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Sen. Peralta Holds Outer-Borough Taxi Plan Forum

Queens Chronicle

At a public meeting on a plan he supported to allow outer-borough livery cabs, or car services, to pick up street hails, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) played the role of conflict mediator when the session turned into a heated debate in Corona.

After a representative from the Taxi and Limousine Commission gave a presentation outlining the plan, cabbies, base operators and other stakeholders present alternately jeered and cheered in both Spanish and English during a contentious 45-minute Q- and-A.

July 29, 2011

Gov. Cuomo Signs Sen. Peralta's 'Chica Chica' Cards Bill Into Law

Adios, “chica chica” cards.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law last week banning the distribution of cards depicting naked or scantily clad women used to promote prostitution. The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) in response to the proliferation of such cards along Roosevelt Avenue. “This is an important first step in what needs to become an all-out offensive against the prostitution problem and other quality-of-life issues that have long plagued Roosevelt Avenue,” Peralta said in a statement.

July 29, 2011

Governor Signs Peralta’s 'Chica Cards' Bill Into Law

State Senator Jose R. Peralta’s bill targeting the distribution of pimps' business cards along a stretch of more than 40 blocks of Roosevelt Avenue was signed into law Wednesday by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Senator Peralta introduced the bill in response to parental outrage and community frustration with the thriving local sex trade.  The cards, featuring pictures of naked and minimally clad women and phone numbers to call for “free delivery,” have for years littered sidewalks on Roosevelt Avenue and adjacent streets.

July 25, 2011

Peralta Launches Mobile Constituent Services Effort

Operation Community Outreach, a mobile constituent services initiative of State Senator Jose Peralta, featuring a truck with the Senator’s constituent services staff aboard, is making the rounds every Monday in Central Queens through the end of August. The truck is making morning, afternoon and evening stops in Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, Corona, Elmhurst and Woodside. “We’re going mobile in an effort to reach out and help as many people as we can,” said Senator Peralta.  “Getting out into the community this way will also help spread the word that we’re available year round in the district office to provide assistance.”

July 20, 2011

Text of Senator Jose R. Peralta's Remarks To Have Been Delivered In Explaining Vote For Marriage Equality

"The eyes of history and a higher power are upon us here today. Let them see that the time has finally arrived when the State of New York recognizes a loving commitment between two men or two women. Let them see that the day has come when common sense and human decency are the law in New York. And let them see that we are men and women of integrity and fairness. For if they see these things from us, they will look favorably on this chamber’s actions today. Just as my children will look back when they’re older and be proud of their father. On this, the most important vote of my career to this point, perhaps the most important vote I will ever make, I say yes."

July 5, 2011

State Senate Passes Peralta’s “Chicas Card” Bill

State Senator Jose R. Peralta’s bill targeting the distribution of pimps’ business cards along a stretch of more than 40 blocks of Roosevelt Avenue was passed by the Senate this afternoon. Senator Peralta introduced the bill in response to parental outrage and community frustration with the thriving local sex trade. The cards, featuring pictures of naked and minimally clad women and phone numbers to call for “free delivery” littered sidewalks on Roosevelt Avenue and adjacent streets. If the bill is approved by the Assembly either today or Monday, as expected, it will move to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk to be signed into law.    

June 17, 2011

Peralta Statement on Ethics Reform

Statement From State Senator Jose R. Peralta on Ethics Reform Agreement

"This agreement sends a clear message to taxpayers, voters and all New Yorkers about the commitment of the governor and legislature to reform and better government," said State Senator Jose R. Peralta.  "We're taking a significant step toward beginning to restore at least some level of public confidence in state government."

June 7, 2011

Statement By Senator Jose R. Peralta On Rescission of Secure Communities Program

"Common sense and reason have prevailed and we can thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for that," said State Senator Jose R. Peralta, long an outspoken critic of the Secure Communities program.  "The Secure Communities program was tearing families apart.  It was supposed to focus on dangerous criminals, but the vast majority of those deported through the program were hardworking immigrants with no criminal record.  Immigrant communities simply became even more fearful of law enforcement, worried about arrests and deportations.  The program became a disincentive to reporting crimes and cooperating with law enforcement, endangering community safety.   "Many, many thanks to Governor Cuomo."

June 2, 2011

Statement From Senator Peralta On Microstamping Bill

"I applaud my colleagues in the Assembly for taking an important step toward making microstamping the law in New York," said State Senator Jose R. Peralta, Senate sponsor of the microstamping bill. "This legislation has the support of law enforcement and mayors from throughout the state. This is the third time it has been passed by the Assembly. The Senate owes it to the countless victims of gun violence in New York to pass this legislation too. I am calling for a floor vote in the Senate. It's time to stand up to the NRA and be counted."

May 25, 2011

Buscan frenar el ‘free delivery’ - Senador Peralta detalla su proyecto contra la extendida modalidad de prostitución

El Diario

NUEVA YORK — El senador estatal José Peralta anunció en conferencia de prensa un proyecto de ley que pretende iniciar una ofensiva en contra del comercio sexual en la avenida Roosevelt, en el condado de Queens, específicamente en las áreas de Jackson Heights y Corona.

Peralta explicó que la propuesta tiene como principal objetivo frenar el "free delivery" de mujeres ofrecidas por proxenetas locales.

La ley plantea que los conductores de taxis que deseen obtener una licencia inicial o renovación posterior, deberán someterse a un programa educativo acerca del tráfico de mujeres para fines de explotación sexual.

May 24, 2011

State Senator Jose Peralta took aim at the prostitution industry this week

NY Daily News

State Senator Jose Peralta took aim at the prostitution industry this week.

The East Elmhurst Democrat introduced a bill that would  require taxi drivers to be aware of the human trafficking business.  He is also co-sponsoring legislation that would up fines and jail sentences for johns.  

"We have to dispel the dangerous notion that prostitution is a victimless crime, " Peralta said.

"Many women from around the world and across the country are brought here and enslaved, forced to have sex with strangers for the profit of human traffickers and pimps.

by Claire Trapasso

May 24, 2011

Senator Peralta: Human Trafficking Keeping Roosevelt Avenue Pimps In Business

State Senator Jose R. Peralta today stepped up his offensive against the sex trade flourishing on Roosevelt Avenue in Corona and Jackson Heights with the introduction of a bill meant to curb the “free delivery” of women offered by local pimps and the shuttling of johns from Midtown Manhattan into Central Queens. 

The bill requires taxi and livery cab drivers to be made aware of the human trafficking that supplies the women that keep pimps in business. New York City taxi drivers already undergo a training program for initial licensure and subsequent renewal. Senator Peralta also will be co-sponsoring a bill to raise fines and lengthen jail sentences for soliciting a prostitute. 

May 19, 2011

In Queens Neighborhood, Schools Are Bursting

The New York Times

The 10 portable classrooms outside Public School 19 in Corona, Queens, were supposed to be temporary. 

Sixteen years later, they are still there, holding nearly double the elementary schoolchildren they were meant to and struggling with age. The heating system malfunctions in the winter, forcing students to sit through lessons wearing coats, scarves and hats. 

In the main building at P.S. 19, there are monitors to keep order in the lines that form outside the bathrooms, and students’ trips are timed. The wait can be too long for some of the younger students. 

May 11, 2011

FREE Cardiovascular Screening Day

Register today for a FREE Cardiovascular Health Screening, including consultation, diabetes check, cholesterol check, and blood pressure check. You must be age 18 or older to be screened. 

Space is limited. Please call to schedule an appointment by calling Senator Peralta's office at (718) 205-3881. 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblyman Jeff Aubry, Langston Hughes Library, Weill Cornell Community Clinic, Dominic A. Murray 21 Community Foundation, Inc. and Reverend Young, First Baptist Church 

Please print and share the flyer with friends and neighbors.





June 4, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

20th Annual Corona/East Elmhurst Family Day

Senator Jose Peralta, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Assembly Member Jeff Aubry, Council Member Julissa Ferreras and the Langston Hughes Library

Invite you to the

20th Annual Corona/East Elmhurst



Mets tickets giveaway, basketball and baseball tournaments, double dutch stompers, entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting

Free cardiovascular screening from 8 am - 12 pm 

June 4, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Statement by Senator Jose Peralta On Cinco de Mayo

"The Cinco de Mayo commemoration of the Battle of Puebla transcends the victory of the greatly outnumbered Mexican army over the French armed forces,” Senator Jose Peralta said. “Cinco de Mayo is about the spirit and determination of our Mexican and Chicano brethren, about unity and patriotism, about strength of will and perseverance. It is a celebration of liberty and freedom and of the longstanding friendship between the United States and Mexico."

May 5, 2011

Faces of Autism: An Educational Forum

Presentations by: New York Families For Autistic Children, Autism Speaks, The School for Language and Communication Development, Queens County Parents Autism Coalition, New York Christian Parents of Children With Autism and Jackson Developmental Center 


• Learn about the signs of Autism and the importance of early intervention

• Ask questions about issues related to caring for children living with Autism

• Share stories of frustration, joy and hope

• Make connections with other parents 


Translators will be available at the event.

May 23, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Statement From Senator Peralta Regarding Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day

"Yom HaShoah takes on greater significance each year, as fewer survivors of the horrors perpetrated more than 65 years ago remain with us. It becomes increasingly incumbent upon us to recall the wicked depths to which mankind plummeted and the noble heights of which we are capable. And it is in that way, in the learning and re-learning of the lesson, that we do justice by the memories of the innocent victims and the survivors of the Holocaust, and all those who courageously risked their own lives to save them."


May 3, 2011

Statement From Senator Jose Peralta Regarding the Death of Osama Bin Laden

"The world is a safer place today thanks to the courageous men and women fighting around the globe in defense of our freedom and the determination of their commander in chief, President Obama. 

Amidst the joy on this great day for the United States, we should keep in our thoughts and prayers the thousands of victims of Osama Bin Laden’s depravity and hate. I hope that this is a day of at least some solace for their loved ones."

May 2, 2011