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Op-ed: Roosevelt Avenue needs Street Vendor Review Panel

As reported by the Queens Courier:

By State Senator Jose Peralta:

Walk along Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights and Corona, and everywhere you go you’ll see small businesses, the vast majority of which are mom-and-pop operations.

These businesses, including the street vending carts and stands, sustain families and breathe life into the community.

From early in the morning until well into the evening, you’ll come across rows of street vendors offering up a smorgasbord of tasty dishes from throughout Latin America, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, books, homemade trinkets and on and on. All this amidst a sea of commuters and shoppers flowing in out of the subway stations and many retail stores along the avenue.

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October 27, 2014
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City Should Boost Number of Street Cart Permits, Politician Says

As reported by DNAinfo:

CORONA — A local politician is pushing the city to lift the cap on its number of food cart street vendor permits — while also forcing them to obtain letter grades like restaurants — in a bid to ease tensions between popular vendors and neighborhood store owners.

State Sen. Jose Peralta is also suggesting restarting the Street Vendor Review Panel, which was created in 1995 to help determine where the carts could set up shop, but which hasn't met since 2001.

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October 24, 2014
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MTA, DCP Look For Broader Transportation Access

As reported by the Queens Tribune:   

Multiple City agencies are looking to expand transportation access in Western Queens.

A long awaited Long Island Rail Road station may come to fruition in Elmhurst now that the MTA has earmarked $40 million for the project in its proposed 2015-2019 Capital Plan. The station would be on the Port Washington Branch.

Elected officials have voiced their support of the plan.

“We welcome the proposals with open arms,” State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said, adding that commuters “need and deserve” the LIRR station and other upgrades proposed in the capital plan. 

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October 21, 2014
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Attorney Gen. Eric Holder resigns after nearly six years

As reported by the Times Ledger:  

When Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that he had submitted his resignation after nearly six years as the first black leader of the Justice Department, Queens leaders reflected on the legacy of the man who grew up in East Elmhurst.

“Seeing someone from the neighborhood rise to attorney general of the United States has long been a source of enormous pride for this community,” state Sen Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said. “Eric Holder’s legacy in the areas of civil rights, criminal justice reform and in standing up for the poor and disenfranchised is something that he and all Americans can be profoundly proud of.”

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October 21, 2014
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Working to aid the many victims of domestic abuse

As reported by the Queens Chronicle: 

BY STATE SENATOR JOSE PERALTA

Every 15 seconds, a woman in the United States is battered.

That adds up to more than 16,000 homicides and more than two million medically treated injuries due to intimate partner violence each year in this country.

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of economic status, race, educational background or age. We see that in front-page headlines about athletes and entertainers either being violent or victimized.

And we see it in a study of New York high school students, for example, that found that 16 percent had already experienced sexual violence at some point in their young lives. Among those who dated, more than half had experienced some form of physical violence from their partners.

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October 17, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On NYCHA’s Handling Of Domestic Violence Victims’ Petitions For Emergency Housing

“Published reports and a City Council hearing today are shining a long overdue light on NYCHA’s broken system for providing emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence.

“It is a travesty to require women to risk their lives to produce the paperwork needed to qualify for emergency housing—and then not provide that housing.

“The expansion of the list of crimes that would not require a second documented instance of abuse is a welcome change, but more needs to be done to protect those who are unable to go to the police in the first place.”

 “I have introduced a bill that would enable domestic violence victims to be considered for emergency NYCHA housing without having to first contact authorities and put themselves in danger of retribution from their batterers.

“What my bill can’t do is make NYCHA cut wait times of as long as 10 years.  That is something NYCHA needs to address.

 “The many advocates for domestic violence victims who support my bill do so because  the lack of safe, affordable, permanent housing is one of the biggest impediments victims face in their effort to escape an abusive environment.  NYCHA has taken a small first step toward cutting red tape for victims, but much, much more needs to be done to fix the system.”

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October 14, 2014
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Charter School Supporters Want to Get More Students Struggling With English Into System

As reported by NY1:

Charter school supporters say they want to get more students struggling with English into the system.

The Charter School Center calls them "English Language Learners," or ELLs.

The head of the nonprofit organization says it is launching a six-month, six-language ad campaign to encourage more parents to sign their kids up for charter school lotteries.

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October 10, 2014
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Queens pol says he has a way to make both street vendors and restaurants happy

As reported by the Daily News:

It could be back to the future for street vendors.

The city should resurrect and revamp a Mayor Giuliani-era taskforce to quell tensions between the mobile peddlers and brick-and-mortar businesses on Roosevelt Ave., state Sen. Jose Peralta said.

“Street vendors are established fixtures in many neighborhoods and critical parts of the fabric of many communities,” he wrote in a letter to Mayor de Blasio, asking for the defunct inter-agency Street Vendor Review Panel to be reconvened.

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September 26, 2014
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Queens Rep Wants Street Vendor Review Panel Restored

As reported by NY1:

NY1 VIDEO: Senator Jose Peralta says tension is high between the storefront businesses and the vendors who share space in his district.

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September 26, 2014
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CBS 2 Investigates: Why Are There No Crossing Guards Outside Jackson Heights School?

As reported by WCBS TV:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Getting to school safely is challenging enough in the city, but take crossing guards out of the situation and parents say it is a recipe for disaster.

As CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported Wednesday, that is exactly what happened in Jackson Heights, Queens.

“We’re missing about 12 or 13 crossing guards in various schools,” said New York State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens.)

Peralta said it is unacceptable, especially considering the statistics.

“Between the years of 2011 and 2013, the number of kids that have been struck and killed in New York City by cars has almost doubled, from seven to 13,” Peralta said.

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September 25, 2014
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Autoridades buscan soluciones que mantengan la armonía

Según ha informado WXTV 41:

Dueña de negocio asegura que vendedores ambulantes afectan sus ventas.

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September 24, 2014
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Nearly a Dozen Western Queens Schools Lack Crossing Guards

As reported by DNA Info:

JACKSON HEIGHTS — More than a dozen schools in Western Queens are either without crossing guards or do not have a sufficient number, an elected official said.

The claim comes as parents and administrators at The Renaissance Charter School are pushing to reinstate a crossing guard who was pulled just days before the year kicked off.

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September 24, 2014
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Tiempo On September 14, 2014: Part 1

As reported by WABC-TV:

State Senators Jose Peralta and Jose Serrano on NY DREAM Act and Immigration Reform. 

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September 15, 2014
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Obama to Delay Immigration Action, Officials Say

As reported by WABC-TV:

“We’ve seen Washington fail so this is why New York State has to step up to the plate and this is why we’re going to continue to make sure that the New York State DREAM Act becomes a reality.” --State Senator Jose Peralta

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September 15, 2014
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Back to School Supplies Giveaway Held in Corona

As reported by NY1:

Families waited in line for hours to receive free backpacks filled with pencils, notebooks, and other classroom necessities at an annual back to school supplies giveaway on Saturday in Corona.

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August 11, 2014
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The Undocumented Need Not Apply

As reported by the Village Voice:

"The more educated they are, the better it is for our workforce," says State Sen. Jose Peralta, a Democrat from Queens. "It's better for the city's economy, it's better for the state economy. It's better for everyone."

Peralta was a prime sponsor of the New York DREAM Act, voted down 30 — 29 by the state Senate earlier this year. 

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August 6, 2014
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Heavy Slap for Hitting Public Staff

As reported by the Daily News:

ALBANY — Assaulting a school crossing guard or a city Housing Authority worker is about to become a more serious crime in New York, the Daily News has learned.

Gov. Cuomo on Monday plans to sign a pair of bills making assaults on those public workers an automatic felony with possible jail sentences of a year or more.

Both bills were approved by the Senate and Assembly this spring.

“This critically important legislation will better protect hardworking employees who are charged with keeping children and families safe,” Cuomo said.

Typically, such assaults would be considered misdemeanors.

Assaults on school crossing guards are generally considered misdemeanors, but the new legislation would make them more serious crimes.

 “We want to make sure these individuals are protected,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens), who sponsored the crossing-guard bill.

Santos Crespo Jr., president of Local 372 of AFSCME, which represents school staff, applauded Cuomo’s decision to sign the legislation.

“By increasing the penalties, New York sends a clear message that its citizens will not tolerate these abuses,” he said.

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August 4, 2014
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City Hall to create task force to lower small-biz fines

As reported by Crain’s:

The de Blasio administration plans to announce on Friday the creation of Small Business First, a cross-departmental initiative helmed by the Mayor's Office of Operations and the Department of Small Business Services, aimed at reducing the amount of fines levied against the city's small businesses. As Crain's reported in March, many small business were concerned that the mayor would fail to deliver on his promise to reduce the burdensome environment of confusing levies left behind by the Bloomberg administration.

The new initiative closely resembles a package of reforms that Mr. de Blasio proposed during his tenure as public advocate. It does not include a mechanism for appealing fines levied during the previous administration, something that many Bloomberg critics called on Mr. de Blasio to implement.

One critic was Queens state Sen. Jose Peralta. "Many small business owners started to feel like ATMs," he said. "Fortunately, Mayor de Blasio is hitting the reset button," he said.

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July 28, 2014
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Falsificación de identidad en NY (Parte 3)

Según ha informado Telemundo 47:

Liz González y el equipo de Telemundo 47 Responde investigan la cruda realidad de este negocio clandestino en la ciudad de Nueva York.

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July 28, 2014
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Falsificación de identidad en NY (Parte 2)

Según ha informado Telemundo 47:

Liz González y el equipo de Telemundo 47 Responde investigan la cruda realidad de este negocio clandestino en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Para el vídeo completo, haga clic aquí.

July 25, 2014
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