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Former Mayor Dinkins honored at Black History event

Times Ledger reports

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) honored former Mayor David Dinkins with a Lifetime Achievement Award at his second Black History Month celebration.

The city’s first black mayor received multiple standing ovations at the senator’s event, held at the Langston Hughes Library, at 100-01 Northern Blvd. in Corona, last Thursday. As the main honoree and the keynote speaker, Dinkins told the more than 100 attendees about the struggles he faced growing up in segregated America and the black leaders before and since his time.

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March 1, 2012
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February 2012 Newsletter- Quality of Life Survey

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February 22, 2012
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Fighting the sex trade in Queens and statewide

Queens Chronicle reports

By Jose Peralta

There are some 27 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other time in human history. Most are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation and 80 percent are female. About half of the world’s trafficking victims are under the age of 18.

While New York State’s sex trafficking laws are among the most comprehensive in the nation, promoting prostitution in the first degree, compelling prostitution and sex trafficking are all classified here as non-violent felonies.

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February 17, 2012
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State Dems take a shot at new gun law

Daily News reports

ALBANY— State Senate Democrats next week plan to revive legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal handguns — a bill that was shot down in the Legislature two years ago.The Democrats are set to begin a “sustained” push to require some bullet casings to carry unique markings — a process known as microstamping that is strongly backed by Mayor Bloomberg, an anti-illegal gun crusader.

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February 17, 2012
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Senators Peralta and Smith Call For Extending State Foreclosure Prevention Program

Citing the alarmingly large number of families across the state facing foreclosure, State Senators Jose Peralta and Malcolm Smith are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to fund a program that provides homeowners with counseling, legal assistance and help negotiating with banks.  Launched in 2008, funding for the $25 million Foreclosure Prevention Services Program expires next month.

February 9, 2012
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Pimp Their Sentences, Sez Queens Pol

As reported by the New York Daily News:

ALBANY — A state senator from Queens is pushing for longer jail sentences for pimps.

Sen. Jose Peralta — with the strong backing of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and women’s advocates — has introduced legislation to reclassify sex trafficking as a violent felony and increase the minimum jail sentence to five years.

“We have to attack prostitution at all levels,” said Peralta, a Democrat whose district includes a prostitution-laden stretch of Roosevelt Ave.

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February 6, 2012
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Statement By State Senator Jose Peralta On Proposed Senate District Maps

If they have at least minimal respect for voters, Republicans will spare New Yorkers further hypocrisy and keep to themselves ridiculous claims that their bold-faced power grab was done in the name of minority enfranchisement.

January 26, 2012
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January 2012 Newsletter- 2012 Parking Calender

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January 19, 2012
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Fall 2011 Newsletter

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January 19, 2012
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October 2011 Newsletter -How A Bill Becomes A Law

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January 19, 2012
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On The Passing of Richard Italiano

Our community has lost a great friend, champion and leader.  Richard Italiano, former chair and district manager of Queens Community Board 4, has passed away.  A tireless servant of our community, Richard was open and accessible.  His spirit, leadership and friendship will be sorely missed.  I extend my heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and the many people whose lives he touched.

January 19, 2012
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

The governor laid out a very ambitious agenda.  His proposals have enormous short-term potential benefits and significant long-term positive ramifications for New York City and New York State.

Most encouraging was the governor's focus on economic development.  There is not a more important issue than the state of the economy and the large number of unemployed and underemployed. I fully and wholeheartedly support the idea of building the country's largest convention center in Queens.  

January 4, 2012
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Uptown food truck vendors and customers welcome grades

Daily News reports

Bring on the Health Department letter grades, uptown food truck vendors and customers told the Daily News.

The reaction comes as State Sen. Jose Peralta proposed legislation last week which would require food trucks and carts to display letter grades similar to the ones posted in restaurants.

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December 8, 2011
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No easy answers on overcrowding

Queens Chronicle reports

Everyone acknowledges that schools are overcrowded in Queens, and that those in District 24 are the most overcrowded.

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December 8, 2011
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State Senator Wants Food Carts To Display Health Dept. Letter Grades

NY 1 reports

Queens Senator Jose Peralta is introducing a bill so that food carts get letter grades from the city Department of Health, akin to those received by restaurants.

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December 8, 2011
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Food Cart Health Grades

Fox 5 reports

New York City restaurants get letter grades and now the city food carts may get the same. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) is introducing legislation to require posted letter health grades for street vendors.

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November 29, 2011
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Proposed letter grades for street food vendors

WABC reports

Ever wonder about the cleanliness of your favorite street food cart? State Senator Jose Peralta is proposing that street vendors be forced to post health department letter grades like the ones in restaurant windows.

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November 29, 2011
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Queens Senator Wants Letter-Grading System For Street Food Vendors

WCBS reports

State Senator Jose Peralta will introduce legislation this week that would require local health departments to implement a letter-grading system for street vendors, similar to the current restaurant grading system.

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November 29, 2011
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Pol pushes cart health grades

The New York Post reports

State Sen. José Peralta (D-Queens) is introducing a measure this week that would require local health departments to come up with a letter-based scale similar to the city’s current restaurant-grading system, following a Post report on the worst of the wurst violators.

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November 29, 2011
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State Program Helps Families Facing Foreclosure

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A Queens family that has the state's foreclosure prevention program to thank for keeping them in their house this holiday season.

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November 29, 2011
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