Jose Peralta's News items

Peralta Distributes 478 Turkeys

As reported by the Queens Gazette:

State Senator Jose Peralta is providing free turkeys to local churches, senior centers and nonprofit agencies, including First Baptist Church, Make the Road New York, Woodside on the Move and the Corona Senior Center.

By Thanksgiving, Peralta will have distributed 478 turkeys, including 24 that will go to the Rockaways in coordination with the office of state Senator Malcolm Smith.

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January 4, 2013
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Peralta Delivers Food, Water, Clothes To Sandy Victims

As reported by the Queens Gazette:

State Senator Jose Peralta began delivering on November 5 donated food, clothing, water, blankets and other essentials his office collected over the previous several days for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Among the donations were $500 worth of groceries contributed by Food Bazaar, $200 worth of groceries donated by Met Food Market and a truck and driver provided by AM Home Delivery to make the deliveries.

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January 4, 2013
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Roosevelt Avenue, a Corridor of Vice

As reported by The New York Times:

… Today, prostitution and counterfeiting industries are tucked alongside the Mexican restaurants, Dominican bakeries, Colombian boutiques and the nightclubs where men — many of them new immigrants working to feed families left behind in their homelands — can buy the company of a woman by paying $2 for a dance.

… (Peralta) is also calling for a task force, similar to the one that decimated crime there in the ’90s, to be reconvened.

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October 15, 2012
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Queens Voters Forced to Trek a Mile After Polling-Place Swap

As reported by DNA Info:

QUEENS — On Tuesday, 59-year-old Ditmars resident Wendy Rodriguez crossed the street with the help of a crossing guard outside of P.S. 2 on 21st Avenue.

The two began chatting, and the guard asked Rodriguez, a school administrator, if she had received a letter earlier this year from the Board of Elections, explaining that the polling site at the school would be closed for November's election.

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October 15, 2012
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Sen. Peralta pushes domestic abuse bill

As reported by Queens Chronicle: 

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has introduced a bill that, if passed, will make it easier for victims of domestic abuse to seek shelter, break their ties with their abusers and begin new lives.

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October 9, 2012
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State Senator Jose Peralta homes in on helping victims of domestic abuse

As reported by the New York Daily News:

ALBANY — A Queens state senator wants to make it easier for domestic violence victims to find affordable, permanent housing.

Sen. Jose Peralta introduced a bill Friday requiring the New York City Housing Authority to give priority for emergency housing to a wider range of victims.

Under NYCHA’s current program, priority is given to those who can prove through police, court or hospital documents that they were abused on at least two occasions.

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October 2, 2012
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MLS working to bring new team to Queens

As reported by WABC TV:

There is quite a buzz in Queens about plans for a Major League Soccer stadium.

Negotiations are under way with the city, state and Major League Soccer officials to build a 25,000 seat professional soccer stadium, but 

Some local leaders are embracing it.

"Major League Soccer is going to make a great economic impact in this area," state Senator Jose Peralta said. "And we're talking about over 2,000 construction union jobs. We're talking about 1,100 permanent jobs when it comes down to it. And that's what it's all about. It's about bringing economic development back into Queens."

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September 14, 2012
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Soccer Stadium Would be Big Win for Queens, Lawmaker Says

As reported by NY1:

Queens State Senator Jose Peralta recently stopped by the NY1 studios to discuss ongoing efforts to bring a major league soccer stadium in the borough.

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August 30, 2012
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Pockets of City See Higher Use of Force During Police Stops

As reported by The New York Times:

The crowded neighborhoods of the West Bronx come alive at night. Residents, young and old, cluster around door stoops. Teenagers fill playground basketball courts. Police officers from the nearby 44th and 46th Precincts patrol the streets, from time to time stopping and frisking young men, mostly black and Latino. And when they do, statistics show, they use physical force far more often than the police do anywhere else in the city.

August 21, 2012
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State Senators Take Aim To Tighten Gun Control

As reported by WPIX: 

Senator Gianaris' proposals said among his measures is "One that would restrict gun purchases to one per month because right now the big problem with people is that they will bulk purchase guns and turn them around and sell them illegally," he said, adding, "Sales on the secondary market don't require background checks."  Other measures call for dealers to report all firearm and ammunition sales within 24 hours to the State Division of Criminal Justice, where records would be kept on file for at least a decade.  Another bill would mandate a 10-day waiting period for all gun purchases.  Senator Gianaris is also calling for limiting sales of ammo to permitted dealers, and he wants all gun buyers to be required to take a safety course.

August 20, 2012
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Voters confused over changing polling sites in Queens

As reported by the New York Daily News: 

Queens voters and lawmakers are scratching their heads over a series of poll site changes for the Sept. 13 primary.

Voters say they have received multiple mailers from the city Board of Elections directing them to different polling sites.

In some cases, the new sites are far from their homes — presenting a challenge to elderly and disabled voters.

“I received a notice telling me to go to my regular polling place and then a week later another notice telling me to go to a school 10 blocks away,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta, whose office has been flooded with calls from voters. “I can walk but some seniors can’t travel that far. It’s an issue.”

August 20, 2012
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New soccer stadium heading to Queens?

As reported by the New York Daily News:

Queens has a big appetite for world-class soccer - and ticket demand for Wednesday's Chile-Ecuador friendly at Citi Field is proof - but can the borough support a Major League Soccer franchise and a $300-million stadium? MLS executives and elected officials who are pushing for construction of the facility in Flushing Meadows Corona Park say yes -- but they acknowledge the deal is far from done, and it might be years before a MLS team plays its first home game in north-central Queens. 

August 20, 2012
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Op Ed: Human trafficking is not victimless

As reported by the Queens Courier:

By Senator Jose Peralta 

I introduced a bill last year, which Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law, prohibiting the distribution of obscene, business-card-sized ads for prostitutes.  These so-called “chica” cards, which have been handed out along Roosevelt Avenue and adjacent streets for many years, feature promises of “free delivery.”

After a press conference at which I unveiled my chica cards bill, the problem drew attention.  The cards were the subject of some jokes.

And it turned out that one of the cards we enlarged and displayed at the press conference pictured an international supermodel.

The harsh reality, however, is that there is absolutely nothing funny, or glamorous, about prostitution.

August 20, 2012
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Soccer and casino dreams for Queens

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

A proposed soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Park and a possible gambling casino in nearby Willets Point came to the fore this week, although neither proposal is likely to happen anytime soon. 

The plan to put a soccer stadium in the borough’s largest and busiest park was floated in June when Major League Soccer officials met with elected officials. The New York Post reported on Monday that MLS is nearing a deal with state and city officials to build a nine-acre $300 million, 25,000-seat facility and nine public soccer fields.

August 20, 2012
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Plan for Queens soccer stadium moving forward

As reported by the Queens Courier: 

Talks of a potential soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park are closing toward a final deal, the New York Post reported, although several state and city officials would not confirm plans were nearing completion.

The final plan, a state official told The Post, would be a $300 million stadium that holds 25,000 fans. It would be completely funded by Major League Soccer (MLS) and could break ground early next year. The city would give up nine acres of the massive park for the stadium, which would be returned by the state for development elsewhere, it was reported.

MLS, however, would still have to meet with transit, city and state officials, it was reported.

August 20, 2012
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After Shootings, Push in Albany for Tougher Gun Laws

As reported by The New York Times:

In the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin and an uptick in gun violence in New York City, lawmakers are planning a new push in Albany to win approval of tighter gun laws in New York State.

One measure introduced last week would require background checks of anyone buying ammunition. Another, being drafted this week, would limit the purchase of firearms to one per person per month.

Supporters of the measures said they would fill several gaps in New York’s gun laws, which are already among the toughest in the country, and make them more complete than any other state’s in discouraging gun crime.

August 7, 2012
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Peralta: 'It's Time to Stand Up to The NRA'

As reported by the Legislative Gazette:

The Republican-led State Senate should reconvene in Albany and pass gun control legislation, say a variety of New York City and state-level Democrats. Recent weeks have seen high profile shootings of Bronx children, coming with a concern that unacceptable gun violence has spread into formerly safe neighborhoods.

August 7, 2012
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Campaign Against Human Trafficking In Queens

As reported by the New York Daily News:

A Queens official is spearheading a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims in an attempt to curb the problem in western Queens.

The office of state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has been distributing hundreds of posters in English and Spanish to small businesses in Corona, Jackson Heights and parts of Elmhurst. The posters encourage victims of human trafficking and prostitution to call 311 for help.

“So many women from around the world and the country are brought here to New York, and particularly on Roosevelt Avenue, to be enslaved and forced to have sex with strangers,” Peralta said.

August 3, 2012
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Sen. Peralta Calls For Bipartisan Gun-Control Law

As reported by the New York Daily News:

State Sen. Jose Peralta called for legislators to set aside partisanship to pass a new gun control law to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill.

"Believe it or not, in New York State, a violent, mentally ill individual can keep a gun even after being identified by a court as a danger to society," Peralta said.

The legislation, Peralta said, would allow a judge to take away an individual's gun license if that person is determined to be mentally ill. Currently, according to Peralta, the judge has an option to ask for the gun license, but this legislation would mandate it.

August 1, 2012
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Second Teen Charged With Murder In Bronx 4-Year-Old's Shooting Death

As reported by NY1:

A second teen was arrested for murder Friday in the shooting death of a 4-year-old Bronx boy as lawmakers and clergy members rallied to put an end to gun violence.

19-year-old Jeffrey Ronald is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Lloyd Morgan, who was shot and killed Sunday night.

17-year-old Rondell Pinkerton is already charged with murder. A third person is facing weapons charges.

Morgan was struck in the head when shots rang out in a playground at the Forest Houses in Morrisania Sunday.

Your Call On Gun Violence

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August 1, 2012
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