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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the only scorecard that grades lawmakers on their environmental votes, the EPL/Environmental Advocates crowned state Senator Jose Peralta (D–Corona) with the top senate score. Other Queens Democrats in the senate to earn high scores were Shirley Huntley (D–Jamaica) and Toby Ann Stavisky (D–Whitestone). Republican Padavan received a low grade of 66 for this year.
Assemblymembers from Queens who got 90 grades were Grace Meng, Audrey Pheffer, David Weprin, Rory Lancman, Nettie Mayersohn, Andrew Hevesi, Margaret Markey, Barbara Clark, Jeff Aubry and Catherine Nolan, while Michael Gianaris and Michael DenDekker each got 89 and Michael Miller got an 84.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Senator Peralta will be holding a breakfast with clergy members to discuss identifying, treating and preventing domestic violence in our community.
Representatives from Safe Horizon, Queens District Attorneys' Office, New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and others will provide information concerning resources and services available for victims of domestic violence.
(QUEENS, NY) - October 7, 2010 - New York State Senator Jose R. Peralta was joined by the District Attorney Richard Brown and Safe Horizon’s CEO Ariel Zwang to announce $50,000 in funding for domestic violence programs and initiatives in Queens. Senator Peralta has joined forces with the DA and Safe Horizon to address this insidious crime on the city and state level.
The City expects to finish clearing all remaining tornado debris within two to three more weeks. If you would like to hire your own private contractor to remove trees or debris sooner, here is a list of the contractors that the Parks Department recommends and the work permit application for contractors to complete.
Senator José Peralta and Councilmember Danny Dromm read to Children participating in Reach Out and Read at Elmhurst Hospital. Peralta said "Reach Out and Read is the perfect prescription for our kids. Encouraging families to take some time to read will result in healthier families and smarter children. Reach out and Read is just what the doctor ordered."
Reach Out and Read (ROR) prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
The grime and trash on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights has long frustrated residents and politicians in the area, but with state Sen. Jose Peralta’s (D-Jackson Heights) assistance, some familiar faces — and uniforms — will return to clean up the place.
On Sept. 7, Peralta presented The Doe Fund, an organization dedicated to empowering the homeless, with a $250,000 check paid through discretionary funds for Doe’s “men in blue” to spruce up parts of Roosevelt Avenue, Astoria Boulevard, Northern Boulevard and LeFrak City four days a week.
The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANY/NJ) held their ninth annual Memorial Candlelight Ceremony in McManus Memorial Park, 81st Street and the Grand Central Parkway service road in Astoria Heights, commemorating those who lost their lives in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Community leaders attended the September 7 event, including members of the NYPD, FDNY, PANY/NJ and families and friends of loved ones who were lost.
Starting this fall, all lever voting machines in NY state will be replaced with electronic optical scan voting machines. Join Senator Peralta for a hands-on demonstration with the Board of Elections. All participants will have the opportunity to try out the new voting machines.
If you often enjoy hotdogs, shish-kebab, or pretzels from local vendors, perhaps very soon you’ll be able to make sure that the vendors who sell you the food you consume in the city’s streets have passed health inspections.
State Senator Jose Peralta introduced new legislation which demands that the same system that requires restaurants to publicly display their inspection grades obtained from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMN), also be applied to street and stadium vendors.
The legislation will be introduced officially at the beginning of the next State Senate session in January 2011, and if it becomes law, vendors won’t have to display their grades until mid-2011.