Majority Passes Comprehensive Package to Strengthen Environment and “Green” Economy
(Albany, NY) Senator Jose Peralta (D) and the Democratic Majority demonstrated their commitment to environmental conservation this week by passing a package of bills designed to strengthen environmental and citizen protections for a cleaner, greener and healthier New York.
(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.
The grime and trash on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights has long frustrated residents and politicians in the area, but with state Sen. Jose Peralta’s (D-Jackson Heights) assistance, some familiar faces — and uniforms — will return to clean up the place.
On Sept. 7, Peralta presented The Doe Fund, an organization dedicated to empowering the homeless, with a $250,000 check paid through discretionary funds for Doe’s “men in blue” to spruce up parts of Roosevelt Avenue, Astoria Boulevard, Northern Boulevard and LeFrak City four days a week.
In the only scorecard that grades lawmakers on their environmental votes, the EPL/Environmental Advocates crowned state Senator Jose Peralta (D–Corona) with the top senate score. Other Queens Democrats in the senate to earn high scores were Shirley Huntley (D–Jamaica) and Toby Ann Stavisky (D–Whitestone). Republican Padavan received a low grade of 66 for this year.
Assemblymembers from Queens who got 90 grades were Grace Meng, Audrey Pheffer, David Weprin, Rory Lancman, Nettie Mayersohn, Andrew Hevesi, Margaret Markey, Barbara Clark, Jeff Aubry and Catherine Nolan, while Michael Gianaris and Michael DenDekker each got 89 and Michael Miller got an 84.
"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."