Legalizing mixed martial arts events in New York State would generate more than $68 million in economic activity per year, according to a UFC-commissioned study released Thursday morning.
That figure is nearly three times higher than a 2011 study released by HR&A Advisors, which also conducted the new analysis. According to the study, statewide expansion of UFC Gyms would generate an additional $67 million in spending per year by 2017. That would bring the total yearly economic impact of MMA to $135 million within four years.
As Congress debates comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship, State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has proposed a bill that would give undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses.
“A driver’s license will provide undocumented immigrants much more employment flexibility,” Peralta said. “In moving out of the shadows and into the economic mainstream, they will be less isolated and less vulnerable to predators and their scams.”
If elected mayor, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio said he plans to bring New Yorkers out of the shadows by working for legislation that would make New York the fifth state to allow undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses.
According to de Blasio, this legislation would allow roadway safety by getting undocumented people who are already driving on our streets into driver’s education classes, covered by auto insurance, operating registered, driving inspected and insured vehicles.
Peralta assures that licenses would not be given out to anyone; only people who can prove who they are through a non-U.S. form of identification, prove residence in the States and demonstrate they have not been convicted of a crime.
The city has reversed a plan to close immunization clinics in Queens and the Bronx, leaving them open for at least the next few months, officials said.
Health Department officials said the agency was able to find the funding to continue services at the centers in Corona and Tremont. The sites were scheduled to shutter this fall as part of a restructuring plan to save money.
State Sen. Jose Peralta, who had protested the closings, was recently told by Health Commissioner Thomas Farley the clinics will remain in operation even though federal grants for vaccines have been slashed in recent months.
“This is a rapidly growing community where public services, from healthcare to school seats, are already stretched thin,” said Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). “The city needs to expand services here, not cut them.”
The recent incidents of deadly violence on Roosevelt Ave. — two murders committed in broad daylight within days of each other last month — underscore the fact that we need a lot more than trash bins and video cameras to make Roosevelt Ave. safe.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m in favor of the proposed expansion of the 82nd St. Business Improvement District, which would cover more than 800 businesses on Roosevelt Ave. from 81st St. to 104th St. Fresh paint, additional trash cans and video cameras are certainly welcome. And banding together under the banner of the BID would be good for the small merchants and vendors along the avenue.
But Roosevelt Ave. is referred to as the old Times Square, and for good reason. When police successfully cracked down on prostitution in Times Square and midtown in the 1980s, much of the business simply moved to Roosevelt Ave., where it is fueled, in part, by the sale of foreign-born women into sexual slavery.
Proposed legislation would allow undocumented immigrants access to New York state driver's licenses. Sen. Jose Peralta, has submitted legislation he says would bring the undocumented into the economic mainstream and improve safety on New York roads.
"A driver's license will provide undocumented immigrants much more employment flexibility," said Peralta, D-Queens. "In moving out of the shadows and into the economic mainstream, they will be less isolated and less vulnerable to predators and their scams. This legislation will also help make all New Yorkers safer by allowing us to identify everyone who drives on our roads and ensure that they are properly credentialed, educated and operating registered, inspected and insured vehicles."
State Senator Jose Peralta introduced legislation to provide undocumented immigrant New Yorkers access to driver’s licenses. He said that, if enacted, the bill will bring the undocumented into the economic mainstream and improve safety on New York roads.
In introducing the bill, Sen. Peralta noted that unlicensed drivers are five times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes and that uninsured drivers are far more likely to flee the scene of an accident. He added that undocumented immigrants are disproportionately victims of exploitation and fraud.
“A driver’s license will provide undocumented immigrants much more employment flexibility,” Sen. Peralta said. “In moving out of the shadows and into the economic mainstream, they will be less isolated and less vulnerable to predators and their scams. This legislation will also help make all New Yorkers safer by allowing us to identify everyone who drives on our roads and ensure that they are properly credentialed, educated and operating registered, inspected and insured vehicles.”
Sen. Peralta’s bill will permit the state Department of Motor Vehicles to issue licenses to undocumented immigrants able to provide non-U.S. identification, prove residence in the state and demonstrate they have not been convicted of a felony crime.
The senate sponsor of the state DREAM Act, Sen. Peralta said he is looking forward to the development during the upcoming legislative session of “a bipartisan response” to the question of integrating New Americans and giving them a chance to succeed and realize the American Dream.
Eleven states already allow undocumented immigrants to secure a driver’s license.
State Senator Jose Peralta issued a statement regarding the strip club billboard at 105-13 Northern Blvd. in Corona: “Like everyone else that I have spoken to who has seen the billboard, I believe that the female pictured looks far too young to be featured in an advertisement for a strip club. It is a jarring image that is offensive and sickening. That it sits above a church is an especially twisted mockery.”
Churches and strip clubs usually don’t go together — let alone share a space.
So local leaders were less than thrilled to see a billboard for Roadhouse NYC go up above the New Hope Baptist Church on busy Northern Blvd. in Corona.
But following a Daily News inquiry, the billboard is expected to come down on Thursday. “We had no idea it was above a church,” said a Roadhouse manager, who only identified himself as Adam. “We’re definitely very sorry.”
The upscale gentleman’s club opened on Aug. 20 in Flushing and this was its first — and only — billboard. He said that no one had called the club to complain about it.
A rep from the topless establishment’s advertising firm confirmed that the club — and the company — was unaware that the billboard sat over the storefront church and a neighboring grocery store on the congested thoroughfare.
After the recent stabbing of Ever Orozco and years of prostitution, violence and other crimes, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is demanding changes be made to end the violence on Roosevelt Avenue.
Orozco, who was allegedly stabbed by a 22-year-old man who thought the 69-year-old blew kisses and made sexual gestures at him as the two crossed paths at 90th Street in Jackson Heights. The police are calling the case a hate crime.
“The recent incidents of deadly violence on Roosevelt Avenue in broad daylight, underscore the fact that we need a lot more than trash bins and video cameras to make Roosevelt Avenue safe,” the senator wrote in a statement.
NUEVA YORK — Falta poco más de una semana para que venza el plazo para inscribirse en el Fondo de Compensación para las Víctimas del 11 de Septiembre, VCF.
Si usted padeció o tienes razones para creer que padeció un daño físico o enfermedad a consecuencia de los ataques del 11 de Septiembre con anterioridad al 3 de octubre de 2011, tiene la obligación de inscribirse a más tardar el 3 de octubre de 2013.
La inscripción conserva su derecho de presentar un reclamo en el futuro (antes de que el Fondo concluya el 3 de octubre de 2016).
Inscribirse es fácil y solo requiere contestar unas cuantas preguntas. Visite el sitio: www.claims.vcf.gov/welcome si desea inscribirse vía Internet ahora mismo.
Si usted no puede completar su inscripción mediante el sistema en línea del VCF o tiene dificultades para llenar y enviar por correo la Parte I del Formulario de Elegibilidad impreso, usted puede completar y presentar el formulario de Inscripción Interina (que puede encontrar aquí: www.vcf.gov) antes del 3 de octubre de 2013 a fin de cumplir con la fecha límite.
Para más información, este sábado, 28 de septiembre, de 4 p.m. a 6 p.m., se realizará el Foro del World Trade Center Health Program, en el auditorio A-1 del hospital Elmhurst, localizado en el 79-01 Broadway, en Queens.
El foro -organizado por el senador estatal José Peralta y varias organizaciones, entre ellas Single Stop USA y la Federación Hispana-, además de ayudarlo a inscribirse en el Fondo de Compensaciones, le darán información del programa de salud del World Trade Center, el cual provee tratamiento y monitoreo continuo para trabajadores de primeros auxilios y sobrevivientes sin costo alguno.
Two days after state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) described Roosevelt Avenue as the city’s new version of once crime-ridden Times Square, a 33-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds to his head and neck just steps away from where the legislator had stood.
“The Police Department has done great with the limited resources they have, but we need more,” Peralta said at a news conference at the corner of 90th Street and Roosevelt Avenue Sept. 18. Peralta and western Queens officials - Councilman Daniel Dromm, Comptroller John Liu, Assemblymen Michael Den Dekker and Francisco Moya - had gathered to denounce the fatal stabbing of 69-year-old Ever Orosco at the same intersection Sept. 16.
“The recent incidents of deadly violence on Roosevelt Avenue, in broad daylight, underscore the fact that we need a lot more than trash bins and video cameras to make Roosevelt Avenue safe.
“Roosevelt Avenue is referred to as the old Times Square for good reason. Cleaning it up once and for all will require the kinds of resources and determination as were invested in purging Times Square of the sleaze that flourished there for so long.
“Unfortunately, that level of commitment from city and state government does not appear to be forthcoming any time soon. There are steps, however, that can and should be taken immediately to begin the process of making Roosevelt Avenue safer.
“We also need to re-assemble the Roosevelt Avenue Task Force. Originally convened in 1991, it drew from the Police, Fire and Buildings Departments and other agencies.
The Task Force was so successful in closing down brothels and fighting crime, it was allowed to lapse after just four years in action.
“Fresh paint, additional trash cans and video cameras are welcome. They are a very far cry, however, from what’s needed to eradicate the prostitution, human trafficking and other illicit enterprises and dangerous activities that have plagued Roosevelt Avenue for decades.“
With the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund approaching an important deadline, State Senator Jose Peralta is sponsoring a forum to help responders, survivors and the dependents of deceased responders and survivors to fill out the required registration. Anyone who knew, or had reason to know, of physical harm or illness resulting from the 9/11 attacks before October 3, 2011, is required to register by October 3, 2013.
The forum will be held Saturday in the Elmhurst Hospital auditorium from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
“Registration preserves your right to file a claim before the Victim Compensation Fund ends on October 3, 2016,” Sen. Peralta explained. “Registering is not the same as filing a claim and does not commit you to filing a claim. If you are uncertain about when your illness began, register by the October 3, 2013, deadline to preserve your right to file a claim in the future. English- and Spanish-speaking staff at the forum will help with filling out the registration form.”
Joining Sen. Peralta as a co-sponsor of the forum is Single Stop USA, a non-profit organization that provides benefits screening and application assistance services to low-income families. Single Stop USA is a grantee of the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Also co-sponsoring the forum are Hispanic Federation, United We Stand and Ecuadorian International Center.
State Senator Jose Peralta unveiled a bill that would give each borough a portion of the state hotel occupancy tax it collects to use to promote local tourism.
The city’s official tourism arm, NYC & Company, promotes travel and tourism opportunities throughout the city and allocates approximately $60,000 to each of the boroughs to promote local nonprofit destinations and activities.
Peralta’s bill would provide each borough four percent of the state hotel occupancy tax revenue it collects, up to a maximum of $300,000, in order to promote local tourism, including at for-profit venues, such as bars and restaurants. Convention and visitors bureaus throughout New York and the United States are typically funded with hotel occupancy tax revenues.
A new bill unveiled in front of Queens Borough Hall by State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) on Aug. 20 would give each borough a portion of the state hotel occupancy tax it collects to promote local tourism to the outer boroughs.
With this new bill, Peralta, along with supporters including Queens Borough President hopeful Melinda Katz, said “it will bring tourists from Manhattan to see hidden gems in Queens like the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona.”
According to the new bill, each borough would receive up to $300,000 in funding to boost local tourism by allowing for-profit venues, like restaurants and bars, to place advertisements in weekly newspapers, local radio stations and cable shows.