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Senator José Peralta's Blood Drive

Donating blood is literally giving the gift of life. Each day, New York Blood Center needs close to 2,000 people a day to roll up their sleeves to give the gift of life. There is simply no substitute for voluntarily donated blood. Without volunteer donors, our community would not have an adequate community blood supply. Just one pint of blood can save up to 3 lives!

If your interested in donating, please bring a picture ID and remember to eat well and drink plenty of fluids before donating. 

July 30, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The State Senate Democratic Majority Passes Bill Requiring a warning label on baby-bottles and sippy cups

(Albany, NY) The State Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens), Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee, requiring baby-bottles and sippy cups to carry a label warning consumers of the potential hazard of early childhood tooth decay and other dental issues resulting from the use of these products.

The sippy cup is often used for prolonged periods of time, including time spent sleeping and as use as a pacifier. During that time, sugary beverages other than water can pool in the child's mouth causing tooth decay.

June 29, 2010
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Peralta Hosts Town Hall Meeting in LeFrak City-Budget, MCI, Traffic and Community Center Discussed

Senator José Peralta hosted his the first Town Hall meeting since taking office on Friday evening in LeFrak City. Over 50 people came out to discuss community issues with the Senator including the Major Capital Improvement (MCI) project that is underway at LeFrak city, Peralta’s legislative record and the budget negations that are still underway. Residents also spoke about parking issues, the need for a Community Center and the ongoing traffic issues on 57th Street & Junction.

June 28, 2010
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Peralta Passes Bill - Requires Landlords to Disclose Bed Bug History To Potential Tenants

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation (S8130), sponsored by Senator José Peralta (D-Queens), to protect tenants from unknowingly moving into a property with a history of bed bug infestations. This legislation requires property owners or landlords within New York City to disclose infestation history to potential tenants prior to leasing.

According to the National Pest Management Association, bedbug complaints have increased 50 fold over the last five years, appearing in apartments, mansions and dormitories in nearly every corner of the nation

June 24, 2010
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The State Senate Democratic Majority Passes Bill S 7300-A Requiring Car Dealers To Pay Balances in a Timely Manner Sponsored by Senator Jose Peralta, Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee

(Albany, NY) The State Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens), Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee, requiring car dealerships to pay preexisting balances on vehicles they purchase or accept for trade in from consumers in a timely manner.

June 22, 2010
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Senator Jose Peralta, Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee Bed Bug Bill (S7316B) Passed in the Senate

(Albany, NY) The State Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens), Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee, requiring retailers to sanitize every used mattress or bedding material transported, stored or sold in the state. The bill addresses the growing concerns regarding infestations of bedbugs by focusing on retail practices and the co-mingling of new and used bedding during transportation and storage.

June 15, 2010
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Senator Jose Peralta Announces World Cup Day 2010 Queens

As part of the Queens 2010World Cup celebration, Senator Jose Peralta has compiled a list of establishments that will be airing the games in the 13th Senatorial District. Hundreds of bars and restaurants will be celebrating one of the world’s most watched sporting events.

June 9, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Jose R. Peralta, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Room 945 LOB

June 8, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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SENATOR JOSE PERALTA FULFILLS PROMISE TO NEW YORK’S FAMILIES & KEEPS PARKS OPEN

(Albany, NY) Every state park and historic site will be open Memorial Day weekend, the entire summer and well into next year Senator Jose Peralta (D, Queens) announced. After taking a stand to protect parks earlier this year when the Governor proposed dramatic cuts, Senate Democrats were able to negotiate an agreement to restore full funding for all parks, fulfilling their promise to keep parks, campgrounds, historic sites and botanical gardens open for New York’s families.

May 29, 2010
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Restore Education Cuts

More than one million children in our city depend on the New York City Public School system to provide them with a quality education that will prepare them to be functional, successful adults. A lifetime of low paying jobs, poor health and substandard living conditions await kids who do not receive a proper education.

May 28, 2010
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Public Hearing: Joint - Senate and Assembly Standing Committee on S. 7302/A. 6634-A – Establishes the “New York State Consumers’ Right to Repair Act of 2010”

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Consumer ProtectionChair: Senator José Peraltaand Assembly Standing Committee on Consumer Affairs and ProtectionChair: Assembly Member Audrey I. PhefferPublic Hearing: S. 7302/A. 6634-A – Establishes the “New York State Consumers’ Right to Repair Act of 2010”Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.Contact: Senate – Margarita Perez (518) 455-2529Assembly – Eric Jacobsen (518) 455-4355Media Contact: Senate – Anne Fenton (718) 205-3881Assembly – Assembly Press Office (518) 455-3888ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

June 9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Senator Jose Peralta , The Working Families Party and Make the Road New York Call on Mets to Boycott of 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona – Deliver Petitions Before Subway Series

Jose Peralta, The Working Families Party and Make the Road New York were at Citi Field, on Friday for the Yankees and Mets urging both teams to boycott the 2011 All-Star Game in protest of Arizona's harsh new immigration law.

10,000 of New Yorkers , and hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country, have signed a petition urging baseball teams to take a stand against un-American extremism, profiling and harassment by boycotting the Arizona All-Star Game.

May 22, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Jose R. Peralta, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 Room 945 LOB

May 25, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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SENATOR PERALTA’S BILL PROTECTS CONSUMERS FROM GREEDY CORPORATIONS UNFAIRLY CHARGING FOR BILLING STATEMENTS

(Queens, NY) The State Senate passed legislation (S7296A) sponsored by Senator José Peralta (D-Queens) that will protect consumers from the growing trend of companies attempting to charge an additional fee for receiving paper billing statements instead of electronic billing statements.

May 19, 2010
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Peralta, Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee Calls for hearings to investigate on-line computer privacy breaches

The recent discovery that Google has been reaching into unprotected Wi-Fi networks in homes and businesses in more than 30 countries and retaining data about people's online activities, highlights the fact that consumers are left unprotected and many times do not know who is tracking their on-line activity. Peralta said “The latest Google inquiry highlights the fact that consumers are still unprotected when it comes to their online activity.

May 18, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Consumer Protection Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection Senator Jose R. Peralta, Chair   Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Off The Floor

"CANCELED"

May 18, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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State Senator José Peralta, State Senator Diane Savino, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Assembly member Jeff Aubry Call for Passage of the Wage Theft Prevention Act

(Queens, NY)- State Senator José Peralta, joined by State Senator Diane Savino, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky., Assembly member Jeff Aubry, Make the Road New York, The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 are calling for the passage of the The Wage Theft Prevention Act, S7050 (Savino), A10163( Heastie).

May 13, 2010
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Statement by State Senator Jose Peralta Regarding Mayor Bloomberg’s Threat to Close Senior Centers

“While we are facing tough budgetary decisions, Mayor Bloomberg’s threat to close up to 50 senior Centers that are life lines for our senior citizens is unconscionable and short sighted. Senior citizens depend on these centers for daily meals, community engagement and social services. We cannot stand by and allow Mike Bloomberg to ignore the most vulnerable and beloved members of our community. I call on the Mayor to first address the bloated budgets and redundancies in city agencies before he threatens to throw our seniors out in the streets.

May 11, 2010
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Senator José Peralta on Mayor Bloomberg’s Proposal to Close 20 Firehouses

“I understand that we must be fiscally prudent during these challenging economic times; however compromising public safety is not an option. Closing firehouses or cutting manning on for trucks is a recipe for disaster and we cannot allow Mayor Bloomberg to treat public safety like a line item in the budget. Our lives and our businesses depend upon a fully funded, fully staffed fire department.”

May 10, 2010
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PERALTA, SENATE TASK FORCE ON GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY TARGETS DOT SUSPICIOUS OVERTIME

Task Force Reveals Whistleblower Website Tip; Probes Officials on Wasteful Spending

ALBANY, NY – Senator Jose Peralta and The Senate’s Task Force on Government Efficiency unveiled a recent tip submitted to the Task Force whistleblower website regarding suspicious overtime pay at the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) at a press conference in Albany on Wednesday. Immediately following the press conference, the Task Force held a public forum to probe DOT officials on this issue and other potential findings of excessive spending.

May 6, 2010
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