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Forum/Town Hall: Job Fair

We are holding our annual Job Fair at Queens Center, located at 90-15 Queens Boulevard. This year, the event will take place Thursday, July 9th between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The event is cosponsored by Woodside on the Move and Queens Center. 

Over 30 companies and non-for-profits would be on site ready to hire. Please, drop by if you are looking for a job or a career change.

These are the companies that have confirmed their presence at the job fair so far:



Bath & Body Works


Coca-Cola Refreshments

Council for Airport Opportunity

Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration

Disney Store

Elmy's Special Services

Exit Realty Genesis

F.J.C Security Company

July 9, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Senator Jose Peralta regarding the expiration of the rent regulation laws: "New Yorkers deserve better"

In light of the expiration of the rent regulation laws that affect more than two million New Yorkers, State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) issued the following statement:

“I have approximately 40,000 rent regulated units in my district, and the tenants are standing by concerned about what could happen to them because no agreement has been reached to renew our state’s rent laws. I continue to urge my colleagues to strengthen these laws to protect hundreds of thousands of hard working families who have fallen victim to skyrocketing rent prices in recent years.”

June 16, 2015

E-bikes should be legalized for businesses, say NY state lawmakers

As reported by AM-NY:


May 27, 2015

Electric bikes, popular among messengers but a nuisance for many New Yorkers who have to dodge them on the street, may get legalized by Albany.

The so-called e-bikes, which have been banned in the city since 2004, would be permitted for businesses and regulated under a bills proposed by state Sen. Jose Peralta and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, both of Queens.

June 9, 2015

Senator Jose Peralta at the CUNY DREAMers graduation ceremony: “Moments like this motivate you and keep you going”

In a very emotional ceremony, 2015 CUNY DREAMers celebrated their First Annual CUNY DREAMers Convocation titled “Lifting the Barriers to Education” on Friday, June 5th. Held at the CUNY Graduate Center, a representation of the graduates told the audience about the financial and social hurdles they had to overcome to finally receive their college degrees.

June 9, 2015

Senator Jose Peralta introduces a bill urging for the regulation of scooters used for commercial purposes

Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) introduced corresponding bills in the State Senate and the Assembly to regulate the operation of motor-driven cycles only for commercial purposes. The legislation (S.4814/A.7360) requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to maintain a registry of this particular kind of vehicle and to establish regulations pertaining to their safe operation and relative minimum liability insurance.

The bill would also require drivers of the motor-driven cycles (delivery scooters) to register them with the DMV.

May 26, 2015

Senator Jose Peralta unveils bill to promote local tourism with small portion of hotel occupancy tax

State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), joined by Assemblyman Luis Sepúlveda (D-Bronx), Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr., and Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President John Calvelli today unveiled at the Bronx Zoo a bill that would provide each New York City borough with a portion of city hotel occupancy tax it collects to promote local tourism. Senator Peralta is the prime sponsor of the bill in the Senate and Assemblyman Sepúlveda is carrying the measure in the Assembly. 

May 18, 2015

Cristina Furlong

Cristina Furlong is originally from the Finger Lakes Region in New York State, and has lived in Queens since 2000. She is a founding member of Make Queens Safer, a community group that advocates for pedestrian safety and livable streets. Make Queens Safer was formed in 2013, after three children were killed by reckless drivers in less than 10 months in her neighborhood of Jackson Heights, Queens. Together with other street safety groups and elected officials, Make Queens Safer helped with outreach and advocacy that led to nine new traffic laws, and a reduction in the speed limit in New York City.  

May 13, 2015

Senator Jose Peralta Honors Cristina Furlong of Make Queens Safer with the New York’s Women of Distinction Award

State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) recognized Cristina Furlong, a founding member of Make Queens Safer, with a Women of Distinction 2015 award given by the New York State Senate during its 18th annual award celebration. Senator Peralta gave Ms. Furlong the distinction during the event held Tuesday evening at the Capitol in Albany. A reception followed the ceremony.   

“Ms. Furlong has worked tirelessly to advocate for pedestrian safety and to fight against reckless driving,” Senator Peralta said. “Ms. Furlong and her group, Make Queens Safer, have been and continue to be relentless in their efforts to make our streets safer for New Yorkers.”

The Senator added, “This is a great opportunity to honor Ms. Furlong for her exemplary service to our community, our borough, our city, and our state. She and her group deserve the utmost  recognition.”

“I am thrilled to be selected as a 2015 Woman of Distinction by State Senator Peralta. On behalf of my group, Make Queens Safer,  it is an honor not just for us, but for advocates for social change in any arena,” Ms. Furlong said.

May 6, 2015

Albany lawmakers propose health letter grades for street food vendors

As reported by Daily News:

ALBANY — Health Department letter grades for street food vendors could be on the menu if two Democratic state lawmakers succeed in creating a commission to oversee city snack carts.

 The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), is designed to address many of the tensions and issues between regular stores and food cart vendors as well as a black market food business that has grown over the years.

"This has been a problem for a while,” Peralta said.

For full article, click here.

April 27, 2015

Pushing for a safer Roosevelt Avenue

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

In zeroing in on Western Queens issues in a sit-down interview with the Queens Chronicle last Friday, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said he aims to change the “wild west” that is Roosevelt Avenue and surrounding areas.

“Roosevelt Avenue has been a pet peeve of the community for years,” Peralta said. “It’s been my pet peeve.”

For full article, click here.

April 21, 2015

Ribbon-cutting for LeFrak City’s newly refurbished West Courtyard

As reported by Times Ledger:

The first phase of renovations of the outdoor amenities at LeFrak City, in Corona, is complete just in time for spring.

Elected officials and community leaders joined Jamie LeFrak, the president of the 20-building complex, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the newly revamped West Courtyard April 7.

“Exciting changes are underway at LeFrak City, and this is just the tip of the iceberg,” LeFrak said. Within two years the ongoing multimillion-dollar capital improvement program will bring renovations to lobbies, mail rooms, facades, laundry rooms, elevators and garages, but for now the nearly 40,000-square-foot space is considered to be a milestone.

For full article, click here.

April 21, 2015

Queens pols urging gay conversion ban

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

With President Obama’s office’s recent declaration that “gay conversion therapy” — or psychiatric practices geared toward “curing” lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth — should be banned in states, New York legislators are calling for the passing of a bill that would prohibit the procedures.

Last Thursday, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) reignited the call to pass Senate bill 4917, which would prohibit mental health professionals from partaking in any effort to change a minor’s sexual orientation.

For full article, click here.

April 21, 2015

Applying pressure on Cuomo to DREAM

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

The dream isn’t over, yet.

After Gov. Cuomo dropped the DREAM Act from the state budget last month, sponsor state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is pushing for it to be passed in June, whether his name is on it or not.

Peralta, who has made it clear over recent months that the bill — which would grant college financial aid to qualifying unauthorized immigrants and faces the challenge of passing the Republican-controlled Senate — said in a sit-down interview with the Queens Chronicle that supporters are calling for Cuomo to make it a program bill.

For full article, click here.

April 21, 2015

Parents of PS 143 Students Attending Classes in Trailers Push for School Addition

As reported by NY1:

Some parents in Corona say they are fed up with their children being forced to attend classes in trailers.

Dozens of parents gathered in front of PS 143 on Tuesday in support of a plan to build an addition to the school.

State Senator Jose Peralta is proposing building the addition next to the existing school on land owned by the City Parks Department.

For full article, click here.

April 16, 2015

Pols Push City to Expand Corona School Where Hundreds Learn in Trailers

As reported by DNAinfo:

CORONA — Parents and elected officials are pushing for the expansion of an overcrowded neighborhood elementary school which is nearly double its capacity and where hundreds of students are being forced to learn out of trailers.

Dozens of parents and students joined state Sen. Jose Peralta Tuesday at P.S. 143 to demand the city build a permanent extension to the elementary school, at 34-74 113th St.

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April 16, 2015

Parents call for permanent annex at Corona’s P.S. 143 to alleviate overcrowding

As reported by the Queens Courier:

Parents at one Corona school are saying enough is enough and are calling on officials to give their children more room to succeed.

Over a hundred parents and children gathered on Tuesday morning with state Senator Jose Peralta outside of P.S. 143, The Louis Armstrong Elementary School, located at 34-74 113th St., to propose the building of a permanent addition to the school to help alleviate the chronic overcrowding.

According to Peralta, the Corona elementary school was originally built to accommodate 900 students, yet currently there are about 1,800 students enrolled at the site. This causes some children to have lunch at 9:50 a.m. and a large number of students have to take their classes outside of the school’s building.

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April 16, 2015

Hundreds Of Parents Call For PS 143 Annex

As reported by the Queens Tribune:

About 150 parents lined the asphalt outside Louis Armstrong elementary school on Tuesday to join State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) in calling for a permanent addition to the severely overcrowded school.

According to Peralta, the school – PS 143 in Corona – operates at double the capacity the original building was constructed to hold. He said that about 700 are in extra classroom space, with around 250 more at an annex on 37th Avenue that neighbors PS 19, which is slated to see its own decades-old trailers replaced by a new permanent addition.

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April 16, 2015

Asian women’s center opens in Elmhurst

As reported by the Queens Examiner:

New York City’s Asian population will have more resources and help at their disposal, thanks to the hard work of the New York Women’s Asian Center (NYAWC) and a grant from the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA).

The funds from the grant will provide a wide-range of services to help survivors of domestic violence, as well as their children, in a new Queens location.

The services offered, thanks to the grant, include a 24/7 hotline, counseling and case management services, advocacy, financial education to survivors, healthy relationship workshops to teens and services to teens in abusive relationships.

For full article, click here.

April 16, 2015

Senator Jose Peralta proposes the construction of a permanent addition to PS 143 to alleviate chronic overcrowding

State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), joined by about 100 parents, today proposed to build a permanent addition to Corona’s Public School 143, The Louis Armstrong Elementary School, to alleviate the chronic overcrowding at the facility. The new annex would replace the current mini-building and the six temporary classroom units (trailers).

“No child should be educated in a trailer,” Senator Peralta said. “Especially in 21st Century New York City, to have kids learning in trailers is just unthinkable and it must stop.”

Senator Peralta noted the area where the building would be constructed belongs to the Parks and Recreation Department. Senator Peralta has continually reached out to Parks, the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority starting two years ago asking the city agencies to work together and consider his proposal.

In response to the proposal, then Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm wrote: “We agree that one potential solution to the overcrowding at P.S. 143 would be to build a permanent addition on site where the mini-building and temporary classroom units (TCUs) are currently located. As you are aware, that land is owned by the Parks Department.”

Last April, in relation to the proposal to build a permanent addition to PS 143, the Parks Department wrote to Senator Peralta and said, “my staff has been in discussions with the School Construction Authority regarding the proposed school expansion that would result in the permanent elimination of a portion of a jointly-operated playground.” The Department added, “Parks and the SCA agreed to work together to address the open space requirements for the school and surrounding community should a permanent school annex be constructed.”

“As of today, there has been no response to the proposal and obviously no action has been taken,” Senator Peralta lamented. “I understand the need for recreational area, but PS 143 is atypical to schools in my community in that there is a good deal of open and recreational space on its grounds and immediately nearby.”

PS 143 was built for about 900 students, and today enrolls about 1,800. Because of this acute overcrowding, the first lunch period begins at 9.50 a.m.

“We, as parents, support Senator Peralta’s proposal. And if the new building becomes a reality, I am sure the academic achievements of our kids will improve because there would be less students per classroom,” said Angelica Salgado, mother of a first and third graders at PS 143 and president of the Parent-Teacher Association. “We need this annex. Our kids deserve better.”

“Our children deserve better,” Senator Peralta, member of the New York Senate Committee on Education, said. “I will not rest until there is a seat for every child. That is the least I can do to ensure that our kids are educated in a decent environment and not in run-down trailers. Good intentions are fine, but time has come to act. And again, I hope the Department of Education, the School Construction Authority and the Parks Department go beyond good words and make the proposal to build a permanent addition to PS 143 real.”


April 14, 2015

Kudos to Sen. Jose Peralta

As reported by the TimesLedger:

Although the Dream Act never made it into the state budget, its biggest booster in Albany has been able to persuade his colleagues to pass a bill cracking down on fake IDs that threaten national security.

Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) represents the ethnic melting pot along Roosevelt Avenue, which investigators call the epicenter of the counterfeit mills churning out phony green cards and Social Security cards in high demand from illegal immigrants.

For full article, click here.

April 10, 2015