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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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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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Community Members Walk for Justice

Queens Courier

by Aisha Al-Muslim

September 21, 2010

More than 500 New Yorkers participated in Make the Road New York’s (MRNY) Walk for Justice, a walkathon to raise money and promote justice for low-income and Latino immigrant communities in the five boroughs.

The walk on Sunday, September 19 started at the Northern Playground on 93rd Street and Northern Boulevard in Corona at 10:30 a.m. The walkers travelled through Elmhurst and Corona, two of the most diverse immigrant neighborhoods in Queens.

October 14, 2010
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Peralta, Dromm Warn Budget Cuts Mean More Rats

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henley

September 30, 2010

Elected officials, union members and city employees ripped into Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a rally Monday, saying his decision to cut funds to the city Department of Health will mean rats will run rampant throughout Jackson Heights and Queens.

“We feel he’s allowing the dirty, rotten rats in our neighborhood,” said City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights).

Dromm, Council members Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and members of Local 768 Health Services Employees Union protested the $1.5 million cut from the city budget when it was passed in June, which eliminated the jobs of 63 of the city’s 84 pest control aides.

October 14, 2010
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Pols Outraged Over Pest Control Layoffs

Queens Chronicle

by Elizabeth Daley

September 30, 2010

Politicians, pest control workers and community members gathered in a trash-strewn area of Jackson Heights on Friday to protest the layoff of around two-thirds of city pest control aides, responsible for fighting rats on private properties.

Without the aides to clean lots, officials worry that the rat problem in Queens and around the city will get worse.

“Rats endanger the health and welfare of our residents,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). “I have a block in my district in Long Island City that is just overrun with rats.”

October 14, 2010
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Teaching Community About Alzheimer’s

Queens Courier

by Pete Davis

October 1, 2010

In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Day and Hispanic Heritage Month, State Senator José Peralta and Alzheimer’s Association’s NYC Chapter sponsored a forum in Jackson Heights to educate residents about the disease.

More than 50 people attended the forum, which was held in English and Spanish, to discuss the disease, symptoms and treatments.

October 14, 2010
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Pols Fear Coming Rat Crisis

Queens Courier

by Margarit Margaritov

October 5, 2010

With the recent layoff of 63 out of 84 of the city’s pest control workers to save $1.5 million, some local elected officials worry that a pest crisis is on the way.

“Pest control defines a civilized society. Cutting back on these valuable city workers will diminish the quality of life for all New Yorkers,” said City Councilmember Julissa Ferreras. “We cannot allow the front line in the war on pests to be ripped apart in the interest of saving a small amount of money.”

The cut comes at a time when rat sightings citywide have increased by 8 percent this year alone. Other officials like City Councilmember Daniel Dromm accuse the city of being reluctant to take measures to prevent it. 

October 14, 2010
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Corona Plaza Owners Want Space

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

October 7, 2010

Business owners near Corona Plaza, upset over what they contend is unfair competition from vendors who operate on the streets and moving vans which take up parking spaces for customers, have asked elected officials for help.

“They are taking the bread and butter from the other people,” said Ruben Pena, president of the Corona Community Action Network.

Pena, who operates Cristal Liquors on 40-28 National St., said moving vans park along Corona Plaza — a small, triangle-shaped park under the No. 7 train stop adjacent to Roosevelt Avenue and National Street — from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., feeding the one-hour meters with quarters.

“It’s very difficult to park in here,” Pena said.

October 14, 2010
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Concerns Over Secure Communities Program

Queens Courier

by Luisa Garcia

October 13, 2010

More than 80 neighborhood residents and activists expressed their concerns at a community meeting organized by several Queens-based organizations about the new Secure Communities program (S-Comm) directed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The meeting at P.S. 19 in Corona on Wednesday, October 6 focused on S-Comm. Under S-Comm, local law enforcement agencies are required to forward the fingerprints of every arrested person to the Department of Homeland Security’s biometric identification system. Police then transfer those suspected of being deportable into the detention and deportation system.

October 14, 2010
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Battle Against Domestic Abuse

Times News Weekly

by Ralph Mancini

July 8, 2010

A 25-year-old victim of physical abuse was on hand at a Thursday, July 1 rally at Corona Plaza to urge battered women to come out from the shadows about their plight.

Crusita “Mary” Martinez, who was invited by City Council Member Julissa Ferreras at her public event, shared what dangers lie ahead for women in abusive relationships.

Martinez described how an enraged ex-boyfriend used five different types of corrosive materials and urine to torture her eight years ago in her native Dominican Republic.

The victim had a hole burned through her chest and was only minutes away from death.

October 14, 2010
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Peralta Gives $50,000 to Stop Domestic Violence

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

October 14, 2010

Flanked by his fellow officials, advocates and clergymen from a wide variety of faiths, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) donated $50,000 to fighting domestic violence in Queens last Thursday.

“We have a silent killer we need to stop and eradicate,” Peralta said. 

October 14, 2010
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Peralta Addresses Domestic Violence

Queens Chronicle 

by Elizabeth Daley

October 14, 2010

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) joined Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Safe Horizon’s CEO Ariel Zwang and Queens clergy last Thursday to announce $50,000 in aid to combat domestic violence throughout the borough.

“I am committed to finding solutions to break the cycle of domestic violence in our community,” Peralta said, as he stood next to two giant checks written out to Queens programs. “While it is true that females are the victims in most instances of abuse, the effects of domestic violence are felt throughout every segment of our society,” he added.

October 14, 2010
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Leaders Oppose ID System, Federal Immigration Program Draws Ire of Corona Pols, Advocates

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

October 14, 2010

Advocacy groups and elected officials in Corona last week denounced U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Secure Communities, an initiative aimed at modernizing how the organization identifies criminal aliens but one which the groups say will breed distrust of the police in immigrant neighborhoods.

“We cannot trust this system or trust ICE,” said Josh Epstein, staff attorney for the Immigrant Defense Project.

October 14, 2010
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Abuse cases on rise, more unreported

Queens Courier

by Pete Davis 

October 13, 2010 

Nineteen family-related homicides and 6,500 arrests in Queens alone last year. More than 250,000 police responses and 140,000 calls to a city hotline.

These are only some of the startling statistics related to domestic violence, an everyday occurrence for far too many people living throughout the city. 

During the past few years, the city and Queens have responded to more domestic violence calls with more arrests taking place. 

In 2007, police responded to approximately 230,000 domestic violence incidents and approximately 235,000 in 2008. The roughly 15,000 increase from 2008 to 2009 may be attributed to factors beyond just more incidents taking place. 

October 14, 2010
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