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Leaders Oppose ID System, Federal Immigration Program Draws Ire of Corona Pols, Advocates

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

October 14, 2010

Advocacy groups and elected officials in Corona last week denounced U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Secure Communities, an initiative aimed at modernizing how the organization identifies criminal aliens but one which the groups say will breed distrust of the police in immigrant neighborhoods.

“We cannot trust this system or trust ICE,” said Josh Epstein, staff attorney for the Immigrant Defense Project.

October 14, 2010
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Abuse cases on rise, more unreported

Queens Courier

by Pete Davis 

October 13, 2010 

Nineteen family-related homicides and 6,500 arrests in Queens alone last year. More than 250,000 police responses and 140,000 calls to a city hotline.

These are only some of the startling statistics related to domestic violence, an everyday occurrence for far too many people living throughout the city. 

During the past few years, the city and Queens have responded to more domestic violence calls with more arrests taking place. 

In 2007, police responded to approximately 230,000 domestic violence incidents and approximately 235,000 in 2008. The roughly 15,000 increase from 2008 to 2009 may be attributed to factors beyond just more incidents taking place. 

October 14, 2010
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Peralta Top "Green" Lawmaker

 

Queens Gazette

October 13, 2010

In the only scorecard that grades lawmakers on their environmental votes, the EPL/Environmental Advocates crowned state Senator Jose Peralta (D–Corona) with the top senate score. Other Queens Democrats in the senate to earn high scores were Shirley Huntley (D–Jamaica) and Toby Ann Stavisky (D–Whitestone). Republican Padavan received a low grade of 66 for this year.

Assemblymembers from Queens who got 90 grades were Grace Meng, Audrey Pheffer, David Weprin, Rory Lancman, Nettie Mayersohn, Andrew Hevesi, Margaret Markey, Barbara Clark, Jeff Aubry and Catherine Nolan, while Michael Gianaris and Michael DenDekker each got 89 and Michael Miller got an 84.

October 13, 2010
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Senator Peralta's Clergy Members' Breakfast to Address Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Senator Peralta will be holding a breakfast with clergy members to discuss identifying, treating and preventing domestic violence in our community.

Representatives from Safe Horizon, Queens District Attorneys' Office, New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and others will provide information concerning resources and services available for victims of domestic violence.

October 14, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Senator Jose R. Peralta Announces $50,000 in Funding to District Attorney’s Office and Safe Horizon to Combat Domestic Violence

(QUEENS, NY) - October 7, 2010 - New York State Senator Jose R. Peralta was joined by the District Attorney Richard Brown and Safe Horizon’s CEO Ariel Zwang to announce $50,000 in funding for domestic violence programs and initiatives in Queens. Senator Peralta has joined forces with the DA and Safe Horizon to address this insidious crime on the city and state level.

October 8, 2010
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Post Tornado Tree and Debris Removal

The City expects to finish clearing all remaining tornado debris within two to three more weeks.  If you would like to hire your own private contractor to remove trees or debris sooner, here is a list of the contractors that the Parks Department recommends and the work permit application for contractors to complete.  

File: 
List of approved contractors for NYC tree work

File: 
Application for tree removal work permit

September 29, 2010
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Senator Jose Peralta and Councilmember Danny Dromm Read to Children Participating in Reach Out and Read at Elmhurst Hospital

Senator José Peralta and Councilmember Danny Dromm read to Children participating in Reach Out and Read at Elmhurst Hospital. Peralta said "Reach Out and Read is the perfect prescription for our kids. Encouraging families to take some time to read will result in healthier families and smarter children. Reach out and Read is just what the doctor ordered."

Reach Out and Read (ROR) prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

September 20, 2010
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Doe Workers Hired to Clean Up Jackson Heights

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

September 16, 2010 

The grime and trash on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights has long frustrated residents and politicians in the area, but with state Sen. Jose Peralta’s (D-Jackson Heights) assistance, some familiar faces — and uniforms — will return to clean up the place. 

On Sept. 7, Peralta presented The Doe Fund, an organization dedicated to empowering the homeless, with a $250,000 check paid through discretionary funds for Doe’s “men in blue” to spruce up parts of Roosevelt Avenue, Astoria Boulevard, Northern Boulevard and LeFrak City four days a week. 

September 16, 2010
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United Community Civic Association Holds 9th Annual 9/11 Candlelight Memorial Ceremony

Queens Gazette

by Jason D. Antos

September 15, 2010

The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANY/NJ) held their ninth annual Memorial Candlelight Ceremony in McManus Memorial Park, 81st Street and the Grand Central Parkway service road in Astoria Heights, commemorating those who lost their lives in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Community leaders attended the September 7 event, including members of the NYPD, FDNY, PANY/NJ and families and friends of loved ones who were lost.

September 15, 2010
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Hands-On Demo of New Optical Scan Voting Machines

 

Starting this fall, all lever voting machines in NY state will be replaced with electronic optical scan voting machines.  Join Senator Peralta for a hands-on demonstration with the Board of Elections.  All participants will have the opportunity to try out the new voting machines.

September 21, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Peralta on Immigration

Senator Peralta speaks at the Daily News and CUNY's Citizenship Now event.

September 10, 2010
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New Legislation Targets Food Vendors

Queens Courier

by Yohanna Lucia Sufran

September 8, 2010 

If you often enjoy hotdogs, shish-kebab, or pretzels from local vendors, perhaps very soon you’ll be able to make sure that the vendors who sell you the food you consume in the city’s streets have passed health inspections.

State Senator Jose Peralta introduced new legislation which demands that the same system that requires restaurants to publicly display their inspection grades obtained from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMN), also be applied to street and stadium vendors.

The legislation will be introduced officially at the beginning of the next State Senate session in January 2011, and if it becomes law, vendors won’t have to display their grades until mid-2011.

September 8, 2010
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