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Pol pushes cart health grades

The New York Post reports

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.

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November 29, 2011
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State Program Helps Families Facing Foreclosure

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A Queens family that has the state's foreclosure prevention program to thank for keeping them in their house this holiday season.

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November 29, 2011
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Veterans Day Statement By Senator Peralta

"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."  

November 9, 2011
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Statement By Senator Peralta Regarding Swastikas Painted On Libraries, Synagogue in Queens

 "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."

November 9, 2011
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Senator Peralta Calls For Extending State Foreclosure Prevention Program

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.

October 28, 2011
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Statement By State Senator Jose Peralta On Overhaul of City Pension Systems

"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." 

October 27, 2011
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Heroes of Hispanic heritage

Times Ledger

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.

October 25, 2011
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Senator Peralta Sponsors Mortgage Forum

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.

October 25, 2011
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta About The Municipal Art Society of New York’s Survey on Livability

“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.”

October 20, 2011
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Queens Residents Line Up For Corona Job Fair

NY1 News

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.

September 23, 2011
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State Senator Peralta, Elmcor Sponsor Job Fair

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.

August 31, 2011
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Senator Peralta Says Fight To Claim Roosevelt Is Just Beginning

WNYC News

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.

August 17, 2011
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Statement From State Senator Jose R. Peralta On The Passing of Gov. Hugh Carey

“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.” 

August 8, 2011
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Statement From State Senator Jose R. Peralta About Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative

“Good intentions have too often produced little more than lip service. In the Young Men’s Initiative we may finally have an effort where ambitious vision, planning and resources replace platitudes and promises.

 “I applaud the mayor for his commitment to dealing with problems that have devastated many minority families and communities for generations. I thank him and Mr. Soros for their generosity.

 “I stand ready to help the administration however I can. I also stand ready to hold the mayor’s feet to the fire on this initiative.

 “Many of the communities I represent, and our city and country, desperately need this initiative to succeed.”

 

August 8, 2011
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Sen. Peralta Holds Outer-Borough Taxi Plan Forum

Queens Chronicle

At a public meeting on a plan he supported to allow outer-borough livery cabs, or car services, to pick up street hails, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) played the role of conflict mediator when the session turned into a heated debate in Corona.

After a representative from the Taxi and Limousine Commission gave a presentation outlining the plan, cabbies, base operators and other stakeholders present alternately jeered and cheered in both Spanish and English during a contentious 45-minute Q- and-A.

July 29, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo Signs Sen. Peralta's 'Chica Chica' Cards Bill Into Law

Yournabe.com

Adios, “chica chica” cards.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law last week banning the distribution of cards depicting naked or scantily clad women used to promote prostitution. The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) in response to the proliferation of such cards along Roosevelt Avenue. “This is an important first step in what needs to become an all-out offensive against the prostitution problem and other quality-of-life issues that have long plagued Roosevelt Avenue,” Peralta said in a statement.

July 29, 2011
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Governor Signs Peralta’s 'Chica Cards' Bill Into Law

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 signed into law Wednesday by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Senator Peralta introduced the bill in response to parental outrage and community frustration with the thriving local sex trade.  The cards, featuring pictures of naked and minimally clad women and phone numbers to call for “free delivery,” have for years littered sidewalks on Roosevelt Avenue and adjacent streets.

July 25, 2011
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Peralta Launches Mobile Constituent Services Effort

Operation Community Outreach, a mobile constituent services initiative of State Senator Jose Peralta, featuring a truck with the Senator’s constituent services staff aboard, is making the rounds every Monday in Central Queens through the end of August. The truck is making morning, afternoon and evening stops in Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, Corona, Elmhurst and Woodside. “We’re going mobile in an effort to reach out and help as many people as we can,” said Senator Peralta.  “Getting out into the community this way will also help spread the word that we’re available year round in the district office to provide assistance.”

July 20, 2011
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