Celebrating William “Bill” Perkins

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Robert Jackson from Harlem wrote on June 9, 2023
Robert Fields Jackson , City Council district 9 Kristin Richardson Jordan. We offer our prayers to the family at this time . Rip to Bill Perkins and he inspire me into activism and politics .
Ashton Miller Jr from Bronx wrote on May 26, 2023
Perkins was a great man and have a wonderful family we’re going to miss you
Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Brown from Bowie , Maryland 20716 wrote on May 26, 2023
To Margaret Odette,William Dalton and family: Our sincerest condolences on your loss. Mr.Bill Perkins was a kind,friendly community activist. May he rest in peace. Love Always, Aunt Peggy and Uncle Bernard Brown & Family
Eugenio (Gene) Martinez from Bronx, New York wrote on May 25, 2023
To Pam, Bill’s children, family. and friends, just a note from me and mine saying that I have always maintained the sincerest respect, appreciation and depth of love for Bill. Respect for his emblazoned chiseled uncompromising sense of mission in being a politician serving his constituents,.. this being while dedicated to family. Yes, keeping them close and inviting selectively into his orbit enabling big Love and Duty. You’ve never left my soul’s eye my friend. I’m certain God embraces you and protects his family. Again, God bless.
Elder and Mrs Scott E. Fryer from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29579 wrote on May 25, 2023
To Pam, Margaret Odette, William Dalton and Family, May the God of all comfort your hearts and keep you. Rest in peace, Bill! With our condolences and in sympathy, Uncle Scott, Aunt Susie, Hollis and Zariya
Alice from New York wrote on May 25, 2023
May God's perpetual light shine on you always. Always honored, never forgotten! Peace!!!!!
Kevin P Wardally from Harlem, NY wrote on May 24, 2023
Bill Perkins was a good man, a great public servant and a lover of Harlem and its people. He will be missed. Sleep in Peace. Till We Meet Again.
stephanie palmer from new york City wrote on May 24, 2023
Let us all remember that Bill Perkins was always on the right side of the issues facing our community. The cure violence movement was spearheaded by Representative Perkins. Let us also remember that among his greatest accomplishments were his beloved children. Thank you Bill
Santos Crespo from Brooklyn wrote on May 24, 2023
As a long time trade unionists & labor leader, Bill always stood with us and working people.i always held him in the highest esteem. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Chris Klapper from Brooklyn wrote on May 24, 2023
Sending enormous love and strength with our deepest condolences to all of you. With love, Chris & Patrick And all of Yisrael Mayer’s family.
Abena Smith from New York wrote on May 24, 2023
I remember when Councilman Bill Perkins came to my father’s funeral to pay his respects. It was such an uplifting moment when he arrived and made remarks. I remember Perkins saying that my Dad played a role on the ground, in his earlier days of heading into political service. But when he shared with all of mourners, how my father, was always at a meeting somewhere, anywhere, and anytime …and then went on to say Jerome Smith is the only person he knew who would find a meeting to go to at 4:00am in the morning. The whole room erupted in laughter. Well needless to say it was just the release we all needed. After that I would see Councilman Perkins on a jog through Harlem. People would engage him along his route. Harlem residents would call out to him, “Councilman Perkins! or Bill Perkins!” From my observation it seemed as if, constituents were surprised that he was personable and took a brief moment to greet the person back as he kept jogging in place. Then he would resume his jog. To the Perkins Family, and on behalf of the Smith Family, I offer my sincerest condolences to you during your time of bereavement. May God keep you strong and encouraged in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Martha Hunter from Bronx, NY wrote on May 24, 2023
My deepest deepest condolences to Kiva and the family. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May God strengthen you and be with you.
Hilary Bloomfield from Bronx, NY wrote on May 24, 2023
Bill was real down to earth man. He talk it like he walk it. He will be miss. My deepest condolences to the family. "Queenie" Hilary Bloomfield
Manhattan Community Board 10 wrote on May 24, 2023
The village of Harlem has lost a giant, an advocate, a champion and most importantly a friend in that of Bill Perkins. Bill always gave his all and had the fire in his belly as he labored and fought for Harlem. He did this in the Chambers at City Hall and in the State Capitol. Whether it be supporting our schools, pushing back against rising rent prices, demanding rodent infestation was addressed, or fighting for justice, we could always rely on Bill Perkins standing up to speak, "truth to power." We know that we are better as a community because of his life and his dedication to our beloved Harlem. On behalf of Community Board 10 we extend our deepest condolences to his wife Pamela, his family, all his former staff members, and the entire community as we take time to pause and reflect on the life of this public servant who served us so well. May he rest in power.
Conie Harper-Castle (Manhattan BOE) from Bronx wrote on May 24, 2023
Peace, love, and comfort to the family. Blessings
Debbie Meyer from New York wrote on May 24, 2023
Bill Perkins the human, Bill Perkins the City Councilman and Bill Perkins the State Senator fought for Harlem's children! His energy to do so energized us all. This energy and determination embodied by others is his legacy.
Sage Mason from Harlem wrote on May 24, 2023
Senator Perkins was a titan of our community. So cool and caring, and a fearless advocate for Harlem. After any event, he’d always be the last to leave, holding his fedora in his hands at the front of the room and talking to anyone who came up to him until they’re were none left. I’m so saddened by his passing, but so grateful for his life and the privilege of having met him. Looking forward to the generations of Harlemites and New Yorkers who will continue his life’s work and honor his legacy of public service.
Douglas Kellner from New York wrote on May 23, 2023
New York is a much better place because of Bill Perkins. His mission in life was to make the world a better place and he succeeded in so many ways. Many often forget that Bill started as a community organizer and tenant leader. He was the president of the Schomburg Plaza Tenants Association following the tragic fire of March 22, 1987, He organized an extremely effective rent strike that forced the building owners to make extensive repairs and upgrades, and obtained substantial compensation for the tenants. I personally appreciate him for the hundreds of hours he spent philosophizing while running with me in Central Park--always encouraging me to strive harder, and to remember not just the immediate lap, but the long-term goal. He believed in integrating his honed values into every aspect of his day. Thank you so much, Bill.
Queen Olutosin Mustapha from Harlem wrote on May 23, 2023
A Tribute in Loving Memories of NYS Senator Bill Perkins by Queen Olutosin Mustapha One of the greatest champions of all the African communities in New York has gone to join our ancestors in the great beyond. He loved people and he fought for justice for the oppressed all his life. He was not afraid to express his true feelings at times of conflicts and controversies. He was the leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr had on his mind when he said, "We do not measure the character of a man at times of comfort and convenience. We measure the true worth of a man at times of conflicts and controversies or inconvenience. " His name was William "Bill" Perkins. Former NYS Senator and former NYC Councilman Bill Perkins was indeed an African king in Harlem, New York City. He supported all communities including the vibrant African immigrant communities by championing our causes like our human rights protections, enterpreneurship opportunities, quality education for all our children, job opportunities for all New Yorkers, proclamations for our humanitarian works in America like when the former Consul General of Angola in New York was being transferred to Houston, Texas, he graced the occasion. He was always gracing the annual Nigeria's Independence Day parades in New York City whenever the organizers invited him. He supported the Niger-Delta of Nigeria's Investment Opportunities event in New York City at the United Nations Millennium Plaza in Manhattan and he also supported the historic convention of Eko Club of New York at Queens New York by sending a proclamation acknowledging all the humanitarian work of Eko Clubs of North America in America and in Africa. He in ited all African media experts like my humble self, Queen Olutosin Mustapha , the publisher of the New York City based Afro Heritage Magazine, to his office on discussing ways of moving the African communities forward in America around 2013. The meeting was in his office in Harlem State Building. Senator Bill Perkins was indeed an African king in Harlem. May his soul rest in peace. Amen. He will be greatly missed and may his legacies continue.
Linda Wood & Ronald Guy from New York wrote on May 23, 2023
Good Afternoon Friends and Colleagues: I can honestly say that my career with Bill Perkins began on the M10 bus in December of 2005. I had been holiday shopping and left one of my bags on the bus. I was riding back to the end of the line in the Polo Grounds to see if the driver had found my bag. I guess I looked down and kind of depressed. Bill was on the same bus and asked if he could help. He road with me to the end of the line to speak to the drivers. We talked for a while and he asked what I was doing. I told him that I was out of work and looking. He told me to call him in January, I did, and the rest is history. I knew Bill as a deputy majority leader in the NYC council and district leader. I respected his commitment to the underdog, affordable housing, fair wages, Seniors and Youth, the most vulnerable New Yorkers, and the environment. As Deputy Majority Leader, Bill 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. I was welcomed into a great team of Brenda Barrett, Keith Lilly and our now Senator Cordell Cleare. It wasn’t business as usual. He opposed racial, ethnic and religious profiling. He sponsored landmark legislation to protect the rights of immigrants, incarcerated individuals, gay, lesbian and transgender communities. His outspoken voice for the voiceless is legionary. Bill Perkins sought out injustices and stood his ground, sometimes alone, as when he legislated the lead bill and notably when he supported Barack Obama for President. Getting to know him professionally and personally has been the greatest experience of my government career. Bill we love you and will never forget you.

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