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Advocates for tax credit, Dream Act plot next moves

As reported by Capital:

ALBANY—Advocates for the Dream Act and the education tax credit regrouped on Tuesday after lawmakers said the proposals had been dropped from the state budget, pressuring Governor Andrew Cuomo to reintroduce the policies during ongoing negotiations and strategizing about what to do next if he doesn’t.

A coalition of religious, business and labor groups that supports the tax credit, which would incentivize donations to private school scholarship funds as well as public schools, changed course on an advertising campaign they had begun on Monday to push the credit.

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March 24, 2015
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Senator Jose Peralta regarding Governor Cuomo’s consideration to remove the DREAM Act from the budget: “Unacceptable”

State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said today it was unacceptable that Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering removing the DREAM Act from the State’s $141 billion budget. Senator Peralta said he was extremely disappointed about this possibility, especially after the Governor argued in favor of making the Dream Act a reality during the Somos El Futuro Conference that took place in Albany this past weekend.

“Majority leader Dean Skelos has turned his back on addressing the current injustice in our state’s student aid financial assistance program,” Senator Peralta said. “It’s déjà vu all over again. Another year and the same outcome thanks to the intolerant views perpetuated by the Senate majority. They rather promote fear mongering propaganda that the sky will fall if we, as a State, help the children of undocumented immigrants to obtain a higher education.”

Senator Peralta continued, “it seems to me that New York is no longer the land of opportunity for these hard-working college students because instead of enabling them to succeed, we just added more hurdles to their paths.”

Senator Peralta noted, “The DREAM Act would have leveled the playing field for all of our college students regardless of their immigration status. Extending TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) to our DREAMers would not only provide an opportunity to thousands of hard-working young new Yorkers, but also create jobs, boost future tax revenue, and give our state the kind of diverse, educated, multi-talented workforce we will need to compete in tomorrow’s economy.”

“With this potential action, I understand New York does not want to follow in the footsteps of California,  Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas and Washington State,” Senator Peralta said. “These states already provide state college aid to undocumented immigrants, but New York does not want to right a wrong by offering all of our immigrant college students basic financial aid. “I will not give up the fight until we ensure that our DREAM becomes the reality it should be. This is unacceptable.”

Senator Peralta added, “I call on the Governor to reconsider the possibility of dropping the DREAM Act from the budget and help our DREAMers.”

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March 24, 2015
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State Senator Backs Congestion Pricing Plan for New York City

As reported by Observer News:

A day after a Bronx city councilman, James Vacca, lent his support to a new congestion pricing plan, a Democratic state senator is coming out in favor of placing tolls on the East River bridges.

State Senator Jose Peralta, a Queens lawmaker, said in a statement today he supports the proposal, known as the “Move NY Fair Plan.” He is the first state senator to outright endorse the plan, which requires the approval of state lawmakers.

“I believe this plan makes sense and is reasonable and fair,” Mr. Peralta said. “I urge Queens residents and all New Yorkers to review the details of the Move NY plan and the many benefits it would provide our city with. In evaluating the plan, other options for additional revenue are unacceptable.”

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March 24, 2015
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Officials call for reform after crossing guard injury

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

After reports surfaced Thursday morning that a crossing guard at PS 212 in Jackson Heights was hit by a parked car that was flung into motion by a passing vehicle, area leaders called for reform.

According to the NYPD, the 75-year-old woman was sitting on a stationary 2009 Honda Accord near the intersection of 82nd Street and 34th Avenue a little before 10:40 a.m.

The driver, 44, of a 2007 Honda Odyssey traveling southbound on 82nd Avenue, hit the parked Accord, sending the crossing guard to the ground, the NYPD said. The victim sustained a head injury. The driver remained on the scene.

Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and brought the woman, who was conscious, to Elmhurst Hospital. She is in stable condition, police said, adding that the NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad is still looking into the case.

“We have to work together to protect our schools' crossing guards. We have a duty to protect them and this kind of incident highlights the need for urgent reform," state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said in a statement. "I have repeatedly called upon the NYPD to fill crossing guard vacancies at schools to protect pedestrians. I believe we should evaluate current procedure and create new ways to safeguard their well-being."

Shaun Francois, president of Local 372, New York City Board of Education Employees, said in a statement that the injury "highlights the dangers that our school crossing guards face on a daily basis while protecting our 1.2 million children."

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March 24, 2015
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Miss Universe honored in Woodside

As reported by the Times Ledger:

Several hundred people packed La Boom New York in Woodside last Friday for a chance to meet Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, who was being honored for her work with organizations fighting HIV/AIDS. Vega was part of state Sen. Jose Peralta’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

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March 24, 2015
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State Senator Jose Peralta, Who Opposed Congestion Pricing, Backs Move NY

As reported by Streets Blog, NYC:

State Senator Jose Peralta, who opposed congestion pricing and East River bridge tolls as an Assembly member, is the first state legislator to publicly endorse the Move NY toll reform plan. The proposal would create a consistent toll cordon for Manhattan south of 60th Street while lowering tolls on outlying bridges to raise funds for transit and roads (mostly transit).

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March 24, 2015
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March 2015 Newsletter – Women’s History Month

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March 11, 2015
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Sen. Jose Peralta to wear t-shirt to Senate sessions to push for DREAM Act passage

As reported by the Daily News:

Here is an item that was cut for space from my "Albany Insider" column on Monday:

Sen. Jose Peralta will stretch Senate rules starting Monday by wearing a t-shirt to session calling for the passage of a state DREAM Act.

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March 11, 2015
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Man hit by 7 train in critical condition: NYPD

As reported by the Times Ledger:

A man who was hit by a No. 7 train in Corona Thursday morning is in critical condition, the NYPD said.

He was lying across a track bed when a Manhattan-bound 7 train struck him near 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue at about 4 a.m., according to an NYPD spokeswoman.

The man was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where officials said he remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) called on the MTA to revise the proposals he has made in the past to improve security measures in the transit system, including installing sliding doors on subway platforms and more security cameras.

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March 11, 2015
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A Delta plane skidded off the runway at a New York airport as the snow came down

As reported by Bloomberg via BizzNews.com:

Henry Goldman and Katherine Chiglinsky (Bloomberg) — A Delta Air Lines Inc. plane skidded off a LaGuardia Airport runway Thursday as ice and windblown snow shut businesses and government offices from New York to Washington.

The MD-88, which carried 125 passengers and five crew members from Atlanta, was evacuated after the 11 a.m. incident, according to a Delta news release. Television images showed passengers piling into the swirling snow as the aircraft’s nose sat lodged in a fence, hanging over Flushing Bay. The airport was closed until about 2 p.m.

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March 11, 2015
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More honored during Black History Month

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

Before February ended, area elected officials hosted more Black History Month events acknowledging Queens residents.

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), top, united with the Corona-East Elmhurst branch of the NAACP last Thursday in Corona to recognize five community members, including Giovanna Reid, Community Board 3’s district manager. The Black Institute’s Bertha Lewis, top right, earned a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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March 11, 2015
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Awarded Stolen Wages, Workers Struggle to Collect

As reported by the New York Times:

After due consideration of records and testimony, the State of New York found that Marco Lino, who chopped vegetables and mopped floors and hoisted crates six days a week in a Bayside, Queens, greenmarket, was owed $51,025.20 in unpaid wages. For Gregoria Geronomina Jimenez and 34 other workers at three restaurants in Upper Manhattan run by the same owners, the Industrial Board of Appeals ruled that $385,364.34 in earnings had not been paid over four years. Jin Ming Cao, a waiter at a Chinese restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, was underpaid by $142,812.05, part of $1.8 million that a federal judge decided was due to 26 employees of that restaurant and two others run by the same people.

No one has collected.

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February 20, 2015
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Forum pushes end to solitary confinement

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

After the recent passing of two policies aimed toward improving quality of life on Rikers Island — one that removed trailers for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and another that prohibited solitary confinement for detainees 21 and younger — a forum last week at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center called for doing away with solitary confinement altogether.

The talk, hosted by the New Visions Democratics Club, including state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), invited speakers from Incarcerated Nation, an organization advocating for more humane inmate treatment.

Dromm said following the event that one speaker reinforced how solitary confinement beyond 15 days has been declared torture by the United Nations.

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February 20, 2015
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Airport baggage handlers protest

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

Injustice is the one thing they can’t handle.

About 30 baggage handlers formed a picket line outside Terminal 7 at John F. Kennedy International Airport last Thursday to protest what they called unfair labor practices, meager wages, no healthcare coverage and no paid vacation.

“We feel that as workers, Aviation Safeguard has violated our right of workage,” Pedro Gamboa, who has worked as a baggage handler for four and a half years, said at the picket line. “In terms of wages, respect, dignity and situations where some of us end up working for year after year without paid vacations.”

Baggage handlers for years have been calling on Aviation Safeguard, a subcontractor at JFK, to improve work conditions at the airport and allow the workers to join Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.

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February 20, 2015
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February 2015 Newsletter – African-American History

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February 12, 2015
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Trailers soon to be removed from PS 19

As reported by Queens Chronicle,

PS 19 was overcrowded when Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) was a student there.

As a temporary solution in 1994, the Department of Education placed trailers at the school located at 98-2 Roosevelt Ave. in Corona. But the trailers are still there and the issue of the school’s overcrowding has not been addressed.

Until now.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, education and elected officials announced last Friday that the school would be getting an extension as part of the School Construction Authority’s 2015-19 capital plan and that the trailers would be removed from the campus next year.

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February 12, 2015
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Fire safety campaign launched at LeFrak City after deadly blaze

As reported by the Times Ledger:

In response to the New Year’s Eve fatal fire that killed three members of a Lefrak City family, the FDNY and elected officials launched a fire safety campaign to try to prevent similar tragedies from happening.

Louise Jean-Charles, 59; her husband Napoleon Michel, 69; and cousin Nadia Donnay, 37, died in the blaze while they were cooking a traditional Haitian soup to celebrate the new year.

“New Yorkers awoke on New Year’s Day to the news of the horrific tragedy that struck LeFrak City just as we were ringing in 2015,” said state Sen. José Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). “If not for the courage of our firefighters in the face of difficult conditions, it might very well have been an even worse tragedy.”

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February 11, 2015
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State Senator Hosts Annual Coat Drive

As reported by NY1:

NY1 VIDEO: Queens residents come together to make sure needy families have something warm to wear during the freezing weather.

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January 12, 2015
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Queens Coat Drive Aims To Help Those In Need

As reported by WINS:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Help is coming for more than 1,200 people who need coats in Queens.

Boxes and bags of coats have been donated at local businesses and is being distributed through churches, shelters and family outreach centers.

Sen. Jose Peralta helped organize the coat drive and explained to CBS2 why it is so important.

“People really can’t afford a coat and now, especially now during the winter months, the early winter months where temperatures are falling to single digits, we need to make sure that people have coats,” Peralta said.

The coat drive has been an annual event since 2011 and is growing bigger each year.

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January 12, 2015
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The New York Immigration Coalition has once again unveiled its Immigrant Equality Agenda for the state

As reported by the Daily News:

Passing the New York State DREAM Act, supporting border children and making sure that New Yorkers can apply for administrative relief are the three items at the top of this year’s Immigrant Equality Agenda. But with Republicans in full control of the state Senate, implementing them seems like a distant possibility.

Compiled annually by immigrant community leaders under the umbrella of the New York Immigration Coalition, the agenda lists what they think are the 10 most important state budget and policy priorities for immigrants. It was unveiled Jan. 5 at simultaneous press conferences on the steps of City Hall, in Westchester and on Long Island.

This was the 18th consecutive year in which immigrant community leaders got together with state and local representatives to urge them to adopt the agenda as a blueprint for state initiatives.

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January 12, 2015
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