“I am saddened by the loss of my former colleague, Council Member and State Senator Bill Perkins. A native son of Harlem, Bill served his community for decades as a dedicated and hard-working public servant. He fought tirelessly to improve the health of our communities by tackling lead poisoning, advocated for more equitable education funding, and championed equal rights for all New Yorkers. I admired Bill for always fighting for his beliefs and never wavering from his convictions—a quality that we can all look up to. I had the honor of serving with Bill when we arrived in the Council together last term, and I will always cherish the memories we shared. My thoughts are with Bill’s family, loved ones, and the Harlem community that he loved so deeply. May he rest in peace.”