August 2015 Newsletter - Become an Organ Donor

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2015 Become an Organ Donor

August 27, 2015

July 2015 Newsletter - News from the Senator

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August 27, 2015

June 2015 Newsletter - Basic Facts about Prostate Cancer

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August 27, 2015

May 2015 Newsletter - Cycling Made Safe

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August 27, 2015

NY1: Thousands of Queens Kids Get Free School Supplies

As reported by NY1:

Some local kids are getting the supplies they need to head back to school, courtesy of a Queens state senator.

Senator Jose Peralta held his annual Back to School Giveaway Saturday in Corona.

The senator's office distributed more than 2000 backpacks and other school supplies to students.

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August 20, 2015

Daily News: State Senator wants to increase organ donations in New York

This is the article about my legislation regarding organ donors wirtten by the Daily News' Ken Lovett.

A Queens state senator wants to increase organ donations in New York by adding a line on a host of state forms that would allow people to sign up.

Sen. Jose Peralta on Tuesday will announce a bill that would require a range of applications, including for public colleges, professional licenses, state-funded health insurance programs, and state income tax returns, to include a registration line for the "donate life registry" for organ, eye, and tissue donations.

Currently, it is limited mainly to driver license and voter registration forms.

New York ranks 49th in the nation for residents who register to be organ donors. Peralta said that just 24% of eligible New York residents are registered to donate their organs, compared to a national average of 54%.

"This is completely unacceptable," said Peralta, who added he personally added his name to the registry last week.

He cited stats showing that in 2013, 1,670 New Yorkers received "life-saving organs." But another 600 people died waiting.

August 17, 2015

Senator Jose Peralta, LiveOnNY and special guest Mariana Villarreal highlight the importance of becoming an organ donor to encourage organ donation in New York

State Senator Jose Peralta today unveiled legislation that would requirecertain state forms and applications to include a space allowing New

August 17, 2015

NY1: Job Seekers Attend Career Fair at Queens Mall

As reported by NY1: 

Senator Jose Peralta sponsored the fifth annual job fair at the Queens Center Mall Thursday. 

Close to 40 employers lined up taking applications. 

July 16, 2015

On-the spot hiring during Senator Jose Peralta’s fifth annual job fair

More than 50 job seekers were hired on the spot during a job fair sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), Queens Center and Woodside on the Move. A total of 45 employers conducted 2,140 interviews with candidates on site and scheduled another 1,145 interviews to be later conducted with applicants. About 1,200 job seekers participated in the job fair, which was held Thursday, July 9th, at Queens Center. In addition to the employers, several organizations provided career counseling and résumé preparation to job seekers.

July 16, 2015

Senator Jose Peralta Sponsors Job Fair to Tackle Unemployment

About 40 employers will be interviewing job seekers and accepting résumés at a job fair sponsored by Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), Woodside on the Move, and Queens Center. The event will take place Thursday, July 9th, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Queens Center Food Court, located at 90-15 Queens Boulevard.

July 1, 2015

Forum/Town Hall: Job Fair

We are holding our annual Job Fair at Queens Center, located at 90-15 Queens Boulevard. This year, the event will take place Thursday, July 9th between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The event is cosponsored by Woodside on the Move and Queens Center. 

Over 30 companies and non-for-profits would be on site ready to hire. Please, drop by if you are looking for a job or a career change.

These are the companies that have confirmed their presence at the job fair so far:



Bath & Body Works


Coca-Cola Refreshments

Council for Airport Opportunity

Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration

Disney Store

Elmy's Special Services

Exit Realty Genesis

F.J.C Security Company

July 9, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Senator Jose Peralta regarding the expiration of the rent regulation laws: "New Yorkers deserve better"

In light of the expiration of the rent regulation laws that affect more than two million New Yorkers, State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) issued the following statement:

“I have approximately 40,000 rent regulated units in my district, and the tenants are standing by concerned about what could happen to them because no agreement has been reached to renew our state’s rent laws. I continue to urge my colleagues to strengthen these laws to protect hundreds of thousands of hard working families who have fallen victim to skyrocketing rent prices in recent years.”

June 16, 2015

E-bikes should be legalized for businesses, say NY state lawmakers

As reported by AM-NY:


May 27, 2015

Electric bikes, popular among messengers but a nuisance for many New Yorkers who have to dodge them on the street, may get legalized by Albany.

The so-called e-bikes, which have been banned in the city since 2004, would be permitted for businesses and regulated under a bills proposed by state Sen. Jose Peralta and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, both of Queens.

June 9, 2015

Senator Jose Peralta at the CUNY DREAMers graduation ceremony: “Moments like this motivate you and keep you going”

In a very emotional ceremony, 2015 CUNY DREAMers celebrated their First Annual CUNY DREAMers Convocation titled “Lifting the Barriers to Education” on Friday, June 5th. Held at the CUNY Graduate Center, a representation of the graduates told the audience about the financial and social hurdles they had to overcome to finally receive their college degrees.

June 9, 2015

Senator Jose Peralta introduces a bill urging for the regulation of scooters used for commercial purposes

Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) introduced corresponding bills in the State Senate and the Assembly to regulate the operation of motor-driven cycles only for commercial purposes. The legislation (S.4814/A.7360) requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to maintain a registry of this particular kind of vehicle and to establish regulations pertaining to their safe operation and relative minimum liability insurance.

The bill would also require drivers of the motor-driven cycles (delivery scooters) to register them with the DMV.

May 26, 2015

Joel Schumacher

Joel Schumacher is a native of the Capital District and a resident of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York. In high school, he was active in La Salle Institute’s JROTC program, and he enlisted as a Private in the United States Army Reserves days after his 17th birthday – a very brave young man. 

May 19, 2015

Senator Jose Peralta unveils bill to promote local tourism with small portion of hotel occupancy tax

State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), joined by Assemblyman Luis Sepúlveda (D-Bronx), Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr., and Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President John Calvelli today unveiled at the Bronx Zoo a bill that would provide each New York City borough with a portion of city hotel occupancy tax it collects to promote local tourism. Senator Peralta is the prime sponsor of the bill in the Senate and Assemblyman Sepúlveda is carrying the measure in the Assembly. 

May 18, 2015

Cristina Furlong

Cristina Furlong is originally from the Finger Lakes Region in New York State, and has lived in Queens since 2000. She is a founding member of Make Queens Safer, a community group that advocates for pedestrian safety and livable streets. Make Queens Safer was formed in 2013, after three children were killed by reckless drivers in less than 10 months in her neighborhood of Jackson Heights, Queens. Together with other street safety groups and elected officials, Make Queens Safer helped with outreach and advocacy that led to nine new traffic laws, and a reduction in the speed limit in New York City.  

May 13, 2015

Senator Jose Peralta Honors Cristina Furlong of Make Queens Safer with the New York’s Women of Distinction Award

State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) recognized Cristina Furlong, a founding member of Make Queens Safer, with a Women of Distinction 2015 award given by the New York State Senate during its 18th annual award celebration. Senator Peralta gave Ms. Furlong the distinction during the event held Tuesday evening at the Capitol in Albany. A reception followed the ceremony.   

“Ms. Furlong has worked tirelessly to advocate for pedestrian safety and to fight against reckless driving,” Senator Peralta said. “Ms. Furlong and her group, Make Queens Safer, have been and continue to be relentless in their efforts to make our streets safer for New Yorkers.”

The Senator added, “This is a great opportunity to honor Ms. Furlong for her exemplary service to our community, our borough, our city, and our state. She and her group deserve the utmost  recognition.”

“I am thrilled to be selected as a 2015 Woman of Distinction by State Senator Peralta. On behalf of my group, Make Queens Safer,  it is an honor not just for us, but for advocates for social change in any arena,” Ms. Furlong said.

May 6, 2015

Albany lawmakers propose health letter grades for street food vendors

As reported by Daily News:

ALBANY — Health Department letter grades for street food vendors could be on the menu if two Democratic state lawmakers succeed in creating a commission to oversee city snack carts.

 The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), is designed to address many of the tensions and issues between regular stores and food cart vendors as well as a black market food business that has grown over the years.

"This has been a problem for a while,” Peralta said.

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April 27, 2015