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Welcoming the holiday season

Corona had its own holiday celebration on Sunday, December 5. The community came out to enjoy the Corona Plaza Holiday Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue. At 5 p.m., the Corona Plaza Christmas Tree was lit up to bring holiday cheer. The event was presented by Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, State Senator Jose Peralta, Ruben Pena from Corona Community Action Network (CORONA CAN), and the Dominico-American Society of Queens. During the festival, parents and kids were entertained all day with acts on the Christmas Stage. They also had the chance to make their own Christmas wreath, take photos with Santa Claus and savor hot chocolate and cookies. A free trolley shuttle was also provided to take people to the festival. 

December 9, 2010
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Anti-Illegal Immigration Program, Secure Communities, Stirs Debate In New York

Latin American News Dispatch

by Amy Elmgren

November 29, 2010

A new federal program called Secure Communities makes many residents of New York feel anything but safe.

Piloted in 2008, the policy requires local police to share the fingerprints of everyone they arrest with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, and to detain and deport those who are here without visas. Secure Communities has been implemented in 33 states and will take effect in New York this fall, unless residents at the state or municipal level are given the choice to opt out.

December 9, 2010
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Lucha por sueldo en Albany

El Diario

Por Annie Correal

30 de noviembre

Nueva York — Durante un año, un hispano de 62 años trabajó varias semanas sin pago de horas extra, en un cementerio para veteranos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, en Brooklyn. Vicente, quien no quiso revelar su apellido, debido a su estatus inmigratorio, compartió su historia con legisladores en Albany ayer y en una entrevista con El Diario La Prensa.

"Muchas veces yo trabajé sábado, domingo, toda la semana seguida", dijo Vicente, de origen mexicano, quien removía pasto, sembraba y regaba el pasto en el cementerio Cypress Hills Veterans’ Cemetery. Cuando él se quejó este año, su empleador, Veteran’s of the Land, Inc., lo despidió, y ahora él está luchando en la corte por sus sueldos perdidos.

December 9, 2010
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Legislación contra empresas de envíos fraudulentas

Telemundo 47

Por María Araíz Pérez

15 de noviembre

Con la navidad a la vuelta de la esquina, anuncian un proyecto de ley que pone en cintura a las compañías de envíos de paquetes, que no cumplen sus compromisos.

Las víctimas en su mayoría son inmigrantes hispanos. Hace 3 meses, Johnny Pérez mandó una caja repleta de regalos a Colombia: "el envío de la caja cuesta unos $160, más lo que uno se gasta comprando ropa, juguetes, zapatos, alrededor de unos $500 he perdido ahí”.

November 16, 2010
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Crooks deliver holiday misery with shipping scam that targets Hispanic immigrants

Daily News

by Edgar Sandoval and Samuel Goldsmith

November 15, 2010

Lawmakers are warning New Yorkers about a shipping scam that targets Hispanic immigrants who send Christmas presents to their families back home.

Instead of delivering the goods, scammers take the presents - and the money they charge for shipping - and split.

"It's a terrible scam that's been happening for years," said state Sen. José Peralta, who represents several Queens neighborhoods hit by shipping crooks.

"You pay the fees, and your items never get there," he said.

Customers who fall prey to the scammers have no recourse .

November 16, 2010
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Jackson Heights imam fights Muslim radicalism Muhammadi Community Center's Qayyoom preaches against terrorism, supports interfaith work

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

November 11, 2010

Ever since he lost someone he knew in the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, Mohd Qayyoom has worked on his own and through his Muhammadi Community Center of Jackson Heights to spread his message of how despite popular perceptions Islam is against terrorism.

“Islam has no room for the terrorism,” Qayyoom said.

A Muslim priest from Bangladesh, Qayyoom moved to America in 1991. Beginning in 1996, he worked as a paid imam in Elmhurst, but after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Qayyoom used many of his Friday night sermons to speak against terrorism, which met with some resistance from the congregation.

November 16, 2010
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City wages ‘war’ on creepy crawler pests

Queens Chronicle

by Cynthia Murray

November 11, 2010

“Don’t let the bedbugs bite” is more than just a saying for a growing number of New Yorkers.

On Monday, Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, declared “war” on bed- bugs in the city’s public schools. He wants the city to rehire some of the pest control agents who were recently laid off and to cut the time between the discovery of bedbugs in a school and a visit from an inspector.

“When it comes to protecting the physical well-being of our students, eradicating bedbugs should be the environmental equivalent of war,” Stringer said in a press release.

November 16, 2010
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Immigration Leaders Press Paterson to Revoke Enforcement Program

WNYC News

by Monika Fabian

October 20, 2010

Last May, New York signed on to an immigration enforcement program that allows local police to share with federal authorities the digital fingerprints of anyone arrested in the state. The program -- called Secure Communities -- is designed to find and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes like murder, kidnapping and threats to national security.

“New York has a public safety interest in identifying and deporting serious alien defendants from state prisons and jails,” said John M. Caher, director of public information for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), in a written statement.

November 16, 2010
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Fox-Cablevision Blackout Reaches a 2nd Day

New York Times

by Brian Stelter and Bill Carter

October 17, 2010

What started as a routine contract dispute between Cablevision Systems and the News Corporation has become one of the longest and most talked about blackouts of television programming in years.

About three million households in the New York metropolitan area were left without Fox programming on Saturday and Sunday, preventing sports fans from watching a Phillies game on Saturday night and a Giants game on Sunday afternoon. After months of negotiations, the two companies cannot agree on a price for retransmission of the Fox network.

November 16, 2010
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Law Dishes Out Strict Health Rules For Food Vendors

Queens Gazette

by Liz Goff

September 22, 2010

A state senator from Queens is calling on state officials to pass legislation that would require street food vendors and food vendors at stadiums and arenas to undergo a grueling inspection by state health officials and to display a “grade” indicating the condition of their food carts and workspaces.

State Senator Jose Peralta recently introduced the measure that would require food vendors to undergo the same strict inspection as city restaurants and to display a “grade” issued by the state Department of Health (DOH) on their carts or workplaces.

October 14, 2010
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Community Members Walk for Justice

Queens Courier

by Aisha Al-Muslim

September 21, 2010

More than 500 New Yorkers participated in Make the Road New York’s (MRNY) Walk for Justice, a walkathon to raise money and promote justice for low-income and Latino immigrant communities in the five boroughs.

The walk on Sunday, September 19 started at the Northern Playground on 93rd Street and Northern Boulevard in Corona at 10:30 a.m. The walkers travelled through Elmhurst and Corona, two of the most diverse immigrant neighborhoods in Queens.

October 14, 2010
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Peralta, Dromm Warn Budget Cuts Mean More Rats

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henley

September 30, 2010

Elected officials, union members and city employees ripped into Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a rally Monday, saying his decision to cut funds to the city Department of Health will mean rats will run rampant throughout Jackson Heights and Queens.

“We feel he’s allowing the dirty, rotten rats in our neighborhood,” said City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights).

Dromm, Council members Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and members of Local 768 Health Services Employees Union protested the $1.5 million cut from the city budget when it was passed in June, which eliminated the jobs of 63 of the city’s 84 pest control aides.

October 14, 2010
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Pols Outraged Over Pest Control Layoffs

Queens Chronicle

by Elizabeth Daley

September 30, 2010

Politicians, pest control workers and community members gathered in a trash-strewn area of Jackson Heights on Friday to protest the layoff of around two-thirds of city pest control aides, responsible for fighting rats on private properties.

Without the aides to clean lots, officials worry that the rat problem in Queens and around the city will get worse.

“Rats endanger the health and welfare of our residents,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). “I have a block in my district in Long Island City that is just overrun with rats.”

October 14, 2010
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Teaching Community About Alzheimer’s

Queens Courier

by Pete Davis

October 1, 2010

In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Day and Hispanic Heritage Month, State Senator José Peralta and Alzheimer’s Association’s NYC Chapter sponsored a forum in Jackson Heights to educate residents about the disease.

More than 50 people attended the forum, which was held in English and Spanish, to discuss the disease, symptoms and treatments.

October 14, 2010
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Pols Fear Coming Rat Crisis

Queens Courier

by Margarit Margaritov

October 5, 2010

With the recent layoff of 63 out of 84 of the city’s pest control workers to save $1.5 million, some local elected officials worry that a pest crisis is on the way.

“Pest control defines a civilized society. Cutting back on these valuable city workers will diminish the quality of life for all New Yorkers,” said City Councilmember Julissa Ferreras. “We cannot allow the front line in the war on pests to be ripped apart in the interest of saving a small amount of money.”

The cut comes at a time when rat sightings citywide have increased by 8 percent this year alone. Other officials like City Councilmember Daniel Dromm accuse the city of being reluctant to take measures to prevent it. 

October 14, 2010
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Corona Plaza Owners Want Space

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

October 7, 2010

Business owners near Corona Plaza, upset over what they contend is unfair competition from vendors who operate on the streets and moving vans which take up parking spaces for customers, have asked elected officials for help.

“They are taking the bread and butter from the other people,” said Ruben Pena, president of the Corona Community Action Network.

Pena, who operates Cristal Liquors on 40-28 National St., said moving vans park along Corona Plaza — a small, triangle-shaped park under the No. 7 train stop adjacent to Roosevelt Avenue and National Street — from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., feeding the one-hour meters with quarters.

“It’s very difficult to park in here,” Pena said.

October 14, 2010
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Concerns Over Secure Communities Program

Queens Courier

by Luisa Garcia

October 13, 2010

More than 80 neighborhood residents and activists expressed their concerns at a community meeting organized by several Queens-based organizations about the new Secure Communities program (S-Comm) directed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The meeting at P.S. 19 in Corona on Wednesday, October 6 focused on S-Comm. Under S-Comm, local law enforcement agencies are required to forward the fingerprints of every arrested person to the Department of Homeland Security’s biometric identification system. Police then transfer those suspected of being deportable into the detention and deportation system.

October 14, 2010
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Battle Against Domestic Abuse

Times News Weekly

by Ralph Mancini

July 8, 2010

A 25-year-old victim of physical abuse was on hand at a Thursday, July 1 rally at Corona Plaza to urge battered women to come out from the shadows about their plight.

Crusita “Mary” Martinez, who was invited by City Council Member Julissa Ferreras at her public event, shared what dangers lie ahead for women in abusive relationships.

Martinez described how an enraged ex-boyfriend used five different types of corrosive materials and urine to torture her eight years ago in her native Dominican Republic.

The victim had a hole burned through her chest and was only minutes away from death.

October 14, 2010
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Peralta Gives $50,000 to Stop Domestic Violence

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

October 14, 2010

Flanked by his fellow officials, advocates and clergymen from a wide variety of faiths, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) donated $50,000 to fighting domestic violence in Queens last Thursday.

“We have a silent killer we need to stop and eradicate,” Peralta said. 

October 14, 2010
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