N. Nick Perry
Noah Nicholas "Nick" Perry (born August 1, 1950) is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly. He currently represents District 58, which comprises East Flatbush, as well as portions of Canarsie and Brownsville, among other neighborhoods located in the borough of Brooklyn. Perry serves as the Deputy Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly, and is Chairman of the New York State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators.
Early life and military service
Born and raised in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica in Jamaica, Noah Nicholas Perry worked for Bustamante Industrial Trade Union before immigrating to the United States in 1971. The following year he volunteered for the United States Army, from which he was honorably discharged at the rank of Specialist Five in 1978 after having served as an active-duty serviceman for two years and inactive reserve for four years.
In 1983, Perry was appointed as a member of Community Board 17-he would ultimately become chairman of that board-and the following year he ran as a candidate for District Leader in the 42nd Assembly District. He would later serve as a member of the Executive Board of the 67th Police Precinct and as a director of Flatbush East Community Development Corporation.
In 1988, Perry ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the New York State Assembly's 43rd District, which covered East Flatbush and Crown Heights, where he lost to Clarence Norman Jr.. In 1991, he ran unsuccessfully for the 45th district of the New York City Council, where he lost to Lloyd Henry. Finally, in 1992, a new assembly district was added to serve the West Indians in East Flatbush and Flatlands. Perry would win the 58th District seat in the November 1992 election.
Since 2001, Perry has been the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Majority Conference. He also currently serves on the New York State Assembly Committees on Banks, Energy, Labor, Higher Education, Transportation, and Insurance. In the past he has served Chairman of the Assembly Subcommittee on Community Colleges, as well as Vice-Chairman of the Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus.
In 2006, Assemblyman Perry declared his candidacy for the 11th Congressional District in New York State, which was being vacated by retiring Congressman Major Owens, and for which four other Democratic Party candidates were contending. In May 2006 he withdrew from the congressional race, which was seen as potentially assisting the candidacy of City Councilwoman Yvette Clarke whose family also hails from the Caribbean. Yvette Clarke went on to win the seat with Nick Perry's strong backing.
He and his wife Joyce reside in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.
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