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State Senator Jose Peralta homes in on helping victims of domestic abuse

As reported by the New York Daily News:

ALBANY — A Queens state senator wants to make it easier for domestic violence victims to find affordable, permanent housing.

Sen. Jose Peralta introduced a bill Friday requiring the New York City Housing Authority to give priority for emergency housing to a wider range of victims.

Under NYCHA’s current program, priority is given to those who can prove through police, court or hospital documents that they were abused on at least two occasions.

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October 2, 2012
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MLS working to bring new team to Queens

As reported by WABC TV:

There is quite a buzz in Queens about plans for a Major League Soccer stadium.

Negotiations are under way with the city, state and Major League Soccer officials to build a 25,000 seat professional soccer stadium, but 

Some local leaders are embracing it.

"Major League Soccer is going to make a great economic impact in this area," state Senator Jose Peralta said. "And we're talking about over 2,000 construction union jobs. We're talking about 1,100 permanent jobs when it comes down to it. And that's what it's all about. It's about bringing economic development back into Queens."

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September 14, 2012
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Soccer Stadium Would be Big Win for Queens, Lawmaker Says

As reported by NY1:

Queens State Senator Jose Peralta recently stopped by the NY1 studios to discuss ongoing efforts to bring a major league soccer stadium in the borough.

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August 30, 2012
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Pockets of City See Higher Use of Force During Police Stops

As reported by The New York Times:

The crowded neighborhoods of the West Bronx come alive at night. Residents, young and old, cluster around door stoops. Teenagers fill playground basketball courts. Police officers from the nearby 44th and 46th Precincts patrol the streets, from time to time stopping and frisking young men, mostly black and Latino. And when they do, statistics show, they use physical force far more often than the police do anywhere else in the city.

August 21, 2012
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Campaña para terminar el tráfico humano

Según ha informado WNJU 47:

August 20, 2012
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State Senators Take Aim To Tighten Gun Control

As reported by WPIX: 

Senator Gianaris' proposals said among his measures is "One that would restrict gun purchases to one per month because right now the big problem with people is that they will bulk purchase guns and turn them around and sell them illegally," he said, adding, "Sales on the secondary market don't require background checks."  Other measures call for dealers to report all firearm and ammunition sales within 24 hours to the State Division of Criminal Justice, where records would be kept on file for at least a decade.  Another bill would mandate a 10-day waiting period for all gun purchases.  Senator Gianaris is also calling for limiting sales of ammo to permitted dealers, and he wants all gun buyers to be required to take a safety course.

August 20, 2012
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Voters confused over changing polling sites in Queens

As reported by the New York Daily News: 

Queens voters and lawmakers are scratching their heads over a series of poll site changes for the Sept. 13 primary.

Voters say they have received multiple mailers from the city Board of Elections directing them to different polling sites.

In some cases, the new sites are far from their homes — presenting a challenge to elderly and disabled voters.

“I received a notice telling me to go to my regular polling place and then a week later another notice telling me to go to a school 10 blocks away,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta, whose office has been flooded with calls from voters. “I can walk but some seniors can’t travel that far. It’s an issue.”

August 20, 2012
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New soccer stadium heading to Queens?

As reported by the New York Daily News:

Queens has a big appetite for world-class soccer - and ticket demand for Wednesday's Chile-Ecuador friendly at Citi Field is proof - but can the borough support a Major League Soccer franchise and a $300-million stadium? MLS executives and elected officials who are pushing for construction of the facility in Flushing Meadows Corona Park say yes -- but they acknowledge the deal is far from done, and it might be years before a MLS team plays its first home game in north-central Queens. 

August 20, 2012
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Op Ed: Human trafficking is not victimless

As reported by the Queens Courier:

By Senator Jose Peralta 

I introduced a bill last year, which Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law, prohibiting the distribution of obscene, business-card-sized ads for prostitutes.  These so-called “chica” cards, which have been handed out along Roosevelt Avenue and adjacent streets for many years, feature promises of “free delivery.”

After a press conference at which I unveiled my chica cards bill, the problem drew attention.  The cards were the subject of some jokes.

And it turned out that one of the cards we enlarged and displayed at the press conference pictured an international supermodel.

The harsh reality, however, is that there is absolutely nothing funny, or glamorous, about prostitution.

August 20, 2012
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Soccer and casino dreams for Queens

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

A proposed soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Park and a possible gambling casino in nearby Willets Point came to the fore this week, although neither proposal is likely to happen anytime soon. 

The plan to put a soccer stadium in the borough’s largest and busiest park was floated in June when Major League Soccer officials met with elected officials. The New York Post reported on Monday that MLS is nearing a deal with state and city officials to build a nine-acre $300 million, 25,000-seat facility and nine public soccer fields.

August 20, 2012
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Plan for Queens soccer stadium moving forward

As reported by the Queens Courier: 

Talks of a potential soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park are closing toward a final deal, the New York Post reported, although several state and city officials would not confirm plans were nearing completion.

The final plan, a state official told The Post, would be a $300 million stadium that holds 25,000 fans. It would be completely funded by Major League Soccer (MLS) and could break ground early next year. The city would give up nine acres of the massive park for the stadium, which would be returned by the state for development elsewhere, it was reported.

MLS, however, would still have to meet with transit, city and state officials, it was reported.

August 20, 2012
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After Shootings, Push in Albany for Tougher Gun Laws

As reported by The New York Times:

In the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin and an uptick in gun violence in New York City, lawmakers are planning a new push in Albany to win approval of tighter gun laws in New York State.

One measure introduced last week would require background checks of anyone buying ammunition. Another, being drafted this week, would limit the purchase of firearms to one per person per month.

Supporters of the measures said they would fill several gaps in New York’s gun laws, which are already among the toughest in the country, and make them more complete than any other state’s in discouraging gun crime.

August 7, 2012
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Peralta: 'It's Time to Stand Up to The NRA'

As reported by the Legislative Gazette:

The Republican-led State Senate should reconvene in Albany and pass gun control legislation, say a variety of New York City and state-level Democrats. Recent weeks have seen high profile shootings of Bronx children, coming with a concern that unacceptable gun violence has spread into formerly safe neighborhoods.

August 7, 2012
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Campaign Against Human Trafficking In Queens

As reported by the New York Daily News:

A Queens official is spearheading a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims in an attempt to curb the problem in western Queens.

The office of state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has been distributing hundreds of posters in English and Spanish to small businesses in Corona, Jackson Heights and parts of Elmhurst. The posters encourage victims of human trafficking and prostitution to call 311 for help.

“So many women from around the world and the country are brought here to New York, and particularly on Roosevelt Avenue, to be enslaved and forced to have sex with strangers,” Peralta said.

August 3, 2012
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Sen. Peralta Calls For Bipartisan Gun-Control Law

As reported by the New York Daily News:

State Sen. Jose Peralta called for legislators to set aside partisanship to pass a new gun control law to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill.

"Believe it or not, in New York State, a violent, mentally ill individual can keep a gun even after being identified by a court as a danger to society," Peralta said.

The legislation, Peralta said, would allow a judge to take away an individual's gun license if that person is determined to be mentally ill. Currently, according to Peralta, the judge has an option to ask for the gun license, but this legislation would mandate it.

August 1, 2012
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Second Teen Charged With Murder In Bronx 4-Year-Old's Shooting Death

As reported by NY1:

A second teen was arrested for murder Friday in the shooting death of a 4-year-old Bronx boy as lawmakers and clergy members rallied to put an end to gun violence.

19-year-old Jeffrey Ronald is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Lloyd Morgan, who was shot and killed Sunday night.

17-year-old Rondell Pinkerton is already charged with murder. A third person is facing weapons charges.

Morgan was struck in the head when shots rang out in a playground at the Forest Houses in Morrisania Sunday.

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August 1, 2012
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NY lawmakers say recent gun violence highlights the need for tighter gun laws

As reported by the Legislative Gazette:

New York state politicians are taking action to make microstamping a priority in light of the shooting in Colorado and the gun violence plaguing New York City this summer. Assemblywoman Grace Meng, D-Flushing, invited her colleague Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck, to join her in calling for immediate action on the steps of Queens Borough Hall on July 16.

August 1, 2012
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Queens pols seek vote on microstamping bill

As reported by the Queens 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.

“Come in from the suburbs and upstate,” Peralta said.

“Bring your members along with you. Instead of keeping each other company at a fancy hotel, get out and talk to people,” he said.

August 1, 2012
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Queens Leaders Push For Roosevelt Avenue Funding

As reported on Inside City Hall, NY 1: 

Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis spoke with State Sen. Jose Peralta from Queens and the Executive Director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Jack Friedman, about how they want to battle sex trafficking in their borough.

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August 1, 2012
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Disputa cobra una vida en Queens

Según ha informado by El Diario:

Nueva York — El piso ensangrentado, una gorra y unos tenis tirados en el suelo, entre otras cosas, eran parte de la escena que mostraba ayer el lugar donde una pelea callejera dejó un muerto y un herido de gravedad en Queens.

Alrededor de las 4:30 a.m., policías respondieron a una llamada al 911 por una riña, frente al 104-21 de la avenida Roosevelt, en East Elmhurst, donde se localiza el bar-restaurante ecuatoriano Manila.

Según se informó, al llegar los oficiales encontraron a dos hispanos apuñalados.

Uno de los hombres, de 20 años, tenía varias heridas en el pecho, hechas con un arma corto punzante, mientras que el segundo, de 23, tenía heridas similares en el pecho y la espalda.

Los heridos fueron trasladados al hospital Elmhurst donde poco después murió el hombre de 20 años. El otro herido se encontraba en condición crítica.

Las víctimas, quienes no fueron identificadas de inmediato, salieron de una fiesta e iban a su casa cuando fueron alcanzados por tres hombres que les preguntaron si pertenecían a alguna pandilla y, a pesar de su negativa, empezó la pelea, según informó la Policía.

August 1, 2012
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