Jose Peralta's News items

Peralta: Remove Offensive Billboard Out Of Respect

As reported by the Gazette:

State Senator Jose Peralta issued a statement regarding the strip club billboard at 105-13 Northern Blvd. in Corona: “Like everyone else that I have spoken to who has seen the billboard, I believe that the female pictured looks far too young to be featured in an advertisement for a strip club. It is a jarring image that is offensive and sickening. That it sits above a church is an especially twisted mockery.”

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October 17, 2013
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Billboard for Queens strip club placed above Queens church to be taken down

As reported by the Daily News:

Churches and strip clubs usually don’t go together — let alone share a space.

So local leaders were less than thrilled to see a billboard for Roadhouse NYC go up above the New Hope Baptist Church on busy Northern Blvd. in Corona.

But following a Daily News inquiry, the billboard is expected to come down on Thursday. “We had no idea it was above a church,” said a Roadhouse manager, who only identified himself as Adam. “We’re definitely very sorry.”

The upscale gentleman’s club opened on Aug. 20 in Flushing and this was its first — and only — billboard. He said that no one had called the club to complain about it.

A rep from the topless establishment’s advertising firm confirmed that the club — and the company — was unaware that the billboard sat over the storefront church and a neighboring grocery store on the congested thoroughfare.

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October 10, 2013
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Peralta demands a safer Roosevelt Ave.

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

After the recent stabbing of Ever Orozco and years of prostitution, violence and other crimes, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is demanding changes be made to end the violence on Roosevelt Avenue.

Orozco, who was allegedly stabbed by a 22-year-old man who thought the 69-year-old blew kisses and made sexual gestures at him as the two crossed paths at 90th Street in Jackson Heights. The police are calling the case a hate crime.

“The recent incidents of deadly violence on Roosevelt Avenue in broad daylight, underscore the fact that we need a lot more than trash bins and video cameras to make Roosevelt Avenue safe,” the senator wrote in a statement.

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October 4, 2013
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Ayuda de salud para víctimas del 9/11

Según ha informado El Diario:

NUEVA YORK — Falta poco más de una semana para que venza el plazo para inscribirse en el Fondo de Compensación para las Víctimas del 11 de Septiembre, VCF.

Si usted padeció o tienes razones para creer que padeció un daño físico o enfermedad a consecuencia de los ataques del 11 de Septiembre con anterioridad al 3 de octubre de 2011, tiene la obligación de inscribirse a más tardar el 3 de octubre de 2013.

La inscripción conserva su derecho de presentar un reclamo en el futuro (antes de que el Fondo concluya el 3 de octubre de 2016).

Inscribirse es fácil y solo requiere contestar unas cuantas preguntas. Visite el sitio: www.claims.vcf.gov/welcome si desea inscribirse vía Internet ahora mismo.

Si usted no puede completar su inscripción mediante el sistema en línea del VCF o tiene dificultades para llenar y enviar por correo la Parte I del Formulario de Elegibilidad impreso, usted puede completar y presentar el formulario de Inscripción Interina (que puede encontrar aquí: www.vcf.gov) antes del 3 de octubre de 2013 a fin de cumplir con la fecha límite.

Para más información, este sábado, 28 de septiembre, de 4 p.m. a 6 p.m., se realizará el Foro del World Trade Center Health Program, en el auditorio A-1 del hospital Elmhurst, localizado en el 79-01 Broadway, en Queens.

El foro -organizado por el senador estatal José Peralta y varias organizaciones, entre ellas Single Stop USA y la Federación Hispana-, además de ayudarlo a inscribirse en el Fondo de Compensaciones, le darán información del programa de salud del World Trade Center, el cual provee tratamiento y monitoreo continuo para trabajadores de primeros auxilios y sobrevivientes sin costo alguno.

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September 26, 2013
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Police identify man found shot near Jax Hgts stabbing

As reported by the Times Ledger:

Two days after state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) described Roosevelt Avenue as the city’s new version of once crime-ridden Times Square, a 33-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds to his head and neck just steps away from where the legislator had stood.

“The Police Department has done great with the limited resources they have, but we need more,” Peralta said at a news conference at the corner of 90th Street and Roosevelt Avenue Sept. 18. Peralta and western Queens officials - Councilman Daniel Dromm, Comptroller John Liu, Assemblymen Michael Den Dekker and Francisco Moya - had gathered to denounce the fatal stabbing of 69-year-old Ever Orosco at the same intersection Sept. 16.

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September 26, 2013
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Peralta Proposes Initiatives To Expand Borough Tourism

As reported by The Gazette:  

State Senator Jose Peralta unveiled a bill that would give each borough a portion of the state hotel occupancy tax it collects to use to promote local tourism.

The city’s official tourism arm, NYC & Company, promotes travel and tourism opportunities throughout the city and allocates approximately $60,000 to each of the boroughs to promote local nonprofit destinations and activities.

Peralta’s bill would provide each borough four percent of the state hotel occupancy tax revenue it collects, up to a maximum of $300,000, in order to promote local tourism, including at for-profit venues, such as bars and restaurants. Convention and visitors bureaus throughout New York and the United States are typically funded with hotel occupancy tax revenues.

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August 29, 2013
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Peralta Wants To Bring Tourism to Queens

As reported by the Queens Tribune:  

A new bill unveiled in front of Queens Borough Hall by State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) on Aug. 20 would give each borough a portion of the state hotel occupancy tax it collects to promote local tourism to the outer boroughs.

With this new bill, Peralta, along with supporters including Queens Borough President hopeful Melinda Katz, said “it will bring tourists from Manhattan to see hidden gems in Queens like the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona.”

According to the new bill, each borough would receive up to $300,000 in funding to boost local tourism by allowing for-profit venues, like restaurants and bars, to place advertisements in weekly newspapers, local radio stations and cable shows.

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August 28, 2013
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Piden más dinero para turismo fuera de Manhattan

Según ha informado El Diario:

Nueva York — El senador estatal José Peralta presentó una legislación que busca conseguir hasta $300,000 anuales para promover el turismo en vecindarios exteriores, con fondos del impuesto de ocupación de hotel.

De acuerdo con cifras de la ciudad, el año pasado unos $55 billones se generaron por esa industria  en los cinco condados, el 90% en Manhattan. En cambio la NYC & Company, agencia oficial para promover el turismo en la ciudad, asignó solo unos $60,000 anual a cada condado para promocionar sus atractivos.

El proyecto plantea que el 4% ó menos, (dependiendo de lo que se genere al año) de los ingresos por el impuesto en la ciudad se destinen a cada zona para la promoción de nuevos destinos y establecimientos como restaurantes, hoteles y bares.

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August 28, 2013
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New Bill Aims to Spread Tourism Dollars to Outer Boroughs

As reported by DNA Info:

QUEENS — A new bill proposed by a Queens lawmaker would give the outer boroughs a bigger chunk of the state's hotel tax, allowing local businesses to reap the benefits of large events like the upcoming US Open, he said.

State Sen. Jose Peralta’s bill, unveiled Tuesday, would provide each borough with 4 percent of the state hotel occupancy tax revenue each year — up to $300,000 apiece — to promote local tourism.

Tourism in the city is currently promoted by NYC & Company, and money is funneled to the boroughs through the NYC & Company Foundation, according to the Queens Economic Development Corporation.

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August 28, 2013
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Goodbye Times Square, Hello Queens – Officials Push to Bring Tourism to Borough

As reported by The Forum:

Move over, Manhattan – it’s Queens’ time to shine.

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) and other officials announced at Borough Hall on Tuesday that they are pushing for an initiative to expand tourism outside of Manhattan, particularly to spots that Queens residents already know and love – but which tourists may never catch a glimpse of during their visits to the city because of a Manhattan-centric approach to advertising.

In an attempt to draw tourists from the incessantly flashing lights of Times Square to places across the borough, from the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park to the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona, Peralta unveiled a bill that would give each borough a portion of the state hotel occupancy tax it collects to promote local tourism.

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August 28, 2013
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Queens lawmaker seeks more state funding to promote outer borough tourism

As reported by the Daily News:

A Queens lawmaker is trying to carve out more cash for promoting tourism in the outer boroughs.

State Sen. Jose Peralta introduced a bill that would take a chunk of the state’s hotel occupancy tax and redistribute it to local groups.

“What’s being promoted — outside of the big landmarks in Manhattan?” said Peralta (D-East Elmhurst).

Each borough’s allocation would cap at $300,000 and be distributed through the city’s official tourism arm, NYC & Company.

Organizations, such as the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Queens Economic Development Corp., would coordinate with NYC & Co. on advertising blitzes.

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August 21, 2013
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Queens Officials Want Cut Of Tourism Revenue To Help Attract Visitors

As reported by WCBS 800:

A Queens lawmaker has proposed giving the outer boroughs more money from the state hotel occupancy tax.

State Sen. Jose Peralta has unveiled legislation to send up to $300,000 a year from the hotel tax to the outer boroughs to promote tourism.

“People who come to New York also want to go elsewhere besides Manhattan,” Peralta told reporters including WCBS 880′s Ginny Kosola. “When you talk about Citi Field, when you talk about the Louis Armstrong Museum.”

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August 21, 2013
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Senator Launches Legislation To Boost Queens Tourism

As reported by NY1:

As part of an effort to attract more tourists to Queens, state Senator Jose Peralta unveiled legislation on Tuesday that would give up to 4 percent of the state's hotel occupancy back to the boroughs, money which would be used toward promoting unique attractions citywide.

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August 21, 2013
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Decision to close immunization clinics shows Bloomberg administration's ill will

As reported by the Daily News:

Closing down two of only three remaining immunization clinics in the city seems especially thoughtless and cruel even for an administration that, like Mayor Bloomberg’s, is notorious for its blindness when it comes to the most vulnerable New Yorkers.

Yet that’s what the city’s Department of Health is planning to do at the end of this month.

The clinics are in Corona, Queens, and Tremont in the Bronx, and thousands of people visit them for free vaccinations every year. Their disappearance will impact mostly poor immigrants and low-income people, who will be left with only one immunization center miles away in Fort Greene.

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August 19, 2013
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Corona Health Clinic Slated To Shut Down

As reported by the Queens Tribune:

According to plans set in place by the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Corona Health Center on Junction Boulevard is set to close weeks before the start of school.

The services provided by the Corona and Tremont Health Center in the Bronx will no longer be available to children, particularly low-income and immigrant families, in need of a public health functions.

On Aug. 14, elected officials along with Local 436 at District Council 37 rallied in front of the Corona Health Center, demanding the City to push back the closing date.

“We are hoping to keep the pressure on the City at least through the school rush,” said Judith Arroyo, president of Local 436 at District Council 37.

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August 19, 2013
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EXCLUSIVE: Money-losing Queens Latino festival is canceled for first time in 15 years

As reported by the Daily News:

An annual celebration of Latino culture in Queens was abruptly canceled for the first time in 15 years amid more mystery than a Borges novel.

The troubles started a year ago when long-time sponsor Chase pulled its support for the money-losing festival — though the bank did not say why.

Then, after two years of fiscal setbacks, the Queens Theater, which hosts the festival, declined to renew the contract for Claudia Norman, who had organized it for 15 years.

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August 15, 2013
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Immunization clinic slated for closure

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

Barring mayoral intervention, the only Department of Health and Mental Hygiene immunization clinic in the borough, located in Corona, will be shut down as of Aug. 21.

Many elected officials and community leaders protested the closure on Wednesday outside the fated clinic — the Corona Health Center at 34-33 Junction Blvd.

The clinic provides vaccinations recommended for those older than 4 years old from Hepatitis B to pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

The Tremont Clinic in the Bronx is on this month’s chopping block, leaving Ft. Greene Health Center in Brooklyn as the only DOHMH clinic to remain.

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August 15, 2013
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Shutdown of Corona clinic causes uproar

As reported by the Times Ledger:

At the height of the back-to-school vaccination rush and in a month dedicated to spreading immunization awareness, the city Department of Health is shutting down the only free-immunization clinic in Queens next week.

Closures at both the Corona, Queens and Tremont, Bronx health centers are scheduled to take place at the crucial time before children need the required immunizations to attend school. The families depending on these services must make their way to the Fort Greene Health Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn starting Aug. 21.

District Council 37, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), Commissioner on the Public’s Health System Anthony Feliciano, and other community leaders gathered at the Corona Clinic Wednesday to protest what they called “a threat to public health and safety.” The threat came without warning or community input, according to District Council 37.

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August 15, 2013
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Op-Ed: Cashing in on tourism

As reported by the Queens Courier:

By State Senator Jose Peralta:

While New York struggles to recover from the recession of 2008, it is clear that at least one of its major industries is thriving like never before–New York City tourism.

In 2012, the city welcomed a record-breaking 52 million visitors, despite the devastation wrought by Sandy.  According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, these tourists, who paid for a total of 29 million hotel room nights, poured more than $55 billion into the city’s economy.

What’s more, the city’s hotel occupancy stands at 87 percent, the highest in the nation. Better yet, there is good reason to believe that tourism remains a growing industry, with much of its potential still untapped, particularly outside of Manhattan.  In the past six years, 72 new hotels have been built in boroughs other than Manhattan and a record-high percentage of non-Manhattan hotels are under development for the next four years.

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August 15, 2013
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Inquilinos viven en condiciones inhumanas

Según ha informado WXTV/Univision:

Una pareja de inquilinos denuncia las condiciones inhumanas en las que viven y el abuso por parte del casero.

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August 15, 2013
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