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Senator Peralta Donates 1,000 Turkeys for Families in Need: NY1

NY1 covered Sen. Peralta’s sixth annual Turkey Drive. This is the link to the story in NY1.

NY1: Families in Queens are getting some help this year with preparing their Thanksgiving meal.  State Senator Jose Peralta’s office is giving 1,000 turkeys to organizations in the borough that help families in need.

Volunteers handed out more than 100 turkeys Tuesday at Peralta’s Corona office.  Families can also use a voucher from Peralta’s office to pick up turkeys from participating grocery stores. “To have a sense of normalcy, especially during Thanksgiving time, during the holiday season and sometimes due to economic reasons, you can’t be, you can’t afford to buy the turkey, you can’t afford to have a family dinner,” Peralta said.

“I’m going to hang on to this for Thanksgiving for the families from my program, families that usually don’t have meals or the opportunity to provide for the kids during the holidays,” said Leibniz Scottborgh, executive director of the Father Billini Association.

This marks the sixth year Peralta’s office has hosted a turkey drive.

Queens Courier: DHS removes sex offender from Corona family shelter overnight after community finds out

State Senator Jose Peralta and the community alerted of the housing of a  sex offender in a family shelter in Corona. Queens Courier: Peralta said, “It is my hope that the city agency improves its vetting practice to make sure it does not happen again.” He added that the city should implement a screening process for possible sex offenders before moving them into shelters with children and near schools.

This is the full story.

TimesLedger: Hochul tours businesses along Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights

Senator Jose Peralta and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul toured small busineses in Jackson Heights and listened to the main concerns and challenges are facing.

This is an article published by the TimesLedger regarding Lt. Gov. Hochul’s visit to the district.

TimesLedger:  New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul took a guided tour of small businesses along Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights last week to listen to concerns and challenges the owners have in their daily operations.

The chairwoman of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative made stops at clothing stores, a restaurant, a pharmacy and a home decor business and ended her tour with a roundtable discussion with several small business operators and community leaders.

“Under Gov. Cuomo, strategic investments through the Regional Economic Development Councils have reversed New York’s reputation for being anti-business.” Hochul said. “As I travel across the state, I meet with business owners to get a better understanding of the challenges they face. I look forward to continuing our work to bring jobs and prosperity to neighborhoods like Jackson Heights.”

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) guided Hochul’s tour of the Roosevelt Avenue business corridor. In the past two months, Peralta visited 150 stores and restaurants in the district, from Jackson Heights and Corona shops to stores in Astoria, Elmhurst and East Elmhurst..

“She had an opportunity to tour the most diverse area in the state and got an assorted taste of the most traditional stores located in our community,” Peralta said. The lieutenant governor had the opportunity to speak with several business owners in an effort to learn first-hand what are the main preoccupations they are facing as the economy continues to improve.”

During the two-hour visit, Hochul visited 10 small businesses. Among the participants at the roundtable discussion were representatives of Community Boards 3 and 4, the New York State Restaurant, Bar & Lounge Association, the 82nd Street Partnership and several business owners.

Read the entire article here.  Also, read about the visit in the Tribune, the Chronicle,  Queens Gazette, and view Univision 41 clip by following this link.

DNAInfo: City Put Homeless Families in Corona Hotel Without Telling Locals

This is happening again. The Department of Homeless Services is housing homeless families in a hotel in Senator Peralta’s district, and the City did not notify the community or its elected officials. Senator Peralta, alongside Congress Member Joseph Crowley and Assemblymember Francsico Moya, issued a statement denouncing the situation.

DNAInfo and several other publications wrote about the issue.

These are the links to DNAInfo, TimesLedger,  Queens Courier, Queens Ledger.

Peralta launches petition, aims to shut Jackson Heights newsstand down

The Jackson Heights Post published an article regarding the petition launched by Senator Jose Peralta to demand the relocation of a newsstand installed in Jackson Heights regardless of community opposition. This is the story.

Peralta’s Booming Constituent Services

The Queens Tribune wrote about the work provided by the constituent services unit in the office of Senator Jose Peralta.

This is the link to the story.

Queens Senator Distributes 3,000 Free Back Packs and School Supplies

NY1 ran a story about Sen. Peralta’s Back to School giveaway, held on August 6th.

NY1:

Some Queens students got a helping hand, on Saturday, as they work to prepare themselves for the upcoming school year.

State Senator Jose Peralta’s office handed out 3,000 back packs during an event in Corona.

The bags were full of additional school necessities including notebooks, pencils, rulers, lunch boxes and headphones.

Peralta said he gives out the bags because economic times are tough and he wants the kids to be excited for the upcoming year.

“When they get something brand new like a book bag or school supplies, they get motivated. They get motivated to really do well in school. And this is about putting a smile on these kids face,” said Queens Senator Jose Peralta.

“With four children, everything helps. Four book bags, that really helps with [my] budget [for the] children,” said Jessica Lugo-Feliciano, a Corona resident.

This was the seventh year Peralta’s office has distributed the bags.

This is the link.

NY1: Queens Lawmakers Propose Insurance Discounts for Drivers with Dashboard Cameras

NY1 wrote about Senator Peralta’s proposal to provide insurance discounts for vehicles with operating dashcams installed. This is the piece.

NY1: State Senator Jose Peralta and Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman introduced legislation Thursday that would give drivers of non-commercial vehicles insurance discounts if they install and operate a dashboard camera.

They say it is part of an effort to promote greater safety for drivers and pedestrians.

In a statement, Senator Peralta said that devices capturing road footage can provide visual evidence and protection for drivers and pedestrians in case of accidents.

“We must ensure that we use available technologies to promote safety,” Peralta said. “With a dashboard camera installed in your car, you can provide footage in case of hit-and-runs and accidents. You can also fight a ticket, and you can even capture footage of unrelated events as you drive.”

If the proposed bill becomes law, New York would be the first U.S. state to require car insurance premium reduction for vehicles that have an operating dashboard camera.

Assemblymember Hyndman says New Yorkers typically pay higher-than-average car insurance rates, and any discounts would be welcome.

The legislation is currently in committee, being discussed before being sent to the floor calendar and taken up for a vote by the State Senate and Assembly.

Legislation to Combat Identity Theft: Capital Tonight (Time Warner Cable)

Capital Tonight: “The number of cybercrimes and identity theft cases continues to rise as more criminal groups turn to the internet. But, the laws in New York state are not keeping up. A bill that would expand the Organized Crime Control Act to include identity theft has passed in the state Senate twice but not yet in the Assembly. That is why Senator Jose Peralta has teamed up with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance to urge lawmakers in the lower house to pass this legislation. Senator Peralta joins us to talk more about this.”

Peralta also discussed the DREAM Act, legislation that would provide state college financial aid to undocumented students.

Please, watch the segment by following this link.

WABC-7: Queens officials promise to curb gang violence after attack

In light of the recent incident at Travers Park in Jackson Heights, Sen. Jose Peralta and CM Daniel Dromm are organizing a town hall meeting to discuss gang violence.

This is the full story.