'Chicas Card' Bill Passes In Senate, Assembly

State Senator Jose R. Peralta’s bill targeting the distribution of pimps’ business cards along a stretch of more than 40 blocks of Roosevelt Avenue was passed by the Senate and Assembly.   

(See 'Chica' Cards Fold; Escort Ads Soon Prohibited,  New York Daily News.)

July 5, 2011

Financial Literacy Series for Beginning English Learners

Senator Peralta, Queens Library and Emerald Isle Immigration Center present

"Financial Literacy Series for Beginning English Learners"


Please click here for the full class schedule.  For questions and to register, please call Liz Baber at (718) 478-5502 ext 209

April 7, 6:00 PM - June 16, 6:00 PM

Forum/Town Hall: Know Your Rights Forum for Lefrak City


FREE legal advice

From Gretchen Gonzalez from Queens Legal Services

Topics to be covered:

What to do if you are involved in an accident
Learn how to qualify for Workers' Compensation
What to do if you are a victim of a hit-and-run accident and are left with injuries
How to fill out a petition for administrative review (PAR) with DHCR
What to do if you’re facing an eviction

Please print and post the flyer in your building.


April 13, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

State Sen. Jose Peralta urges probe into baby's death in blizzard aftermath

Daily News

State Sen. Jose Peralta is calling for a probe into the death of an infant who had to wait for medical treatment because of snow-clogged streets after the blizzard.

"This is an especially heartbreaking tragedy that might have been avoided if only the streets had been cleared," said Peralta (D-Queens).

January 6, 2011

Boy Whose Treatment Was Delayed by Snow Dies

The New York Times

A stricken 3-month-old boy whose medical treatment was delayed last week by unplowed streets in Queens died Tuesday afternoon at Elmhurst Hospital, paramedics said.

The infant, Addison Reinoso, began having breathing problems and lost consciousness last Wednesday afternoon, said Patrick Bahnken, president of the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors FDNY.

January 6, 2011

Corona Plaza Holiday Festival and Light Spectacular

Join Senator Jose Peralta for trolley rides, hot cocoa, cookies, holiday themed photos, all day entertainment, arts & crafts and a spectacular light show!

Special tree lighting at 5:00 PM!

Sponsored by Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblymember Francisco Moya, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, Corona Community Action Network and Dominican American Society.

Download the event flyer here.

December 5, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

The State Senate Democratic Majority Passes Bill S7399 Requiring Lenders to Provide Consumers with a Mortgage Bill of Rights Sponsored by Senator Jose Peralta, Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee

(Albany, NY) The State Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens), Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee, requiring mortgage lenders and brokers to provide consumers with a Mortgage Bill of Rights - a pamphlet that must be signed by the consumer prior to mortgage application 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.

June 23, 2010

MTA, DCP Look For Broader Transportation Access

As reported by the Queens Tribune:   

Multiple City agencies are looking to expand transportation access in Western Queens.

A long awaited Long Island Rail Road station may come to fruition in Elmhurst now that the MTA has earmarked $40 million for the project in its proposed 2015-2019 Capital Plan. The station would be on the Port Washington Branch.

Elected officials have voiced their support of the plan.

“We welcome the proposals with open arms,” State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said, adding that commuters “need and deserve” the LIRR station and other upgrades proposed in the capital plan. 

For full article, click here.

October 21, 2014

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder resigns after nearly six years

As reported by the Times Ledger:  

When Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that he had submitted his resignation after nearly six years as the first black leader of the Justice Department, Queens leaders reflected on the legacy of the man who grew up in East Elmhurst.

“Seeing someone from the neighborhood rise to attorney general of the United States has long been a source of enormous pride for this community,” state Sen Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said. “Eric Holder’s legacy in the areas of civil rights, criminal justice reform and in standing up for the poor and disenfranchised is something that he and all Americans can be profoundly proud of.”

For full article, click here.

October 21, 2014

Working to aid the many victims of domestic abuse

As reported by the Queens Chronicle: 


Every 15 seconds, a woman in the United States is battered.

That adds up to more than 16,000 homicides and more than two million medically treated injuries due to intimate partner violence each year in this country.

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of economic status, race, educational background or age. We see that in front-page headlines about athletes and entertainers either being violent or victimized.

And we see it in a study of New York high school students, for example, that found that 16 percent had already experienced sexual violence at some point in their young lives. Among those who dated, more than half had experienced some form of physical violence from their partners.

For full article, click here.

October 17, 2014

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On NYCHA’s Handling Of Domestic Violence Victims’ Petitions For Emergency Housing

“Published reports and a City Council hearing today are shining a long overdue light on NYCHA’s broken system for providing emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence.

“It is a travesty to require women to risk their lives to produce the paperwork needed to qualify for emergency housing—and then not provide that housing.

“The expansion of the list of crimes that would not require a second documented instance of abuse is a welcome change, but more needs to be done to protect those who are unable to go to the police in the first place.”

 “I have introduced a bill that would enable domestic violence victims to be considered for emergency NYCHA housing without having to first contact authorities and put themselves in danger of retribution from their batterers.

“What my bill can’t do is make NYCHA cut wait times of as long as 10 years.  That is something NYCHA needs to address.

 “The many advocates for domestic violence victims who support my bill do so because  the lack of safe, affordable, permanent housing is one of the biggest impediments victims face in their effort to escape an abusive environment.  NYCHA has taken a small first step toward cutting red tape for victims, but much, much more needs to be done to fix the system.”


October 14, 2014

Charter School Supporters Want to Get More Students Struggling With English Into System

As reported by NY1:

Charter school supporters say they want to get more students struggling with English into the system.

The Charter School Center calls them "English Language Learners," or ELLs.

The head of the nonprofit organization says it is launching a six-month, six-language ad campaign to encourage more parents to sign their kids up for charter school lotteries.

For full article, click here.

October 10, 2014

Queens pol says he has a way to make both street vendors and restaurants happy

As reported by the Daily News:

It could be back to the future for street vendors.

The city should resurrect and revamp a Mayor Giuliani-era taskforce to quell tensions between the mobile peddlers and brick-and-mortar businesses on Roosevelt Ave., state Sen. Jose Peralta said.

“Street vendors are established fixtures in many neighborhoods and critical parts of the fabric of many communities,” he wrote in a letter to Mayor de Blasio, asking for the defunct inter-agency Street Vendor Review Panel to be reconvened.

For full article, click here.

September 26, 2014

Queens Rep Wants Street Vendor Review Panel Restored

As reported by NY1:

NY1 VIDEO: Senator Jose Peralta says tension is high between the storefront businesses and the vendors who share space in his district.

To view full video, click here.

September 26, 2014

CBS 2 Investigates: Why Are There No Crossing Guards Outside Jackson Heights School?

As reported by WCBS TV:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Getting to school safely is challenging enough in the city, but take crossing guards out of the situation and parents say it is a recipe for disaster.

As CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported Wednesday, that is exactly what happened in Jackson Heights, Queens.

“We’re missing about 12 or 13 crossing guards in various schools,” said New York State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens.)

Peralta said it is unacceptable, especially considering the statistics.

“Between the years of 2011 and 2013, the number of kids that have been struck and killed in New York City by cars has almost doubled, from seven to 13,” Peralta said.

For full article, click here.

September 25, 2014

Autoridades buscan soluciones que mantengan la armonía

Según ha informado WXTV 41:

Dueña de negocio asegura que vendedores ambulantes afectan sus ventas.

Para el vídeo completo, haga clic aquí.

September 24, 2014

Nearly a Dozen Western Queens Schools Lack Crossing Guards

As reported by DNA Info:

JACKSON HEIGHTS — More than a dozen schools in Western Queens are either without crossing guards or do not have a sufficient number, an elected official said.

The claim comes as parents and administrators at The Renaissance Charter School are pushing to reinstate a crossing guard who was pulled just days before the year kicked off.

For full article, click here.

September 24, 2014

Tiempo On September 14, 2014: Part 1

As reported by WABC-TV:

State Senators Jose Peralta and Jose Serrano on NY DREAM Act and Immigration Reform. 

To view full video, click here.

September 15, 2014