Assemblyman Perry
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the people

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Dear Constituent:

The cold season has begun, and while most of us will not relish the low temperatures over the coming months, we certainly look forward to the holidays and the special emphasis we give to families and friends during this season.

In this spirit, I extend and ask that you accept my very best wishes to you and all your loved ones, for good health and happiness and complete safety for the holidays and beyond. As we prepare to welcome and celebrate this spirit and season of joy, it is my hope and also my encouragement to you that we include charity in all we do. Because while many of us have enjoyed prosperity and have been blessed with financial successes throughout this year, so many others may not have had such good fortune. Many of these others will need a kind hand to stay warm, and even to enjoy a meal during this holiday season. So as we celebrate, please remember to share our blessings and joys with others in need.

This is another brief report which also contains important information which you should find useful in improving your quality of life. I hope you will take the time to not only read, but also contact me with any questions or suggestions. This will help me serve and represent you better in Albany. Again, all my best wishes for a most enjoyable holiday season, and may God bless you and bless our great nation, state and city.

holly Working For You,

Assemblyman Perry Commits $1.3 Million to Fix Up Sutter/Rutland & Newkirk Ave. Subway Stations

photo Assemblyman Perry recently met with MTA officials at his district office and continued to press them to repair our community’s subway stations.

High on the agenda at the meeting were the Newkirk Avenue and Beverly Road stations on the 2/5 line in East Flatbush, the Rutland/Sutter station in Brownsville and Rockaway Parkway and East 105th Street stations of Canarsie.

Assemblyman Perry is pleased to announce that he has secured funding in the amount of $1.3 million to paint and install cameras at the Newkirk station. Additional funding is being sought to paint the Sutter/Rutland and Beverly Road stations and fix all tripping hazards prevalent on the platforms. Assemblyman Perry is eager to have the MTA install cameras at all of these stations.

Currently, the Rockaway Parkway and East 105th Street stations, because of the One Person Train Operations program (OPTO), have cameras but these do not satisfy the need for cameras that address safety and security around the full area of the subway station.

If you are not satisfied with the appearance and safety of your subway station, Assemblyman Perry would like to hear from you, at (718) 385-3336. Your complaints will help the efforts to get the MTA to better maintain and make our subway stations safe.

Legislative Report & Community Happenings

Perry Bill Spreads Awareness of Abandoned Infant Protection Laws

Governor George Pataki recently signed into law Assemblyman Perry’s legislation which will enhance awareness of New York’s existing Abandoned Infant Protection Act. The new law will help further protect both parents and newborns, as health providers will be required by law to inform pregnant patients of the legal avenues to give up an unwanted infant and enhance awareness of the Abandoned Infant Protection Act.

Under the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, parents, guardians, or other legally responsible persons who are unable or unwilling to care for their newborn infants may anonymously and safely give the child over at a hospital, police station, fire station or a responsible person at another safe location. However, recent incidents of babies still being left on the streets or dropped in trash receptacles influenced Assemblyman Perry to introduce this key legislation.

"The fact that infants are still being abandoned across New York is a clear indication that we needed to spread the word about the existence of this law, and the availability of this legal and safe option to cruel abandonment of a helpless infant," said Assemblyman Perry. "It is a very awful experience to learn of infants left in the cold, or dumped in a garbage bin, because a mother is so overwhelmed by the responsibility, and feels compelled to criminally dispose of her child. This law will enhance the chances that a mother of an unwanted child will make the right decision and lawfully give up her baby alive and well."


Assemblyman Perry facilitated the acquisition of 30 copies of "Vernon Can Read," the best-selling autobiography of Vernon Jordan, chief aide to President Clinton, making it the inaugural tome in the Community School District 17 "Read To Achiev" Book Club.

The book club will encourage, not only parents to take time out of their busy schedule to enrich their minds, but also motivate their children to do the same.

More than 15 parents in each of the 32 schools located in Community School District 17 are expected to participate in the book club.

photo Shirley Chisholm Day: Governor Pataki joined Assemblyman Perry and a host of colleagues and other dignitaries at Brooklyn College on November 30, for a ceremonial bill signing of Assemblyman Perry’s legislation which made November 30 Shirley Chisholm Day in New York State. photo Talking Turkey: Assemblyman Perry shared over a dozen turkeys with his constituents this year, including Micah Smith, of the Gorman Houses in Brownsville.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Can Save Your Life

Call Assemblyman Perry for a Free Detector

Do you have a Carbon Monoxide Detector installed in your home? If not, Assemblyman Perry urges you to get one immediately; it can save you and your family. The first six constituents to contact Assemblyman Perry’s office on receipt of this report at (718) 385-3336 will receive a complimentary and potentially life-saving carbon monoxide detector.

Constituent Information & Assistance Page

Nick Perry’s

With the cold winter months bearing down upon us, Assemblyman Perry has compiled a helpful list of facts and tips that will help you and your family stay warm and keep your energy bills from overwhelming you.

  • You could use 30% LESS energy in your home just by using energy more wisely and purchasing products with the ENERGY STAR label. You can find the ENERGY STAR label on refrigerators, space heaters , washing machines, personal computers, light bulbs and most other electrical appliances.

  • Set your thermostat to 65 degrees or lower at night, and 55 degrees when you’re away.

  • Keep the warm air in and the cold air out by adding insulation caulking around the windows. Plastic window wrapping available at most hardware and home improvement stores is also an effective way to eliminate pesky drafts.

  • Keep blinds and drapes of sun-exposed windows open when the sun is shining and closed at night.

  • If you have a forced-air heating system, check your air filters once a month and replace if dirty.

  • If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove it for the winter months to prevent heat from escaping through and around the unit. If it can’t be removed, buy an inexpensive cover to prevent drafts.

  • Install rubber outlet gaskets behind outlets and switch plates on exterior walls.

  • Ceiling fans can keep you warm during cold days, too. Reversing the direction of the blades pushes warm air down into the room for your and your family to enjoy.

Interesting Brooklyn Facts
  • The Brooklyn Children’s Museum (718/735-4402), founded in 1899, is the world’s first museum for kids.

  • In 1787 the first public school in the United States, Erasmus Hall Academy, now located in the courtyard of Erasmus Hall High School, received a state charter.

  • In 1899 the air conditioner was invented in Brooklyn by Haviland Carrier.

  • Bertram Baker, the first black member of the New York State Assembly, represented part of Brooklyn and was born in the Caribbean island of Nevis.


Assemblyman Perry has information that can help lower your home heating bills. Call Assemblyman Perry immediately at (718) 385-3336 for information on the NYC Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), if you need help paying your heating bill. Two additional programs have also been established to assist residents in need during the cold winter months.

The "On Track" program offers up to a $400 credit toward your home energy bill if you happen to fall behind on your payments. On Track is an 18-month program that provides energy and financial information to homeowners in need.

Another program, HeartShare, helps low income families with their high energy bills. A one-time grant of up to $200 is available.

If you would like to learn more about how to qualify about one of the aforementioned assistance programs call Assemblyman Nick Perry at (718) 385-3336.

Attention Property Owners

Assemblyman Nick Perry urges all homeowners who have not yet applied, particularly senior citizens who are eligible for Enhanced STAR Exemption, to complete applications and submit them before the deadline of January 5, 2006. If you need more application assistance, or information about the STAR program, please call Assemblyman Perry at (718) 385-3336.

Perry Urges Smokers to Kick the Habit

Sure the Great American Smoke-Out may have passed and you continued to puff away, but it needn’t be a national day of recognition for you to give cigarettes the boot.

"Quitting smoking may very well be the most important thing you will ever do in your lifetime," said Assemblyman Nick Perry. "I urge all smokers to quit now, do it for yourself, do it for your family."

Smoking will not only be the cause for many health concerns for the smoker; according to the NYC Department of Health 1 in 10 infant deaths in the U.S. is related to smoking.

Some other figures that may cause you to put out that cigarette for good: tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in NYC; people who quit live longer than people who continue to smoke; regardless of age, it is never too late! For help on how to quit smoking contact Assemblyman Nick Perry at (718) 385-3336.

Family/Youth Page

Stopping Gang Violence . . .
What You Can Do

Recently, our community has seen an increase in gang activity. In response, Assemblyman Perry wants to share with you warning signs that may suggest that your child is involved with street gangs.

To further address that problem Assemblyman Perry is developing a gang awareness pamphlet that will soon be available to constituents.

The parents of Chistopher Rose, the young man who was killed in East Flatbush in a robbery involving an iPod, by kids who appeared to have been gang members, are spearheading a stop the gang violence community effort. Assemblyman Perry encourages parents to get involved with this worthwhile cause. For more information on the Christopher Rose Foundation visit

Some Tips on How to Spot Gang Involvement

  • is obsessed with a particular clothing color
  • adopts an unusual desire for privacy and secrecy
  • exhibits a change in behavior and conduct and withdraws from the family
  • is frequently deceitful about activities
  • begins keeping late hours, associates with the "wrong crowd" (changes friends)
  • begins using hand signs with friends
  • displays unusual drawings or text on school books or displays graffiti in bedroom and on items such as books and posters
  • produces unexplained cash, clothing, jewelry, music CDs, etc.
photo Assemblyman Perry joins PS 398 Principal Josette Dugue and Class President Monique Brown, and her cabinet of elected class leaders at PS 398’s inauguration.

Kids on the Right Track

Assemblyman Nick Perry recently swore in the Class President of P.S. 398 and her cabinet, including a vice president each representing the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades respectively, and a class secretary.

According to Principal Josette Dugue, the students embraced the campaign process wholeheartedly. The students were most impressed by the fact that they were able to cast their vote in a replica voting booth.

"It’s terrific to see kids participate in the electoral process," said Assemblyman Perry. "Principal Dugue and the staff at P.S. 398 have done a fine job of starting the students on the right track of putting an end to the political apathy that too often overwhelms our community."

Please fill out the survey below, and mail back to Assemblyman Perry’s district office:
903 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203

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Youth Questionnaire
1- What types of activities would you like to see implemented into after-school programs that would entice you into participating?

2- Do you think pop culture, i.e. music, video games, TV effects the manner in which you behave socially?

3- In your opinion, why do so many teenagers join gangs?

4- Do you feel that there are positive role models in your community? If so, who?

5- Who influences the manner in which you dress?

District Office: 903 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203 (718) 385-3336
Albany Office: Room 452, LOB (518) 455-4166