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Fire safety campaign launched at LeFrak City after deadly blaze

As reported by the Times Ledger:

In response to the New Year’s Eve fatal fire that killed three members of a Lefrak City family, the FDNY and elected officials launched a fire safety campaign to try to prevent similar tragedies from happening.

Louise Jean-Charles, 59; her husband Napoleon Michel, 69; and cousin Nadia Donnay, 37, died in the blaze while they were cooking a traditional Haitian soup to celebrate the new year.

“New Yorkers awoke on New Year’s Day to the news of the horrific tragedy that struck LeFrak City just as we were ringing in 2015,” said state Sen. José Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). “If not for the courage of our firefighters in the face of difficult conditions, it might very well have been an even worse tragedy.”

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February 11, 2015
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State Senator Hosts Annual Coat Drive

As reported by NY1:

NY1 VIDEO: Queens residents come together to make sure needy families have something warm to wear during the freezing weather.

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January 12, 2015
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Queens Coat Drive Aims To Help Those In Need

As reported by WINS:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Help is coming for more than 1,200 people who need coats in Queens.

Boxes and bags of coats have been donated at local businesses and is being distributed through churches, shelters and family outreach centers.

Sen. Jose Peralta helped organize the coat drive and explained to CBS2 why it is so important.

“People really can’t afford a coat and now, especially now during the winter months, the early winter months where temperatures are falling to single digits, we need to make sure that people have coats,” Peralta said.

The coat drive has been an annual event since 2011 and is growing bigger each year.

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January 12, 2015
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The New York Immigration Coalition has once again unveiled its Immigrant Equality Agenda for the state

As reported by the Daily News:

Passing the New York State DREAM Act, supporting border children and making sure that New Yorkers can apply for administrative relief are the three items at the top of this year’s Immigrant Equality Agenda. But with Republicans in full control of the state Senate, implementing them seems like a distant possibility.

Compiled annually by immigrant community leaders under the umbrella of the New York Immigration Coalition, the agenda lists what they think are the 10 most important state budget and policy priorities for immigrants. It was unveiled Jan. 5 at simultaneous press conferences on the steps of City Hall, in Westchester and on Long Island.

This was the 18th consecutive year in which immigrant community leaders got together with state and local representatives to urge them to adopt the agenda as a blueprint for state initiatives.

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January 12, 2015
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FDNY to Hold Fire Safety Classes at LeFrak City Following Deadly New Year's Day Fire

As reported by NY1:

NY1 VIDEO: A deadly New Year's Day fire prompted state Senator Jose Peralta to bring fire safety education to that neighborhood, and the FDNY will be hosting two fire safety classes to LeFrak City residents on January 14 and January 21.

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January 12, 2015
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Fire safety education campaign launched at LeFrak City following fatal New Year’s Eve blaze

As reported by Queens Courier:

A new campaign has been launched at LeFrak City to help educate residents to prevent a tragedy like the New Year’s Eve fire, which killed three people, from occurring again.

Just minutes before ringing in 2015, an unattended pot of a traditional Haitian soup cooking on a stove sparked a fire that left three dead in their Corona apartment and sent flames shooting from the ninth-floor balcony, officials said.

The FDNY determined the blaze was accidental and no working smoke detectors were found in the home.

Police identified the victims, all residents of the apartment, as Nadia Donnay, 37, Louise Jean-Charles, 59, and Napolean Michel, 69.

In response to the fire, state Sen. Jose Peralta, together with the FDNY, LeFrak City Organization and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, announced on Thursday the launch of a fire safety education campaign for the apartment complex.

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January 12, 2015
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Talks over fate of Bruson Building

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

With an estimated 72,000 square feet spread over four floors, the Bruson Building in Jackson Heights is a prime piece of real estate. The building is also undergoing reconstruction following a fire last April, and the public is being called upon regarding how to best put the space to use.

All interested parties are invited to attend a town hall meeting on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, located at 37-06 77 St.

Spearheading the meeting is state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights).

“For the past several months, many members of the community have approached me about the kinds of tenants they’d like to see occupying the vacant spaces after renovations are done,” Peralta said in a statement. “After speaking to some potential tenants and the building’s owner, I thought a town hall meeting would be the best way to exchange ideas.”

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January 12, 2015
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Construction Slated For Armstrong Annex

As reported by Queens Tribune:

An expanded Louis Armstrong House Museum is ready for its downbeat.

A curving, glassy annex to the Corona museum is expected to break ground this spring or summer, director Michael Cogswell said. The project has support from Community Board 3 and local officials, and the Board of Standards and Appeals granted variances permitting its construction last year. Construction plans were filed on Dec. 26 with the Dept. of Buildings.

This project has broad support from local officials, including State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who called the planned center “a magnificent addition to the Borough’s increasingly vibrant cultural scene.”

“The center will be a glittering jewel in the Queens crown, another compelling attraction to what is already recognized as the country’s best tourist destination,” he added.

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January 12, 2015
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Fire safety campaign launched at Queens complex after tragic New Year's Eve fire

As reported by the Daily News:

Knowledge is power — and it could save lives.

That’s the message behind a fire safety campaign a Queens lawmaker is launching Thursday at the housing complex where a tragic New Year’s Eve blaze killed three people cooking a traditional Haitian soup.

The FDNY will lead a series of workshops at LeFrak City to educate residents.

“Sometimes these lifesaving tools are as simple as making sure the battery of a smoke detector works,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens).

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January 12, 2015
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Let’s Make Students’ DREAMs Reality

As reported by the Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Peralta and State Comproller Thomas DiNapoli:

There is an injustice that needs to be corrected in our state’s Tuition Assistance Program. Currently, the program does not provide assistance to all the young men and women who need it, because it does not accept applications from undocumented students who were brought into this country at a young age.

New York State’s proposed DREAM Act would right this wrong and make the Tuition Assistance Program available to undocumented students across the state. As the new legislative session starts tomorrow, the governor and the state Legislature should swiftly enact this legislation.

New York was one of the first states in the nation to offer in-state tuition rates to undocumented students. We have always been a destination for ambitious and hardworking people in search of opportunity. We can help New York remain a destination of opportunity by expanding the Tuition Assistance Program and extending assistance to undocumented students.

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January 6, 2015
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NY Sens. Diane Savino and Jose Peralta oppose mayor's bid to shutter horse drawn carriage industry

As reported by the Daily News:

Two Democratic state senators are the latest to come out in opposition to Mayor de Blasio’s push to ban horse-drawn carriages in the city.

Sens. Diane Savino, the chairwoman of the Senate Labor Committee, and Jose Peralta, the panel’s ranking minority party member, have drafted a letter to de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito expressing their vehement opposition to the council bill to enact the mayor’s plan.

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December 15, 2014
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Reward doubles to $12,000 for information in finding man wanted for killing pregnant Queens woman

As reported by Daily News:

As police hunt for the suspect who killed a pregnant Queens woman to cover his tracks, civic leaders and merchants have doubled the reward.

Information leading to the arrest and conviction of Orlando Plummer, 39, for the murder of Brandee Massey has risen to $12,000, State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) announced Tuesday. He said the Food Bazaar supermarket chain and the Queens Center Mall helped grow the financial enticement.

“This community has come together not just to mourn Brandee's tragic loss, but to help bring justice to her family," the Queens legislator said.

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December 11, 2014
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Reward Doubled in Pregnant Queens Woman's Death

As reported by NY1:

While police continue to search for whoever killed a pregnant woman in Queens last month, the reward in the case is being doubled.

State Sen. Jose Peralta says anyone with information leading to the arrest of Anastasia Brandee McFarlane's killer will be given $12,000.

The 27-year old, who was six months pregnant, was killed just outside her apartment at the Lefrak City houses in Corona the day before Thanksgiving.

Her baby was delivered later at the hospital, but did not survive.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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December 11, 2014
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Reward For Information About Pregnant Women's Killer Doubled

State Senator Jose Peralta today announced that the reward for information leading to the arrest of Brandee Massey’s killer has been doubled, to $12,000, after securing commitments from Food Bazaar Supermarkets, which is contributing $4,000, and Queens Center, which will donate $2,000.

The pregnant Massey was shot the Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving in her LeFrak City apartment building.  Her baby was later delivered, but died within hours.

On the heels of the murder, Senator Peralta announced he was offering a $2,000 reward for information about the shooting and that he had secured a matching donation from the LeFrak City Organization.  Added to the police department’s $2,000, the total reward stood at $6,000.   The contributions announced today raise the total to $12,000.

“This community has come together not just to mourn Brandee’s tragic loss, but to help bring justice to her family,” Senator Peralta said.  “Food Bazaar Supermarkets and Queens Center have deep roots in this community and understand that the most important thing we can do right now for the Massey family is to help law enforcement bring Brandee’s killer to justice and make whoever is responsible pay for this brutal crime.”

The owners of Food Bazaar Supermarkets said that, “We at Food Bazaar Supermarkets are stunned and saddened to hear about the fatal shooting of Brandee Anastasia Massey and her child.  The Food Bazaar Supermarket chain has been a part of this community since 1988 and would like to pledge its support for information leading to the arrest of Brandee’s killer.  We are offering $4,000.  We hope that this will help those people who know something step forward and help justice be served on behalf of this young woman, her child and her grieving family.

In  statement, Queens Center Mall said that, “The Queens Center family extends its deepest condolences to the Massey family.  We thank Senator Peralta for his leadership at this difficult time and hope that our contribution to the reward will help bring a measure of consolation to Brandee’s loved ones.”

Anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers, at (800) 577-TIPS, or text to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIPS577.  A tipster's cell phone number will not be displayed or traced.  A tip can also be submitted online, at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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December 9, 2014
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Children of pregnant woman killed outside Queens apartment still do not know of her death: family

As reported by the Daily News:   

They still don’t know what happened to their mommy.

Three days after a gunman blasted away at a pregnant Brandee Massey — killing both her and the baby girl — her children haven’t been told of her death, family supporters said Friday.

“I don’t know how to explain it to my children,” state Sen. Jose Peralta said Massey’s grief-stricken husband, Joseph, told him.

“He is very distraught,” Peralta (D-Queens) said Friday.

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December 1, 2014
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Husband of pregnant woman killed outside Queens apartment wants justice for his family

As reported by the Daily News:   

The heartbroken husband of a pregnant mother of four killed by a callous gunman sat down to an agonizing Thanksgiving dinner with one thing on his mind: justice.

“I’m devastated beyond words. I want justice for my wife and for our children,” Joseph Massey said a day after Brandee Massey was gunned down as she walked along the 15th-floor hallway to her Queens apartment building in LeFrak City.

The 27-year-old was six months pregnant.

Doctors delivered her baby, but the newborn girl died four hours later.

As Joseph and his children struggled with the unspeakable loss, officials advised they not stay in their apartment for a second day due to fears the shooter might return to the scene of the crime.

Investigators suspect that Brandee’s uncle, with whom she’d been recently feuding, may have pulled the trigger, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

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December 1, 2014
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Reward Offered in Pregnant Woman's Death

As reported by NY1:   

The reward grows for any information about the shooting death of a pregnant woman in Queens.

Anastasia Massey, 27, was shot and killed Wednesday outside her apartment in Corona.

Police say she was six months pregnant, but attempts to save her baby were unsuccessful.

Sources say the shooting may have involved a family member.

They say they want answers and are pushing forward on the investigation.

The reward for information leading to his arrest is $6,000.

"What happened here two days ago destroyed many, many lives and hurt a community. And instead of Mr. Massey celebrating Thanksgiving Day yesterday like so many of us did right next to their loved ones, Mr. Massey was worrying about how and when he was going to explain to their children what happened to their mother. And for that, this individual has to pay a hefty price," said State Senator Jose Peralta.

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December 1, 2014
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Reward Tripled to $6K to Find Killer of Pregnant Mom in LeFrak City

As reported by DNA Info:   

CORONA — The reward to help solve the brutal murder of a pregnant mom — who was gunned down in front of her LeFrak City apartment — has been tripled to $6,000 with donations from a local politician and the building's management company, officials announced Friday.

Brandee-Anastasia Massey, 27, was shot to death at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 26 in the 15th floor hallway of 98-15 Horace Harding Expressway.

Police sources say investigators want to talk to her ex-con uncle because she had information about a domestic violence case he was involved in.

Her baby died hours after doctors at Elmhurst Hospital delivered her, officials said.

The NYPD offered a $2,000 reward for information about the suspect, and on Friday Sen. Jose Peralta announced an additional $2,000, which was then matched by the LeFrak City management company, bringing the total to $6,000.

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December 1, 2014
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Officials Announce $6,000 Reward For Info On LeFrak City Shooting

As reported by the Queens Tribune:  

Following the fatal shooting of a pregnant mother and her child at LeFrak City on Wednesday, community leaders have galvanized to spur investigations into the killer.

Brandee Anastasia Massey, a 27-year-old who leaves a husband and four young children behind her, was shot in the chest and arm outside of her home at LeFrak City according to police.

Massey was about six months pregnant when she was killed. Her child was delivered at Elmhurst Hospital, but did not survive.

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) joined district leaders, LeFrak City Tenants’ League coordinator Jim Galloway and local clergy Friday morning to announce that he is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Massey’s killer.

The LeFrak City Organization will match the senator’s donation, while police are also offering $2,000, bringing the total reward to $6,000.

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December 1, 2014
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$6K reward offered for info on shooting of pregnant woman in LeFrak City

As reported by the Queens Courier:

Instead of coming together with his family to celebrate Thanksgiving, Joseph Massey had to spend his holiday trying to figure out a way to tell his four children that their mother would never be coming home.

Massey’s wife, 27-year-old Brandee Anastasia Massey, was gunned down outside of her apartment at LeFrak City at 98-15 Horace Harding Expwy. in Corona on Wednesday morning, police said. She was about six months pregnant and had been returning from dropping three of her four kids off at school, according to authorities.

The stay at home mom was shot in the chest and arm and taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Doctors were able to deliver her baby, however several hours later the child died, according to police.

“As this community mourns a horrific tragedy, we come together to provide however much support and comfort we can to a grieving husband and devastated family,” Peralta said. “But the most important thing we can do for them right now is to help police and law enforcement bring Brandee’s killer to justice and make whoever is responsible pay for this brutal crime.”

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December 1, 2014
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