Jose Peralta's News items

Cash Cache; NRA Unloads 217G to N.Y. Pols to Nix Bullet Bill

As Reported by the New York Daily News:

“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.”

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April 11, 2012
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Faux-gettaboutit!

New York Post reports

He wants real jail time for fake-ID peddlers.

State Sen. José Peralta (D-Queens) is proposing a measure to make the punishment for selling a phony ID comparable to the one for actually forging it.

Low-level street hustlers selling the fakes would face higher felony jail terms of five to 15 years in prison, up from only 2 1/2 years now, if his bill passes.

“Fake IDs are really at the heart of a number of criminal enterprises,” he said.

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March 1, 2012
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Fake Id's

WPIX reports

The New York Post had an interesting look into the world of fake id's. In queens you can get what you want... for just a couple hundred bucks. Dan Mannarino has more.

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March 1, 2012
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En zona de Nueva York, en una hora se pueden obtener documentos falsos

Univision reports

Blanca Rosa Vílchez nos muestra cómo funciona el mercado de los documentos falsos en Nueva York y el caro precio que se puede pagar.

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March 1, 2012
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Lawmakers Address Fraud Concerns Among Queens Immigrants

NY1 reports

Officials gathered outside Elmhurst Hospital on Wednesday to address consumer-related issues being reported by immigrants.

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March 1, 2012
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Former Mayor Dinkins honored at Black History event

Times Ledger reports

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.

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March 1, 2012
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Fighting the sex trade in Queens and statewide

Queens Chronicle reports

By Jose Peralta

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.

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February 17, 2012
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State Dems take a shot at new gun law

Daily News reports

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.

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February 17, 2012
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Pimp Their Sentences, Sez Queens Pol

As reported by the New York Daily News:

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.

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February 6, 2012
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Uptown food truck vendors and customers welcome grades

Daily News reports

Bring on the Health Department letter grades, uptown food truck vendors and customers told the Daily News.

The reaction comes as State Sen. Jose Peralta proposed legislation last week which would require food trucks and carts to display letter grades similar to the ones posted in restaurants.

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December 8, 2011
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No easy answers on overcrowding

Queens Chronicle reports

Everyone acknowledges that schools are overcrowded in Queens, and that those in District 24 are the most overcrowded.

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December 8, 2011
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State Senator Wants Food Carts To Display Health Dept. Letter Grades

NY 1 reports

Queens Senator Jose Peralta is introducing a bill so that food carts get letter grades from the city Department of Health, akin to those received by restaurants.

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December 8, 2011
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Food Cart Health Grades

Fox 5 reports

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.

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November 29, 2011
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Proposed letter grades for street food vendors

WABC reports

Ever wonder about the cleanliness of your favorite street food cart? State Senator Jose Peralta is proposing that street vendors be forced to post health department letter grades like the ones in restaurant windows.

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November 29, 2011
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Queens Senator Wants Letter-Grading System For Street Food Vendors

WCBS reports

State Senator Jose Peralta will introduce legislation this week that would require local health departments to implement a letter-grading system for street vendors, similar to the current restaurant grading system.

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November 29, 2011
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Pol pushes cart health grades

The New York Post reports

State Sen. José Peralta (D-Queens) is introducing a measure this week that would require local health departments to come up with a letter-based scale similar to the city’s current restaurant-grading system, following a Post report on the worst of the wurst violators.

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November 29, 2011
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State Program Helps Families Facing Foreclosure

WNBC reports on

A Queens family that has the state's foreclosure prevention program to thank for keeping them in their house this holiday season.

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November 29, 2011
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Heroes of Hispanic heritage

Times Ledger

A community activist, a firefighter and an artist were among the seven people honored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) as a part of Hispanic Heritage month.

The senator’s Oct. 12 celebration, held in the Unisphere Gallery of the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, recognized significant city leaders of Hispanic descent and featured music and dance originating from numerous Latin American countries.

Hispanic Heritage month is a nationally recognized holiday that runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

October 25, 2011
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Queens Residents Line Up For Corona Job Fair

NY1 News

Job seekers lined up in Queens Thursday in hopes of landing a position in a rough economy. At least 1,100 people attended a job fair in Corona.Over 60 employers were on hand, looking to fill over 1,000 positions.

"There is nothing more important than getting jobs, and these individuals know it," said State Senator Jose Peralta.

"You know, it's hard to find a job, and a place like this is a great opportunity for people to find a job that's in desperate need of work," said one New Yorker."You get to see who you're dealing with, they can redirect you to where you need to go professionally," said another.

September 23, 2011
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Senator Peralta Says Fight To Claim Roosevelt Is Just Beginning

WNYC News

For decades, prostitution has plagued the neighborhoods of Jackson Heights and Corona in western Queens – with some authorities dubbing the area the new Times Square.

The borough ranks No. 1 in prostitution arrests in the city. Of the 3,229 prostitution-related arrests citywide last year, 1,474 were made in Queens, according to arrest statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

The 115th precinct — which covers Jackson Heights, Corona and East Elmhurst — accounts for the largest portion of those arrests.

August 17, 2011
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