New York state Sen. Jose Peralta, D-Jackson Heights, has responded to what editorial writers have called "economic insanity" and introduced legislation to repeal the Minimum Wage Reimbursement Credit approved by the state Legislature during the budget process.
Peralta's legislation (S.4500) — "an act to repeal certain provisions of the tax law relating to the minimum wage reimbursement credit"— was referred to the Investigations and Government Operations committee on April 3. There is no same-as bill in the Assembly.
Los cargos federales de corrupción presentados en los últimos días contra miembros de la legislatura estatal y el Concejo Municipal han sacudido la confianza en el sistema político.
Y con razón. Las acusaciones son muy graves y representan traiciones conmovedoras a la confianza pública.
Como dije en diciembre, poco después de la condena criminal de mi predecesor, la manera de restaurar la fe del público en el gobierno es a través de un servicio al pueblo honorable. Eso es lo que el pueblo espera y lo que merece.
The ink has barely dried on the state budget, but there is already a bill to repeal a tax break included in the final agreement. The tax cut was part of the minimum wage deal, and it would give a tax credit to any business that hires workers between the ages of 16 and 19. Senator Jose Peralta argues that means business will be discouraged from hiring older workers, who the Fiscal Policy Institute says currently hold about 90 percent of low-wage jobs.
ALBANY — A Queens state Senator has introduced a bill to repeal a controversial tax credit given to businesses that employ teenage minimum-wage workers.
Sen. Jose Peralta, a Democrat, said the credit encourages businesses, including national chains like Walmart, to shed older workers. He believes it also discourages employers from raising wages above the state minimum. “This tax credit is a really bad idea,” Peralta told the Daily News. “It just sends the wrong message.”
After years of unsuccessful attempts to get a crossing guard at the intersection of Horace Harding Expressway and Junction Boulevard, community members are asking for speed cameras, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said this week.
“We’re trying to prevent a tragedy here,” Peralta said.
We hear a lot about the “shrinking middle class” in America. The Pew Research Center set out to measure the erosion. It found that, since 2000, “the middle class has shrunk in size” and “fallen backward in income and wealth.”
The percentage of American adults in the Pew study’s middle-income bracket has fallen from 61 percent in 1971 to 51 percent today.
The push for a crossing guard at Horace Harding Expressway and Junction Boulevard seems stalled in all directions, but those involved hope a recent push by Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) will cause some action.
Several years ago a crossing guard manned the corner three blocks from PS 206, an elementary school at 61-02 98 St. where Rego Park and East Elmhurst meet, but she retired.
“We seem determined to shrink our middle class, grow the ranks of the impoverished and widen the gap between the richest and poorest. It’s the only way to explain the minimum wage debacle that’s playing out and why immigrants who want to go to college, work and pay taxes are treated like social outcasts.”
State Sen. Jose Peralta credits Gov. Cuomo with leading the charge in getting gay marriage and gun control legislation passed. Now Peralta wants Cuomo to again show the federal government how it's done when it comes to implementing a state DREAM Act that provides state tuition assistance to the kids of illegal immigrants who graduated high school in New York.
“It took great courage and leadership to achieve marriage equality in New York and to pass the toughest gun laws in the country," Peralta (D-Queens) said in a statement released this morning. "Rather than wait on the federal government to do something, Gov. Cuomo instead showed the federal government how to get big, important, meaningful things done."
“On behalf of all Dreamers, I am urging Gov. Cuomo to again bring to bear his great courage, considerable political skills and extraordinary leadership abilities in getting something big, important and meaningful done. And make no mistake: Immigration reform is important and most certainly needs to get done."
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been pushing for $25 million to be included in the emerging state budget to create a state DREAM Act, but has found little support from the Senate GOP. Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx) has called for a DREAM Act that would be funded with a special casino fee--should casino gambling be legalized. But Klein, according to Assembly insiders, has not been pushing for the DREAM Act to be included in the upcoming budget.
Cuomo, meanwhile, has said he supports a federal DREAM Act but has not taken a stance on a state version.
Peralta, who is running for Queens borough president, called it a "sound investment in our state's workforce and future that would eventually pay for itself many times over."
"The DREAM Act belongs in the budget," he said. "The DREAM Act means far too much to far too many people to continue to be ignored."
“It took great courage and leadership to achieve marriage equality in New York and to pass the toughest gun laws in the country. Rather than wait on the federal government to do something, Governor Cuomo instead showed the federal government how to get big, important, meaningful things done.
“On behalf of all Dreamers, I am urging Governor Cuomo to again bring to bear his great courage, considerable political skills and extraordinary leadership abilities in getting something big, important and meaningful done. And make no mistake: Immigration reform is important and most certainly needs to get done.
“As a sound investment in our state’s workforce and future that would eventually pay for itself many times over, the Dream Act belongs in the budget.
“The Dream Act means far too much to far too many people to continue to be ignored.”
State Senator Jose Peralta is urging the city’s Department of Transportation to ensure the safety of children who must cross a dangerous Queens intersection to get to and from school without the help of a crossing guard.
“I am writing to urge you to take a close look at the intersection of Junction Blvd. and Horace Harding Expressway in Queens with an eye toward improving pedestrian safety, particularly that of the children of nearby P.S. 206,” wrote Senator Peralta in a letter to Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, whom he is calling upon after learning that neither of the local precincts is assigning a crossing to the intersection.
“This is a very dangerous intersection for students and it is imperative that we have proper supervision at this corner,” wrote P.S. 206 Principal Joan Thomas last summer in requesting the reinstatement of a school crossing guard at the location. “As the principal of P.S. 206, I am very concerned about the safety of my children.”
"We applaud Senator Peralta for his leadership on street safety. Every neighborhood needs safe streets to thrive—that’s why Junction Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway in Queens need to be made safe for local children, families, and seniors," said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives.
In the letter to the transportation department, Senator Peralta recommends that the intersection be among the locations at which the proposed speed camera program is piloted. He also asks the commissioner to do whatever else she thinks is needed to protect the children of P.S. 206, many of whom navigate the intersection to get to and from Lefrak City, where they live, and school.
“There is no substitute for the direct, hands-on traffic control and help that a crossing guard can provide to children,” said Senator Peralta. “In the absence of a crossing guard, however, any measures you deem necessary and can launch promptly to ensure the safety of the P.S. 206 children will be most welcome.”
Queens State Senator Jose Peralta has been a sponsor of the New York Dream Act for the last two years. The legislation would expand the state's TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) to include undocumented students who qualify. The Assembly allocated $25 million in their one house budget, but it was not included in the Senate's version.
Peralta sat down with us to talk about why the Dream Act should be in the final budget and in his disappointment with Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democrats who run the chamber with the GOP, who opted not to include the legislation in the 2013-14 fiscal plan.
“I urge the United States Senate to swiftly confirm Thomas Perez as the next Secretary of Labor. Mr. Perez is a stalwart champion of worker and immigrant rights who has the skill and experience to be an excellent Secretary of Labor. Confirming Mr. Perez would be historic, as he would be the first Dominican-American to ascend to a cabinet-level position.”
State Senator Jose Peralta is urging Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott not to co-locate programs within Newtown and Flushing High Schools, arguing that the Department of Education's plans for these schools fail to recognize the strides they have made in the face of challenging circumstances, including "overcrowding and the continuous instability that the years-long threat of closure has created."
In a letter to Schools Chancellor Walcott, Peralta says that, "More than anything else, what the communities I represent and the entire borough of Queens need from the Department of Education is more schools, more classrooms and more seats for our children and youth.
Most of us devote little thought to where our paychecks go: the bank account, of course. And when we need that money, we simply go to an ATM.
But that’s not the case for some of our fellow New Yorkers. More than 13% of households in the five boroughs do not have a bank account, according to the city Consumer Affairs Department. That translates into nearly 1 million unbanked adult city residents.
On the heels of a scathing audit report released today, State Senator Jose Peralta joined City Comptroller John Liu in calling on the Bloomberg Administration to renegotiate the city’s lease with the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Located on a prime tract of Manhattan real estate—Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets—the hotel was built on city-owned land in 1982. Comptroller Liu’s audit found that new terms the city agreed to in 1998, including a drastic cut in rent, will end up costing taxpayers at least $344.9 million by the time the lease expires in 2017.