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Paterson’s Bedbug Veto - A Nuisance to New Yorkers

Yesterday, Governor Paterson vetoed a measure the Legislature passed to combat the bedbug infestation in New York State. The bill would have required all used bedding to be sanitized before being transported, stored or sold with new bedding. The bill would have also required annual inspections of bedding retailers, rather than the current random process. Paterson said the bill would cost the state an additional $600,000 and the hiring of eight employees.

August 4, 2010
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Senator Jose Peralta Urges President Obama to Nominate Dr. Elizabeth Warren as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Click here to view Senator Peralta's letter to President Obama.

“As the Chair of the New York State Senate’s Consumer Protection Committee and State Senator representing over 300,000 New Yorkers, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects these challenging economic times have had on Americans. These distressing financial problems are often times compounded by the fact that many consumers simply do not know their rights and in many cases because they have been victims of predatory credit products.

August 3, 2010
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Ballpark Update: Stadiums Must Tell About Toxic Food

CBS MoneyWatch.com

by Kathy Kristof 

July 29, 2010 

If State Senator Jose Peralta has his way, the citizens of New York will get some warning before they buy toxic food at a sports stadium. 

Reacting to an ESPN report about the prevalence of health violations with food and drink vendors at stadiums across the country, Peralta introduced legislation on Thursday that would demand that anyone selling food — regardless of whether it’s a restaurant, a push-cart or a stadium food vendor — post a letter grade indicating the result of their recent health inspection. 

July 30, 2010
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Senator Peralta Introduces Legislation Requiring Food Vendors at Stadiums and Entertainment Arenas to Post Health Inspection Letter Grades In Response to ESPN Report “It’s times for venues to clean up their act”

In light of the recent ESPN story that revealed that health inspectors at stadiums and entertainment venues found a majority of food vendors had “major” or “critical” health violations State Senator Jose Peralta is introducing a bill that would require all food service establishments, food carts and pushcarts, schools, entertainment/sports venues, and hospitals to post a letter grade indicating the result of a health inspection of its food serving establishment. 

July 30, 2010
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Senator Peralta Tackles Foreclosure

Queens Chronicle

by Elizabeth Daley

7/29/2010

Inspired by the high foreclosure rate across the country and in Queens, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) joined allies City Comptroller John Liu and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Fort Greene) at City Hall on Tuesday to promote legislation requiring lenders and brokers to provide consumers with a document explaining the mortgage process, consumer rights and protections.

Peralta urged Gov. David Paterson to sign the legislation shortly after speaking to residents facing foreclosure in his district at a workshop last Thursday.

 

July 29, 2010
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FREE Movies Under the Stars Featuring "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs"

Join Senator Peralta to watch "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" under the stars on a giant inflatable screen!  

Showtime is 8:30 PM.

August 27, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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Statement From Senator José Peralta Regarding Today’s Court Decision To Issue an Injunction Against Arizona’s Divisive Immigration Enforcement Law

“As a Dominican American who represents one of the most diverse communities in this country, I applaud Judge Susan Bolton of Federal District Court’s decision to issue an injunction against  Arizona’s divisive immigration enforcement law.  Allowing any governing body to legalize racial profiling is appalling and flies in the face of our core belief of “innocent until proven guilty”.

July 28, 2010
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Senator Peralta Calls on Governor Paterson to Sign Mortgage Bill of Rights Legislation Prompted by Record Number of Foreclosures

Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblymember Hakeem  Jeffries and Comptroller John Liu are calling on Governor Paterson to sign the Mortgage Bill of Rights  Legislation, requiring  mortgage lenders and brokers to provide consumers with a detailed  document explaining the mortgage process and consumer rights and protections.  This bill will ensure that consumers receive ample information before they begin the voluminous mortgage  process. 

July 27, 2010
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Hands-On Demo of New Optical Scan Voting Machines

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 cannot attend this event, the Board of Elections is holding other demos across NYC.  Find another demo by clicking here

August 10, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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FREE Movies Under the Stars Featuring "Shrek"

Join Senator Peralta to watch "Shrek" under the stars on a giant inflatable screen!  

Showtime is 8:30 PM.

BRING A BLANKET - No chairs allowed on the astroturf.  Bleachers will also be available.

No glass bottles or alcohol allowed in the venue.

Sponsored by Senator Jose Peralta and The Hispanic Federation.

Click here to download the event flyer.

August 13, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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FREE Movies Under the Stars Featuring "Where the Wild Things Are"

Join Senator Peralta to watch "Where the Wild Things Are" under the stars on a giant inflatable screen!  

Doors open at 7:30 PM.  Showtime is 8:30 PM.

Please bring a blanket.  We'll have plenty of chairs available if you prefer that.

No food, glass bottles or alcohol allowed in the school yard.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Senator Jose Peralta and Hispanic Federation.

August 7, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

Please join Senator José Peralta for a series of foreclosure prevention workshops. Presentations will include sessions with loan specialists from reputable organizations that specialize in preventing foreclosures. Attendees should bring two copies of the following documents:-Hardship letter-Two most recent pay stubs-Last two month's bank statements-2008/2009/2010 tax returns-Letters/notices of default or foreclosure-Breakdown of monthly household expenses-Photo ID (unexpired driver's license, state-issued ID or passport)-Social security number

July 22, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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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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