New York City restaurants get letter grades and now the city food carts may get the same. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) is introducing legislation to require posted letter health grades for street vendors.
Ever wonder about the cleanliness of your favorite street food cart? State Senator Jose Peralta is proposing that street vendors be forced to post health department letter grades like the ones in restaurant windows.
State Senator Jose Peralta will introduce legislation this week that would require local health departments to implement a letter-grading system for street vendors, similar to the current restaurant grading system.
State Sen. José Peralta (D-Queens) is introducing a measure this week that would require local health departments to come up with a letter-based scale similar to the city’s current restaurant-grading system, following a Post report on the worst of the wurst violators.
"We are forever in the debt of the courageous men and women who fought around the globe in defense of our freedom. On Veterans Day, remember these heroes, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country."
"I often say that I represent the United Nations of senate districts. Like my neighbors in Jackson Heights, I take great pride in our diversity and the respect and understanding we have achieved of the people and cultures from around the world that have come to call this wonderful area home. We need to come together as a community and help the police however we can. We also must stand together and denounce this kind of cowardice loudly and clearly."
Arguing that “investing in foreclosure prevention saves money,” State Senator Jose Peralta is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to continue funding a program that provides homeowners with counseling, legal assistance and help negotiating with banks.
In a letter to the governor citing alarmingly high rates of seriously delinquent mortgages in his senate district, Senator Peralta calls for extending the state’s Foreclosure Prevention Services Program. Launched in 2008, funding for the $25 million initiative expires at the end of the year.
"I applaud Mayor Bloomberg and Comptroller Liu for delivering an innovative proposal that promises to lower the City's pension costs, increase investment returns and protect the pensions of current and future retirees. The efficiencies that stand to be achieved through this reform will pay dividends for both taxpayers and city workers."
A community activist, a firefighter and an artist were among the seven people honored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) as a part of Hispanic Heritage month.
The senator’s Oct. 12 celebration, held in the Unisphere Gallery of the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, recognized significant city leaders of Hispanic descent and featured music and dance originating from numerous Latin American countries.
Hispanic Heritage month is a nationally recognized holiday that runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Help For Queens Homeowners Struggling In the Mortgage Crisis
With alarmingly high rates of seriously delinquent mortgages in Corona, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, State Senator Jose Peralta, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and local non-profit agencies hosted a forum to help homeowners in the face of the ongoing mortgage crisis.
The attorney general’s office and community-based organizations working on foreclosure prevention provided counsel and hands-on assistance Saturday to homeowners at the event, sponsored by Senator Peralta at the Queens Museum of Art.
“It’s never been a secret to life-long residents of Queens that it’s a great place to raise a family, so it’s hardly surprising that more than eight in 10 residents feel that way. For decades, our great borough has been welcoming families from all over the world, affording them an opportunity to make a home and to succeed.
“Clearly there is room for improvement and a great deal of work needs to be done, as any family sending a child to a severely overcrowded school or struggling to make ends meet in this economy will tell you. Those of us in government owe it to them to keep doing all that we can to make things better.”
Job seekers lined up in Queens Thursday in hopes of landing a position in a rough economy. At least 1,100 people attended a job fair in Corona.Over 60 employers were on hand, looking to fill over 1,000 positions.
"There is nothing more important than getting jobs, and these individuals know it," said State Senator Jose Peralta.
"You know, it's hard to find a job, and a place like this is a great opportunity for people to find a job that's in desperate need of work," said one New Yorker."You get to see who you're dealing with, they can redirect you to where you need to go professionally," said another.
Some 50 employers will be accepting résumés and talking to job seekers at a September 22 job fair sponsored by State Senator Jose R. Peralta and Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc.
The fair will be held at the Elmcor Recreation Center, located at 107-20 Northern Blvd. in Corona, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Some of the employers that will be on hand include the Council for Airport Opportunities, AFLAC, Macy’s, PSCH Inc., the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a variety of city and state agencies, as well as several unions with apprenticeship opportunities available.
For decades, prostitution has plagued the neighborhoods of Jackson Heights and Corona in western Queens – with some authorities dubbing the area the new Times Square.
The borough ranks No. 1 in prostitution arrests in the city. Of the 3,229 prostitution-related arrests citywide last year, 1,474 were made in Queens, according to arrest statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
The 115th precinct — which covers Jackson Heights, Corona and East Elmhurst — accounts for the largest portion of those arrests.
“A great New Yorker has passed. I extend my condolences to Governor Hugh Carey’s loved ones. For his leadership, courage and determination in the midst of the fiscal crisis, New York will forever be in Governor Carey’s debt.”