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 be chose by his colleagues as Chairman. He served 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 12th consecutive term in the 2014 General Election.
Assemblyman Perry is currently the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the New York Assembly, Chairman of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus, and Regional Chairman, (Region 2, NY & PA) National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL). Assemblyman Perry currently serves on the New York Assembly Committees on: Rules, Ways & Means, Codes, Banks, Labor, and Transportation.
Assemblyman Perry is married to Joyce and they have two children, daughter Novalie, and son Nickolas Alexander and one granddaughter Justine.