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Peralta: State Seems Determined to Shrink Middle Class

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta

“We seem determined to shrink our middle class, grow the ranks of the impoverished and widen the gap between the richest and poorest.  It’s the only way to explain the minimum wage debacle that’s playing out and why immigrants who want to go to college, work and pay taxes are treated like social outcasts.”

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March 21, 2013
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NYS Sen. Jose Peralta Calls On Gov. Cuomo To Lead On DREAM Act

As reported by the Daily News:

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."

For full article, click here. 

March 20, 2013
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Peralta to Gov.: Your Leadership Needed On Dream Act

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta

 “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.”

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March 20, 2013
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Senator Peralta Calls DOT’s Attention To Dangerous Queens Intersection

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.”

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March 20, 2013
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Queens Senator Peralta urges for inclusion of Dream Act in budget

As reported by WMHT:

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.

For full article, click here. 

March 20, 2013
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Peralta to US Senate: Confirm Thomas Now

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta

“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.”

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March 18, 2013
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State Sen. Jose Peralta hosts Black History celebration

As reported by the Times Ledger:

State Sen. Jose Peralta recently hosted a Black History Month celebration at the Langston Hughes library in Corona.

Image: Former State Comptroller Carl McCall (l.) joins state Sen. Jose Peralta at the event held at the Langston Hughes library.

March 14, 2013
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Senator Peralta Urges Schools Chancellor Walcott Not To Co-Locate Programs Within Newtown and Flushing High Schools

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.

March 1, 2013
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A better way to pay workers

As reported by the Daily News:

BY STATE SENATOR JOSE PERALTA

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.

For full article, click here. 

February 14, 2013
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Senator Peralta Calls On City To Renegotiate Marriott Marquis Lease

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.

February 12, 2013
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Lame Muni-Meters hassle on Roosevelt

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

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.”

For full article, click here. 

February 11, 2013
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta About Proposal to Build Casino At Willets Points

“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.”

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February 5, 2013
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Major League Soccer promotes small business support for Queens stadium

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

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.

For full article, click here. 

January 30, 2013
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Op-Ed: Essential steps in the fight against gun violence

As reported by the Queens Qourier:

BY STATE SENATOR JOSE PERALTA

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.

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January 22, 2013
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Crece apoyo a estadio MLS

Según ha informado El Diario:

NUEVA YORK — La construcción del estadio de fútbol en el parque Flushing Meadows Corona, va ganando terreno.

Más de 1,000 pequeños negocios han firmado cartas de apoyo a la edificación del escenario que sería sede del equipo número 20 de la MLS.

Así lo dieron a conocer ayer directivos de la liga de fútbol de Estados Unidos durante una reunión con la prensa en el restaurante 'Sabor Latino', en Queens.

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January 22, 2013
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Gooool de la MLS a favor del estadio de fútbol en el Parque Flushing

As reported by Queens Latino:

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.

For full article, click here. 

January 22, 2013
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On BP Marshall’s Last State of the Borough Address

“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.

January 22, 2013
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On Newly Enacted Gun Legislation

Below is a statement from State Senator Jose Peralta, five of whose gun bills are part of the gun legislation passed tonight.

"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.  A good deal of the legislation I have sponsored and fought for is in this package.

"I applaud the governor for his perseverance and commitment.  Tonight's enormous victory is a result of his leadership.  

"Making it harder for criminals to get guns, and keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill, are essential steps in the fight against gun violence.

January 15, 2013
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Rare large parcel of property near Citi Field hits the market

As reported by the Daily News:

Property near Citi Field is hotter than ever right now with proposals for a state-of-the-art new mall and a $300 million Major League Soccer stadium to be constructed nearby.

Development on the northern edges of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park could get a boost from the addition of a 1.67-acre Corona property, zoned for residential or commercial use, that recently hit the market for $21 million. It is located at 112-21 Northern Blvd.

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January 14, 2013
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

“I can’t help but feel proud to be a Democrat after listening to Governor Cuomo.  I stand ready to join him in fighting the good fights for sensible gun regulation, an increased minimum wage, job creation, good schools, affordable housing, rebuilding after Sandy and the rest of his progressive agenda.

“After what we saw happen in Newtown, Ct., and in Rochester, strengthening New York’s assault weapons ban became an urgent and pressing priority.  But with handguns used in 58 percent of all homicides in New York last year, the focus has to be on more than just assault weapons.

January 9, 2013
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