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Senator Jose Peralta: No Dream Act, no on Education Budget Bill

There were many unrelated items thrown into the Education Budget Bill that Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) disagrees with, but his main reason for voting no on the Senate floor was because of the exclusion of the Dream Act, a measure that would make thousands of undocumented immigrant college students eligible for the state’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).   

“Today is the birthday of the great labor leader César Chávez, and how appropriate, but yet sad, we have to talk about how decades later after his struggle, we still have to talk about the lack of dignity and the lack of respect for immigrants who came to this country to work hard and live the American Dream,” Senator Peralta said. “Here we go again. Another year, another budget that does not include the DREAM Act. This is beginning to look and sound like the movie Groundhog Day, in which the same day gets repeated over and over and over again. Another year of false fear mongering propaganda lead by the majority perpetuating an intolerant ideology that the sky will fall if we allow these undocumented kids to receive money from the Tuition Assistance program.”

“César Chávez would have turned 88, and to mark this day, dozens of CUNY and SUNY students ended the hunger strike they went on last week in an effort to have the DREAM Act included in this year’s budget. The DREAM Act is excluded from it, and for that reason, I am voting no on the education bill,” Senator Peralta said.

“I am sick and tired about being sick and tired of having my vote taken for granted, so therefore, I vote Nay,” said Senator Peralta on the Senate floor Wednesday night. “New York State and the DREAMers lost out here.”   

Senator Peralta noted he lost the battle but not the war. “I call upon governor Andrew Cuomo to make the DREAM Act a priority as he said throughout this entire budget process. I call upon the Governor to keep his promise and use his political capital to ensure the DREAM Act is passed before the end of this session. When he put the DREAM Act in his executive budget it lit a spark in the eyes of every DREAMer. He sent an infusion of hope and inspiration, but yet much to the dismay of all those DREAMers, the DREAM Act was taken out of the budget. I was disappointed, infuriated and devastated by this move.”

“We rather give tax credits to the rich so they can buy a yacht or a plane, or both, and keep thousands of hard-working undocumented immigrants from receiving financial aid to help them pay for their college tuition costs and obtain their degree as a path to a better life,” Senator Peralta added. “We are just trying to help our kids go to college, work and pay taxes. In other words, we must pave the way so they too can live the American Dream.”

Senator Peralta said, “I anxiously anticipate the day when I open a newspaper or click on a link to an article with a headline that reads: New York Dream Act, after years of broken promises, is now a Reality. CUNY and SUNY DREAMers wake up from their long-lasting nightmare.” 

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April 1, 2015
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Dreamers: "Cuomo nos abandonó cuando más lo necesitábamos"

As reported by El Diario:

En tanto, el senador estatal José Peralta, uno de los promotores del Dream Act en Albany, dijo que esta postergación de la norma es un “deja vú”. De acuerdo al político demócrata, el Dream Act habría costado 27 millones de dólares y calificó a los republicanos como “ilógicos”. “Se pagaría en unos pocos años. Ayudar a estos estudiantes indocumentados costaría 87 centavos al año a los contribuyentes”, comentó Peralta

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April 1, 2015
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With New Budget, Key Issues Championed by City Officials Left for Later

As reported by the Gotham Gazette:

As state budget negotiations delivered a new deal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was willing to drop many priorities from his spending plan, several of which are of great importance to New York City officials, including his sometime friend Mayor Bill de Blasio.

With adoption of the state's fiscal year 2016 budget, a host of progressive issues de Blasio and his allies touted were abandoned. Both Cuomo and the Democratic Assembly Majority headed by new Speaker Carl Heastie listed a host of major progressive touchstones in their budget proposals this year, such as paid family leave, a minimum wage increase, the DREAM Act, and more. Cuomo draped himself in several of these issues while campaigning in the city in 2014 and they were key parts to the budget plan he labeled the "2015 Opportunity Agenda."

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April 1, 2015
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March 31, 2015: Sen. Jose Peralta, Asm. Brian Kolb, Renate Hartman and Byrgen Finkelman, Dick Dadey

As reported by WCNY,

Sen. Jose Peralta (D – Queens) discusses the budget’s exclusion of the DREAM Act.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R – Canandaigua) shares his thoughts on what is and is not included in the budget.

Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility. Renate Hartman and Byrgen Finkelman, members of Affirming Transgender Rights, discuss the launch of stage one of a transgender discrimination campaign.

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April 1, 2015
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Immigration Reform News Update: New York DREAM Act Sponsors Respond Latest Setback in State Budget Debate

As reported by Latin Post,

Democratic New York State Sen. Jose Peralta, representing Queens' East Elmhurst, is the lead sponsor of the Senate DREAM Act legislation, and expressed he was "extremely disappointed and infuriated" with the DREAM Act's removal from the state budget's negotiations. In a statement sent to Latin Post, Peralta's office stated the DREAM Act's exclusion from the 2015-2016 New York State budget agreement is an "unfair and unjust action" for the Empire State and the DREAMer community.

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April 1, 2015
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Senate Passes 2015-16 State Budget

The New York State Senate passed a $142 billion 2015-16 State Budget that reflects the Senate’s commitment to strengthening the economy, increasing education funding by $1.4 billion to $23.5 billion and substantially restoring Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) cuts, reducing the tax burden on New Yorkers, and creating a brighter future for communities across the state. For the fifth straight year, the 2015-16 State Budget keeps within a two-percent spending cap, rejects tax increases, and turns a $10 billion deficit into a surplus within those five years.  Highlights of the 2015-16 State Budget include:

April 1, 2015
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FUNKE REACTS TO PASSAGE OF THE 2015-16 STATE BUDGET

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/wbAY7fjV_fY

Senator Rich Funke today reacted to the passage of the 2015-16 New York State Budget, his first as State Senator the 55th Senate District.

April 1, 2015
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Ministros Hispanos reciben a el Ex-Presidente Hipólito Mejía y José López

31 de  Marzo 2015 Para Publicación Inmediata Senador Rev. Ruben Diaz   Ministros Hispanos reciben a el Ex-Presidente Hipólito Mejía y José López  El Senador Rev. Rubén Díaz y la Organización de Ministros Hispanos de NewYork darán la bienvenida a dos importantes visitas, el ex-presidente de la República Dominicana  Hon. Hipólito Mejía y el Sr. José Lopez. Este importante reunión se llevará cabo este Jueves 2 de Abril a las 9:00 am en la Iglesia Cristiana de la Comunidad localizada en 1437 en la Avenida Longfellow (entre las Calles Jennings y Freeman).  

April 1, 2015
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Senator Rev Ruben Diaz Announces Thursday's Clergy Meeting Details

March 31, 2015For Immediate ReleaseSemator Rev. Rubén DíazSenator Rev Ruben Diaz Announces Thursday's Clergy Meeting DetailsSenator Reverend Ruben Diaz and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will welcome two visitors: the Honorable Hipólito Mejía, and Mr. José López to separately address the ministers at their weekly meeting on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 10AM at the Christian Community Neighborhood Church located at 1437 Longfellow Avenue (between Jennings and Freeman Street) in the Bronx.

April 1, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON BUDGET 2015-2016

"While there are many positive items in our state budget, it can also be spoken of in terms of lost opportunities. Additional funding for our schools, veterans, libraries and seniors are in a state budget that also falls short of real ethics reform, less reliance on state tests, and shortchanges individuals with disabilities. I am hopeful that items that were intentionally omitted from the budget, such as paid family leave and campaign reform, will be addressed during the remainder of the legislative session."

April 1, 2015
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FRESHMAN SENATOR DELIVERS

FRESHMAN SENATOR DELIVERS

Senator Serino’s Statement on the New State Budget 2015-16

 

ALBANY, NY— Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) proudly announced today that the new State Budget for 2015-16 includes major wins for residents of the 41st Senate District. The new budget’s emphasis on cutting spending and creating real, tangible jobs will provide a much needed boost to local economies and countless new opportunities for residents.

March 31, 2015
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Dos importantes visitas este Jueves en el Bronx. Hon. Hipólito Mejía y Mr. José Lopez

LO QUE USTED DEBE SABERPor el Senador Rev. Rubén DiazDistrito 32 Condado del Bronx, New York Tel. 718- 991 -3161Dos importantes visitas este Jueves en el Bronx. Hon. Hipólito Mejía y Mr. José LopezUsted debe saber que este Jueves 2 de Abril por la mañana durante la reunión semanal de La Organización de Ministros Hispanos de New York, estaremos recibiendo dos importantes visitas separadas la una de la otra.Sepa usted que la primera de esas visitas es el ex-presidente de la República Dominicana y actual Presidente del nuevo “Partido Revolucionario Moderno”,  Hon. Hipólito Mejía.

March 31, 2015
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Senator Hoylman Applauds Governor Cuomo for Barring Non-Essential Government Travel to Indiana

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership in barring non-essential state-funded travel to Indiana in the aftermath of its discriminatory new law, which is an assault on basic civil rights for LGBT Americans everywhere. The Governor has sent a strong message that New York will not tolerate legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians. 

"At the same time, I'm mindful that we have more work to do in Albany because transgender New Yorkers do not enjoy the same protections as the rest of us, and so I hope the outrage directed towards Indiana will also help spur new momentum on passing the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act."

March 31, 2015
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FUNKE: LOCAL BUDGET ITEMS ALREADY SET TO DELIVER FOR MONROE & ONTARIO COUNTIES

With support from local leaders and stakeholders, Senator Rich Funke today highlighted several key provisions already secured in the 2015-16 New York State Budget that will specifically benefit the 55th Senate District. 

March 31, 2015
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Sanders' Mobile Office Comes to the Hammel Houses

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) brought his mobile office to the Hammel Houses in Far Rockaway on March 27. There he met one-on-one with residents, listening to their concerns, which included issues such as public safety, improved lighting and renovations to the complex, which is still suffering from Hurricane Sandy damage.

March 31, 2015
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Release: Avella Applauds Queens Library Budget Meeting

(QUEENS, NY) State Senator Tony Avella today applauded the Queens Public Library for holding its first-ever public budget hearing, cementing a major step in library reform.

March 31, 2015
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