The Obama Administration isn’t waiting for a stalled Congress to make a decision on immigration policy for youth, and Queens politicians and community groups are applauding the initiative.
President Obama issued a policy directive halting the deportation of illegal students who would qualify for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act on June 15. Some Republican politicians nationwide, even some who would support the change legislatively, are calling the policy directive a ploy to grab the Latino vote in the upcoming presidential election.
Many Queens politicians disagree, saying the president made the right call.
“For many undocumented immigrants, America is the only country they know.In their hearts and minds they are American. Sadly, Republicans either can’t, or choose not to understand this. By blocking the DREAM Act, they denied millions of undocumented Americans the opportunity to achieve the American Dream,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) said.
Courting of Willets Point as a potential site for what could be the nation’s largest convention center – and a major booster for New York City’s economy – has begun, with an open letter from State Senator Jose Peralta to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
In the letter, Peralta notes that he supported the governor’s original announcement in January to build a convention center at Aqueduct.
He goes on to say that although it was unfortunate that current talks have fallen through, there are still options in north Queens.
ALBANY — A Queens Democratic state senator took a shot at the chamber’s GOP majority for holding up a “common-sense” bill to take permitted firearms away from the mentally ill.
Jose Peralta’s bill would give judges the power to strip people of their guns and permits to possess them if they are involuntarily committed to an institution, forced into outpatient treatment or acquitted of a crime by “reason of mental disease or defect.”
It has passed the Assembly four times with bipartisan support — including this year with just four “no” votes — but it has never been taken up by the state Senate, even during the Democrats’ brief majority in 2009 and 2010.
“Cynics might say the bill gets squashed in the Senate because of all the campaign money the NRA gives to Republicans,” Peralta said. “But even the NRA is on record saying that the mentally ill shouldn’t have access to deadly firepower.”
State Sen. José Peralta’s bill to stiffen sentences for black-market document peddlers passed the Senate Thursday, and the Assembly is weighing a companion bill.
The “yes” vote came after a Post reporter purchased three forged federal and state identifications in an hour in February on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, in Peralta’s Queens district, for $260.
A Queens man who coordinated the largest air rescue behind enemy lines in American combat history has been posthumously inducted into the state Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
George Vujnovich, a retired small business owner from Jackson Heights, was awarded the Bronze Star in 2010, 66 years after the conducting the rescue. He died in late April at the age of 96, shortly after state Sen. Jose Peralta informed him of the induction.
His daughter Xenia Wilkinson said she was proud to accept the distinction on her father’s behalf.
“I wish that he could have been with me,” said Wilkinson, 67, who now lives in Washington, D.C. “He would have been so proud.”
When Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) reached out to Vujnovich’s family about his induction, he had already fallen ill, and would not have been able to make the Albany ceremony on May 22.
Last fall, State Senator José Peralta pushed the "chica card" law, an alternate plan for discouraging prostitution in Queens.
Chica cards, small cards with images of half-naked women and phone numbers advertising "free delivery" were once distributed openly along Roosevelt Avenue in Queens. Peralta's "chica card" law, criminalized the distribution of flyers and cards marketing prostitutes, and now they're much harder to find.
Peralta also introduced a bill that would require taxi drivers, who are oftentimes complicit in bringing prostitutes around the city, take a course on sex trafficking before receiving or renewing a license.
"We have to dispel the dangerous notion that prostitution is a victimless crime," Peralta said. "Someone aware of this brutal reality is less likely to participate in the continued exploitation of these women."
State Senator Jose Peralta is urging the Bloomberg Administration "to consider alternatives" to the proposed cuts to after-school and youth programs in Queens.
"I understand the need to be fiscally prudent during these tough economic times," Senator Peralta writes. "But the costs of cutting day care slots and programs that supplement children's education and provide youth an alternative to the streets will, in the long run, far exceed any savings achieved in the near term."
He adds that, "In light of the hardship to working families throughout my district that these proposed cuts pose, and the potential damage they will do to children and communities, I urge the City to consider alternatives to these proposed cuts."
Nueva York - El senador José Peralta, defensores de los consumidores y víctimas de los recaudadores de deudas pidieron ayer a los legisladores estatales aprueben la propuesta de ley "S-677A Consumer Credit Fairness Act".
“They feel that they know better than police chiefs and district attorneys. That’s ridiculous. The money speaks for itself. You follow the trail of money and you realize they’re being bought by the NRA,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta, D-Queens.
"Rather than unilaterally substituting your own judgment for that of district attorneys and chiefs of police from all over the state, put microstamping to a vote," said Peralta. "Listen to — and let the public hear — the arguments put forth in support of microstamping by law enforcement and [then, by comparison] those advanced by the National Rifle Association in opposition to the bill."
“Microstampting, reproductive health, the Dream Act: These are not small or inconsequential bills that the Republicans have cleared off the table of public discussion along with other thoughtful pieces of legislation.
“The microstamping and reproductive health bills, as well as the Dream Act, have significant support, including from numerous editorial boards.
“It seems that in an election year, Republicans don’t want to have to vote against legislation with significant support.
“They are very organized,” microstamping Senate bill sponsor Jose Peralta (D-Queens) said of the NRA. “Their concern is if microstamping becomes law in New York, it will become a domino effect nationally.”
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) honored former Mayor David Dinkins with a Lifetime Achievement Award at his second Black History Month celebration.
The city’s first black mayor received multiple standing ovations at the senator’s event, held at the Langston Hughes Library, at 100-01 Northern Blvd. in Corona, last Thursday. As the main honoree and the keynote speaker, Dinkins told the more than 100 attendees about the struggles he faced growing up in segregated America and the black leaders before and since his time.