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Peralta bill would require photo proof of violations: Times Ledger

Entire article regarding Sen. Peralta’s proposal to require city agencies to obtain photo evidence when issuing summonses for civil violations.

Times Ledger:

Santiago Bonilla, the owner of Love Bakery and Cafe, is fighting a $300 summons for an unclean sidewalk for garbage he couldn’t clean because it was lodged beneath an parked car. Two years ago, the owner of the deli next door was issued a summons for the same reason.

Last week their neighbor on Junction Boulevard, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), unveiled a measure requiring city agencies to obtain photographic evidence when issuing summonses for certain civil violations that are reviewed by the city’s Office of Administrative Trails and Hearings.

“This legislation is about fairness, it is about transparency. This is another example of how government can catch up with technology,” Peralta said. “New Yorkers already document everyday life situations with their cell phones or other electronic devices. There is no reason that enforcement officers cannot have proof of a violation by snapping a quick photo with a cell phone or tablet.”

Peralta’s bill would mandate that city agencies develop a list of violations where photographs could serve as evidence of violations, such as the presence of vermin at eateries, or states of disrepair that violate the city’s Construction Code. The accumulation of garbage on sidewalks, for example, as well as vermin and disrepair, all lend themselves to proof through the use of photos by enforcement officials, he said. Once a city agency determines that a particular violation should appear on a list of those covered by the legislation, a photograph of the conditions underlying the violation must be obtained.

Using the website already maintained by OATH, respondents will then have the ability to easily view photographs collected by enforcement officials, should they wish to proceed with an appeal.

“While justice dictates that respondents should have the ability to ascertain the nature of the evidence against them, it is also important that the city is able to prove its case and uphold a summons when it has been properly issued,” Peralta said. “The use of photographic evidence will level the playing field and allow all parties to accurately address the substance of cases appearing before the OATH tribunals.”

In 2016, the Hearing Division of the Environmental Control Board of OATH reviewed more than 700,000 summonses of which nearly 60 percent were dismissed.

“My bill will focus on improving the quality of summonses issued,” Peralta said. “With the use of photographic evidence, summonses may be more difficult to challenge for respondents, but it is also my hope that the city will sharply reduce the number of summonses issued improperly. There is simply no reason for these matters to continue to be adjudicated by a legal standard of ‘he said, she said.’”

Assemblyman-elect Brian Barnwell (D-Woodside) joined Peralta and said he would carry the bill to the state Assembly when he is sworn in next month.

“This bill will promote transparency and justice,” Barnwell said. “The government can say this is what you violated and this is the evidence. The government can easily take a photo. That solves a lot of problems and that is why I signed on to this bill.”

Peralta proposes registry for travel agents: TimesLedger

The TimesLedger published an article regarding the Senator’s travel registry legislation.

TimesLedger:  With the holiday travel season in full swing and complaints on the rise, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) unveiled legislation in Jackson Heights Monday that would require travel agents and consultants to register with the New York Department of State. The implementation of a registration scheme would safeguard consumers against fraud, misrepresentation and false advertising, while also introducing security concerns.

“Consumers are ripped off every day with lies, scams, false travel packages,” Peralta said. “Under my proposal, we replace the Truth in Travel Act with a registry for travel consultants and promoters. Currently, the Department of State can already investigate consumer protection allegations, but my legislation will offer further protections by implementing a more regimented system where consumers can play a proactive role in protecting their interests.”

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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.

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.

Job Fair Returns to Queens Center: Queens Ledger

The Queens Ledger published an article regarding state Sen. Jose Peralta’s upcoming job fair. This is the story.

Queens Ledger: Come one, come all, and be sure to bring a resume.

More than 40 companies will be interviewing job candidates next Thursday, August 25, at the Queens Center Mall food court from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The job fair is hosted by State Senator Jose Peralta, Woodside on the Move and Queens Center.

“Although the economy is still improving, and fortunately many people are finding jobs, there are still thousands and thousands of jobseekers in Queens,” Peralta said. “Every potential job opportunity at the fair could mean a paycheck for a hard-working neighbor.”

According to the state Department of Labor, the city had an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent as of June 2016. That number fell from the 5.5 percent last year. In Queens, the unemployment rate this year was 4.4 percent, compared to 5.2 percent in borough last year.

This will be the third consecutive year Queens Center has hosted the job fair. Last year, more than 50 candidates were hired on the spot and more than 1,240 interviews were conducted in total.

“It fits perfectly into our initiative to be a good corporate neighbor and support jobseekers and employers in the community,” said John Scaturro, senior management for marketing at Queens Center. “It also provides our retailers and restaurants with the opportunity to interview potential employees as they open new stores and head into the busy holiday retail season.”

Among the companies that will be at the job fair are Terrace on the Park, The Cheesecake Factory, GameStop, Con Edison and Department of Homeland Security.

“We see people in our office everyday looking for good jobs to support their families,” said Amy Paul, executive director of Woodside on the Move. “Job fairs like this help cut the red tape and give hardworking residents first-hand access to employers.”

Lawmakers Want to Change Licensing Guidelines for Newsstands: NY1

State Senator Jose Peralta introduced legislation to change the licensing process to operate newsstands in light of the installation of a kiosk in Jackson Heights that the community rejected twice.

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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.

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.

Lawmaker, Residents Upset Over New Muni-Meters on Northern Boulevard: NY1

NY1 ran a story about community opposition to the new muni-meters installed on Northen Boulevard from Junction Boulevard to 112th Street. NY1: State Senator Jose Peralta says he wrote a letter to the city Department of Transportation explaining these concerns. “We didn’t get prior information, there was no discussion, there was no community input, and yet all these muni-meters are going up. So, this is more of a cash strap for the city of New York,” said Peralta.

This is the full segment.


Tribune: After Deaths, Pols Call For More Traffic Safety

The Queens Tribune wrote about legislation introduced by Senator Jose Peralta to crack down on speedy drivers. Peralta said, “Clearly, installing speed cameras in school zones has been a successful initiative. To make this even more effective, we should do away with these senseless restrictions on times of operation and the number of cameras that may be in use.”

Read the full article by clicking in this link.