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photo Assemblyman Perry shares the stage with Dawn Thompson, mother of slain hoops star Tafare Berryman, while addressing the audience during halftime at the Tafare Berryman Memorial Basketball Classic at Tilden High School on January 14.
Assemblyman Perry's Intervention Gets Nassau Police Vow to Find Killer of Tafare Berryman

At Tilden High School many young people gathered to watch and participate in the First Annual Tafare Berryman Memorial Basketball Classic. The game was held in tribute to Tafare Berryman, and also to help raise funds to keep his memory alive. Tafare was a promising young graduate of Tilden HS who was on the right track and was a talented member of the basketball team.

Tafare Berryman, 22, was shot and killed just two weeks short of graduating with honors from C.W. Post last April outside a nightclub on Long Island. Nassau County Police say it was a case of mistaken identity, and was most likely perpetuated by a gang member.

Dawn Thompson, a distraught and grieving mother was unwilling to accept that her son's murder would go unsolved; she sought help from Assemblyman Perry, when she felt the Nassau County Police were not putting forth enough effort to find her son's killer. After receipt of the complaint a meeting was arranged by Assemblyman Perry through Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi. At this meeting Mrs. Thompson was assured by high level Nassau County Police officials that efforts would intensify and nothing will be spared in the efforts to find her son's killer.

The basketball classic featured a game between Tilden and Nazareth and raised over $1000, adding to an existing reward of over $10,000, for help in finding Tafare Berryman's killer.

Considering the possible gang involvement and the knowledge that gang activity has been increasing in our local community Assemblyman Perry will be conducting a forum on gang violence at this year's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus in Albany on February 18.

Working for You, Assemblyman Perry Off to a Fast Start in Albany

Assemblyman Nick Perry joined his Assembly colleagues in the passage of key pieces of legislation to deal with the problem of guns in our community in his first full week back in Albany for the 2006 Legislative session.

The Assembly continued its recent efforts to fight gun crimes by passing legislation that gives law enforcement officers vital tools to track down illegal guns, bans weaponry and reduces access to weaponry used to kill police officers, and keeps guns far out of the reach of felons. Assemblyman Perry was co-sponsor on each of the pieces of gun legislation, which have been sent to the Senate for further action.

An opening week of substantial legislative activity also produced benefits for the elderly and families of modest means to offset high energy costs which affect their quality of life. Bill A.9281 will expand the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Under the bill, New York will now contribute $200 million to the program.

Assemblyman Perry's office has assisted dozens of constituents in applying for HEAP benefits this winter.

photo Sanitation truck (Salter) damages five cars after a skid on icy East Flatbush Street on January 15.
Assemblyman Perry Puts Pressure on Department of Sanitation to Properly Maintain Our Streets during Winter Storms

On his way to church on Sunday, Assemblyman Nick Perry found Foster Avenue blocked by a fully loaded Department of Sanitation salt truck that skidded because the Department of Sanitation had failed to take the necessary action in salting to prevent the icy conditions that developed after last weekend's storm.

Appalled by the dangerous conditions of so many of our local streets Assemblyman Nick Perry reached out to local media to help put pressure on the Department of Sanitation to do the job that it has failed to do for so many years.

Continuing complaints from by Community Board 17, and residents throughout the 58th Assembly District have been met with inadequate response, as general neglect, persistent delay in sanding, salting and clearing local streets in snowstorms continues in the area.

Assemblyman Perry has joined Community Board 17 Chairman Michael Russell in appealing to the city in changing its policy of deploying Community Board 17 sanitation resources to the Belt Parkway, as local streets are neglected while residents have to endure dangerous, life threatening driving conditions. Please join Assemblyman Perry in fixing this problem by calling and voicing your complaint at Community Board 17 (718) 467-3536 and the Mayor's office (212) 788-3000.

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Drop by the Assemblyman Perry's District Office and pick up your copy today.