Bill Perkins, Democrat—Working Families, was re-elected to the New York City Council in a Special Election on February 14th, 2017.
During the previous decade, Bill Perkins represented the 30th Senatorial District, which is part of New York County and encompasses Harlem, the great preponderance of East Harlem, the Upper West Side and Washington Heights. A lifelong resident of Harlem, Bill Perkins started his political career as a community activist and is known for his tenacious and unyielding commitment to serving the community. The young, elderly and the most vulnerable New Yorkers have always been Bill’s legislative priorities.
From 1998-2005, Bill Perkins served on the New York City Council. During his initial tenure, he was the third highest ranking member of the Council serving as the Deputy Majority Leader. As Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Perkins was the prime sponsor of the Childhood Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention Act of 2004 which protects children from the deadly effects of lead paint in their homes. Thanks to his efforts, New York has the strongest lead paint prevention law in the country.
A strong advocate of public education, Bill Perkins has fought to provide every child equal access to a quality education.