In celebration of Black History Month, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) bestowed honors upon three black New Yorkers for what they have done for the city, Queens and East Elmhurst.
More than 130 people crowded into the meeting room of the Langston Hughes Library, at 100-01 Northern Blvd. in Corona, last Thursday as Peralta presented former city Comptroller Bill Thompson with a Special Recognition Award, Borough President Helen Marshall with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Lynda McDougald, president of the East Elmhurst and Corona Civic Association, with the Community Activist Award.
Some 700 immigrants from diverse communities rallied at the New York State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday to ensure that key services supporting their communities are not cut out of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget.
Immigrants make up a quarter of the state’s workforce and are advocating for ten budget and policy priorities that range from affordable housing, language access for government services, education funding for English language learners, ending Secure Communities and maintaining health care programs.
State Senator Jose Peralta hosted “A Celebration of Black History and Heritage” at the Langston Hughes Library in Corona, where former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and community leader Lynda McDougald were honored.
Thompson, the chairman of the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority, was presented with a Special Recognition Award; Marshall received a Lifetime Achievement Award; and McDougald, president of the East Elmhurst and Corona Civic Association, was presented with the Community Activist Award.
The introduction by State Senator Jose Peralta of a bill requiring microstamping on all new semiautomatic handguns prompted the National Rifle Association yesterday to caution that, if passed, the availability of such firearms in New York “will be in serious doubt.”
On its website, the NRA’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, added, “Make no mistake, this is a gun ban and it must be stopped.”
Senator Peralta welcomed news of the NRA’s challenge to the bill.
“The prospect of deep cuts to New York City’s public schools cannot be accepted as some sort of inevitable consequence of difficult financial times.
“Our schools have to be treated as an important investment in the future of New York City. The Campaign for Fiscal Equity court decision must be respected.
“I stand ready to introduce a bill to extend—not make permanent—the current surcharge on the state’s highest earners, which would generate some $6 billion over the course of the coming and following fiscal years.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature and the governor on balancing the budget and achieving much-needed efficiency in government, including in the administration of school districts across the state.
State Senator Jose Peralta today helped bring Bright Smiles to the faces of children in Jackson Heights.
One of the vans in the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program fleet, staffed by volunteer dentists from the Queens County Dental Society, provided free dental screenings and education to children at The Renaissance Charter School.
The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program works to increase oral health literacy and promote good oral care habits. The program each year reaches 50 million children and their families across 80 countries with education and dental screenings.
Elected officials and imams join neighborhood to honor Muhammad, who was born around 570 A.D.
About 60 religious leaders, legislators and residents gathered at a mosque and a restaurant on 72nd Street in Jackson Heights Saturday for an interfaith celebration of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. Run by anti-terrorist Imam Mohd Qayyoom, the event drew speakers and worshipers who spoke out for harmony between all religions and peace.
El Gobernador de Nueva York, Andrew Cuomo, tuvo la tarea nada envidiable de intentar cerrar un déficit presupuestario de 10 mil millones de dólares. Lo felicito por haberlo hecho sin recurrir a los préstamos.
También es alentador que el gobernador haya extendido la mano a los miembros de las dos cámaras legislativas, tanto a los republicanos como a los demócratas, entre otros grupos y sectores, para que trabajemos juntos en resolver las dificultades económicas que atraviesa el estado de Nueva York.
The educators behind a proposed charter school for Hispanic students in Queens are taking to heart the old adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."
The state rejected the Phoenix Academy Charter School's application last year after new state regulations designed to increase the number of charters kicked in. But instead of giving up, the backers of the proposed K-12 school have applied again.
More than 100 Queens residents, many recent immigrants, cast aside their cultural differences and language barriers at a meeting at Sunnyside Community Services last Thursday to campaign against rent increases they say landlords are making unjustly.
City rent guidelines state that when owners make what are considered major capital improvements to a building, they can increase the rent in accordance with the cost of the improvements. However, some claim tenants are being taken advantage of.
State Senator Jose Peralta's annual coat drive this year yielded more than 250 winter coats, as well as scarves, hats and gloves, thanks to the help and generosity of Good Morning America, Burlington Coat Factory and One Warm Coat.
The winter clothes are being distributed to local churches and non-profit service providers, including the AIDS Center of Queens County, Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities and the Church of the Resurrection, as well as homeless shelters in the area.
“The governor had the unenviable task of closing a $10 billion deficit. I congratulate him for doing so without borrowing.
“I am heartened that he is extending his hand to bring stakeholders to the table and make everyone part of the effort to resolve the state’s financial difficulties. It is a model of inclusiveness I would like to see applied as well to sharing in the sacrifices that need to be made going forward to balance the budget.
ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to limit local property taxes won overwhelming approval from the State Senate on Monday, escalating the pressure on Democratic legislators in the Assembly who have expressed reservations about the bill.
The Senate voted 45 to 17 in favor of the cap, which Mr. Cuomo had declared his top campaign priority, after an hour of discussion. Thirteen of the 30 Democrats joined all 32 Republicans in passing the bill.
Full text of Senator Peralta's remarks delivered on the New York State Senate floor explaning his vote against the property tax cap bill on January 31, 2011:
"We are here today voting on a lengthy, complex piece of legislation after being given the least amount of time possible to review it and consider its impact.
My question is simply: Why?
With a $10 billion budget gap to fill, why the emphasis on tax caps and tax cuts before even the first dime of savings has been identified?
A New York Times editorial last month, headlined The Tax Cap Illusion, noted that “history shows, painfully, that caps can do more harm than good. California’s Proposition 13 led to the deterioration of universities, schools and other public facilities.”
Freshman senator named to fifth-highest post as Democratic whip, co-chair of campaign committe
In the nearly one year that Jose Peralta has been a state senator representing western Queens, his star has surely risen.
Peralta was selected as one of four co-chairmen in charge of making sure Democrats recapture the Senate in 2012 and was chosen by Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) as Democratic whip – the fifth-highest leadership position among Democrats.
On top of the two posts, Peralta was also named the ranking member of the Senate Labor Committee by Sampson.