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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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State Film Production Tax Credit‏

“The findings announced yesterday make it plain: The Empire State Film Production Tax Credit has been an unqualified success.

“The film and television industry spent $60 billion on production in New York over the past decade, creating 30,000 jobs since 2004.

“Film and television production in New York City currently employs 130,000 and generated more than $7 billion in direct spending last year.

May 10, 2012
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A Warning Shot Fired by Gun Biz

As Reported by the New York Daily News:

Senate bill sponsor Jose Peralta dismissed Remingtons warning as “just another tactic being used to try and block microstamping, which is supported by many crime-fighters.”

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April 25, 2012
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Microstamping bill sponsor tells opponents: Listen to the police and district attorneys

As reported by Legislative Gazette:

"Rather than unilaterally substituting your own judgment for that of district attorneys and chiefs of police from all over the state, put microstamping to a vote," said Peralta. "Listen to — and let the public hear — the arguments put forth in support of microstamping by law enforcement and [then, by comparison] those advanced by the National Rifle Association in opposition to the bill."

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April 25, 2012
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Statement By State Senator Jose Peralta

“Microstampting, reproductive health, the Dream Act: These are not small or inconsequential bills that the Republicans have cleared off the table of public discussion along with other thoughtful pieces of legislation.

“The microstamping and reproductive health bills, as well as the Dream Act, have significant support, including from numerous editorial boards.

“It seems that in an election year, Republicans don’t want to have to vote against legislation with significant support.

April 25, 2012
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Statement By State Senator Jose Peralta On Father-Son Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Operation

“The sex trafficking and prostitution operation dismantled by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, NYPD and federal authorities is yet another example of the barbaric treatment trafficked women are subjected to for the profit of ruthless pimps.

“It also underscores the need to reclassify sex trafficking as a violent felony. in recognition of the brutality of the crime and the punishment it warrants.  I recently introduced a bill in the New York State Senate that would make sex trafficking a violent felony and increase the minimum jail sentence to five years.  The minimum sentence currently is one to three years.

April 24, 2012
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Cash Cache; NRA Unloads 217G to N.Y. Pols to Nix Bullet Bill

As Reported by the New York Daily News:

“They are very organized,” microstamping Senate bill sponsor Jose Peralta (D-Queens) said of the NRA. “Their concern is if microstamping becomes law in New York, it will become a domino effect nationally.”

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April 11, 2012
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Senator Peralta to Republicans: Vote Your Conscience on Microstamping

As promoted on the websites of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action and the Shooters Committee on Political Education--or S.C.O.P.E.--today is the Third Annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day, sponsored by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association

State Senator Jose Peralta marked the occasion by calling on Senate Republicans to put his microstamping bill to a vote.  He issued this statement:

March 20, 2012
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Faux-gettaboutit!

New York Post reports

He wants real jail time for fake-ID peddlers.

State Sen. José Peralta (D-Queens) is proposing a measure to make the punishment for selling a phony ID comparable to the one for actually forging it.

Low-level street hustlers selling the fakes would face higher felony jail terms of five to 15 years in prison, up from only 2 1/2 years now, if his bill passes.

“Fake IDs are really at the heart of a number of criminal enterprises,” he said.

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March 1, 2012
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Fake Id's

WPIX reports

The New York Post had an interesting look into the world of fake id's. In queens you can get what you want... for just a couple hundred bucks. Dan Mannarino has more.

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March 1, 2012
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En zona de Nueva York, en una hora se pueden obtener documentos falsos

Univision reports

Blanca Rosa Vílchez nos muestra cómo funciona el mercado de los documentos falsos en Nueva York y el caro precio que se puede pagar.

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March 1, 2012
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Lawmakers Address Fraud Concerns Among Queens Immigrants

NY1 reports

Officials gathered outside Elmhurst Hospital on Wednesday to address consumer-related issues being reported by immigrants.

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March 1, 2012
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