State Senator Jose Peralta is urging the Bloomberg Administration "to consider alternatives" to the proposed cuts to after-school and youth programs in Queens.
"I understand the need to be fiscally prudent during these tough economic times," Senator Peralta writes. "But the costs of cutting day care slots and programs that supplement children's education and provide youth an alternative to the streets will, in the long run, far exceed any savings achieved in the near term."
He adds that, "In light of the hardship to working families throughout my district that these proposed cuts pose, and the potential damage they will do to children and communities, I urge the City to consider alternatives to these proposed cuts."
Nueva York - El senador José Peralta, defensores de los consumidores y víctimas de los recaudadores de deudas pidieron ayer a los legisladores estatales aprueben la propuesta de ley "S-677A Consumer Credit Fairness Act".
“They feel that they know better than police chiefs and district attorneys. That’s ridiculous. The money speaks for itself. You follow the trail of money and you realize they’re being bought by the NRA,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta, D-Queens.
"Rather than unilaterally substituting your own judgment for that of district attorneys and chiefs of police from all over the state, put microstamping to a vote," said Peralta. "Listen to — and let the public hear — the arguments put forth in support of microstamping by law enforcement and [then, by comparison] those advanced by the National Rifle Association in opposition to the bill."
“Microstampting, reproductive health, the Dream Act: These are not small or inconsequential bills that the Republicans have cleared off the table of public discussion along with other thoughtful pieces of legislation.
“The microstamping and reproductive health bills, as well as the Dream Act, have significant support, including from numerous editorial boards.
“It seems that in an election year, Republicans don’t want to have to vote against legislation with significant support.
“They are very organized,” microstamping Senate bill sponsor Jose Peralta (D-Queens) said of the NRA. “Their concern is if microstamping becomes law in New York, it will become a domino effect nationally.”
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) honored former Mayor David Dinkins with a Lifetime Achievement Award at his second Black History Month celebration.
The city’s first black mayor received multiple standing ovations at the senator’s event, held at the Langston Hughes Library, at 100-01 Northern Blvd. in Corona, last Thursday. As the main honoree and the keynote speaker, Dinkins told the more than 100 attendees about the struggles he faced growing up in segregated America and the black leaders before and since his time.
There are some 27 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other time in human history. Most are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation and 80 percent are female. About half of the world’s trafficking victims are under the age of 18.
While New York State’s sex trafficking laws are among the most comprehensive in the nation, promoting prostitution in the first degree, compelling prostitution and sex trafficking are all classified here as non-violent felonies.
ALBANY— State Senate Democrats next week plan to revive legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal handguns — a bill that was shot down in the Legislature two years ago.The Democrats are set to begin a “sustained” push to require some bullet casings to carry unique markings — a process known as microstamping that is strongly backed by Mayor Bloomberg, an anti-illegal gun crusader.
ALBANY — A state senator from Queens is pushing for longer jail sentences for pimps.
Sen. Jose Peralta — with the strong backing of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and women’s advocates — has introduced legislation to reclassify sex trafficking as a violent felony and increase the minimum jail sentence to five years.
“We have to attack prostitution at all levels,” said Peralta, a Democrat whose district includes a prostitution-laden stretch of Roosevelt Ave.
New York City restaurants get letter grades and now the city food carts may get the same. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) is introducing legislation to require posted letter health grades for street vendors.