State Sen. Jose Peralta credits Gov. Cuomo with leading the charge in getting gay marriage and gun control legislation passed. Now Peralta wants Cuomo to again show the federal government how it's done when it comes to implementing a state DREAM Act that provides state tuition assistance to the kids of illegal immigrants who graduated high school in New York.
“It took great courage and leadership to achieve marriage equality in New York and to pass the toughest gun laws in the country," Peralta (D-Queens) said in a statement released this morning. "Rather than wait on the federal government to do something, Gov. Cuomo instead showed the federal government how to get big, important, meaningful things done."
“On behalf of all Dreamers, I am urging Gov. Cuomo to again bring to bear his great courage, considerable political skills and extraordinary leadership abilities in getting something big, important and meaningful done. And make no mistake: Immigration reform is important and most certainly needs to get done."
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been pushing for $25 million to be included in the emerging state budget to create a state DREAM Act, but has found little support from the Senate GOP. Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx) has called for a DREAM Act that would be funded with a special casino fee--should casino gambling be legalized. But Klein, according to Assembly insiders, has not been pushing for the DREAM Act to be included in the upcoming budget.
Cuomo, meanwhile, has said he supports a federal DREAM Act but has not taken a stance on a state version.
Peralta, who is running for Queens borough president, called it a "sound investment in our state's workforce and future that would eventually pay for itself many times over."
"The DREAM Act belongs in the budget," he said. "The DREAM Act means far too much to far too many people to continue to be ignored."
“It took great courage and leadership to achieve marriage equality in New York and to pass the toughest gun laws in the country. Rather than wait on the federal government to do something, Governor Cuomo instead showed the federal government how to get big, important, meaningful things done.
“On behalf of all Dreamers, I am urging Governor Cuomo to again bring to bear his great courage, considerable political skills and extraordinary leadership abilities in getting something big, important and meaningful done. And make no mistake: Immigration reform is important and most certainly needs to get done.
“As a sound investment in our state’s workforce and future that would eventually pay for itself many times over, the Dream Act belongs in the budget.
“The Dream Act means far too much to far too many people to continue to be ignored.”
State Senator Jose Peralta is urging the city’s Department of Transportation to ensure the safety of children who must cross a dangerous Queens intersection to get to and from school without the help of a crossing guard.
“I am writing to urge you to take a close look at the intersection of Junction Blvd. and Horace Harding Expressway in Queens with an eye toward improving pedestrian safety, particularly that of the children of nearby P.S. 206,” wrote Senator Peralta in a letter to Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, whom he is calling upon after learning that neither of the local precincts is assigning a crossing to the intersection.
“This is a very dangerous intersection for students and it is imperative that we have proper supervision at this corner,” wrote P.S. 206 Principal Joan Thomas last summer in requesting the reinstatement of a school crossing guard at the location. “As the principal of P.S. 206, I am very concerned about the safety of my children.”
"We applaud Senator Peralta for his leadership on street safety. Every neighborhood needs safe streets to thrive—that’s why Junction Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway in Queens need to be made safe for local children, families, and seniors," said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives.
In the letter to the transportation department, Senator Peralta recommends that the intersection be among the locations at which the proposed speed camera program is piloted. He also asks the commissioner to do whatever else she thinks is needed to protect the children of P.S. 206, many of whom navigate the intersection to get to and from Lefrak City, where they live, and school.
“There is no substitute for the direct, hands-on traffic control and help that a crossing guard can provide to children,” said Senator Peralta. “In the absence of a crossing guard, however, any measures you deem necessary and can launch promptly to ensure the safety of the P.S. 206 children will be most welcome.”
Queens State Senator Jose Peralta has been a sponsor of the New York Dream Act for the last two years. The legislation would expand the state's TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) to include undocumented students who qualify. The Assembly allocated $25 million in their one house budget, but it was not included in the Senate's version.
Peralta sat down with us to talk about why the Dream Act should be in the final budget and in his disappointment with Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democrats who run the chamber with the GOP, who opted not to include the legislation in the 2013-14 fiscal plan.
“I urge the United States Senate to swiftly confirm Thomas Perez as the next Secretary of Labor. Mr. Perez is a stalwart champion of worker and immigrant rights who has the skill and experience to be an excellent Secretary of Labor. Confirming Mr. Perez would be historic, as he would be the first Dominican-American to ascend to a cabinet-level position.”
State Senator Jose Peralta is urging Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott not to co-locate programs within Newtown and Flushing High Schools, arguing that the Department of Education's plans for these schools fail to recognize the strides they have made in the face of challenging circumstances, including "overcrowding and the continuous instability that the years-long threat of closure has created."
In a letter to Schools Chancellor Walcott, Peralta says that, "More than anything else, what the communities I represent and the entire borough of Queens need from the Department of Education is more schools, more classrooms and more seats for our children and youth.
Most of us devote little thought to where our paychecks go: the bank account, of course. And when we need that money, we simply go to an ATM.
But that’s not the case for some of our fellow New Yorkers. More than 13% of households in the five boroughs do not have a bank account, according to the city Consumer Affairs Department. That translates into nearly 1 million unbanked adult city residents.
On the heels of a scathing audit report released today, State Senator Jose Peralta joined City Comptroller John Liu in calling on the Bloomberg Administration to renegotiate the city’s lease with the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Located on a prime tract of Manhattan real estate—Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets—the hotel was built on city-owned land in 1982. Comptroller Liu’s audit found that new terms the city agreed to in 1998, including a drastic cut in rent, will end up costing taxpayers at least $344.9 million by the time the lease expires in 2017.
State Sen. Jose Peralta is asking the Department of Transportation to better maintain the Muni-Meters on Roosevelt Avenue.
“Parking can be extraordinarily hard to come by as it is already in this bustling area,” Peralta wrote to the DOT in a letter on Feb. 4. “Let’s not disrupt the flow of commerce and traffic for failing to maintain parking meters in good working order.”
“You have questions being asked about affordable housing and when it will be built as part of the Willets Points development. Instead of an ironclad guarantee that would put those concerns to rest, we hear of a plan for a large, Las Vegas-style casino.
“If the goal is to further mire the Willets Point plan in controversy, confusion and uncertainty, floating the casino idea will certainly do the job.”
Major League Soccer representatives touted small business support for their proposal to bring a stadium to Flushing Meadows Park on Friday at Sabor Latino restaurant in Elmhurst.
Outside the MLS press conference, a handful of protesters from Make the Road New York and the Fairness Coalition of Queens, two organizations that do not want green space taken from the park, held signs saying “We want a stadium, but not in the park” and “Our park is not for sale” in English and Spanish.
As the sponsor of 14 gun bills, I couldn’t be happier to see long overdue action finally taken on common-sense measures to protect New Yorkers from gun violence.
From revoking the gun permits and confiscating the fi rearms of domestic abusers and the mentally ill, to requiring background checks and law enforcement oversight for private gun sales and ammunition purchases, to requiring periodic statewide recertification of gun licenses, a good deal of the legislation I have sponsored and fought for is in this package.
En el restaurante Sabor Latino de Elmhurst, Queens, dueños de negocios y políticos le ayudaron a meter un gol a la Liga Nacional de Fútbol (MLS). “Es el momento perfecto para construir un estadio de fútbol en el Parque Flushing por el acceso a transporte, por los fanáticos latinos y porque le inyecta energía a la economía de la ciudad de Nueva York”, dijo John Ferrera, propietario de la Casa de Ropa Interior que está ubicada en Junction Boulevard. Ferrera ha vivido más de 50 años en Queens y su negocio tiene más de 30 años en ese sector.
“Borough President Helen Marshall’s tenure has been bookended by tragedy, beginning in the wake of September 11th and coming into a final year where the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy looms large.
“Her message that 2013 will be the Year of Hope will serve as inspiration to all Queens residents as we face the enormous challenges of the coming year.