Jose Peralta's News items

Uptown food truck vendors and customers welcome grades

Daily News reports

Bring on the Health Department letter grades, uptown food truck vendors and customers told the Daily News.

The reaction comes as State Sen. Jose Peralta proposed legislation last week which would require food trucks and carts to display letter grades similar to the ones posted in restaurants.

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December 8, 2011
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No easy answers on overcrowding

Queens Chronicle reports

Everyone acknowledges that schools are overcrowded in Queens, and that those in District 24 are the most overcrowded.

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December 8, 2011
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State Senator Wants Food Carts To Display Health Dept. Letter Grades

NY 1 reports

Queens Senator Jose Peralta is introducing a bill so that food carts get letter grades from the city Department of Health, akin to those received by restaurants.

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December 8, 2011
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Food Cart Health Grades

Fox 5 reports

New York City restaurants get letter grades and now the city food carts may get the same. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) is introducing legislation to require posted letter health grades for street vendors.

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November 29, 2011
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Proposed letter grades for street food vendors

WABC reports

Ever wonder about the cleanliness of your favorite street food cart? State Senator Jose Peralta is proposing that street vendors be forced to post health department letter grades like the ones in restaurant windows.

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November 29, 2011
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Queens Senator Wants Letter-Grading System For Street Food Vendors

WCBS reports

State Senator Jose Peralta will introduce legislation this week that would require local health departments to implement a letter-grading system for street vendors, similar to the current restaurant grading system.

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November 29, 2011
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Pol pushes cart health grades

The New York Post reports

State Sen. José Peralta (D-Queens) is introducing a measure this week that would require local health departments to come up with a letter-based scale similar to the city’s current restaurant-grading system, following a Post report on the worst of the wurst violators.

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November 29, 2011
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State Program Helps Families Facing Foreclosure

WNBC reports on

A Queens family that has the state's foreclosure prevention program to thank for keeping them in their house this holiday season.

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November 29, 2011
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Heroes of Hispanic heritage

Times Ledger

A community activist, a firefighter and an artist were among the seven people honored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) as a part of Hispanic Heritage month.

The senator’s Oct. 12 celebration, held in the Unisphere Gallery of the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, recognized significant city leaders of Hispanic descent and featured music and dance originating from numerous Latin American countries.

Hispanic Heritage month is a nationally recognized holiday that runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

October 25, 2011
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Queens Residents Line Up For Corona Job Fair

NY1 News

Job seekers lined up in Queens Thursday in hopes of landing a position in a rough economy. At least 1,100 people attended a job fair in Corona.Over 60 employers were on hand, looking to fill over 1,000 positions.

"There is nothing more important than getting jobs, and these individuals know it," said State Senator Jose Peralta.

"You know, it's hard to find a job, and a place like this is a great opportunity for people to find a job that's in desperate need of work," said one New Yorker."You get to see who you're dealing with, they can redirect you to where you need to go professionally," said another.

September 23, 2011
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Senator Peralta Says Fight To Claim Roosevelt Is Just Beginning

WNYC News

For decades, prostitution has plagued the neighborhoods of Jackson Heights and Corona in western Queens – with some authorities dubbing the area the new Times Square.

The borough ranks No. 1 in prostitution arrests in the city. Of the 3,229 prostitution-related arrests citywide last year, 1,474 were made in Queens, according to arrest statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

The 115th precinct — which covers Jackson Heights, Corona and East Elmhurst — accounts for the largest portion of those arrests.

August 17, 2011
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Sen. Peralta Holds Outer-Borough Taxi Plan Forum

Queens Chronicle

At a public meeting on a plan he supported to allow outer-borough livery cabs, or car services, to pick up street hails, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) played the role of conflict mediator when the session turned into a heated debate in Corona.

After a representative from the Taxi and Limousine Commission gave a presentation outlining the plan, cabbies, base operators and other stakeholders present alternately jeered and cheered in both Spanish and English during a contentious 45-minute Q- and-A.

July 29, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo Signs Sen. Peralta's 'Chica Chica' Cards Bill Into Law

Yournabe.com

Adios, “chica chica” cards.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law last week banning the distribution of cards depicting naked or scantily clad women used to promote prostitution. The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) in response to the proliferation of such cards along Roosevelt Avenue. “This is an important first step in what needs to become an all-out offensive against the prostitution problem and other quality-of-life issues that have long plagued Roosevelt Avenue,” Peralta said in a statement.

July 29, 2011
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Buscan frenar el ‘free delivery’ - Senador Peralta detalla su proyecto contra la extendida modalidad de prostitución

El Diario

NUEVA YORK — El senador estatal José Peralta anunció en conferencia de prensa un proyecto de ley que pretende iniciar una ofensiva en contra del comercio sexual en la avenida Roosevelt, en el condado de Queens, específicamente en las áreas de Jackson Heights y Corona.

Peralta explicó que la propuesta tiene como principal objetivo frenar el "free delivery" de mujeres ofrecidas por proxenetas locales.

La ley plantea que los conductores de taxis que deseen obtener una licencia inicial o renovación posterior, deberán someterse a un programa educativo acerca del tráfico de mujeres para fines de explotación sexual.

May 24, 2011
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State Senator Jose Peralta took aim at the prostitution industry this week

NY Daily News

State Senator Jose Peralta took aim at the prostitution industry this week.

The East Elmhurst Democrat introduced a bill that would  require taxi drivers to be aware of the human trafficking business.  He is also co-sponsoring legislation that would up fines and jail sentences for johns.  

"We have to dispel the dangerous notion that prostitution is a victimless crime, " Peralta said.

"Many women from around the world and across the country are brought here and enslaved, forced to have sex with strangers for the profit of human traffickers and pimps.

by Claire Trapasso

May 24, 2011
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In Queens Neighborhood, Schools Are Bursting

The New York Times

The 10 portable classrooms outside Public School 19 in Corona, Queens, were supposed to be temporary. 

Sixteen years later, they are still there, holding nearly double the elementary schoolchildren they were meant to and struggling with age. The heating system malfunctions in the winter, forcing students to sit through lessons wearing coats, scarves and hats. 

In the main building at P.S. 19, there are monitors to keep order in the lines that form outside the bathrooms, and students’ trips are timed. The wait can be too long for some of the younger students. 

May 11, 2011
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ASPCA spay and neuter event

Queens Courier

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Mobile Spay and Neuter van will visit the Jackson Heights community to help residents examine their pets at affordable pricing. 

Co-sponsored by Assemblymember Michael DenDekker and State Senator José Peralta, the ASPCA event will be held on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 7:30 a.m. with a 3:30 p.m. pickup, outside DenDekker’s district office at 33-46 92nd Street in Jackson Heights. 

April 19, 2011
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Closing a 'gap' in gun laws

Legislative Gazette

A gun control bill was passed by the Assembly last Wednesday that is aimed at closing a loophole in the courts' ability to prevent people who are ordered to undergo treatment for mental illness from possessing a firearm. 

April 19, 2011
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Queens Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Chica Chica Cards

NY1

Lawmakers and residents in Queens held a rally Sunday against lewd advertisements that they say are littering the streets. NY1’s Mara Montalbano filed the following report.

Parents say flyers of scantily-clad women is not what they want their children to see when they are walking to church on a Sunday morning or school during the week.

They say the flyers – known as chica chica cards – advertise prostitutes. 

March 29, 2011
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Lawmaker wants ban on "brothel" biz cards

WABC

Some local parents and lawmakers are up in arms about some advertising they say is obscene and too easily available to children. 

They want the trading-card like ads featuring half-naked women banned. 

"We should throw them in the garbage because they're not appropriate for kids," Tristan Mulvihill said. 

Tristan Mulvihill is talking about Chica Chica cards featuring scantily clad women in provocative positions.

There's a phone number and a promise to deliver the lady to your home. 

Children can easily find them on Roosevelt Avenue in Corona, Queens. 

March 29, 2011
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