Deputy Mayor Perry Pettus
Perry Pettus is the deputy mayor of the Incorporated Village of Hempstead, serving under Don Ryan. Previously, Perry served as a trustee, a position he held since 2002.
As a trustee, he took on Hempstead landlords over poor conditions to which tenants in apartment buildings were exposed. He utilized his negotiating skills to bring the two sides together to help resolve tenant issues. He has effectively used the media to bring issues to light, not only for exposure, but to resolve issues.
As a successful local businessman, Pettus has brought effective business skills to his position. He has already built business/government partnerships, which have benefited the community.
He resurrected legislation requiring the Village to contract a portion of its business with minority contractors and continues to fight for its passage; and he has passed legislation to lower speed limits in school zones, and has proposed legislation to beautify the business district by removing unsightly security gates. Campaigning on quality of life issues, Pettus has worked to ensure all residents of Hempstead can enjoy the quality of life they deserve.
Perry Pettus strongly believes in community policing and that an effective police force is there to serve and protect all of the village's residents.
He recently provided scholarships to individuals from the community who were interested in taking the NCPD test. His efforts will help give Hempstead Village Police Department a list of community based candidates.
His community contributions have not gone unnoticed .as he has received numerous awards and citations from organizations like the Hempstead NAACP, Hofstra University, 100 Black Men, The Central Nassau Club, The Black and Puerto Rican Caucus) The Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, Operation Get Ahead, and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, to name a few.
Pettus is the proprietor HUB Auto Care in Hempstead which recently celebrated its 20th year of quality service in the community.
He and his wife Kennetha have five children.