A man who was hit by a No. 7 train in Corona Thursday morning is in critical condition, the NYPD said.
He was lying across a track bed when a Manhattan-bound 7 train struck him near 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue at about 4 a.m., according to an NYPD spokeswoman.
The man was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where officials said he remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) called on the MTA to revise the proposals he has made in the past to improve security measures in the transit system, including installing sliding doors on subway platforms and more security cameras.
Henry Goldman and Katherine Chiglinsky (Bloomberg) — A Delta Air Lines Inc. plane skidded off a LaGuardia Airport runway Thursday as ice and windblown snow shut businesses and government offices from New York to Washington.
The MD-88, which carried 125 passengers and five crew members from Atlanta, was evacuated after the 11 a.m. incident, according to a Delta news release. Television images showed passengers piling into the swirling snow as the aircraft’s nose sat lodged in a fence, hanging over Flushing Bay. The airport was closed until about 2 p.m.
Before February ended, area elected officials hosted more Black History Month events acknowledging Queens residents.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), top, united with the Corona-East Elmhurst branch of the NAACP last Thursday in Corona to recognize five community members, including Giovanna Reid, Community Board 3’s district manager. The Black Institute’s Bertha Lewis, top right, earned a Lifetime Achievement Award.
After due consideration of records and testimony, the State of New York found that Marco Lino, who chopped vegetables and mopped floors and hoisted crates six days a week in a Bayside, Queens, greenmarket, was owed $51,025.20 in unpaid wages. For Gregoria Geronomina Jimenez and 34 other workers at three restaurants in Upper Manhattan run by the same owners, the Industrial Board of Appeals ruled that $385,364.34 in earnings had not been paid over four years. Jin Ming Cao, a waiter at a Chinese restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, was underpaid by $142,812.05, part of $1.8 million that a federal judge decided was due to 26 employees of that restaurant and two others run by the same people.
After the recent passing of two policies aimed toward improving quality of life on Rikers Island — one that removed trailers for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and another that prohibited solitary confinement for detainees 21 and younger — a forum last week at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center called for doing away with solitary confinement altogether.
The talk, hosted by the New Visions Democratics Club, including state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), invited speakers from Incarcerated Nation, an organization advocating for more humane inmate treatment.
Dromm said following the event that one speaker reinforced how solitary confinement beyond 15 days has been declared torture by the United Nations.
About 30 baggage handlers formed a picket line outside Terminal 7 at John F. Kennedy International Airport last Thursday to protest what they called unfair labor practices, meager wages, no healthcare coverage and no paid vacation.
“We feel that as workers, Aviation Safeguard has violated our right of workage,” Pedro Gamboa, who has worked as a baggage handler for four and a half years, said at the picket line. “In terms of wages, respect, dignity and situations where some of us end up working for year after year without paid vacations.”
Baggage handlers for years have been calling on Aviation Safeguard, a subcontractor at JFK, to improve work conditions at the airport and allow the workers to join Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.
PS 19 was overcrowded when Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) was a student there.
As a temporary solution in 1994, the Department of Education placed trailers at the school located at 98-2 Roosevelt Ave. in Corona. But the trailers are still there and the issue of the school’s overcrowding has not been addressed.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, education and elected officials announced last Friday that the school would be getting an extension as part of the School Construction Authority’s 2015-19 capital plan and that the trailers would be removed from the campus next year.
In response to the New Year’s Eve fatal fire that killed three members of a Lefrak City family, the FDNY and elected officials launched a fire safety campaign to try to prevent similar tragedies from happening.
Louise Jean-Charles, 59; her husband Napoleon Michel, 69; and cousin Nadia Donnay, 37, died in the blaze while they were cooking a traditional Haitian soup to celebrate the new year.
“New Yorkers awoke on New Year’s Day to the news of the horrific tragedy that struck LeFrak City just as we were ringing in 2015,” said state Sen. José Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). “If not for the courage of our firefighters in the face of difficult conditions, it might very well have been an even worse tragedy.”
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Help is coming for more than 1,200 people who need coats in Queens.
Boxes and bags of coats have been donated at local businesses and is being distributed through churches, shelters and family outreach centers.
Sen. Jose Peralta helped organize the coat drive and explained to CBS2 why it is so important.
“People really can’t afford a coat and now, especially now during the winter months, the early winter months where temperatures are falling to single digits, we need to make sure that people have coats,” Peralta said.
The coat drive has been an annual event since 2011 and is growing bigger each year.
Passing the New York State DREAM Act, supporting border children and making sure that New Yorkers can apply for administrative relief are the three items at the top of this year’s Immigrant Equality Agenda. But with Republicans in full control of the state Senate, implementing them seems like a distant possibility.
Compiled annually by immigrant community leaders under the umbrella of the New York Immigration Coalition, the agenda lists what they think are the 10 most important state budget and policy priorities for immigrants. It was unveiled Jan. 5 at simultaneous press conferences on the steps of City Hall, in Westchester and on Long Island.
This was the 18th consecutive year in which immigrant community leaders got together with state and local representatives to urge them to adopt the agenda as a blueprint for state initiatives.
NY1 VIDEO: A deadly New Year's Day fire prompted state Senator Jose Peralta to bring fire safety education to that neighborhood, and the FDNY will be hosting two fire safety classes to LeFrak City residents on January 14 and January 21.
A new campaign has been launched at LeFrak City to help educate residents to prevent a tragedy like the New Year’s Eve fire, which killed three people, from occurring again.
Just minutes before ringing in 2015, an unattended pot of a traditional Haitian soup cooking on a stove sparked a fire that left three dead in their Corona apartment and sent flames shooting from the ninth-floor balcony, officials said.
The FDNY determined the blaze was accidental and no working smoke detectors were found in the home.
Police identified the victims, all residents of the apartment, as Nadia Donnay, 37, Louise Jean-Charles, 59, and Napolean Michel, 69.
In response to the fire, state Sen. Jose Peralta, together with the FDNY, LeFrak City Organization and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, announced on Thursday the launch of a fire safety education campaign for the apartment complex.
With an estimated 72,000 square feet spread over four floors, the Bruson Building in Jackson Heights is a prime piece of real estate. The building is also undergoing reconstruction following a fire last April, and the public is being called upon regarding how to best put the space to use.
All interested parties are invited to attend a town hall meeting on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, located at 37-06 77 St.
Spearheading the meeting is state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights).
“For the past several months, many members of the community have approached me about the kinds of tenants they’d like to see occupying the vacant spaces after renovations are done,” Peralta said in a statement. “After speaking to some potential tenants and the building’s owner, I thought a town hall meeting would be the best way to exchange ideas.”
An expanded Louis Armstrong House Museum is ready for its downbeat.
A curving, glassy annex to the Corona museum is expected to break ground this spring or summer, director Michael Cogswell said. The project has support from Community Board 3 and local officials, and the Board of Standards and Appeals granted variances permitting its construction last year. Construction plans were filed on Dec. 26 with the Dept. of Buildings.
This project has broad support from local officials, including State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who called the planned center “a magnificent addition to the Borough’s increasingly vibrant cultural scene.”
“The center will be a glittering jewel in the Queens crown, another compelling attraction to what is already recognized as the country’s best tourist destination,” he added.
That’s the message behind a fire safety campaign a Queens lawmaker is launching Thursday at the housing complex where a tragic New Year’s Eve blaze killed three people cooking a traditional Haitian soup.
The FDNY will lead a series of workshops at LeFrak City to educate residents.
“Sometimes these lifesaving tools are as simple as making sure the battery of a smoke detector works,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens).
By State Senator Jose Peralta and State Comproller Thomas DiNapoli:
There is an injustice that needs to be corrected in our state’s Tuition Assistance Program. Currently, the program does not provide assistance to all the young men and women who need it, because it does not accept applications from undocumented students who were brought into this country at a young age.
New York State’s proposed DREAM Act would right this wrong and make the Tuition Assistance Program available to undocumented students across the state. As the new legislative session starts tomorrow, the governor and the state Legislature should swiftly enact this legislation.
New York was one of the first states in the nation to offer in-state tuition rates to undocumented students. We have always been a destination for ambitious and hardworking people in search of opportunity. We can help New York remain a destination of opportunity by expanding the Tuition Assistance Program and extending assistance to undocumented students.