare them for an endless future of success. Assemblyman Perry was a fervently supported the Campaign for Fiscal Equity’s (CFE), the landmark lawsuit against New York State which charged that the state's school finance system under-funded New York City public schools and denied its students their constitutional right. The court’s 2006 ruling required New York State to allocate over $4 billion more for annual operating expenses for city schools,plus, add a over $9 billion capital improvement plan for building projects, over the next five years. One of Assemblyman Perry’s top initiatives is to make certain that every public school student receives proper schooling in music and the arts.Assemblyman Perry believes exposing our youth to the arts can nurture the intellectual process and improve academic performance. Assemblyman Perry has funded music and arts programs in many schools in his district; including PS 219, PS 233, PS 181, IS 211 and IS 285. In an effort to ensure the safety of our children, Assemblyman Perry introduced “Clarente’s Law” named for Clarente Turner, a six-year-old constituent who was struck and killed by an automobile while holding his mother’s hand waiting to cross the street after school; Clarente’s Law would create traffic safety zones within a 200-yard radius around all schools in New York City.Under the legislation, penalties for traffic violations in these designated school safety zones would be doubled for certain moving violations.These increased fines would serve as a deterrent to potential reckless drivers and decrease the chance of the motor vehicle tragedies that too often befall the citizens of our communities.
During his tenure in the New York State Assembly, Nick Perry, an immigrant himself, has assisted thousands of immigrants in obtaining permanent status.Thanks to the hard work of Assemblyman Perry, many families can now buy homes and work legally and share in the American dream. Assemblyman Perry has legislation pending in Albany which would allow legal non-citizen immigrants to work as Firefighters and Police Officers in New York City.Assemblyman Perry believes it to be absurd that non-citizens are allowed to go fight and die under the US Flag in a senseless war in Iraq, but cannot fight fires in the FDNY or crime with the NYPD. Assemblyman Perry has also introduced legislation which would extend the right to vote in local elections to alien residents who have earned permanent legal status in this country and have been residents of New York for at least three years and who have filed an application for citizenship. Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Assemblyman Nick Perry became the first Brooklyn politician to call for total amnesty for undocumented Haitians living in the U.S., believing that the much touted 18-month TPS program wasn’t enough to properly assist the ravaged nation.Assemblyman Perry has introduced legislation which would establish a Haitian Earthquake Victims Survivor College Scholarship for persons and children or spouses of persons who survived the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Year in and year out, Assemblyman Nick Perry, a graduate of Brooklyn College, has played a leading role in fighting to increase student aid and TAP awards. Assemblyman Perry is committed to making higher education affordable to all that desire a degree. Since taking office Assemblyman Perry has assisted dozens of young men and women in paying for college through the awarding of his Annual Community Awareness Scholarship. Following the death of legendary Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in 2005, Assemblyman Nick Perry established the Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Leadership Scholarship at their alma mater, BrooklynCollege.The scholarship provides a female student, with a desire and commitment to public service, to gain a degree and pursue opportunities that Congresswoman Chisholm’s trailblazing efforts helped create. Assemblyman Perry has also been a powerful voice for increasing campus safety, a cause he championed in Albany following the rash of campus shootings which shook our nation a few years ago.
Assemblyman Nick Perry believes it is our obligation as a community to provide for our senior citizens, as they are the foundation upon which our families and communities have been built; and we owe it to them to provide convenient services and ample facilities.As such, for over a decade now, seniors in his constituency have had a second home at his district office on Utica Avenue. Nick Perry has protected them from predatory lenders, with legislation sponsored in Albany. Seniors have been able to count on Nick Perry for financial help with their home heating bills and property taxes, thanks to the many services offered to his constituents through his office. Assemblyman Perry has been a leader in the State Capitol in efforts to make prescription drugs affordable, as no senior should ever have to make the choice between food and medicine. Assemblyman Perry also led the fight to bring a senior center back to our community after the city took it away.The senior center has since returned to our community and Assemblyman Perry has pledged $175,000 to renovate the center.