Ambassador N. Nickolas Perry was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the Ambassador to Jamaica on March 10, 2022. He is the first person born in Jamaica to hold this position.
Nick Perry, is a former New York State Assemblyman. He represented the 58th district for thirty years. The 58th district includes parts of East Flatbush, Canarsie, Brownsville and Crown Heights.
Nick Perry was born and raised in Jamaica. The fourth of five sons in a family of eleven children. He completed his secondary education at Kingston College (high school) where he attended on a full scholarship. He worked for the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union before departing for the United States in the summer of 1971.
Upon arriving in the United States, Perry volunteered for the Selective Service, was drafted into the U.S. Army, and served two years on active duty and four years on reserve status. Perry attended college on the G.I. Bill, graduating from Brooklyn College with a B.A, in Political Science and later studied for a M.A. in Public Policy and Administration.
After college, Perry became involved in community organizing and gained recognition as an effective advocate in his community. He was appointed to the local Community Board, where he demonstrated such leadership skills that he was elected Board Chairman and re-elected to five consecutive terms.
Ambassador Perry was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 1992. In November 2020, Perry was re-elected unopposed to his 15th consecutive two-year term. He was cited in New York media as the Winner of all Winners in the Nov. 3rd general election. Perry received the highest vote total of anyone running for legislative or executive office; 99.85% of the votes in the assembly district 58th. As an Assemblyman, Perry was the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore, and served on the Committees on Ways and Means, Rules, Codes, Labor, Transportation and Banks. He was also Regional Vice Chairman of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
Ambassador Perry is married to Joyce (nee Mahabeer) and they have two children, daughter Novalie Indira, and son, Nickolas Alexander. They have one granddaughter, Justine Skyers.