Veteran New York state Assemblyman Nick Perry (D-Brooklyn) appeared in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill to become the first Jamaican-born person to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Caribbean island nation.
To get the nomination, Perry spoke in his trademark lilting West Indian accent.
Perry also portrayed himself as the product of two worlds: raised in Jamaica but also a proud son of Brooklyn.
“This continuation of my lifelong journey of public service is deeply personal,” Perry said on Tuesday.
“I believe my experience and perspective, complemented by my background as an American who was born and raised in Jamaica, could contribute positively to strengthening our partnership with Jamaica,” Perry added.
Sources said Perry, 71 came to Brooklyn in 1971 as a teenager, joined the military, and graduated from Brooklyn College.
He began his public service as a chair of his local community board before winning an election for the first of 15 terms in the Assembly in 1992.
“I have dedicated my career in public service, working across diverse communities to build consensus,” he said.
According to reports, if the Brooklyn lawmaker is supported by the committee his nomination will go to the full Senate for approval.