State Senator Jose Peralta is urging the Bloomberg Administration "to consider alternatives" to the proposed cuts to after-school and youth programs in Queens.
"I understand the need to be fiscally prudent during these tough economic times," Senator Peralta writes. "But the costs of cutting day care slots and programs that supplement children's education and provide youth an alternative to the streets will, in the long run, far exceed any savings achieved in the near term."
He adds that, "In light of the hardship to working families throughout my district that these proposed cuts pose, and the potential damage they will do to children and communities, I urge the City to consider alternatives to these proposed cuts."
Presentations by: New York Families For Autistic Children, Autism Speaks, The School for Language and Communication Development, Queens County Parents Autism Coalition, New York Christian Parents of Children With Autism and Jackson Developmental Center
• Learn about the signs of Autism and the importance of early intervention
• Ask questions about issues related to caring for children living with Autism
Senator Peralta and Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown invite you to attend a series of workshop on issues affecting high school students - gang violence, dating, domestic violence and teen pregnancy.
Students, parents, educators, clergy and community advocates are encouraged to attend.
The city Department of Transportation threw its support behind calls for a speed camera at a dangerous intersection near PS 206 in Rego Park, but said it is waiting for the state to pass a law authorizing the cameras before it can move forward.
“The proposed speed camera program would significantly enhance safety at school locations throughout the city,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in a letter to state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who is advocating for making the intersection safer and is the first Senate sponsor of legislation that would permit the speed cameras.
Senator Jose Peralta is inviting all students in kindergarten through eighth grade to participate in the New York State Senate's Summer Reading Program. This program is aimed at assisting children keep their reading skills honed and minds sharp during their time away from school.
With the end of the school year in sight, many students are anxiously awaiting the summer months. To keep school age children in the mindset of learning, the New York State Senate, in conjunction with the New York State Library, offers the Summer Reading Program to students across the State.
Participating students will use an online journal to keep track of their reading progress throughout the summer. Children who submit a completed journal will receive a Summer Reading Certificate. To have the children register, please visit www.nyread.com.
Sen. Jose Peralta, a member of the mainstream Senate Dems, actually sent a verbal bouquet the way of the four breakaway Democrats who help control the chamber with the Republicans.
Peralta (D-Queens) thanked the four for signing on to his bill to create a state DREAM Act.
But he also tried to put the pressure back on the four to secure whatever Republican votes are needed to ensure its passage.
“I look forward to working with them in helping our Republican colleagues understand that the DREAM Act is the smartest investment that we can possibly make in workforce development and our state’s future, one that would pay for itself many times over.," Peralta said. “Their help in getting my bill to the Senate floor for a vote when the time comes will be critical to making the DREAM Act a reality.”
Inside City Hall hosted a debate on the merits of the state Dream Act, a bill that would give college financial aid to undocumented immigrants with State Senator Jose Peralta, a Democrat from Queens and a leading opponent, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican whose Assembly district covers parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn.