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Forum/Town Hall: A Celebration of Black History and Heritage

Please join Senator Jose Peralta for an evening honoring African American political leaders and community stars. 

Guests of Honor: 

-Bill Thompson (Keynote Speaker), Chairman of Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority, Former Comptroller of NYC and Democratic Nominee for Mayor of NYC 

-Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President 

-Lynda McDougald, President of East Elmhurst Corona Civic Association

Please print and post the flyer in your neighborhood.

February 24, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Tenants complain about MCI-based rent hikes

Queens Chronicle

More than 100 Queens residents, many recent immigrants, cast aside their cultural differences and language barriers at a meeting at Sunnyside Community Services last Thursday to campaign against rent increases they say landlords are making unjustly.

City rent guidelines state that when owners make what are considered major capital improvements to a building, they can increase the rent in accordance with the cost of the improvements. However, some claim tenants are being taken advantage of.

February 9, 2011
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Coat Drive Delivers Warmth to Those In Need

State Senator Jose Peralta's annual coat drive this year yielded more than 250 winter coats, as well as scarves, hats and gloves, thanks to the help and generosity of Good Morning America, Burlington Coat Factory and One Warm Coat.

The winter clothes are being distributed to local churches and non-profit service providers, including the AIDS Center of Queens County, Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities and the Church of the Resurrection, as well as homeless shelters in the area.

February 3, 2011
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Statement by State Senator Jose Peralta On Executive Budget

“The governor had the unenviable task of closing a $10 billion deficit. I congratulate him for doing so without borrowing.

“I am heartened that he is extending his hand to bring stakeholders to the table and make everyone part of the effort to resolve the state’s financial difficulties. It is a model of inclusiveness I would like to see applied as well to sharing in the sacrifices that need to be made going forward to balance the budget.

February 1, 2011
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Senate Passes Cuomo’s Property-Tax Cap

The New York Times

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to limit local property taxes won overwhelming approval from the State Senate on Monday, escalating the pressure on Democratic legislators in the Assembly who have expressed reservations about the bill.

The Senate voted 45 to 17 in favor of the cap, which Mr. Cuomo had declared his top campaign priority, after an hour of discussion. Thirteen of the 30 Democrats joined all 32 Republicans in passing the bill.

February 1, 2011
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Peralta Votes No on Property Tax Cap Bill

Full text of Senator Peralta's remarks delivered on the New York State Senate floor explaning his vote against the property tax cap bill on January 31, 2011:

"We are here today voting on a lengthy, complex piece of legislation after being given the least amount of time possible to review it and consider its impact.

My question is simply: Why?

With a $10 billion budget gap to fill, why the emphasis on tax caps and tax cuts before even the first dime of savings has been identified?

A New York Times editorial last month, headlined The Tax Cap Illusion, noted that “history shows, painfully, that caps can do more harm than good. California’s Proposition 13 led to the deterioration of universities, schools and other public facilities.”

February 1, 2011
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Peralta ascends Democrats' Senate leadership ranks

Times Ledger

Freshman senator named to fifth-highest post as Democratic whip, co-chair of campaign committe

In the nearly one year that Jose Peralta has been a state senator representing western Queens, his star has surely risen.

Peralta was selected as one of four co-chairmen in charge of making sure Democrats recapture the Senate in 2012 and was chosen by Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) as Democratic whip – the fifth-highest leadership position among Democrats.

On top of the two posts, Peralta was also named the ranking member of the Senate Labor Committee by Sampson.

January 25, 2011
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New Year, New Leadership Roles for Senator José Peralta

As I head back to Albany for the 2011 legislative session, I'm happy to report that I've taken on two new leadership posts in the New York State Senate.

I've been tapped to serve as the Minority Whip of the Senate Democratic Conference. The role of the Whip is to unify my fellow Senators in support or opposition of key pieces of legislation.

I have been named the Ranking Member of the Senate Labor Committee. I will also serve on the following Senate committees:

January 25, 2011
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Muere víctima de la tormenta, Padres deciden desconectar a bebé que, por la nevada, no recibió atención oportuna

El Diario 

Queens — La víctima más joven de la tormenta que azotó a la ciudad hace más de una semana murió ayer en este condado. Addison Reinoso, un bebé hispano de sólo tres meses, no recibió asistencia médica de urgencia en su hogar de Corona, debido a la nieve que bloqueó al paso a una ambulancia. El bebé fue declarado muerto la tarde de ayer, luego de pasar varios días conectado a un respirador artificial.

El padre del bebé, Luis Reinoso, dijo en una entrevista telefónica con EL DIARIO LA PRENSA: "El único mensaje para la ciudad y para el alcalde es que limpien las calles, porque no quisiera que esto no pase a otros".

"Estos últimos años nos han tenido abandonados a la comunidad hispana. Nos abandonaron", agregó Reinoso.

January 6, 2011
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Two tragic delays occur one block apart

New York Post

Two of this week's snow-linked tragedies occurred just a block apart.

The parents of 3-month-old Addison Reynoso say the boy is brain dead because minutes were lost Wednesday afternoon in getting emergency help to their home on 39th Avenue in Corona, Queens.

Two days earlier and one block away, Yvonne Freeman, 75, suffered fatal respiratory distress after waiting three hours for EMTs to fight their way through the snow.

State Sen. José Peralta, who represents the district, yesterday called for an "exhaustive and honest review" and said "swift and forceful action must be taken against those who failed our city in a time of need."

January 6, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Smoke-Free Co-Op Forum

Please join Senator Peralta, Councilmember Danny Dromm and the Queens Smoke Free Partnership to learn how to make your co-op smoke free!

• Learn about the dangers of second hand smoke

• Hear successful stories from neighbors who have implemented smoke free policies

• Find out how to increase your health while increasing your property value

www.nycsmokefree.org

Please print and post a flyer in your building.

 

April 7, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Peralta calls for new school for immigrants

Times Ledger

A few days after former Hearst Magazines Chairwoman Cathie Black received her waiver to become city schools chancellor, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) already had a potential assignment.

Peralta said in a letter to Black dated Dec. 3 that he wanted her to consider establishing an immigrant school near Newtown High School at 48-01 90th St. in Elmhurst. The school’s future has been in question, and Peralta said creating this new school could help with the overcrowding at Newtown.

December 16, 2010
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Report: New City Law and AG Settlement Agreements Spur Improved Translation, Language Access Services in NY Chain Pharmacies

 

Recommends Passage of Statewide Legislation to Expand Gains in Consumer Safety and Fill Gaps

December 15, 2010
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Senator Peralta Protects Consumers From Fees

Consumers will no longer be charged fees for paying bills by mail, or for receiving paper billing statements, thanks to legislation introduced in the State Senate by Senator Jose Peralta. The law will take effect in April 2011.

“Paper billing and payment fees unfairly impact consumers who do not have Internet access at home or are uncomfortable using the Internet, including many seniors and those concerned about personal privacy,” said Senator Peralta, chair of the Senate’s Consumer Protection Committee. “Paper billing and payment fees disproportionately affect low-income consumers, who are less likely to have Internet access.

December 9, 2010
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Welcoming the holiday season

Corona had its own holiday celebration on Sunday, December 5. The community came out to enjoy the Corona Plaza Holiday Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue. At 5 p.m., the Corona Plaza Christmas Tree was lit up to bring holiday cheer. The event was presented by Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, State Senator Jose Peralta, Ruben Pena from Corona Community Action Network (CORONA CAN), and the Dominico-American Society of Queens. During the festival, parents and kids were entertained all day with acts on the Christmas Stage. They also had the chance to make their own Christmas wreath, take photos with Santa Claus and savor hot chocolate and cookies. A free trolley shuttle was also provided to take people to the festival. 

December 9, 2010
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Anti-Illegal Immigration Program, Secure Communities, Stirs Debate In New York

Latin American News Dispatch

by Amy Elmgren

November 29, 2010

A new federal program called Secure Communities makes many residents of New York feel anything but safe.

Piloted in 2008, the policy requires local police to share the fingerprints of everyone they arrest with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, and to detain and deport those who are here without visas. Secure Communities has been implemented in 33 states and will take effect in New York this fall, unless residents at the state or municipal level are given the choice to opt out.

December 9, 2010
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Lucha por sueldo en Albany

El Diario

Por Annie Correal

30 de noviembre

Nueva York — Durante un año, un hispano de 62 años trabajó varias semanas sin pago de horas extra, en un cementerio para veteranos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, en Brooklyn. Vicente, quien no quiso revelar su apellido, debido a su estatus inmigratorio, compartió su historia con legisladores en Albany ayer y en una entrevista con El Diario La Prensa.

"Muchas veces yo trabajé sábado, domingo, toda la semana seguida", dijo Vicente, de origen mexicano, quien removía pasto, sembraba y regaba el pasto en el cementerio Cypress Hills Veterans’ Cemetery. Cuando él se quejó este año, su empleador, Veteran’s of the Land, Inc., lo despidió, y ahora él está luchando en la corte por sus sueldos perdidos.

December 9, 2010
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Hispanic/Latino Book Fair of New York 2010

 

Hispanic/Latino Book Fair Comes to Jackson Heights

December 10, 6:00 PM - December 12, 6:00 PM
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Youth Awareness Day

Senator Peralta and Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown invite you to attend a series of workshop on issues affecting high school students - gang violence, dating, domestic violence and teen pregnancy.

Students, parents, educators, clergy and community advocates are encouraged to attend.

Free lunch and free t-shirts!

Download the flyer here.

December 11, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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