Issues: Constituents Corner

Senator Jose Peralta proposes the construction of a permanent addition to PS 143 to alleviate chronic overcrowding

State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), joined by about 100 parents, today proposed to build a permanent addition to Corona’s Public School 143, The Louis Armstrong Elementary School, to alleviate the chronic overcrowding at the facility. The new annex would replace the current mini-building and the six temporary classroom units (trailers).

“No child should be educated in a trailer,” Senator Peralta said. “Especially in 21st Century New York City, to have kids learning in trailers is just unthinkable and it must stop.”

Senator Peralta noted the area where the building would be constructed belongs to the Parks and Recreation Department. Senator Peralta has continually reached out to Parks, the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority starting two years ago asking the city agencies to work together and consider his proposal.

In response to the proposal, then Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm wrote: “We agree that one potential solution to the overcrowding at P.S. 143 would be to build a permanent addition on site where the mini-building and temporary classroom units (TCUs) are currently located. As you are aware, that land is owned by the Parks Department.”

Last April, in relation to the proposal to build a permanent addition to PS 143, the Parks Department wrote to Senator Peralta and said, “my staff has been in discussions with the School Construction Authority regarding the proposed school expansion that would result in the permanent elimination of a portion of a jointly-operated playground.” The Department added, “Parks and the SCA agreed to work together to address the open space requirements for the school and surrounding community should a permanent school annex be constructed.”

“As of today, there has been no response to the proposal and obviously no action has been taken,” Senator Peralta lamented. “I understand the need for recreational area, but PS 143 is atypical to schools in my community in that there is a good deal of open and recreational space on its grounds and immediately nearby.”

PS 143 was built for about 900 students, and today enrolls about 1,800. Because of this acute overcrowding, the first lunch period begins at 9.50 a.m.

“We, as parents, support Senator Peralta’s proposal. And if the new building becomes a reality, I am sure the academic achievements of our kids will improve because there would be less students per classroom,” said Angelica Salgado, mother of a first and third graders at PS 143 and president of the Parent-Teacher Association. “We need this annex. Our kids deserve better.”

“Our children deserve better,” Senator Peralta, member of the New York Senate Committee on Education, said. “I will not rest until there is a seat for every child. That is the least I can do to ensure that our kids are educated in a decent environment and not in run-down trailers. Good intentions are fine, but time has come to act. And again, I hope the Department of Education, the School Construction Authority and the Parks Department go beyond good words and make the proposal to build a permanent addition to PS 143 real.”

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April 14, 2015
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Senator Serrano Meets with Constituents During Bronx Constituent Services Hours

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano met with his constituents at the Mitchell Houses Senior Center in The Bronx for his Bronx Constituent Services Hours. The Senator provides off-site constituent services hours each day (except Fridays) in various neighborhoods throughout the 29th Senate district.

April 14, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN CELEBRATES OPENING DAY IN THE BRONX

Klein Marches With Hundreds of Little Leaguers in Pelham & Riverdale, Throws First Pitch at Ambrosini Field on City Island

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with hundreds of little leaguers, local families, community members and elected officials, today celebrated opening day in the Bronx – touring little league parades in Pelham, Riverdale and on City Island. Klein marched along with children and families, cheered on youngsters in uniform and threw the first pitch at City Island’s home opener at Ambrosini Field.  

April 11, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN, THROGGS NECK HOUSES RESIDENTS’ COUNCIL & COMMUNITY BOARD 10 HOST FIRST EVER SPRING COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAY IN THE BRONX

Klein, Local Volunteers, Police Service Area #8 Explorers Join Together to Beautify Throggs Neck Houses

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Assemblyman Benedetto (D-Bronx), the Throggs Neck Houses Residents’ Council, Community Board 10 and volunteers from the Police Service Area #8 Explorers, today held the first ever spring community clean-up day at the Throggs Neck Houses in the Bronx. Senator Klein co-sponsored the event, joining in the fun with local volunteers as they collected trash and debris, cleared walkways and picked up after the long winter.

April 10, 2015
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Donate Dresses to Senator Parker's 8th Annual Prom Dress Giveaway!

Help young ladies find their perfect prom dress!

April 8, 12:00 PM - May 14, 4:00 PM
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GIBSON AND SERINO UNITE TO SERVE SHARED CONSTITUENCY

 

GIBSON AND SERINO UNITE TO SERVE SHARED CONSTITUENCY

Officially Open Hyde Park District Office

 

ALBANY, NY— Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) and New York State Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park), came together today to celebrate the Grand Opening of their shared district office located on Route 9 in Hyde Park.

April 6, 2015
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Senator Jose Peralta calls for a Street Vendor Policy Commission

Coexistence between street vendors and brick-and-mortar retailers is critical to the social and economic development of our neighborhoods and communities. This is why State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) introduced a bill in the Senate calling for the creation of a street vendor policy commission to modernize the regulation that govern street vending.

“Street vendors and mom-and-pop stores sustain families and are a established fixture and essential parts of our communities,” Senator Peralta said. “I strongly believe street vendors and brick-and-mortar businesses can peacefully coexist. My bill calls for a revamped Street Vendor Review Panel that includes all stakeholders to study the problems and provide recommendations.”

Senator Peralta noted, “Nobody is happy with the current system. Local residents complain, street vendors complain, small retailers complain. The system is in disarray. A decade of inaction on issues surrounding street vendors has highlighted the urgent need for reform.”

Senator Peralta said the commission to regulate street vending would be composed of nine members: five representing relevant city agencies (director of the Department of City Planning or designee; commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs or designee; commissioner Department of Transportation or designee; commissioner of the Department of Small Business services or designee; and the commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene or designee), two members representing street vendors’ interests, and two members representing the interests of small business owners.

The street vendor policy commission would evaluate and make recommendations, among other subjects, on the following:

Lifting the caps on street vendor permits;

Establishing a mechanism to rescind licenses of those who illegally rent out credentials;

Creating zoning regulations and structures to reduce sidewalk and street congestion;

Create a letter grading system for the street vendors similar to that of the restaurants;

Reducing fines for minor violations and focus on serious health, safety, traffic and sanitation violations; and

Establishing a mediation process in which street vendors and business owners can resolve conflicts.

“Leaving the system as is will only lead to more frustration. Inaction is not an option, and establishing a street vendor policy commission with a clear mandate would go a long way to regulate the system,” Senator Peralta said. The Senator’s district includes Roosevelt Avenue from 75th to 114th streets, a stretch filled with mom-and-pop operations, streets vendors, and vehicle and foot traffic.

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March 30, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS 20TH ANNUAL EASTER BUNNY BREAKFAST AND MAGIC SHOW

Klein Participates in Bronx and Westchester Easter Egg Hunts – Celebrating the Spring Season with Hundreds of Children and Families

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 300 Bronx children and families, held his 20th annual Easter Bunny Breakfast and Magic Show at Villa Barone Manor in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx on Saturday, March 28th. Bronxites of all ages enjoyed a free breakfast, fun-filled magic show, build-a-bunny workshop, face painting and an appearance by a very special guest: the Easter Bunny.

March 30, 2015
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State Senate 2014 Veteran's Hall of Fame Bill Moye Turns 100!

(New Rochelle - March 26th) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrated the 100th birthday of Bill Moye of New Rochelle. He's a World War II veteran that the Senator inducted into the State Senate's Veteran's Hall of Fame in 2014. The New Rochelle Housing Authority held a celebration.

March 27, 2015
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E-Newsletter Updates

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2015

March 25, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: CONSUMER PROTECTION FORUM: Do You Know Your Consumer Rights?

Please join us for a special informational forum on: KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS AS A CONSUMER

March 26, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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SENATOR SKELOS ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF NEW TASK FORCE ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development and appointed Senators Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) and George A. Amedore, Jr. (R-C-I, Rotterdam) as Co-Chairs. The Task Force will review the state’s existing programs designed to train both job seekers and existing employees for current and prospective employment opportunities, as well as help develop new initiatives to improve employee readiness, meet the needs of private sector employers, and create well-paying jobs to grow New York’s economy. 

March 20, 2015
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March 19, 2015
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Senate Passes Brighter Future Budget Plan

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

I am pleased to report that the State Senate is moving the State Budget process forward with a balanced, fiscally responsible plan that will cut taxes, control spending and build a brighter future for Western New York. 

 

The Senate one-house budget resolution reflects many of my major budget priorities, especially securing continued funding for Roswell Park, ending the GEA budget cuts, providing more direct tax relief to homeowners and small businesses, and maintaining our roads and bridges.  

 

March 18, 2015
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Troop 2 Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony

(Hastings-on-Hudson - March 15th) The Senator presenting a proclamation to Zachary Armacost at the Troop 2 Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony recognizing his achievements.

March 17, 2015
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South Middle School Chorus Performs in Albany

I would like to thank Director Caroline Stupple and the members of the South Middle School Chorus from Newburgh Enlarged City School District for traveling to Albany to perform during the New York State School Music Association's "Music In Our Schools" month.

March 17, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN CELEBRATES ST. PATRICK’S DAY WITH THOUSANDS OF BRONXITES AT 17TH ANNUAL THROGGS NECK PARADE

Klein Donates More Than 5,000 Shamrock Cookies to Parade Marchers In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Bronx), Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx), community and civic leaders, and thousands of Bronxites, marched in the 17th annual Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Bronx this past Sunday.

March 16, 2015
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NYACCE Student of the Year

The New York Association for Continuing/Community Education named Alejandra Perez of Newburgh as one of their 2015 Student of the Year recipients.

March 11, 2015
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Hoylman Applauds NYS Liquor Authority Decision to Deny Liquor License Renewal for Disruptive Hudson Square Nightclub “Greenhouse”

Decision Comes Following Community Complaints and Joint Letter Urging Denial of License 

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “I’m very pleased the New York State Liquor Authority has decided to once and for all deny a liquor license renewal to this disruptive and dangerous nightclub. This establishment’s violent culture, along with its excessive noise and litter regularly interfered with the lives of too many of my constituents and while Greenhouse closed in April of 2014, today’s decision means that the surrounding community can rest knowing it will not return. 

March 11, 2015
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