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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.