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Senator Peralta Protects Consumers From Fees

Consumers will no longer be charged fees for paying bills by mail, or for receiving paper billing statements, thanks to legislation introduced in the State Senate by Senator Jose Peralta. The law will take effect in April 2011.

“Paper billing and payment fees unfairly impact consumers who do not have Internet access at home or are uncomfortable using the Internet, including many seniors and those concerned about personal privacy,” said Senator Peralta, chair of the Senate’s Consumer Protection Committee. “Paper billing and payment fees disproportionately affect low-income consumers, who are less likely to have Internet access.

December 9, 2010
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Welcoming the holiday season

Corona had its own holiday celebration on Sunday, December 5. The community came out to enjoy the Corona Plaza Holiday Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue. At 5 p.m., the Corona Plaza Christmas Tree was lit up to bring holiday cheer. The event was presented by Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, State Senator Jose Peralta, Ruben Pena from Corona Community Action Network (CORONA CAN), and the Dominico-American Society of Queens. During the festival, parents and kids were entertained all day with acts on the Christmas Stage. They also had the chance to make their own Christmas wreath, take photos with Santa Claus and savor hot chocolate and cookies. A free trolley shuttle was also provided to take people to the festival. 

December 9, 2010
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Anti-Illegal Immigration Program, Secure Communities, Stirs Debate In New York

Latin American News Dispatch

by Amy Elmgren

November 29, 2010

A new federal program called Secure Communities makes many residents of New York feel anything but safe.

Piloted in 2008, the policy requires local police to share the fingerprints of everyone they arrest with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, and to detain and deport those who are here without visas. Secure Communities has been implemented in 33 states and will take effect in New York this fall, unless residents at the state or municipal level are given the choice to opt out.

December 9, 2010
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Lucha por sueldo en Albany

El Diario

Por Annie Correal

30 de noviembre

Nueva York — Durante un año, un hispano de 62 años trabajó varias semanas sin pago de horas extra, en un cementerio para veteranos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, en Brooklyn. Vicente, quien no quiso revelar su apellido, debido a su estatus inmigratorio, compartió su historia con legisladores en Albany ayer y en una entrevista con El Diario La Prensa.

"Muchas veces yo trabajé sábado, domingo, toda la semana seguida", dijo Vicente, de origen mexicano, quien removía pasto, sembraba y regaba el pasto en el cementerio Cypress Hills Veterans’ Cemetery. Cuando él se quejó este año, su empleador, Veteran’s of the Land, Inc., lo despidió, y ahora él está luchando en la corte por sus sueldos perdidos.

December 9, 2010
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Hispanic/Latino Book Fair of New York 2010

 

Hispanic/Latino Book Fair Comes to Jackson Heights

December 10, 6:00 PM - December 12, 6:00 PM
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Youth Awareness Day

Senator Peralta and Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown invite you to attend a series of workshop on issues affecting high school students - gang violence, dating, domestic violence and teen pregnancy.

Students, parents, educators, clergy and community advocates are encouraged to attend.

Free lunch and free t-shirts!

Download the flyer here.

December 11, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Co-Op/Condo Forum

Senator Jose Peralta, Councilmember Danny Dromm and The Alliance of Condo & Co-Op Owners present a forum on co-ops and condos.

The forum is an opportunity to have your questions answered. Learn about the role of the board, role of management and shareholder & owner rights.

Panel Participants:

Lucas A. Ferrara, Esq - Finkelstein Newman Ferrera LLP

Kevin McConnell, Esq - Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph LLP

Larry Simms, President of The Alliance of Condo & Co-Op Owners

Download the flyer here.

December 6, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Legislación contra empresas de envíos fraudulentas

Telemundo 47

Por María Araíz Pérez

15 de noviembre

Con la navidad a la vuelta de la esquina, anuncian un proyecto de ley que pone en cintura a las compañías de envíos de paquetes, que no cumplen sus compromisos.

Las víctimas en su mayoría son inmigrantes hispanos. Hace 3 meses, Johnny Pérez mandó una caja repleta de regalos a Colombia: "el envío de la caja cuesta unos $160, más lo que uno se gasta comprando ropa, juguetes, zapatos, alrededor de unos $500 he perdido ahí”.

November 16, 2010
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Crooks deliver holiday misery with shipping scam that targets Hispanic immigrants

Daily News

by Edgar Sandoval and Samuel Goldsmith

November 15, 2010

Lawmakers are warning New Yorkers about a shipping scam that targets Hispanic immigrants who send Christmas presents to their families back home.

Instead of delivering the goods, scammers take the presents - and the money they charge for shipping - and split.

"It's a terrible scam that's been happening for years," said state Sen. José Peralta, who represents several Queens neighborhoods hit by shipping crooks.

"You pay the fees, and your items never get there," he said.

Customers who fall prey to the scammers have no recourse .

November 16, 2010
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Jackson Heights imam fights Muslim radicalism Muhammadi Community Center's Qayyoom preaches against terrorism, supports interfaith work

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

November 11, 2010

Ever since he lost someone he knew in the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, Mohd Qayyoom has worked on his own and through his Muhammadi Community Center of Jackson Heights to spread his message of how despite popular perceptions Islam is against terrorism.

“Islam has no room for the terrorism,” Qayyoom said.

A Muslim priest from Bangladesh, Qayyoom moved to America in 1991. Beginning in 1996, he worked as a paid imam in Elmhurst, but after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Qayyoom used many of his Friday night sermons to speak against terrorism, which met with some resistance from the congregation.

November 16, 2010
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City wages ‘war’ on creepy crawler pests

Queens Chronicle

by Cynthia Murray

November 11, 2010

“Don’t let the bedbugs bite” is more than just a saying for a growing number of New Yorkers.

On Monday, Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, declared “war” on bed- bugs in the city’s public schools. He wants the city to rehire some of the pest control agents who were recently laid off and to cut the time between the discovery of bedbugs in a school and a visit from an inspector.

“When it comes to protecting the physical well-being of our students, eradicating bedbugs should be the environmental equivalent of war,” Stringer said in a press release.

November 16, 2010
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Senator Peralta Enlists Queens Clergy In Battle Against Domestic Violence

Senator Peralta Launches Faith-Based Initiative to Combat Domestic Violence

As part of his campaign to combat domestic violence, State Senator Jose Peralta enlisted the help of more than 30 Queens clergy, who accepted his call to talk about the problem of family violence with their congregations and to provide referrals to potentially life-saving services.

At a meeting with the clergy at the Langston Hughes Library in East Elmhurst, Senator Peralta asked the clerics to take up the issue during services on the last Sabbath of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

November 16, 2010
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Immigration Leaders Press Paterson to Revoke Enforcement Program

WNYC News

by Monika Fabian

October 20, 2010

Last May, New York signed on to an immigration enforcement program that allows local police to share with federal authorities the digital fingerprints of anyone arrested in the state. The program -- called Secure Communities -- is designed to find and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes like murder, kidnapping and threats to national security.

“New York has a public safety interest in identifying and deporting serious alien defendants from state prisons and jails,” said John M. Caher, director of public information for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), in a written statement.

November 16, 2010
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Fox-Cablevision Blackout Reaches a 2nd Day

New York Times

by Brian Stelter and Bill Carter

October 17, 2010

What started as a routine contract dispute between Cablevision Systems and the News Corporation has become one of the longest and most talked about blackouts of television programming in years.

About three million households in the New York metropolitan area were left without Fox programming on Saturday and Sunday, preventing sports fans from watching a Phillies game on Saturday night and a Giants game on Sunday afternoon. After months of negotiations, the two companies cannot agree on a price for retransmission of the Fox network.

November 16, 2010
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FREE Cardiovascular Screening Day

Register today for a FREE Cardiovascular Health Screening, including consultation, diabetes check, cholesterol check, and blood pressure check. You must be age 18 or older to be screened.

November 13, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Senator Peralta Tells News Corp and Cablevision to “Leave Game-Playing to Yankees and Giants;” Prepares to Call Hearings if Programming Blacked Out

State Senator Jose Peralta, chair of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, released the following statement:

“Millions of New Yorkers are being held hostage in the retransmission consent negotiations between News Corp and Cablevision. On their behalf, I am asking News Corp and Cablevision to leave the game-playing to the Yankees and Giants and submit to binding arbitration if they cannot resolve their disagreement in time to bring Glee—and football, baseball and the Simpsons—to loyal fans.

“Rest assured, that, if millions of consumers lose access to programming on News Corp channels, I will call on both News Corp and Cablevision to appear before the New York State Senate Consumer Protection Committee, of which I am chair, to account for their abuse of consumers.”

October 17, 2010
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Going Purple: How to Shine the Light on Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York State. This is the third year the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is working to “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” by turning the State purple. For the past two years, landmarks such as Niagara Falls, skyscrapers, bridges, and storefronts were illuminated purple for a day, a week or the whole month. Organizations held special awareness days and encouraged staff to dress in purple.

Senator Peralta encourages you to join the effort this year, in one or more of the following ways:

Wear Purple On October 20th

October 15, 2010
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Law Dishes Out Strict Health Rules For Food Vendors

Queens Gazette

by Liz Goff

September 22, 2010

A state senator from Queens is calling on state officials to pass legislation that would require street food vendors and food vendors at stadiums and arenas to undergo a grueling inspection by state health officials and to display a “grade” indicating the condition of their food carts and workspaces.

State Senator Jose Peralta recently introduced the measure that would require food vendors to undergo the same strict inspection as city restaurants and to display a “grade” issued by the state Department of Health (DOH) on their carts or workplaces.

October 14, 2010
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