Jose Peralta's News items

Peralta: Stop the insanity, repeal min. wage tax credit

As reported by the Legislative Gazette:

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.

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April 16, 2013
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Los subsidios por alza en salario mínimo son injustos

Por José Peralta, para El Diario:

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.

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April 16, 2013
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Sen. Peralta Discusses Minimum Wage Tax Breaks

As reported by Capitol Tonight:

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.

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April 15, 2013
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KO Bad Wage Tax Credit

As reported by the Daily News:

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.”

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April 11, 2013
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Junction, Horace Harding need speed cameras: Peralta

As reported by the Times Ledger:

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.

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April 3, 2013
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Fighting for the working class, in Albany and here

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

By Senator Jose Peralta

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.

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April 3, 2013
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Crossing guard sought at PS 206

As reported by the Queens  Chronicle:

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.

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April 3, 2013
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NYS Sen. Jose Peralta Calls On Gov. Cuomo To Lead On DREAM Act

As reported by the Daily News:

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."

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March 20, 2013
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Queens Senator Peralta urges for inclusion of Dream Act in budget

As reported by WMHT:

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.

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March 20, 2013
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State Sen. Jose Peralta hosts Black History celebration

As reported by the Times Ledger:

State Sen. Jose Peralta recently hosted a Black History Month celebration at the Langston Hughes library in Corona.

Image: Former State Comptroller Carl McCall (l.) joins state Sen. Jose Peralta at the event held at the Langston Hughes library.

March 14, 2013
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A better way to pay workers

As reported by the Daily News:

BY STATE SENATOR JOSE PERALTA

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.

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February 14, 2013
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Lame Muni-Meters hassle on Roosevelt

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

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.”

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February 11, 2013
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Major League Soccer promotes small business support for Queens stadium

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

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.

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January 30, 2013
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Op-Ed: Essential steps in the fight against gun violence

As reported by the Queens Qourier:

BY STATE SENATOR JOSE PERALTA

As the sponsor of 14 gun bills, I couldn’t be happier to see long overdue action finally taken on common-sense measures to protect New Yorkers from gun violence.

From revoking the gun permits and confiscating the fi rearms of domestic abusers and the mentally ill, to requiring background checks and law enforcement oversight for private gun sales and ammunition purchases, to requiring periodic statewide recertification of gun licenses, a good deal of the legislation I have sponsored and fought for is in this package.

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January 22, 2013
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Crece apoyo a estadio MLS

Según ha informado El Diario:

NUEVA YORK — La construcción del estadio de fútbol en el parque Flushing Meadows Corona, va ganando terreno.

Más de 1,000 pequeños negocios han firmado cartas de apoyo a la edificación del escenario que sería sede del equipo número 20 de la MLS.

Así lo dieron a conocer ayer directivos de la liga de fútbol de Estados Unidos durante una reunión con la prensa en el restaurante 'Sabor Latino', en Queens.

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January 22, 2013
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Gooool de la MLS a favor del estadio de fútbol en el Parque Flushing

As reported by Queens Latino:

En el restaurante Sabor Latino de Elmhurst, Queens, dueños de negocios y políticos le ayudaron a meter un gol a la Liga Nacional de Fútbol (MLS). “Es el momento perfecto para construir un estadio de fútbol en el Parque Flushing por el acceso a transporte, por los fanáticos latinos y porque le inyecta energía a la economía de la ciudad de Nueva York”, dijo John Ferrera, propietario de la Casa de Ropa Interior que está ubicada en Junction Boulevard. Ferrera ha vivido más de 50 años en Queens y su negocio tiene más de 30 años en ese sector.

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January 22, 2013
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Rare large parcel of property near Citi Field hits the market

As reported by the Daily News:

Property near Citi Field is hotter than ever right now with proposals for a state-of-the-art new mall and a $300 million Major League Soccer stadium to be constructed nearby.

Development on the northern edges of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park could get a boost from the addition of a 1.67-acre Corona property, zoned for residential or commercial use, that recently hit the market for $21 million. It is located at 112-21 Northern Blvd.

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January 14, 2013
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NYC Lawmakers Push for Subway Changes

As reported by WNBC:

On Sunday, local and state lawmakers called on the MTA to do more to protect commuters. It comes in the wake of another deadly incident, where a rider was pushed into the path of an oncoming train. Ida Siegal reports.

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January 4, 2013
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Subway-push deaths prompt calls for sliding platform doors to boost safety

As reported by WPIX:

If you’ve taken the subway chance are you’ve done it: Peaked out onto the subway tracks to see if your train is coming. Some commuters walk an even finer line along the yellow caution strip… living life out on the edge.

But after Sunando Sen was pushed to his death while waiting for the 7 train last week. It was the 54th death on the subway system tracks this year.

Queens lawmakers want improvements to commuters safety, like sliding doors to separate riders from the tracks.

State Senator Jose Peralta and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer say enough is enough

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January 4, 2013
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Politicians Call on MTA to Act After Subway Shoving Death

As reported by Fox 5:

NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Two New York politicians are calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to enact or expand existing proposals, initiatives and pilot programs to protect commuters after two recent subway shoving deaths. 

State Senator Jose Peralta and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer want the MTA to consider installing sliding doors on subway platforms in as many stations as it is financially feasible to do so. 

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January 4, 2013
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