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Queens pols seek vote on microstamping bill

As reported by the Times Ledger:

A Queens lawmaker called out state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and his party Monday, urging the Republican leader to bring a controversial gun control measure to a vote during a special session in Albany.

Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) asked Skelos and his colleagues to visit the five boroughs, especially in light of a recent spike in gun violence, in order to see why the city’s lawmakers, along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, support microstamping.

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July 19, 2012
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Sen. Peralta Discusses Microstamping Push

As reported by Capital Tonight:

“Gun control advocates are making another push for microstamping legislation. The goal is to make it easier for police to trace any bullet back to the gun it was fired from.”

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July 19, 2012
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Local Politicians Show Support For NY Family Leave Act

As reported by NY1:

“State Senator Jose Peralta and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas rallied with community members in Astoria on Monday in support of the New York Family Leave Act, which would extend unpaid, job-protected maternity leave.”

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July 19, 2012
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta on Con Edison Lockout

"Con Edison needlessly took an exceptionally hard-line approach with a loyal, skilled and dedicated workforce.  The lockout threatens the safety of the city, especially the well being of our most vulnerable.  Con Edison needs to end the lockout and settle this contract now."

 

 

July 3, 2012
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Microstamping Passes Assembly; Peralta Urges Senate Action

As reported by the LegislativeGazette:

As the legislative session dwindles to a close, the Assembly on Tuesday passed controversial legislation to mandate microstamping in New York state. The bill has been delivered to the Senate, where it is unlikely to see a vote on the floor.

The bill (A.1157-b/S.675-c), sponsored by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck, and Sen. Jose Peralta, D-Jackson Heights, requires microstamping technology be implemented on all semi-automatic weapons sold in New York state. It passed with an 84-55 vote.

"Gun violence has caused great harm to many in our communities," said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan. "This legislation would help law enforcement to bring the perpetrators of these violent crimes to justice and offer some measure of closure to the victims of these heinous acts."

Microstamping involves inscribing the firing pin of a weapon with numbers and letters signifying the make and model of a gun. When fired, the alpha numeric code is transferred to the shell casing, which is often the only evidence left at the scene of a crime. Proponents of microstamping say law enforcement can then use the shell casing to track the weapon that fired the round and identify a suspect in the crime.

"As we wait for the state Senate to act on this bill, brave law enforcement officers are being struck down by gun fire and innocent victims continue to be wantonly murdered," said Schimel. "We can't catch their killers because they fire anonymous bullets. I urge the state Senate to put the public's safety above the interests of extremists in the gun lobby and pass this important crime-fighting measure."

Peralta praised the Assembly for passing what he calls "common sense" legislation.

"For good reason this legislation has the support of law enforcement and mayors throughout the state and has been passed by the Assembly four times — because it would help put the most violent and dangerous criminals behind bars," he said. "The Senate owes it to the countless victims of gun violence in New York to pass this legislation too. I am calling for a floor vote in the Senate. It's time to stand up to the NRA and be counted."

June 22, 2012
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Queens likes Obama’s immigration policy

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

The Obama Administration isn’t waiting for a stalled Congress to make a decision on immigration policy for youth, and Queens politicians and community groups are applauding the initiative.

President Obama issued a policy directive halting the deportation of illegal students who would qualify for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act on June 15. Some Republican politicians nationwide, even some who would support the change legislatively, are calling the policy directive a ploy to grab the Latino vote in the upcoming presidential election.

Many Queens politicians disagree, saying the president made the right call.

“For many undocumented immigrants, America is the only country they know.In their hearts and minds they are American. Sadly, Republicans either can’t, or choose not to understand this. By blocking the DREAM Act, they denied millions of undocumented Americans the opportunity to achieve the American Dream,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) said.

June 22, 2012
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On President's Executive Order To Help 'Undocumented Americans'

"For many undocumented immigrants, America is the only country they know.  In their hearts and minds they are American.  Sadly, Republicans either can't, or choose not to understand this.  By blocking the Dream Act, they denied millions of undocumented Americans the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

"The president's executive order will at least afford undocumented Americans the chance to come out from the shadows and enter the economic mainstream.  

"Thank you Mr. President."

June 15, 2012
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Senator Peralta Says Willets Point Perfect for Convention Center

As reported by the Queens Courier:

Courting of Willets Point as a potential site for what could be the nation’s largest convention center – and a major booster for New York City’s economy – has begun, with an open letter from State Senator Jose Peralta to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

In the letter, Peralta notes that he supported the governor’s original announcement in January to build a convention center at Aqueduct.

He goes on to say that although it was unfortunate that current talks have fallen through, there are still options in north Queens.

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June 14, 2012
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Pol Hits GOP on Guns for Mentally Ill

As reported by the New York Daily News:

ALBANY — A Queens Democratic state senator took a shot at the chamber’s GOP majority for holding up a “common-sense” bill to take permitted firearms away from the mentally ill.

Jose Peralta’s bill would give judges the power to strip people of their guns and permits to possess them if they are involuntarily committed to an institution, forced into outpatient treatment or acquitted of a crime by “reason of mental disease or defect.”

It has passed the Assembly four times with bipartisan support — including this year with just four “no” votes — but it has never been taken up by the state Senate, even during the Democrats’ brief majority in 2009 and 2010.

“Cynics might say the bill gets squashed in the Senate because of all the campaign money the NRA gives to Republicans,” Peralta said. “But even the NRA is on record saying that the mentally ill shouldn’t have access to deadly firepower.”

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June 11, 2012
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Fake-ID sellers face cell time

As reported by the New York Post:

State Sen. José Peralta’s bill to stiffen sentences for black-market document peddlers passed the Senate Thursday, and the Assembly is weighing a companion bill.

The “yes” vote came after a Post reporter purchased three forged federal and state identifications in an hour in February on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, in Peralta’s Queens district, for $260.

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June 5, 2012
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State Senator Peralta’s Fake ID Bill Passed By Senate

State Senator Jose Peralta’s bill to crack down on mills churning out fake IDs and other forged official documents was passed Thursday by the State Senate.

The bill creates the crime of sale of a forged instrument and upgrades the manufacture of official government documents, such as passports and driver’s licenses, from a Class D to a Class C felony, roughly doubling jail sentences.  It would also make forging a government document a more serious offense than other forgeries—say of a metro card, for example.

“A terrorist plot to do us harm might be hatched in another country thousands of miles from here, but some of the tools to make it happen are being produced right in our own backyard,” said Senator Peralta, whose district includes the stretch of Roosevelt Avenue that investigators have called the East Coast “epicenter” of fake ID production and sale.  Forged documents available on Roosevelt Avenue include passports, driver’s licenses and social security cards

“The quality of the forged documents and the fact that they’re so easy to obtain undermines the hard work of homeland security and law enforcement to keep us safe,” added Senator Peralta.  “With this ready availability of high-quality forged official documents, it should come as no surprise that we’re seeing fake identifications at the heart of a number of criminal enterprises, scandals and tragedies, from identity theft, to college entrance exam cheating, to deaths on our roadways.”

June 5, 2012
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Jackson Heights man inducted into state Veterans Hall of Fame

As reported by the New York Daily News: 

A Queens man who coordinated the largest air rescue behind enemy lines in American combat history has been posthumously inducted into the state Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

George Vujnovich, a retired small business owner from Jackson Heights, was awarded the Bronze Star in 2010, 66 years after the conducting the rescue. He died in late April at the age of 96, shortly after state Sen. Jose Peralta informed him of the induction.

His daughter Xenia Wilkinson said she was proud to accept the distinction on her father’s behalf.

“I wish that he could have been with me,” said Wilkinson, 67, who now lives in Washington, D.C. “He would have been so proud.”

When Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) reached out to Vujnovich’s family about his induction, he had already fallen ill, and would not have been able to make the Albany ceremony on May 22.

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May 29, 2012
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Sex trafficking of women has nexus in Queens borough of New York City

As reported by WNYC:

Last fall, State Senator José Peralta pushed the "chica card" law, an alternate plan for discouraging prostitution in Queens.

Chica cards, small cards with images of half-naked women and phone numbers advertising "free delivery" were once distributed openly along Roosevelt Avenue in Queens. Peralta's "chica card" law, criminalized the distribution of flyers and cards marketing prostitutes, and now they're much harder to find.

Peralta also introduced a bill that would require taxi drivers, who are oftentimes complicit in bringing prostitutes around the city, take a course on sex trafficking before receiving or renewing a license.

"We have to dispel the dangerous notion that prostitution is a victimless crime," Peralta said. "Someone aware of this brutal reality is less likely to participate in the continued exploitation of these women."

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May 29, 2012
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Peralta's Anti-Trafficking Fight Goes Wordwide

As reported by the New York Daily News:

State Sen. Jose Peralta is going international. Peralta figures prominently in a BBC World News America report on a subject the Daily News has covered in some detail.

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May 23, 2012
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Senator Peralta Calls on City To Preserve After-School and Youth Programs

State Senator Jose Peralta is urging the Bloomberg Administration "to consider alternatives" to the proposed cuts to after-school and youth programs in Queens.

"I understand the need to be fiscally prudent during these tough economic times," Senator Peralta writes.  "But the costs of cutting day care slots and programs that supplement children's education and provide youth an alternative to the streets will, in the long run, far exceed any savings achieved in the near term."

He adds that, "In light of the hardship to working families throughout my district that these proposed cuts pose, and the potential damage they will do to children and communities, I urge the City to consider alternatives to these proposed cuts."

May 23, 2012
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Buscan regular acciones de cobradores

Según ha informado El Diario:

Nueva York - El senador José Peralta, defensores de los consumidores y víctimas de los recaudadores de deudas pidieron ayer a los legisladores estatales aprueben la propuesta de ley "S-677A Consumer Credit Fairness Act".

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May 21, 2012
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NRA Going Guns-A-Blazing To Stop Ammunition Microstamping In New York State

As reported by CBS New York:

“They feel that they know better than police chiefs and district attorneys. That’s ridiculous. The money speaks for itself. You follow the trail of money and you realize they’re being bought by the NRA,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta, D-Queens.

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May 21, 2012
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Senator Peralta, New Yorkers for Responsible Lending Push for Passage of Consumer Credit Fairness Act

With third-party debt buyers taking advantage of the courts and consumers to extract hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the lowest income New Yorkers, State Senator Jose Peralta introduced legislation to prevent debt buyers from exploiting gaps in state laws.

Consumer debt buyers have filed hundreds of thousands of debt collection lawsuits over the past few years in New York State.  They buy consumer debts for pennies on the dollar and aggressively pursue payment through the courts—often suing the wrong people or consumers who paid back their debt years before.  Even in cases where a consumer may owe money, debt buyers often sue for grossly inflated amounts, padding the debts with unauthorized fees and interest.

“We’ve all heard the horror story about someone hounded relentlessly for years by debt collectors for bills that were paid off long ago, or for payments that were never owed, or for wildly high fees that would make a loan shark proud,” said Senator Peralta.  “The thuggish tactics described are so abusive, it’s hard to imagine that sort of harassment is allowed to happen in the United States.

May 17, 2012
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Peralta Welcomes All-Star Game to Queens‏

“For the first time in almost 50 years, the Mets in 2013 will be hosting the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.  This is great news for local baseball fans and even better news for Queens.  The All-Star game at Citi Field will provide a welcome economic boost and underscore the area's growing viability as a New York City destination for residents and visitors alike."

May 17, 2012
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