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Time for action on driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants

As reported by Irish Central:

On February 4, the Massachusetts State Legislature will begin considering driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

In New York State, Senator Jose Peralta is about to introduce legislation in Albany to make this happen also.

We believe New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should act swiftly if the bill makes its way through the legislature and indeed, should be an advocate for it from day one.

“This legislation will also help make all New Yorkers safer by allowing us to identify everyone who drives on our roads and ensure that they are properly credentialed, educated and operating registered, inspected and insured vehicles,” Peralta said.

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February 3, 2014
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Protesters rally at 37th Ave. opening

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

Citing a “broken promise” to rehire union workers, Jackson Heights residents, union members and elected officials staged a protest on Wednesday outside a new supermarket on 37th Avenue set to open this week.

Standing next to a giant inflatable rat, protesters pledged to boycott Global Supermarket at 75-07 37 Ave. over the choice of the new owner, Mohammad Haque, not to rehire union workers of Local 338 and Local 342 who were unexpectedly fired two weeks before Christmas by Frank Jaber, the owner of the former Trade Fair.

On Dec. 10 Jaber fired 50 employees and sold the store to Haque on Dec. 11.

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who attended the protest said, “The new owner said he planned to hire at least some of the old workers back. Not a single one of them has been hired. We’re here to let the new ownership know that, with our voices and our wallets, we will be seeking justice for the exploited workers.”

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January 31, 2014
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Lawmakers Call For Beefed-Up Enforcement On Roosevelt Avenue Corridor

As reported by the Gazette:

A pair of western Queens lawmakers last week called on Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to bring his “Zero Tolerance” crime strategies back to the Roosevelt Avenue corridor by re-establishing a Roosevelt Avenue Task Force to police the commercial strip.

State Sen. Jose Peralta and City Councilmember Julissa Ferreras made the plea in a January 14 letter to the city’s top cop, asking Bratton to commit additional resources to “rescue the economic heart of the community” from the pimps, prostitutes, counterfeiters and others who have stymied efforts to revive the struggling strip.

Peralta and Ferreras made mention in their letter of the highly effective Task Force established in November 1993 by Bratton and then-NYPD Queens Borough Commander Asst. Chief Robert Burke. The enforcement effort was described in a July 1995 New York Times article as “one of the most visible and effective assaults on criminal activity in Queens – and in the city.”

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January 31, 2014
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Sen. Jose Peralta: It's Up to Senate Independent Dems To Bring DREAM Act To The Floor

As reported by the Daily News:

Sen. Jose Peralta, a member of the mainstream Senate Dems, actually sent a verbal bouquet the way of the four breakaway Democrats who help control the chamber with the Republicans.

Peralta (D-Queens) thanked the four for signing on to his bill to create a state DREAM Act.

But he also tried to put the pressure back on the four to secure whatever Republican votes are needed to ensure its passage.

“I look forward to working with them in helping our  Republican colleagues understand that the DREAM Act is the smartest investment that we can possibly make in workforce development and our state’s future, one that would pay for itself many times over.," Peralta said. “Their help in getting my bill to the Senate floor for a vote when the time comes will be critical to making the DREAM Act a reality.”

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January 23, 2014
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Advocates push to give undocumented New York immigrants driver's licenses

As reported by the Daily News:

Believing the political climate is now in their favor, advocates are launching a major push to allow undocumented immigrants to get New York State driver’s licenses.

Members of more than 50 organizations met Tuesday with an umbrella group known as the New York Immigration Coalition to set their campaign in motion.

 “We have really decided to go forward, and go forward full steam,” said Steven Choi, the coalition’s executive director. “We are hearing from our members, from Brentwood in Long Island all the way to Buffalo, that driver’s licenses are a major issue.”

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January 9, 2014
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Senator Peralta on licenses for undocumented immigrants

As reported by Capital Tonight:

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January 6, 2014
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Presionan para dar licencias a indocumentados en Nueva York

Según ha informado Univision 41:

"Hoy es diferente"

El senador José Peralta y el asambleísta Luis Sepúlveda anunciaron en las escalinatas del Ayuntamiento que el año próximo insistirán con su proyecto de ley estatal para conceder licencias de conducir a los indocumentados.

Presentado, originalmente, en agosto pasado en la legislatura de Albany, el proyecto debe ser introducido nuevamente, ya que no recibió atención durante el año en curso.

¿Habrá reforma migratoria para el 2014? Comenta en los Foros de Univision.

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January 6, 2014
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Legisladores de NY presionan por licencias a indocumentados

Según ha informado El Diario:

NUEVA YORK — El senador José Peralta y el asambleísta Luis Sepúlveda anunciaron ayer en las escalinatas del Ayuntamiento que el año próximo insistirán con su proyecto de ley estatal para conceder licencias de conducir a los indocumentados.

Presentado, originalmente, en agosto pasado en la legislatura de Albany, el proyecto debe ser introducido nuevamente, ya que no recibió atención durante el año en curso.

El mismo autoriza al Departamento de Vehículos Automotores a emitir licencias a inmigrantes sin papeles y especifica que dichos permisos no pueden ser requeridos para determinar el estatus migratorio de sus portadores.

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January 6, 2014
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Licenses urged for the undocumented

As reported by the Times Union:

It's been more than six years since former Gov. Eliot Spitzer tried to allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses.

The move sparked a firestorm of protest, with numerous county clerks refusing to go along and Republicans assailing the Democratic governor's idea.

There was widespread voter anger, too, and Spitzer ultimately abandoned the plan, saying "you don't need a stethoscope to hear the heartbeat of the public on this one."

Now a group of Democratic lawmakers hopes to bring back the idea, pointing to other states that have since allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain licenses.

"The climate now is much different," said Democratic Sen. Jose Peralta of Queens, who along with fellow Democratic Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda from the Bronx is sponsoring a bill that would let undocumented immigrants get licenses.

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December 18, 2013
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New York politicians push legislation to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver's license

As reported by the Daily News:

The number of deported immigrants under President Obama is approaching the 2 million mark and immigration reform has become once again no more than a rapidly-fading illusion. Yet, here in New York, some politicians and community leaders are working to alleviate the immigrants’ situation by allowing the undocumented to legally apply for a driver’s license.

“A driver’s license will provide undocumented immigrants much more employment flexibility,” said state Sen. José Peralta who, along with Sen. Adriano Espaillat and with the support of Make the Road New York and other community groups, introduced legislation last October to provide undocumented New Yorkers access to driver’s licenses. Espaillat had introduced a similar bill before that would have granted driving privileges only to DREAMers.

“My bill includes everyone and Espaillat supports it,” Peralta said.

Although not on the original list of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Conference 10 priorities for 2014, made public in November, Peralta says he was reassured his bill would be added to the list.

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December 18, 2013
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Bill would help prosecute organized 'white collar' crime

As reported by the Legislative Gazette:

Sen. Jose Peralta, a member of the Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, has high hopes for his bill which he calls the "21st Century Gang Crime" bill in this upcoming session.

According to the FBI's National Gang Intelligence Center's 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report, gangs have increasingly become involved in white collar crimes including identity theft, credit card, bank and mortgage fraud and counterfeiting. These crimes are not listed under New York's Enterprise Corruption Statute, which is used to prosecute gangs.

"Despite the increasing prominence of these crimes, the law used in New York to prosecute gangs and organized crime organizations does not include a wide variety of cyber and identity crimes," said Peralta, D-Jackson Heights. "That's not surprising considering that when the Enterprise Corruption Statute was passed in 1986, pagers were the cutting edge personal technology of the day and the identity theft law did not even exist."

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December 16, 2013
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Inmigrantes de Nueva York necesitan licencias

Según ha informado El Diario:

Por el senador estatal José Pealta: 

Presenté un proyecto de ley recientemente que permitirá que los inmigrantes neoyorquinos indocumentados obtengan licencias de conducir. De ser aprobado, los indocumentados saldrían de las sombras y se integrarían a la economía de la ciudad.

Esta ley además generará millones de dólares en ingresos por las tasas que se cobran por las licencias y las registraciones de vehículos. Al mismo tiempo, se podrían reducir las primas de los seguros de automóvil. En Illinois, por ejemplo, se estima que las primas de estos seguros se reducirán unos $60 al año.

Una licencia de conducir abriría la puerta a más oportunidades de empleo para los inmigrantes indocumentados. Serían capaces de ganar más dinero para mantener a sus familias. Una vez que formaran parte de la corriente económica, serían menos vulnerables a la explotación y el fraude.

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December 12, 2013
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State Senator Peralta Targets 21st Century Gang Crime

With holiday shopping bills coming due, State Senator Jose Peralta is cautioning consumers to keep an eye out for unauthorized or suspicious transactions on their bank and credit card statements and is introducing legislation to help law enforcement crack down on “21st Century” organized crime activity.

 Identity theft and the confiscation of personal information, such as bank PINs, are not "seasonal" crimes, but they occur with greater frequency during periods of increased financial activity—like the Christmas shopping season.

 Gangs are becoming more involved in these and other white-collar crimes, such as bank fraud, credit card fraud, money laundering, counterfeiting and mortgage fraud, according to the FBI's National Gang Intelligence Center, which identifies New York and Florida as the twin epicenters of this troubling new development in organized crime.

“Despite the increasing prominence of these crimes, the law used in New York to prosecute gangs and organized crime organizations does not include a wide variety of cyber and identity crimes,” Senator Peralta said.  “That’s not surprising considering that when the Enterprise Corruption Statute was passed in 1986, pagers were the cutting-edge personal technology of the day and the identity theft law did not even exist.”

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, who worked closely with Senator Peralta in drafting the legislation, said, “Those committing the crimes of identity theft are well-organized enterprises that inflict economic harm on a global scale, often leaving multiple victims and significant financial losses in their wake. My office has utilized the enterprise corruption statute in the past to pursue justice against those committing these crimes and this legislative fix to strengthen the law will allow us to do that more efficiently. I thank Senator Peralta for his leadership in introducing this legislation and for recognizing that the law must keep pace with emerging technology.”

Including crimes such as identity theft in the Enterprise Corruption Statute would also save the state money by eliminating duplicative legal proceedings, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of dollars per case.

When a defendant is charged with the crime of enterprise corruption by committing larceny through identity theft, for example, current law requires the defendant be indicted twice for the same underlying actions—one indictment for enterprise corruption and larceny and a second indictment for the identity theft charges.

In turn, a defendant must also be arraigned twice, have bail set twice and have two sets of motions.  In the end, a defendant is tried for the same conduct not once, but twice.

In addition to being needlessly costly to the state, the current law is inequitable to defendants, who also face duplicative costs stemming from needing to pay two retainers to defense counsel.

Here’s a small sampling of high-profile cases of new-age organized crime activity: U.S. Says Ring Stole 160 Million Credit Card Numbers; an identity theft ring spearheaded by the Crips, Bloods and a Brooklyn-based gang called the Outlaws stole more than $2 million from New York charities;  a cyber-theft of 10 million credit and debit card records was attributed to a New York City based street gang with ties to Central America; a Romanian man with ties to organized crime was charged with stealing at least $1.5 million by installing "skimmer" devices at ATM machines across New York City and Long Island.

“The bill would bring the law into the 21st Century,” Senator Peralta said.  “And it would make it easier for police and prosecutors to go after gangs and organized crime syndicates, in addition to saving the state money.”

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December 10, 2013
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Tax break for companies that hire teens only for small businesses: Sen. Peralta

As reported by the Daily News:

ALBANY - A Queens State Senator wants to limit a controversial tax break for companies that hire teen workers to mom and pop stores - not big retailers like Walmart.

“We really should make the focus toward small businesses,” said Sen. Jose Peralta, a Democrat, who plans to push for changes to the credit when the legislative session begins in January.

The tax credit was included in the state’s 2013-14 budget to compensate businesses for an increase in the state’s minimum wage.

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November 26, 2013
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MMA events in New York worth $68 million a year, new UFC study says

As reported by Newsday:

Legalizing mixed martial arts events in New York State would generate more than $68 million in economic activity per year, according to a UFC-commissioned study released Thursday morning.

That figure is nearly three times higher than a 2011 study released by HR&A Advisors, which also conducted the new analysis. According to the study, statewide expansion of UFC Gyms would generate an additional $67 million in spending per year by 2017. That would bring the total yearly economic impact of MMA to $135 million within four years.

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November 25, 2013
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Peralta Pushes Licenses For Immigrants

As reported by the Queens Tribune:

As Congress debates comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship, State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has proposed a bill that would give undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses.

“A driver’s license will provide undocumented immigrants much more employment flexibility,” Peralta said. “In moving out of the shadows and into the economic mainstream, they will be less isolated and less vulnerable to predators and their scams.”

If elected mayor, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio said he plans to bring New Yorkers out of the shadows by working for legislation that would make New York the fifth state to allow undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses.

According to de Blasio, this legislation would allow roadway safety by getting undocumented people who are already driving on our streets into driver’s education classes, covered by auto insurance, operating registered, driving inspected and insured vehicles.

Peralta assures that licenses would not be given out to anyone; only people who can prove who they are through a non-U.S. form of identification, prove residence in the States and demonstrate they have not been convicted of a crime.

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November 6, 2013
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Immunization clinics in Queens and the Bronx remain open

As reported by the Daily News:

The city has reversed a plan to close immunization clinics in Queens and the Bronx, leaving them open for at least the next few months, officials said.

Health Department officials said the agency was able to find the funding to continue services at the centers in Corona and Tremont. The sites were scheduled to shutter this fall as part of a restructuring plan to save money.

State Sen. Jose Peralta, who had protested the closings, was recently told by Health Commissioner Thomas Farley the clinics will remain in operation even though federal grants for vaccines have been slashed in recent months.

“This is a rapidly growing community where public services, from healthcare to school seats, are already stretched thin,” said Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). “The city needs to expand services here, not cut them.”

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October 31, 2013
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Be Our Guest: Roosevelt Ave. needs more than a BID expansion if it's going to thrive

As reported by the Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Peralta

The recent incidents of deadly violence on Roosevelt Ave. — two murders committed in broad daylight within days of each other last month — underscore the fact that we need a lot more than trash bins and video cameras to make Roosevelt Ave. safe.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m in favor of the proposed expansion of the 82nd St. Business Improvement District, which would cover more than 800 businesses on Roosevelt Ave. from 81st St. to 104th St. Fresh paint, additional trash cans and video cameras are certainly welcome. And banding together under the banner of the BID would be good for the small merchants and vendors along the avenue.

But Roosevelt Ave. is referred to as the old Times Square, and for good reason. When police successfully cracked down on prostitution in Times Square and midtown in the 1980s, much of the business simply moved to Roosevelt Ave., where it is fueled, in part, by the sale of foreign-born women into sexual slavery.

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October 28, 2013
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Buenas noticias para indocumentados en Nueva York

Según ha informado WXTV 41:

Medida para otorgar licencias fue presentada por el senador estatal José Peralta.

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October 28, 2013
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Bill would allow undocumented NY'ers to obtain drivers' licenses

As reported by the Legislative Gazette:

Proposed legislation would allow undocumented immigrants access to New York state driver's licenses. Sen. Jose Peralta, has submitted legislation he says would bring the undocumented into the economic mainstream and improve safety on New York roads.

"A driver's license will provide undocumented immigrants much more employment flexibility," said Peralta, D-Queens. "In moving out of the shadows and into the economic mainstream, they will be less isolated and less vulnerable to predators and their scams. This legislation will also help make all New Yorkers safer by allowing us to identify everyone who drives on our roads and ensure that they are properly credentialed, educated and operating registered, inspected and insured vehicles."

For full article, click here. 

October 28, 2013
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