Schumer swears in Nick Perry for 15th term
By Nelson A. King
US Senate Majority Leader,
Charles “Chuck” Schumer on
Sunday swore in veteran Brooklyn
Assemblyman, N. Nick Perry
for his 15th term in the New
York State Assembly.
“It’s a great day to be here
for my dear friend, who helped
me get elected to the Senate
22 years ago,” said Schumer
before administering the oath
during a truncated ceremony
at the Church of God of East
The ceremony took place
immediately following the 11:00
am. service at the church, and
was presided over by Bishop R.
C. Hugh Nelson.
“Nick earned his way the oldfashioned
way,” Schumer told
the ceremony, which included
the Jamaican-born legislator’s
wife, Joyce; their children,
Novalie and Nickolas; and
granddaughter, Justine. “It’s
a great day for everybody, for
Nick, for his family, for the
58th Assembly District, and for
New York State Assembly
Speaker, Carl Heastie and New
York City Comptroller, Scott
Stringer participated via video.
“I’m looking forward to working
with you for many years to
come,” said Stringer, a candidate
for New York City mayor.
Mercedes Narcisse, a Haitian
born registered nurse and
candidate for the 46th Council
District in Brooklyn, also
addressed the ceremony.
“Mr. Nick Perry, he’s a leader
for justice, a leader who not just
put his trust in publicity but in
justice,” she emphasized. “Mr.
Perry, thank you for the 15th
term in the Assembly.”
The Rev. Pauline Gayle,
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and
Pandit Bhara Bisesar provided
additional in-person blessings;
and vocalist Felina Backer gave
a rousing rendition of “Order
After swearing-in, Perry
gave a brief inaugural address,
thanking Schumer, his constituents
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and the community for
“taking some time to share this
moment with me.
“I don’t know how many
times I’ll do this…the 29th
year serving in the Assembly,”
“Thank you, senator, for taking
time from your busy schedule,”
he told Schumer. “I’m
Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer administers oath to Assemblyman N. Nick Perry, as his wife,
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happy not only to have you as
my senator but as the majority
leader in the US Senate. New
York is proud to have you as
New York’s senator and America’s
“My wife, we have been married
for 49 years, and I have no
regrets,” Perry added. “Serving
in public office, I really need
“I thank the people of the
58th Assembly District for
placing their trust in me and
for re-electing me to represent
them as their Member of
Assembly, and to be their voice
in Albany,” he continued. “I
never take for granted this privilege,
and I again express my
pledge to serve selflessly, with
honor, dignity and integrity.
“I will be available and
responsive to protect and fight
for the best interests of all my
constituents,” the assemblyman
said. “I work for you.”
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