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'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
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Financial Literacy Series for Beginning English Learners

Senator Peralta, Queens Library and Emerald Isle Immigration Center present

"Financial Literacy Series for Beginning English Learners"

FREE

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

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

To view full video, click here.

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.

For full article, click here.

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.

For full article, click here.

January 12, 2015
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FDNY to Hold Fire Safety Classes at LeFrak City Following Deadly New Year's Day Fire

As reported by NY1:

NY1 VIDEO: A deadly New Year's Day fire prompted state Senator Jose Peralta to bring fire safety education to that neighborhood, and the FDNY will be hosting two fire safety classes to LeFrak City residents on January 14 and January 21.

To view full video, click here.

January 12, 2015
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Fire safety education campaign launched at LeFrak City following fatal New Year’s Eve blaze

As reported by Queens Courier:

A new campaign has been launched at LeFrak City to help educate residents to prevent a tragedy like the New Year’s Eve fire, which killed three people, from occurring again.

Just minutes before ringing in 2015, an unattended pot of a traditional Haitian soup cooking on a stove sparked a fire that left three dead in their Corona apartment and sent flames shooting from the ninth-floor balcony, officials said.

The FDNY determined the blaze was accidental and no working smoke detectors were found in the home.

Police identified the victims, all residents of the apartment, as Nadia Donnay, 37, Louise Jean-Charles, 59, and Napolean Michel, 69.

In response to the fire, state Sen. Jose Peralta, together with the FDNY, LeFrak City Organization and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, announced on Thursday the launch of a fire safety education campaign for the apartment complex.

For full article, click here.

January 12, 2015
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Talks over fate of Bruson Building

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

With an estimated 72,000 square feet spread over four floors, the Bruson Building in Jackson Heights is a prime piece of real estate. The building is also undergoing reconstruction following a fire last April, and the public is being called upon regarding how to best put the space to use.

All interested parties are invited to attend a town hall meeting on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, located at 37-06 77 St.

Spearheading the meeting is state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights).

“For the past several months, many members of the community have approached me about the kinds of tenants they’d like to see occupying the vacant spaces after renovations are done,” Peralta said in a statement. “After speaking to some potential tenants and the building’s owner, I thought a town hall meeting would be the best way to exchange ideas.”

For full article, click here.

January 12, 2015
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Construction Slated For Armstrong Annex

As reported by Queens Tribune:

An expanded Louis Armstrong House Museum is ready for its downbeat.

A curving, glassy annex to the Corona museum is expected to break ground this spring or summer, director Michael Cogswell said. The project has support from Community Board 3 and local officials, and the Board of Standards and Appeals granted variances permitting its construction last year. Construction plans were filed on Dec. 26 with the Dept. of Buildings.

This project has broad support from local officials, including State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who called the planned center “a magnificent addition to the Borough’s increasingly vibrant cultural scene.”

“The center will be a glittering jewel in the Queens crown, another compelling attraction to what is already recognized as the country’s best tourist destination,” he added.

For full article, click here.

January 12, 2015
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Fire safety campaign launched at Queens complex after tragic New Year's Eve fire

As reported by the Daily News:

Knowledge is power — and it could save lives.

That’s the message behind a fire safety campaign a Queens lawmaker is launching Thursday at the housing complex where a tragic New Year’s Eve blaze killed three people cooking a traditional Haitian soup.

The FDNY will lead a series of workshops at LeFrak City to educate residents.

“Sometimes these lifesaving tools are as simple as making sure the battery of a smoke detector works,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens).

For full article, click here.

January 12, 2015
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Let’s Make Students’ DREAMs Reality

As reported by the Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Peralta and State Comproller Thomas DiNapoli:

There is an injustice that needs to be corrected in our state’s Tuition Assistance Program. Currently, the program does not provide assistance to all the young men and women who need it, because it does not accept applications from undocumented students who were brought into this country at a young age.

New York State’s proposed DREAM Act would right this wrong and make the Tuition Assistance Program available to undocumented students across the state. As the new legislative session starts tomorrow, the governor and the state Legislature should swiftly enact this legislation.

New York was one of the first states in the nation to offer in-state tuition rates to undocumented students. We have always been a destination for ambitious and hardworking people in search of opportunity. We can help New York remain a destination of opportunity by expanding the Tuition Assistance Program and extending assistance to undocumented students.

For full article, click here.

January 6, 2015
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NY Sens. Diane Savino and Jose Peralta oppose mayor's bid to shutter horse drawn carriage industry

As reported by the Daily News:

Two Democratic state senators are the latest to come out in opposition to Mayor de Blasio’s push to ban horse-drawn carriages in the city.

Sens. Diane Savino, the chairwoman of the Senate Labor Committee, and Jose Peralta, the panel’s ranking minority party member, have drafted a letter to de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito expressing their vehement opposition to the council bill to enact the mayor’s plan.

For full article, click here.

December 15, 2014
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Reward doubles to $12,000 for information in finding man wanted for killing pregnant Queens woman

As reported by Daily News:

As police hunt for the suspect who killed a pregnant Queens woman to cover his tracks, civic leaders and merchants have doubled the reward.

Information leading to the arrest and conviction of Orlando Plummer, 39, for the murder of Brandee Massey has risen to $12,000, State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) announced Tuesday. He said the Food Bazaar supermarket chain and the Queens Center Mall helped grow the financial enticement.

“This community has come together not just to mourn Brandee's tragic loss, but to help bring justice to her family," the Queens legislator said.

For full article, click here.

December 11, 2014
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