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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.”

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April 21, 2015
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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.

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April 21, 2015
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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.

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April 21, 2015
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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.

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April 21, 2015
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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.

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April 16, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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April 16, 2015
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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.

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April 10, 2015
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Scott Shooting May Help Reignite New York Criminal Justice Debate

As reported by the Gotham Gazette:  

Scott Shooting May Help Reignite New York Criminal Justice Debate

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April 10, 2015
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Workers protest at LaGuardia

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

Workers Protest at LaGuardia: Sen. Peralta, 32BJ Organizers Ask for Meeting; No One Comes Out

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April 10, 2015
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Dreamers: "Cuomo nos abandonó cuando más lo necesitábamos"

As reported by El Diario:

En tanto, el senador estatal José Peralta, uno de los promotores del Dream Act en Albany, dijo que esta postergación de la norma es un “deja vú”. De acuerdo al político demócrata, el Dream Act habría costado 27 millones de dólares y calificó a los republicanos como “ilógicos”. “Se pagaría en unos pocos años. Ayudar a estos estudiantes indocumentados costaría 87 centavos al año a los contribuyentes”, comentó Peralta

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April 1, 2015
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With New Budget, Key Issues Championed by City Officials Left for Later

As reported by the Gotham Gazette:

As state budget negotiations delivered a new deal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was willing to drop many priorities from his spending plan, several of which are of great importance to New York City officials, including his sometime friend Mayor Bill de Blasio.

With adoption of the state's fiscal year 2016 budget, a host of progressive issues de Blasio and his allies touted were abandoned. Both Cuomo and the Democratic Assembly Majority headed by new Speaker Carl Heastie listed a host of major progressive touchstones in their budget proposals this year, such as paid family leave, a minimum wage increase, the DREAM Act, and more. Cuomo draped himself in several of these issues while campaigning in the city in 2014 and they were key parts to the budget plan he labeled the "2015 Opportunity Agenda."

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April 1, 2015
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March 31, 2015: Sen. Jose Peralta, Asm. Brian Kolb, Renate Hartman and Byrgen Finkelman, Dick Dadey

As reported by WCNY,

Sen. Jose Peralta (D – Queens) discusses the budget’s exclusion of the DREAM Act.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R – Canandaigua) shares his thoughts on what is and is not included in the budget.

Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility. Renate Hartman and Byrgen Finkelman, members of Affirming Transgender Rights, discuss the launch of stage one of a transgender discrimination campaign.

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April 1, 2015
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Immigration Reform News Update: New York DREAM Act Sponsors Respond Latest Setback in State Budget Debate

As reported by Latin Post,

Democratic New York State Sen. Jose Peralta, representing Queens' East Elmhurst, is the lead sponsor of the Senate DREAM Act legislation, and expressed he was "extremely disappointed and infuriated" with the DREAM Act's removal from the state budget's negotiations. In a statement sent to Latin Post, Peralta's office stated the DREAM Act's exclusion from the 2015-2016 New York State budget agreement is an "unfair and unjust action" for the Empire State and the DREAMer community.

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April 1, 2015
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Advocates for tax credit, Dream Act plot next moves

As reported by Capital:

ALBANY—Advocates for the Dream Act and the education tax credit regrouped on Tuesday after lawmakers said the proposals had been dropped from the state budget, pressuring Governor Andrew Cuomo to reintroduce the policies during ongoing negotiations and strategizing about what to do next if he doesn’t.

A coalition of religious, business and labor groups that supports the tax credit, which would incentivize donations to private school scholarship funds as well as public schools, changed course on an advertising campaign they had begun on Monday to push the credit.

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March 24, 2015
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State Senator Backs Congestion Pricing Plan for New York City

As reported by Observer News:

A day after a Bronx city councilman, James Vacca, lent his support to a new congestion pricing plan, a Democratic state senator is coming out in favor of placing tolls on the East River bridges.

State Senator Jose Peralta, a Queens lawmaker, said in a statement today he supports the proposal, known as the “Move NY Fair Plan.” He is the first state senator to outright endorse the plan, which requires the approval of state lawmakers.

“I believe this plan makes sense and is reasonable and fair,” Mr. Peralta said. “I urge Queens residents and all New Yorkers to review the details of the Move NY plan and the many benefits it would provide our city with. In evaluating the plan, other options for additional revenue are unacceptable.”

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March 24, 2015
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Officials call for reform after crossing guard injury

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

After reports surfaced Thursday morning that a crossing guard at PS 212 in Jackson Heights was hit by a parked car that was flung into motion by a passing vehicle, area leaders called for reform.

According to the NYPD, the 75-year-old woman was sitting on a stationary 2009 Honda Accord near the intersection of 82nd Street and 34th Avenue a little before 10:40 a.m.

The driver, 44, of a 2007 Honda Odyssey traveling southbound on 82nd Avenue, hit the parked Accord, sending the crossing guard to the ground, the NYPD said. The victim sustained a head injury. The driver remained on the scene.

Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and brought the woman, who was conscious, to Elmhurst Hospital. She is in stable condition, police said, adding that the NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad is still looking into the case.

“We have to work together to protect our schools' crossing guards. We have a duty to protect them and this kind of incident highlights the need for urgent reform," state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said in a statement. "I have repeatedly called upon the NYPD to fill crossing guard vacancies at schools to protect pedestrians. I believe we should evaluate current procedure and create new ways to safeguard their well-being."

Shaun Francois, president of Local 372, New York City Board of Education Employees, said in a statement that the injury "highlights the dangers that our school crossing guards face on a daily basis while protecting our 1.2 million children."

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March 24, 2015
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Miss Universe honored in Woodside

As reported by the Times Ledger:

Several hundred people packed La Boom New York in Woodside last Friday for a chance to meet Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, who was being honored for her work with organizations fighting HIV/AIDS. Vega was part of state Sen. Jose Peralta’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

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March 24, 2015
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