Jose Peralta's News items

Peralta gives black leaders recognition

Queens Campaigner

In celebration of Black History Month, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) bestowed honors upon three black New Yorkers for what they have done for the city, Queens and East Elmhurst.

More than 130 people crowded into the meeting room of the Langston Hughes Library, at 100-01 Northern Blvd. in Corona, last Thursday as Peralta presented former city Comptroller Bill Thompson with a Special Recognition Award, Borough President Helen Marshall with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Lynda McDougald, president of the East Elmhurst and Corona Civic Association, with the Community Activist Award.

March 8, 2011
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Immigrants Ask Cuomo to Keep Services in Budget

Feet In Two Worlds

Some 700 immigrants from diverse communities rallied at the New York State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday to ensure that key services supporting their communities are not cut out of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget.

Immigrants make up a quarter of the state’s workforce and are advocating for ten budget and policy priorities that range from affordable housing, language access for government services, education funding for English language learners, ending Secure Communities and maintaining health care programs.

March 3, 2011
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Peralta Commemorates Black History Month

Queens Gazette

State Senator Jose Peralta hosted “A Celebration of Black History and Heritage” at the Langston Hughes Library in Corona, where former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and community leader Lynda McDougald were honored.

Thompson, the chairman of the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority, was presented with a Special Recognition Award; Marshall received a Lifetime Achievement Award; and McDougald, president of the East Elmhurst and Corona Civic Association, was presented with the Community Activist Award.

March 3, 2011
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Jackson Heights community celebrates prophet's birthday

Times Ledger

Elected officials and imams join neighborhood to honor Muhammad, who was born around 570 A.D.

About 60 religious leaders, legislators and residents gathered at a mosque and a restaurant on 72nd Street in Jackson Heights Saturday for an interfaith celebration of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. Run by anti-terrorist Imam Mohd Qayyoom, the event drew speakers and worshipers who spoke out for harmony between all religions and peace. 

“All faith has one goal of peace,” Qayyoom said. 

February 14, 2011
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El sacrificio tiene que ser compartido

El Diario

Por Senador José Peralta

El Gobernador de Nueva York, Andrew Cuomo, tuvo la tarea nada envidiable de intentar cerrar un déficit presupuestario de 10 mil millones de dólares. Lo felicito por haberlo hecho sin recurrir a los préstamos.

También es alentador que el gobernador haya extendido la mano a los miembros de las dos cámaras legislativas, tanto a los republicanos como a los demócratas, entre otros grupos y sectores, para que trabajemos juntos en resolver las dificultades económicas que atraviesa el estado de Nueva York.

February 14, 2011
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Charter school for English language learners tries again after application rejected last year

Daily News

The educators behind a proposed charter school for Hispanic students in Queens are taking to heart the old adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." 

The state rejected the Phoenix Academy Charter School's application last year after new state regulations designed to increase the number of charters kicked in. But instead of giving up, the backers of the proposed K-12 school have applied again. 

February 10, 2011
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Tenants complain about MCI-based rent hikes

Queens Chronicle

More than 100 Queens residents, many recent immigrants, cast aside their cultural differences and language barriers at a meeting at Sunnyside Community Services last Thursday to campaign against rent increases they say landlords are making unjustly.

City rent guidelines state that when owners make what are considered major capital improvements to a building, they can increase the rent in accordance with the cost of the improvements. However, some claim tenants are being taken advantage of.

February 9, 2011
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Senate Passes Cuomo’s Property-Tax Cap

The New York Times

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to limit local property taxes won overwhelming approval from the State Senate on Monday, escalating the pressure on Democratic legislators in the Assembly who have expressed reservations about the bill.

The Senate voted 45 to 17 in favor of the cap, which Mr. Cuomo had declared his top campaign priority, after an hour of discussion. Thirteen of the 30 Democrats joined all 32 Republicans in passing the bill.

February 1, 2011
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Peralta ascends Democrats' Senate leadership ranks

Times Ledger

Freshman senator named to fifth-highest post as Democratic whip, co-chair of campaign committe

In the nearly one year that Jose Peralta has been a state senator representing western Queens, his star has surely risen.

Peralta was selected as one of four co-chairmen in charge of making sure Democrats recapture the Senate in 2012 and was chosen by Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) as Democratic whip – the fifth-highest leadership position among Democrats.

On top of the two posts, Peralta was also named the ranking member of the Senate Labor Committee by Sampson.

January 25, 2011
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State Sen. Jose Peralta urges probe into baby's death in blizzard aftermath

Daily News

State Sen. Jose Peralta is calling for a probe into the death of an infant who had to wait for medical treatment because of snow-clogged streets after the blizzard.

"This is an especially heartbreaking tragedy that might have been avoided if only the streets had been cleared," said Peralta (D-Queens).

January 6, 2011
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Muere víctima de la tormenta, Padres deciden desconectar a bebé que, por la nevada, no recibió atención oportuna

El Diario 

Queens — La víctima más joven de la tormenta que azotó a la ciudad hace más de una semana murió ayer en este condado. Addison Reinoso, un bebé hispano de sólo tres meses, no recibió asistencia médica de urgencia en su hogar de Corona, debido a la nieve que bloqueó al paso a una ambulancia. El bebé fue declarado muerto la tarde de ayer, luego de pasar varios días conectado a un respirador artificial.

El padre del bebé, Luis Reinoso, dijo en una entrevista telefónica con EL DIARIO LA PRENSA: "El único mensaje para la ciudad y para el alcalde es que limpien las calles, porque no quisiera que esto no pase a otros".

"Estos últimos años nos han tenido abandonados a la comunidad hispana. Nos abandonaron", agregó Reinoso.

January 6, 2011
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Boy Whose Treatment Was Delayed by Snow Dies

The New York Times

A stricken 3-month-old boy whose medical treatment was delayed last week by unplowed streets in Queens died Tuesday afternoon at Elmhurst Hospital, paramedics said.

The infant, Addison Reinoso, began having breathing problems and lost consciousness last Wednesday afternoon, said Patrick Bahnken, president of the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors FDNY.

January 6, 2011
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Two tragic delays occur one block apart

New York Post

Two of this week's snow-linked tragedies occurred just a block apart.

The parents of 3-month-old Addison Reynoso say the boy is brain dead because minutes were lost Wednesday afternoon in getting emergency help to their home on 39th Avenue in Corona, Queens.

Two days earlier and one block away, Yvonne Freeman, 75, suffered fatal respiratory distress after waiting three hours for EMTs to fight their way through the snow.

State Sen. José Peralta, who represents the district, yesterday called for an "exhaustive and honest review" and said "swift and forceful action must be taken against those who failed our city in a time of need."

January 6, 2011
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Peralta calls for new school for immigrants

Times Ledger

A few days after former Hearst Magazines Chairwoman Cathie Black received her waiver to become city schools chancellor, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) already had a potential assignment.

Peralta said in a letter to Black dated Dec. 3 that he wanted her to consider establishing an immigrant school near Newtown High School at 48-01 90th St. in Elmhurst. The school’s future has been in question, and Peralta said creating this new school could help with the overcrowding at Newtown.

December 16, 2010
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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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