Legislation raising New York’s minimum wage didn’t please everybody in Albany, but the final agreement, which incrementally increases the wage to $9 an hour by the end of 2015, was acceptable enough for both houses and the governor to sign on.
That bill is likely to be the biggest piece of legislation directly affecting the state’s workers this year, but there have been other important changes as well—and still more are under discussion.
NUEVA YORK — En los ocho años que Sabino Benítez lleva residiendo en Corona, Queens, no ha podido encontrar una vivienda asequible y hubo épocas en que tuvo que alquilar una habitación de su apartamento para poder completar el alquiler.
"Los que tienen vivienda económica son los que llevan décadas en sus apartamentos", dijo Benítez.
Benítez y su esposa Paulina Durán tienen dos hijos de ocho y nueve años, y son de las familias que están a la espera de que se construyan viviendas asequibles en el plan de desarrollo Willets Point, ubicado detrás de Citi Field, el estadio de los Mets, pero al perecer esa espera será larga y muchos líderes temen que al final los residentes se queden con las manos vacías.
A duo of megalith sports franchises, the New York Yankees and Britain’s Manchester City Football Club, announced on Monday Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise and second foray in the tri-state metropolitan area: New York City Football Club.
As officials from MLS, the Bronx Bombers, Abu Dhabi-owned Man City and Mayor Bloomberg congratulated each other during a Tuesday press conference rolling out the franchise, there was one notable absence: the Unisphere, which had become ubiquitous in the league’s push to build a home in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
“Soy su senador y estoy aquí para respaldar el sindicato y exigirle al supermercado Trade Fair que permita el regreso de los empleados”, dijo el senador estatal demócrata José Peralta. Desde el pasado 13 de marzo casi 100 empleados del departamento de carnes de esta cadena de 9 supermercados se hallan en paro forzado. Han realizado varias demostraciones y es la primera vez que el senador Peralta decide salir a la calle a apoyarlos.
A local politician and a school principal are calling on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to ensure the safety of pedestrians, especially school children, who cross a “dangerous” intersection.
In March, Senator Jose Peralta urged DOT to take a closer look at the intersection of Junction Boulevard and the Horace Harding Expressway in Elmhurst. The 110th and 112th Precincts had advised him neither would provide a crossing guard. A guard used to monitor the intersection.
The city Department of Transportation threw its support behind calls for a speed camera at a dangerous intersection near PS 206 in Rego Park, but said it is waiting for the state to pass a law authorizing the cameras before it can move forward.
“The proposed speed camera program would significantly enhance safety at school locations throughout the city,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in a letter to state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who is advocating for making the intersection safer and is the first Senate sponsor of legislation that would permit the speed cameras.
New York state Sen. Jose Peralta, D-Jackson Heights, has responded to what editorial writers have called "economic insanity" and introduced legislation to repeal the Minimum Wage Reimbursement Credit approved by the state Legislature during the budget process.
Peralta's legislation (S.4500) — "an act to repeal certain provisions of the tax law relating to the minimum wage reimbursement credit"— was referred to the Investigations and Government Operations committee on April 3. There is no same-as bill in the Assembly.
Los cargos federales de corrupción presentados en los últimos días contra miembros de la legislatura estatal y el Concejo Municipal han sacudido la confianza en el sistema político.
Y con razón. Las acusaciones son muy graves y representan traiciones conmovedoras a la confianza pública.
Como dije en diciembre, poco después de la condena criminal de mi predecesor, la manera de restaurar la fe del público en el gobierno es a través de un servicio al pueblo honorable. Eso es lo que el pueblo espera y lo que merece.
The ink has barely dried on the state budget, but there is already a bill to repeal a tax break included in the final agreement. The tax cut was part of the minimum wage deal, and it would give a tax credit to any business that hires workers between the ages of 16 and 19. Senator Jose Peralta argues that means business will be discouraged from hiring older workers, who the Fiscal Policy Institute says currently hold about 90 percent of low-wage jobs.
ALBANY — A Queens state Senator has introduced a bill to repeal a controversial tax credit given to businesses that employ teenage minimum-wage workers.
Sen. Jose Peralta, a Democrat, said the credit encourages businesses, including national chains like Walmart, to shed older workers. He believes it also discourages employers from raising wages above the state minimum. “This tax credit is a really bad idea,” Peralta told the Daily News. “It just sends the wrong message.”
After years of unsuccessful attempts to get a crossing guard at the intersection of Horace Harding Expressway and Junction Boulevard, community members are asking for speed cameras, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said this week.
“We’re trying to prevent a tragedy here,” Peralta said.
We hear a lot about the “shrinking middle class” in America. The Pew Research Center set out to measure the erosion. It found that, since 2000, “the middle class has shrunk in size” and “fallen backward in income and wealth.”
The percentage of American adults in the Pew study’s middle-income bracket has fallen from 61 percent in 1971 to 51 percent today.
The push for a crossing guard at Horace Harding Expressway and Junction Boulevard seems stalled in all directions, but those involved hope a recent push by Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) will cause some action.
Several years ago a crossing guard manned the corner three blocks from PS 206, an elementary school at 61-02 98 St. where Rego Park and East Elmhurst meet, but she retired.
State Sen. Jose Peralta credits Gov. Cuomo with leading the charge in getting gay marriage and gun control legislation passed. Now Peralta wants Cuomo to again show the federal government how it's done when it comes to implementing a state DREAM Act that provides state tuition assistance to the kids of illegal immigrants who graduated high school in New York.
“It took great courage and leadership to achieve marriage equality in New York and to pass the toughest gun laws in the country," Peralta (D-Queens) said in a statement released this morning. "Rather than wait on the federal government to do something, Gov. Cuomo instead showed the federal government how to get big, important, meaningful things done."
“On behalf of all Dreamers, I am urging Gov. Cuomo to again bring to bear his great courage, considerable political skills and extraordinary leadership abilities in getting something big, important and meaningful done. And make no mistake: Immigration reform is important and most certainly needs to get done."
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been pushing for $25 million to be included in the emerging state budget to create a state DREAM Act, but has found little support from the Senate GOP. Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx) has called for a DREAM Act that would be funded with a special casino fee--should casino gambling be legalized. But Klein, according to Assembly insiders, has not been pushing for the DREAM Act to be included in the upcoming budget.
Cuomo, meanwhile, has said he supports a federal DREAM Act but has not taken a stance on a state version.
Peralta, who is running for Queens borough president, called it a "sound investment in our state's workforce and future that would eventually pay for itself many times over."
"The DREAM Act belongs in the budget," he said. "The DREAM Act means far too much to far too many people to continue to be ignored."
Queens State Senator Jose Peralta has been a sponsor of the New York Dream Act for the last two years. The legislation would expand the state's TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) to include undocumented students who qualify. The Assembly allocated $25 million in their one house budget, but it was not included in the Senate's version.
Peralta sat down with us to talk about why the Dream Act should be in the final budget and in his disappointment with Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democrats who run the chamber with the GOP, who opted not to include the legislation in the 2013-14 fiscal plan.
Most of us devote little thought to where our paychecks go: the bank account, of course. And when we need that money, we simply go to an ATM.
But that’s not the case for some of our fellow New Yorkers. More than 13% of households in the five boroughs do not have a bank account, according to the city Consumer Affairs Department. That translates into nearly 1 million unbanked adult city residents.
State Sen. Jose Peralta is asking the Department of Transportation to better maintain the Muni-Meters on Roosevelt Avenue.
“Parking can be extraordinarily hard to come by as it is already in this bustling area,” Peralta wrote to the DOT in a letter on Feb. 4. “Let’s not disrupt the flow of commerce and traffic for failing to maintain parking meters in good working order.”
Major League Soccer representatives touted small business support for their proposal to bring a stadium to Flushing Meadows Park on Friday at Sabor Latino restaurant in Elmhurst.
Outside the MLS press conference, a handful of protesters from Make the Road New York and the Fairness Coalition of Queens, two organizations that do not want green space taken from the park, held signs saying “We want a stadium, but not in the park” and “Our park is not for sale” in English and Spanish.