EAST ELMHURST, NY - New York Senator Jose Peralta has procured a $50,000 State Legislative Grant for library materials in Queens. He made the announcement at Queens Library at East Elmhurst along with Queens Library CEO Thomas W. Galante, applauded by enthusiastic eighth and fifth grade students from nearby P.S. 127.
The introduction by State Senator Jose Peralta of a bill requiring microstamping on all new semiautomatic handguns prompted the National Rifle Association yesterday to caution that, if passed, the availability of such firearms in New York “will be in serious doubt.”
On its website, the NRA’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, added, “Make no mistake, this is a gun ban and it must be stopped.”
Senator Peralta welcomed news of the NRA’s challenge to the bill.
“The prospect of deep cuts to New York City’s public schools cannot be accepted as some sort of inevitable consequence of difficult financial times.
“Our schools have to be treated as an important investment in the future of New York City. The Campaign for Fiscal Equity court decision must be respected.
“I stand ready to introduce a bill to extend—not make permanent—the current surcharge on the state’s highest earners, which would generate some $6 billion over the course of the coming and following fiscal years.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature and the governor on balancing the budget and achieving much-needed efficiency in government, including in the administration of school districts across the state.
State Senator Jose Peralta today helped bring Bright Smiles to the faces of children in Jackson Heights.
One of the vans in the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program fleet, staffed by volunteer dentists from the Queens County Dental Society, provided free dental screenings and education to children at The Renaissance Charter School.
The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program works to increase oral health literacy and promote good oral care habits. The program each year reaches 50 million children and their families across 80 countries with education and dental screenings.
State Senator Jose Peralta's annual coat drive this year yielded more than 250 winter coats, as well as scarves, hats and gloves, thanks to the help and generosity of Good Morning America, Burlington Coat Factory and One Warm Coat.
The winter clothes are being distributed to local churches and non-profit service providers, including the AIDS Center of Queens County, Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities and the Church of the Resurrection, as well as homeless shelters in the area.
“The governor had the unenviable task of closing a $10 billion deficit. I congratulate him for doing so without borrowing.
“I am heartened that he is extending his hand to bring stakeholders to the table and make everyone part of the effort to resolve the state’s financial difficulties. It is a model of inclusiveness I would like to see applied as well to sharing in the sacrifices that need to be made going forward to balance the budget.
Consumers will no longer be charged fees for paying bills by mail, or for receiving paper billing statements, thanks to legislation introduced in the State Senate by Senator Jose Peralta. The law will take effect in April 2011.
“Paper billing and payment fees unfairly impact consumers who do not have Internet access at home or are uncomfortable using the Internet, including many seniors and those concerned about personal privacy,” said Senator Peralta, chair of the Senate’s Consumer Protection Committee. “Paper billing and payment fees disproportionately affect low-income consumers, who are less likely to have Internet access.
Senator Peralta Launches Faith-Based Initiative to Combat Domestic Violence
As part of his campaign to combat domestic violence, State Senator Jose Peralta enlisted the help of more than 30 Queens clergy, who accepted his call to talk about the problem of family violence with their congregations and to provide referrals to potentially life-saving services.
At a meeting with the clergy at the Langston Hughes Library in East Elmhurst, Senator Peralta asked the clerics to take up the issue during services on the last Sabbath of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
State Senator Jose Peralta, chair of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, released the following statement:
“Millions of New Yorkers are being held hostage in the retransmission consent negotiations between News Corp and Cablevision. On their behalf, I am asking News Corp and Cablevision to leave the game-playing to the Yankees and Giants and submit to binding arbitration if they cannot resolve their disagreement in time to bring Glee—and football, baseball and the Simpsons—to loyal fans.
“Rest assured, that, if millions of consumers lose access to programming on News Corp channels, I will call on both News Corp and Cablevision to appear before the New York State Senate Consumer Protection Committee, of which I am chair, to account for their abuse of consumers.”
(QUEENS, NY) - October 7, 2010 - New York State Senator Jose R. Peralta was joined by the District Attorney Richard Brown and Safe Horizon’s CEO Ariel Zwang to announce $50,000 in funding for domestic violence programs and initiatives in Queens. Senator Peralta has joined forces with the DA and Safe Horizon to address this insidious crime on the city and state level.
Senator José Peralta and Councilmember Danny Dromm read to Children participating in Reach Out and Read at Elmhurst Hospital. Peralta said "Reach Out and Read is the perfect prescription for our kids. Encouraging families to take some time to read will result in healthier families and smarter children. Reach out and Read is just what the doctor ordered."
Reach Out and Read (ROR) prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
(QUEENS, NY) New York State Senator Jose R. Peralta was joined by the “men in blue” of The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) program and community leaders to announce $250,000 in funding to expand RWA’s presence in the 13th district. The program, which provides street sanitation services along 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, will now also service Roosevelt Avenue and Astoria Boulevard. Peralta also was honored with the bright blue uniform of the RWA “man in blue” for his extraordinary support of and partnership with RWA over the years.
(Albany, NY) Governor Paterson has signed legislation (S8130), sponsored by Senator José Peralta (D-Queens), to protect tenants from unknowingly moving into a property with a history of bed bug infestations. This legislation requires property owners or landlords within New York City to disclose infestation history to potential tenants prior to leasing.
According to the National Pest Management Association, bedbug complaints have increased 50 fold over the last five years, appearing in apartments, mansions and dormitories in nearly every corner of the nation
Yesterday, Governor Paterson vetoed a measure the Legislature passed to combat the bedbug infestation in New York State. The bill would have required all used bedding to be sanitized before being transported, stored or sold with new bedding. The bill would have also required annual inspections of bedding retailers, rather than the current random process. Paterson said the bill would cost the state an additional $600,000 and the hiring of eight employees.
“As the Chair of the New York State Senate’s Consumer Protection Committee and State Senator representing over 300,000 New Yorkers, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects these challenging economic times have had on Americans. These distressing financial problems are often times compounded by the fact that many consumers simply do not know their rights and in many cases because they have been victims of predatory credit products.
In light of the recent ESPN story that revealed that health inspectors at stadiums and entertainment venues found a majority of food vendors had “major” or “critical” health violations State Senator Jose Peralta is introducing a bill that would require all food service establishments, food carts and pushcarts, schools, entertainment/sports venues, and hospitals to post a letter grade indicating the result of a health inspection of its food serving establishment.
“As a Dominican American who represents one of the most diverse communities in this country, I applaud Judge Susan Bolton of Federal District Court’s decision to issue an injunction against Arizona’s divisive immigration enforcement law. Allowing any governing body to legalize racial profiling is appalling and flies in the face of our core belief of “innocent until proven guilty”.
Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries and Comptroller John Liu are calling on Governor Paterson to sign the Mortgage Bill of Rights Legislation, requiring mortgage lenders and brokers to provide consumers with a detailed document explaining the mortgage process and consumer rights and protections. This bill will ensure that consumers receive ample information before they begin the voluminous mortgage process.