Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bill Perkins Wins Special Election to Fill Harlem City Council Seat

State Senator Bill Perkins is going back to the New York City Council.

The longtime Harlem lawmaker pulled off a win Tuesday in a special election to replace Inez Dickens, who won a seat in the state Assembly back in November.

Perkins won about one-third of the vote in a crowded field, according to the unofficial results from the Board of Elections.

Perkins was certainly the heavyweight in this race. He had by far the most name recognition as a longtime politician. But his history in government was also used against him at times in this contest. He faced attacks for being a career politician.

Perkins had the support of City Hall and Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

Perkins was competing against eight other candidates for the Council seat in a district that has undergone some tremendous changes in recent years, with gentrification and rising housing costs a near-constant concern for many longtime residents. 

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Source: Time Warner Cable News (NY1 News) 

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