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NY Lawmakers Propose Bill for Subway Lead Paint Study

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two New York state lawmakers are introducing legislation to deal with the problem of lead paint in New York City’s aging subway system.

The Daily News reports ( ) that Senator Jose Peralta of Queens and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz of the Bronx, both Democrats, are putting forward legislation that would require the MTA to survey its facilities for lead paint. The bill would give the MTA a year to complete the study for presentation to both state houses, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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DOT installs new traffic light and crosswalks at Roosevelt Ave. and 90th Street

The Department of Transportation unveiled a new traffic signal and crosswalks on Roosevelt Ave. Friday as part of the Vision Zero campaign to increase street safety.

Following a safety study of the area, the DOT installed a new traffic light and two signalized crosswalks at 90th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in an effort to increase safety in the area.

The area is a busy transit hub under an elevated 7 train station, and was designated a “priority location” under the Vision Zero plan. The intersection saw two severe pedestrian injuries between 2010 and 2014, and the stretch of Roosevelt Avenue between Case Street and Elmhurst Avenue saw two pedestrian fatalities in 2013.

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IDC claims victory with Raise the Age but mainline Democrats disagree

Akeem Browder and fellow criminal justice advocates joined members of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference Tuesday in calling on the city to plan to remove juveniles from Rikers Island within a year as required by recently passed Raise the Age legislation.

The older brother of Kalief Browder — who was arrested at the age of 16 and sent to Rikers for three years, spending much of it in solitary confinement — spoke on behalf of the 150 16- and 17-year-olds currently held at the prison complex each day.

“The deepest change begins with New York changing the age of criminal responsibility, acknowledging that our kids are just kids and deserve to be treated better than the treatment given to my brother Kalief Browder,” the elder Browder said. “My work isn’t finished yet.”

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IDC Protects Immigrant Communities With Largest Legal Aid Fund In State History

The Independent Democratic Conference made the largest commitment to immigrant legal aid in New York State history — securing $10 million for services in the 2017-2018 budget. IDC members worked with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to secure this major fund, which will work in conjunction with Gov. Cuomo’s Liberty Defense Project. The New York State Senate approved the budget last night.

Immigrant and legal defense groups praised the IDC for their steadfast commitment to immigrant rights. Funding awards include: $4 million to the Vera Institute of Justice, $1 million to the New York Immigration Coalition, $1 million to the Empire Justice Center, $1 million to the Northern Manhattan Immigration Coalition for Immigrant Rights, $2 million to the Hispanic Federation and $1 million to Catholic Charities Community Services.

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As ICE sweeps continue, lawmakers move to aid immigrant communities

Six foreign nationals living in Queens were among 31 arrested during a three-day sweep by agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

 Of those arrested during the enforcement action that ended Monday, 30 had criminal histories, while one had a pending drug charge.

As the ICE operation was ending, the Independent Democratic Conference announced it had made the largest commitment to immigrant legal aid in New York state history — securing $10 million for services in the 2017-2018 budget. The IDC fund will work in conjunction with Gov. Cuomo’s Liberty Defense Project.

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New York to set aside $10M of state budget for immigration legal services in light of Trump’s policies

ALBANY — Looking to fight back against President Trump’s immigration policies, the state is set to dedicate $10 million in its emerging new budget for immigrant legal services, the Daily News has learned.

The commitment, to be announced by Gov. Cuomo and the eight-member Senate Independent Democratic Conference, is said to be the largest of its kind in state history.

“The story of New York is the story of immigrants and this funding builds upon this administration’s long-standing work to protect those seeking a better life as New Yorkers,” Cuomo said. “Through this first in the nation public-private partnership, we will fight to ensure all immigrants have access to their rights under the law and that New York continues to be a beacon of hope and opportunity for all.”

IDC Leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx) said that “these vital funds knock down the financial wall immigrants face during deportation hearings by providing free legal assistance.”

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Peralta, SCA Unveil New Design For School Trailer Replacement

Years after proposing the construction of a permanent addition to PS 143 in Corona to alleviate chronic school overcrowding, state Senator Jose Peralta and the School Construction Authority, unveiled on March 16th the design of the new building to more than 100 parents in the school’s auditorium. The new structure will replace the current decades-old classroom trailers located in the surrounding area. It will be constructed on land owned by the city Parks Department.

“Like I said many times, no child – no child should be educated in a trailer, and I hope once this project is completed, overcrowding at PS 143 will just be a chapter of its history,” said Senator Peralta, who two years ago stood on school grounds with parents demanding the construction of this permanent addition. “Almost 1,000 new seats to replace the mini-building and the rundown trailers will help our students learn in the environment they deserve. It will give them a better opportunity to succeed.”

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New 5-Story Building at P.S. 143 To Replace Trailers With Labs and Art Room : DNAInfo

Story about the news conference I held last week to unveil the layout of the building that will remove classroom trailers at PS 143 in Corona.

New 5-Story Building at P.S. 143 To Replace Trailers With Labs and Art Room

State Sen. Jose Peralta, who has worked for years with the Parent Teacher Association at the school, said he hopes the new building will make overcrowding at the school “a chapter in its history.”

“Almost one thousand new seats to replace the mini building and the run-down trailers will help our students learn in the environment they deserve. It will give them a better opportunity to succeed,” Peralta said in a statement.

Peralta Gets A Leadership Post: State of Politics

From State of Politics: Peralta Gets A Leadership Post

Sen. Jose Peralta, the Queens Democrat who moved at the start of the year to the Independent Democratic Conference, was given a leadership title on Tuesday. Peralta will be the vice chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee. The post comes with a $12,500 stipend, a decline from the $14,500 lulu he received as the mainline conference’s whip. In an interview, Peralta insisted the move wasn’t a financial one — an allegation that had been raised in a New York Post article soon after Peralta moved to the IDC.

“This is not about a pay raise,” he said, pointing to the reduction in the stipend from the previous leadership position in the mainline conference.

“In fact, I took a pay cut,” Peralta said. “I joined the IDC for principles not over a pay raise.”

Peralta said he hoped the post would help him pursue issues such as consumer concerns like prepaid phone cards, utility fees and broadband internet access. “These are the issues I’m going to be fighting for and, again, from a consumer perspective it’s about trying to insure I can protect the people that I represent.”

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Queens pols introduce bill to regulate restaurant inspections: TimesLedger

Queens pols introduce bill to regulate restaurant inspections

TimesLedger: Co-sponsor Peralta said this legislation will save restaurants from being taken advantage of by abusive inspectors. “I represent a big part of Roosevelt Avenue where people can walk up and down the avenue and taste the different eclectic dishes from all over the world,” he said. “Unfortunat­ely, what happens is that from time to time you get these overzealous inspectors that walk in and will try to shut down a business. These restaurants are the economic engines of our neighborhoods. When an inspector comes in and tries to shut a restaurant down because they happen to be bad apples, it becomes a problem.”