Issues: Community Reinvestment

Thanks For Giving

As reported by the Queens Gazette:

State Senator Jose Peralta, in conjunction with Woodside on the Move, distributed nearly 600 free turkeys to local churches, soup kitchens, food pantries and senior centers, including New Life Pantry, Community United Methodist Church and Corona Senior Center.

Hundreds of 10- to- 12- pound frozen turkeys were picked up Saturday morning from a Fresh Direct truck in front of Peralta’s office. The rest were picked up at Food Bazaar supermarkets in Jackson Heights and Corona with vouchers provided by the senator ’s office.

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December 1, 2014

State Senator Jeff Klein and Throggs Neck Homeowners Association Host Community Bingo Night

BRONX, NY –  Tuesday night before Thanksgiving was filled with fun, friends, games and prizes as State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and the Throggs Neck Homeowners Association hosted the Senator’s monthly bingo night at Villa Barone Manor, in Throggs Neck. The event was attended by more than 100 community members and featured numerous rounds of bingo, light snacks, refreshments and dozens of prizes donated by local businesses.

November 26, 2014

Senator Valesky Drops Off Donation to Food Bank of CNY

Senator David Valesky stopped by the Food Bank of CNY on November 24, 2014 to drop off a donation check. The amount, $1,926.04, is based on the total weight of items collected at his e-recycling event in October: 113,383 lbs of e-waste! This donation will provide 7,000 meals for the patrons of the Food Bank's services. With Senator Valesky are, from left, Alice Kim, director of government relations for Time Warner Cable; Kathleen Stress, Food Bank of CNY's executive director; and Craig Wilson, community liaison for Senator Valesky.

November 24, 2014

Senator Jeff Klein Donates More Than 100 Turkeys to Bronx Families & Seniors

BRONX, NY - With Thanksgiving just around the corner, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced the donation of more than 100 turkeys to numerous organizations, local groups and residents across the 34th Senate District.  On Monday he visited grandmothers planning Thanksgiving meals at the Pelham Parkway Houses, which is home to some 2,500 children and families. The donation was made in conjunction with the Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) Program.

November 24, 2014

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta, Lead Sponsor Of The NYS DREAM Act, On President Obama's Executive Order

"The good news is that millions of upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will now be able to continue contributing to our economy without having to live and work in fear of deportation.

"The bad news is that millions of other upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will remain in the shadows of our economy and society.

"President Obama is to be applauded for taking a strong first step toward long-overdue reform of our broken immigration system.  Like the president, we in New York should not wait on Congress to make additional necessary repairs.

"The DREAM Act is sensible, compassionate public policy.  It is the law in Texas, a red state, California, a blue state, and New Mexico, a purple state.  Here, the New York DREAM Act is supported by editorial boards throughout the state, including those at newspapers as different as the New York Post, The New York Times and the Daily News.

"Let’s follow the bipartisan example of the five states that have already passed a DREAM Act.  Let's collaborate in New York on making an investment in our young people, our economy and our state’s future that will pay for itself several times over."


November 21, 2014

Peralta wants avenue under single precinct

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

Roosevelt Avenue, a major corridor that runs from Sunnyside to Flushing, is known as the “Old Times Square” for its high crime rates and deteriorating infrastructure in certain areas.

The street acts as a border for two precincts — the 115th to the north and the 110th to the south — something state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said limits the police’s ability to adequately serve the community to its capability.

“It becomes an issue, not only with crime or cleanliness, but the day-to-day issues as well,” the senator said. “It’s an issue people have complained about for years in regards to Roosevelt.”

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November 21, 2014

Senator Klein, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and and the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Honor First Graduates of Bronx H.I.R.E. Survivors Program

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr, and Bronx Chamber of Commerce executives celebrated the graduation of the first class of women enrolled in the Bronx H.I.R.E. Domestic Violence Survivors Job Readiness and Internship Program Thursday. The graduation marks the first step in securing domestic violence survivors good jobs that will lead them on a path to financial independence.

November 20, 2014

Reclaiming CHARAS for Community Use

On November 17, Senator Hoylman joined Council Member Rosie Mendez, former Council Member Margarita Lopez, Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, SOCCC-64 and other advocates at a community town hall regarding the former PS-64/CHARAS site. He was proud to offer his support in reclaiming the building for community use and will continue to fight with Loisaida residents in the months ahead.



November 19, 2014


Bronx H.I.R.E jobs program draws more than 100 former service men and women looking for work

BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), along with members of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, hosted a Bronx H.I.R.E. job fair at Hutchinson Metro Center Wednesday afternoon aimed at helping veterans secure employment. The job fair drew more than 100 job seekers. The event followed the Bronx Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Veterans Luncheon at F & J Pine Tavern in Bronxdale.

November 19, 2014

Senator Valesky Attends Groundbreaking for Rescue Mission Facility

Senator Valesky joined other local officials and representatives from the Rescue Mission on November 17 for a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the organization's future Emergency Shelter/Day Center facility. Construction has begun on the building, and the project is expected to be finished in late summer 2015. The new facility will increase emergency shelter bed capacity from 132 currently to 183 beds.

November 17, 2014

Lawmaker wants to end the divide of Roosevelt Avenue

As reported by the Times Ledger:

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) believes there is an easy way for the city to improve conditions on Roosevelt Avenue: single command of the commercial corridor by a single police precinct.

The senator sent a letter to NYPD Commissioner William Bratton explaining the problem along his district’s main business corridor.

“At present, the 115th Precinct is responsible for policing the north side of Roosevelt Avenue, while the 110th handles the south side,” he wrote. “A dividing line running miles down the center of a busy street makes no sense and almost certainly stretches resources thin. It also makes it more difficult to institute community policing measures when smaller neighborhood enclaves are split in half. Worse yet, it creates a situation where an officer is not technically responsible for responding to a crime taking place across the street.”

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November 12, 2014

NYRCR Planning Committee 3rd Public Engagement Event

Yonkers residents are encouraged to attend the third public event for the NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program to help Yonkers become more flood resilient.

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PMLocation: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 

Participants will have the opportunity to:

November 13, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Redeveloping the Bevier Building

I was pleased to join officials from the City of Rochester, Monroe County and area developers to announce details about the redevelopment of the historic Bevier Building in downtown Rochester. I have been to countless groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings, but this was my first Tape and Spackling ceremony! When completed, this project will feature office space and 15 loft-style apartments, and is the latest example of the revitalization of downtown Rochester!

November 6, 2014

In a Syracuse park scarred by shootings, officials open a creekside place to 'take a break'

By Tim Knauss on October 28, 2014 at 7:10 PM, updated October 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mayor Stephanie Miner today dedicated a new observation deck overlooking Onondaga Creek in Kirk Park that city officials call the "Outdoor Classroom" because it will be used to teach kids about the creek.

Miner was joined at a news conference by Cesar Perales, secretary of the New York Department of State, which provided funding for the project through its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. State Sen. David Valesky, Common Councilor Bob Dougherty and other officials also attended.

November 3, 2014


BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced that he has secured $1.5 million in state funding that will go towards the construction of a new baseball field at the Throgs Neck Houses. Klein delivered the exciting news to those in attendance at the Throgs Neck Resident Council meeting which took place Thursday evening at the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx. The funding, which has been appropriated to the New York City Housing Authority, will enable residents of the housing complex to enjoy new recreational and athletic activities in their own backyard.

October 24, 2014

New Rochelle Library Tour

(New Rochelle - October 21st) Senator Stewart-Cousins toured the New Rochelle Library with Director Tom Geoffino, Assembly Member Steve Otis and Library Board of Trustees President Haina Just-Michael. She learned about the updates to the facility thanks to funding she voted to approve for state Library Construction Grants. New Rochelle Library received nearly $77,000 for the downtown and Huguenot Children's Library locations combined.

October 23, 2014

MTA, DCP Look For Broader Transportation Access

As reported by the Queens Tribune:   

Multiple City agencies are looking to expand transportation access in Western Queens.

A long awaited Long Island Rail Road station may come to fruition in Elmhurst now that the MTA has earmarked $40 million for the project in its proposed 2015-2019 Capital Plan. The station would be on the Port Washington Branch.

Elected officials have voiced their support of the plan.

“We welcome the proposals with open arms,” State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said, adding that commuters “need and deserve” the LIRR station and other upgrades proposed in the capital plan. 

For full article, click here.

October 21, 2014

White Plains Public Library Visit

(White Plains - October 17th) Senator Stewart-Cousins had a great visit to the White Plains Public Library with Assembly Member David Buchwald, Librarian Brian Kenney and Foundation Executive Director Libby Hollahan who showed them the improvements. The most fascinating part to the Senator was to see a 3D printer in action, and a drum set available for use - a real creative outlet far beyond the books and computers we've come to know at our libraries. This was a result of the $67,469 the Legislature approved.

October 19, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #35: Help For Existing Businesses, Not Just New Ones

New York has the dubious distinction of ranking dead last among the 50 states in a survey of business tax climates. The governor’s initiative, START-UP NY, represented an out-of-the-box approach to lure jobs here.

However, we simply cannot earmark all of our tax breaks, credits and incentives for new businesses. The strength of an economy comes from existing business, and reducing their competitiveness to new companies can result in too many good jobs being lost.

October 9, 2014

Mohawk Valley Legislative Delegation Pledges Support for Remington Arms, Ilion Workforce

ALBANY- State legislators representing the Mohawk Valley have pledged their continued support to venerable Herkimer County manufacturer Remington Arms.  In light of the state’s adoption of strict new guns laws in 2013, recent out of state expansions, and the announcement of job layoffs in Ilion, the state elected officials publicly recommitted their unrelenting support for Remington and its employees.

In a letter to Remington Chairman and CEO George Kollitides, the legislators wrote:

October 8, 2014
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