Jose Peralta's Blog entries

Peralta Votes No on Property Tax Cap Bill

Full text of Senator Peralta's remarks delivered on the New York State Senate floor explaning his vote against the property tax cap bill on January 31, 2011:

"We are here today voting on a lengthy, complex piece of legislation after being given the least amount of time possible to review it and consider its impact.

My question is simply: Why?

With a $10 billion budget gap to fill, why the emphasis on tax caps and tax cuts before even the first dime of savings has been identified?

A New York Times editorial last month, headlined The Tax Cap Illusion, noted that “history shows, painfully, that caps can do more harm than good. California’s Proposition 13 led to the deterioration of universities, schools and other public facilities.”

February 1, 2011
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New Year, New Leadership Roles for Senator José Peralta

As I head back to Albany for the 2011 legislative session, I'm happy to report that I've taken on two new leadership posts in the New York State Senate.

I've been tapped to serve as the Minority Whip of the Senate Democratic Conference. The role of the Whip is to unify my fellow Senators in support or opposition of key pieces of legislation.

I have been named the Ranking Member of the Senate Labor Committee. I will also serve on the following Senate committees:

January 25, 2011
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Going Purple: How to Shine the Light on Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York State. This is the third year the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is working to “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” by turning the State purple. For the past two years, landmarks such as Niagara Falls, skyscrapers, bridges, and storefronts were illuminated purple for a day, a week or the whole month. Organizations held special awareness days and encouraged staff to dress in purple.

Senator Peralta encourages you to join the effort this year, in one or more of the following ways:

Wear Purple On October 20th

October 15, 2010
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Post Tornado Tree and Debris Removal

The City expects to finish clearing all remaining tornado debris within two to three more weeks.  If you would like to hire your own private contractor to remove trees or debris sooner, here is a list of the contractors that the Parks Department recommends and the work permit application for contractors to complete.  

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List of approved contractors for NYC tree work

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Application for tree removal work permit

September 29, 2010
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