Jose Peralta's Press releases

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Statement By State Senator Jose Peralta On Overhaul of City Pension Systems

"I applaud Mayor Bloomberg and Comptroller Liu for delivering an innovative proposal that promises to lower the City's pension costs, increase investment returns and protect the pensions of current and future retirees.  The efficiencies that stand to be achieved through this reform will pay dividends for both taxpayers and city workers." 

October 27, 2011
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Senator Peralta Sponsors Mortgage Forum

Help For Queens Homeowners Struggling In the Mortgage Crisis

With alarmingly high rates of seriously delinquent mortgages in Corona, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, State Senator Jose Peralta, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and local non-profit agencies hosted a forum to help homeowners in the face of the ongoing mortgage crisis.

The attorney general’s office and community-based organizations working on foreclosure prevention provided counsel and hands-on assistance Saturday to homeowners at the event, sponsored by Senator Peralta at the Queens Museum of Art.

October 25, 2011
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta About The Municipal Art Society of New York’s Survey on Livability

“It’s never been a secret to life-long residents of Queens that it’s a great place to raise a family, so it’s hardly surprising that more than eight in 10 residents feel that way.  For decades, our great borough has been welcoming families from all over the world, affording them an opportunity to make a home and to succeed.

“Clearly there is room for improvement and a great deal of work needs to be done, as any family sending a child to a severely overcrowded school or struggling to make ends meet in this economy will tell you.  Those of us in government owe it to them to keep doing all that we can to make things better.”

October 20, 2011
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State Senator Peralta, Elmcor Sponsor Job Fair

Some 50 employers will be accepting résumés and talking to job seekers at a September 22 job fair sponsored by State Senator Jose R. Peralta and Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc.

The fair will be held at the Elmcor Recreation Center, located at 107-20 Northern Blvd. in Corona, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Some of the employers that will be on hand include the Council for Airport Opportunities, AFLAC, Macy’s, PSCH Inc., the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a variety of city and state agencies, as well as several unions with apprenticeship opportunities available.

August 31, 2011
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Statement From State Senator Jose R. Peralta On The Passing of Gov. Hugh Carey

“A great New Yorker has passed.  I extend my condolences to Governor Hugh Carey’s loved ones. For his leadership, courage and determination in the midst of the fiscal crisis, New York will forever be in Governor Carey’s debt.” 

August 8, 2011
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Statement From State Senator Jose R. Peralta About Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative

“Good intentions have too often produced little more than lip service. In the Young Men’s Initiative we may finally have an effort where ambitious vision, planning and resources replace platitudes and promises.

 “I applaud the mayor for his commitment to dealing with problems that have devastated many minority families and communities for generations. I thank him and Mr. Soros for their generosity.

 “I stand ready to help the administration however I can. I also stand ready to hold the mayor’s feet to the fire on this initiative.

 “Many of the communities I represent, and our city and country, desperately need this initiative to succeed.”

 

August 8, 2011
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