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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

Senator Peralta and The Doe Fund Team Up To Keep Play Street Clean and Safe This Summer

With the prospect of litter and garbage—and the vermin they could attract—threatening a beloved summer play area in a community with limited open spaces for children, concerned Jackson Heights parents turned to State Senator Jose Peralta for help. 

“It was a no-brainer: I called The Doe Fund,” said Senator Peralta, who has secured several grants over the years for the nonprofit and its flagship Ready, Willing & Able program, through which 150 miles of New York City streets and sidewalks are cleaned by the “Men in Blue.” 

April 26, 2011

ASPCA spay and neuter event

Queens Courier

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Mobile Spay and Neuter van will visit the Jackson Heights community to help residents examine their pets at affordable pricing. 

Co-sponsored by Assemblymember Michael DenDekker and State Senator José Peralta, the ASPCA event will be held on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 7:30 a.m. with a 3:30 p.m. pickup, outside DenDekker’s district office at 33-46 92nd Street in Jackson Heights. 

April 19, 2011

Closing a 'gap' in gun laws

Legislative Gazette

A gun control bill was passed by the Assembly last Wednesday that is aimed at closing a loophole in the courts' ability to prevent people who are ordered to undergo treatment for mental illness from possessing a firearm. 

April 19, 2011

Senator Peralta Holds Tenants’ Rights Forum

Apartment dwellers living in and around Lefrak City facing eviction or major capital improvement rent increases had their legal questions answered at a “Know Your Rights!” forum sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta. 

“With the economy the way it is, there are families struggling to make ends meet,” Senator Peralta said. “They’re getting hit with rent increases they can’t afford or are unable to pay the rent and face eviction. Tenants have rights and I want to make sure that they know what those rights are.” 

April 15, 2011

Senator Peralta Announces $50K for Library Materials

EAST ELMHURST, NY - New York Senator Jose Peralta has procured a $50,000 State Legislative Grant for library materials in Queens. He made the announcement at Queens Library at East Elmhurst along with Queens Library CEO Thomas W. Galante, applauded by enthusiastic eighth and fifth grade students from nearby P.S. 127.

April 11, 2011


One Defendant Taken Into Custody In Puerto Rico Is To Appear In Court Today; Second Defendant Remains At Large

April 5, 2011

Queens Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Chica Chica Cards


Lawmakers and residents in Queens held a rally Sunday against lewd advertisements that they say are littering the streets. NY1’s Mara Montalbano filed the following report.

Parents say flyers of scantily-clad women is not what they want their children to see when they are walking to church on a Sunday morning or school during the week.

They say the flyers – known as chica chica cards – advertise prostitutes. 

March 29, 2011