New York Assemblyman N. Nick Perry was born and raised in the parish of St. Andrew, Jamaica. The fourth of five sons in a family of eleven children, he completed his secondary education at Kingston College (H.S.) where he attended on a full scholarship, and worked for the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union before migrating to the U.S. in the summer of 1971. Upon arriving in the U.S., Perry volunteered for the U.S. Army where he served for two years of active duty and four years on reserve status. He is the recipient of several service medals and was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist E-5. Perry then attended college on the G.I. Bill, graduating from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Political Science, and later studied for an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration. While in college Perry was a student leader and student rights activist. After college Perry got involved with community organizing and gained recognition as an effective advocate and strong leader in his community. He was appointed to the local Community Board, where he demonstrated the leadership skills that propelled him to election by his colleagues as Chairman. He was reelected to five consecutive one-year terms, during which he served on the Brooklyn Borough Board. Assemblyman Perry was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 1992 to represent the 58th Assembly District in Brooklyn. Assemblyman Perry ran unopposed, and was reelected to serve his 10th consecutive term in the 2010 General Election.
- Assemblyman Perry is the Chairman of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators.
- Regional Chairman (Region 2-NY & PA) National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL)
- For the current term Assemblyman Perry was appointed by Speaker Sheldon Silver to serve as the Deputy Majority Leader.
Transportation Recent Legislative Accomplishments
- Cyber Crime Youth Rescue Act-The bill authored by Assemblyman Perry offers a second chance to teens that make the poor decision of sending explicit content electronically, the practice is commonly known as “sexting.” Under the Cyber Crime Youth Rescue Act a first time youthful offender who did not have the intent to commit a criminal offense, and was not aware that his/her actions constituted a crime, would be diverted to an education program and given a chance to have the charge dismissed upon successful completion of the program rather than be criminally prosecuted. Signed into law by Governor Cuomo, October, 2011.
- The Taxpayer Refund Choice Act ensures that New Yorkers who are due tax refunds can still opt to receive a paper check in the mail. Had the NYS Tax Department been allowed to implement its program, New Yorkers would have been subject to possible fees and penalties, which occur via bank transactions. Under the Taxpayer Refund Choice Act, if the state establishes a program to pay refunds by prepaid debit card or direct deposit, the income tax forms will indicate that the taxpayer has the option of receiving his or her refund by various methods, including by personal check, and check boxes will be provided on the income tax forms to allow the person to select the desired option. Signed into law by Governor Cuomo, August, 2011.