Jose Peralta's Press releases

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

“I can’t help but feel proud to be a Democrat after listening to Governor Cuomo.  I stand ready to join him in fighting the good fights for sensible gun regulation, an increased minimum wage, job creation, good schools, affordable housing, rebuilding after Sandy and the rest of his progressive agenda.

“After what we saw happen in Newtown, Ct., and in Rochester, strengthening New York’s assault weapons ban became an urgent and pressing priority.  But with handguns used in 58 percent of all homicides in New York last year, the focus has to be on more than just assault weapons.

January 9, 2013

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On Senate Republican Gun Proposal

“The Senate Republican plan is entirely inadequate and falls far short of what New Yorkers expect their elected officials to do about the gun violence and bloodshed that has become frighteningly common.

“Republicans talk about ‘illegal guns’ and increasing jail sentences after criminals have been caught.   The fact is, guns are not illegal until they end up in the hands of criminals.  Our focus needs to be on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the violently mentally ill in the first place, and on using available technology to catch criminals after using a firearm.  Only after gun criminals are caught will sentencing be relevant.  

January 7, 2013

State Senator Peralta Distributes Turkeys To Churches, Seniors and Nonprofits

 State Senator Peralta Distributes Turkeys To  Churches, Seniors and Nonprofits

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

November 19, 2012

Statement on Hurricane Sandy

"Thankfully, the worst has passed," said State Senator Jose Peralta, who throughout the day Monday sent e-mails conveying information from the city Office of Emergency Management to his constituents in Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst and East Elmhurst. "Many homes in my district lost power because of fallen trees taking down power lines and utility poles toppling.  There was property damage, also because of fallen trees.  Thank God, though, that the storm did not cause any fatalities or serious injuries in this area.

"I extend my condolences to the family of the man killed in Flushing and the loved ones of the others who lost their lives to this storm."  


October 30, 2012

Peralta Renews Call for Bipartisan Action on Guns‏

State Senator Peralta Renews Call for Bipartisan Action to End Gun Violence      

State Senator Jose Peralta today renewed his call for bipartisan action to combat gun violence, proposing as a first step three "commonsense" measures that he believes Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature should be able to agree on.

"Now is the time and gun violence is the issue for Republicans and Democrats to do everything possible to find common ground," Senator Peralta said.  The three bills that he has introduced and is recommending be considered immediately are:

August 1, 2012

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta on Con Edison Lockout

"Con Edison needlessly took an exceptionally hard-line approach with a loyal, skilled and dedicated workforce.  The lockout threatens the safety of the city, especially the well being of our most vulnerable.  Con Edison needs to end the lockout and settle this contract now."



July 3, 2012

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On President's Executive Order To Help 'Undocumented Americans'

"For many undocumented immigrants, America is the only country they know.  In their hearts and minds they are American.  Sadly, Republicans either can't, or choose not to understand this.  By blocking the Dream Act, they denied millions of undocumented Americans the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

"The president's executive order will at least afford undocumented Americans the chance to come out from the shadows and enter the economic mainstream.  

"Thank you Mr. President."

June 15, 2012

State Senator Peralta’s Fake ID Bill Passed By Senate

State Senator Jose Peralta’s bill to crack down on mills churning out fake IDs and other forged official documents was passed Thursday by the State Senate.

The bill creates the crime of sale of a forged instrument and upgrades the manufacture of official government documents, such as passports and driver’s licenses, from a Class D to a Class C felony, roughly doubling jail sentences.  It would also make forging a government document a more serious offense than other forgeries—say of a metro card, for example.

“A terrorist plot to do us harm might be hatched in another country thousands of miles from here, but some of the tools to make it happen are being produced right in our own backyard,” said Senator Peralta, whose district includes the stretch of Roosevelt Avenue that investigators have called the East Coast “epicenter” of fake ID production and sale.  Forged documents available on Roosevelt Avenue include passports, driver’s licenses and social security cards

“The quality of the forged documents and the fact that they’re so easy to obtain undermines the hard work of homeland security and law enforcement to keep us safe,” added Senator Peralta.  “With this ready availability of high-quality forged official documents, it should come as no surprise that we’re seeing fake identifications at the heart of a number of criminal enterprises, scandals and tragedies, from identity theft, to college entrance exam cheating, to deaths on our roadways.”

June 5, 2012

Senator Peralta, New Yorkers for Responsible Lending Push for Passage of Consumer Credit Fairness Act

With third-party debt buyers taking advantage of the courts and consumers to extract hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the lowest income New Yorkers, State Senator Jose Peralta introduced legislation to prevent debt buyers from exploiting gaps in state laws.

Consumer debt buyers have filed hundreds of thousands of debt collection lawsuits over the past few years in New York State.  They buy consumer debts for pennies on the dollar and aggressively pursue payment through the courts—often suing the wrong people or consumers who paid back their debt years before.  Even in cases where a consumer may owe money, debt buyers often sue for grossly inflated amounts, padding the debts with unauthorized fees and interest.

“We’ve all heard the horror story about someone hounded relentlessly for years by debt collectors for bills that were paid off long ago, or for payments that were never owed, or for wildly high fees that would make a loan shark proud,” said Senator Peralta.  “The thuggish tactics described are so abusive, it’s hard to imagine that sort of harassment is allowed to happen in the United States.

May 17, 2012

Peralta Welcomes All-Star Game to Queens‏

“For the first time in almost 50 years, the Mets in 2013 will be hosting the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.  This is great news for local baseball fans and even better news for Queens.  The All-Star game at Citi Field will provide a welcome economic boost and underscore the area's growing viability as a New York City destination for residents and visitors alike."

May 17, 2012

State Film Production Tax Credit‏

“The findings announced yesterday make it plain: The Empire State Film Production Tax Credit has been an unqualified success.

“The film and television industry spent $60 billion on production in New York over the past decade, creating 30,000 jobs since 2004.

“Film and television production in New York City currently employs 130,000 and generated more than $7 billion in direct spending last year.

May 10, 2012

Statement By State Senator Jose Peralta On Father-Son Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Operation

“The sex trafficking and prostitution operation dismantled by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, NYPD and federal authorities is yet another example of the barbaric treatment trafficked women are subjected to for the profit of ruthless pimps.

“It also underscores the need to reclassify sex trafficking as a violent felony. in recognition of the brutality of the crime and the punishment it warrants.  I recently introduced a bill in the New York State Senate that would make sex trafficking a violent felony and increase the minimum jail sentence to five years.  The minimum sentence currently is one to three years.

April 24, 2012

Senator Peralta to Republicans: Vote Your Conscience on Microstamping

As promoted on the websites of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action and the Shooters Committee on Political Education--or S.C.O.P.E.--today is the Third Annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day, sponsored by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association

State Senator Jose Peralta marked the occasion by calling on Senate Republicans to put his microstamping bill to a vote.  He issued this statement:

March 20, 2012

Senators Peralta and Smith Call For Extending State Foreclosure Prevention Program

Citing the alarmingly large number of families across the state facing foreclosure, State Senators Jose Peralta and Malcolm Smith are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to fund a program that provides homeowners with counseling, legal assistance and help negotiating with banks.  Launched in 2008, funding for the $25 million Foreclosure Prevention Services Program expires next month.

February 9, 2012

Statement By State Senator Jose Peralta On Proposed Senate District Maps

If they have at least minimal respect for voters, Republicans will spare New Yorkers further hypocrisy and keep to themselves ridiculous claims that their bold-faced power grab was done in the name of minority enfranchisement.

January 26, 2012

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On The Passing of Richard Italiano

Our community has lost a great friend, champion and leader.  Richard Italiano, former chair and district manager of Queens Community Board 4, has passed away.  A tireless servant of our community, Richard was open and accessible.  His spirit, leadership and friendship will be sorely missed.  I extend my heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and the many people whose lives he touched.

January 19, 2012

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

The governor laid out a very ambitious agenda.  His proposals have enormous short-term potential benefits and significant long-term positive ramifications for New York City and New York State.

Most encouraging was the governor's focus on economic development.  There is not a more important issue than the state of the economy and the large number of unemployed and underemployed. I fully and wholeheartedly support the idea of building the country's largest convention center in Queens.  

January 4, 2012

Veterans Day Statement By Senator Peralta

"We are forever in the debt of the courageous men and women who fought around the globe in defense of our freedom.  On Veterans Day, remember these heroes, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country."  

November 9, 2011

Statement By Senator Peralta Regarding Swastikas Painted On Libraries, Synagogue in Queens

 "I often say that I represent the United Nations of senate districts.  Like my neighbors in Jackson Heights, I take great pride in our diversity and the respect and understanding we have achieved of the people and cultures from around the world that have come to call this wonderful area home.  We need to come together as a community and help the police however we can.  We also must stand together and denounce this kind of cowardice loudly and clearly."

November 9, 2011

Senator Peralta Calls For Extending State Foreclosure Prevention Program

Arguing that “investing in foreclosure prevention saves money,” State Senator Jose Peralta is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to continue funding a program that provides homeowners with counseling, legal assistance and help negotiating with banks.

In a letter to the governor citing alarmingly high rates of seriously delinquent mortgages in his senate district, Senator Peralta calls for extending the state’s Foreclosure Prevention Services Program.  Launched in 2008, funding for the $25 million initiative expires at the end of the year.

October 28, 2011
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