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A broader plan to get rid of the ‘old Times Square’ look of Roosevelt Avenue: Courier

Queens Courier: This summer, state Senator Jose Peralta called Roosevelt Avenue “the new old Times Square” and announced legislation to create an 11-member commission to help get rid of “bad actors” on the strip.

The commission recommended punishing bar owners who were operating with a cabaret license. On Nov. 1, Peralta took that recommendation further when he, along with state Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, announced that the legislation was amended to include the entirety of the avenue from 114th Street in Corona to 49th Street.

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Pols ask that South Corona be downzoned: Queens Chronicle

The Queens Chronicle published an article regarding the proposal to downgrade the zoning of south Corona to alleviate school overcrowding.

“Corona is growing. Old one- and two- family homes are being replaced by multifamily dwellings and buildings,” Peralta said. “Simply put, development is going too fast right here in South Corona and that is making things very difficult for residents seeking better services and students seeking a quality education.”

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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.

NY1: Officials, Residents Say Stricter Zoning Laws Will Ease Overcrowding in Corona

Story on NY1 regarding the proposal to downgrade the zoning codes in South Corona to curb school overcrowding.

NY1: “If we’re gonna continue this trend where we build and build and build, and not worry about the schools, children are not going to have a quality education,” said State Senator Jose Peralta.

This is the link to the story.

State Lawmakers Propose New School Zone Speeding Law: DNAInfo

Senator Peralta unveiled a bill to crackdown on drivers who speed in school zones. DNAInfo published a piece about the new legislation.

DNAInfo quoted Peralta as saying: “We have a speeding problem in one of every three schools in the city. Undoubtedly, exceeding speed limits a few miles can be the difference between life and death in crashes.”

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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: Plan to Clean Up Roosevelt Ave. Would Fine Bad Bars $10K, Official Says

Senator Peralta held a news conference to explain his proposals in an effort to clean up Roosevelt Avenue.

DNAInfo: A local pol wants to stop the music on new nightclubs — and increase the fine for illegal bars and clubs already on Roosevelt Avenue in a longstanding fight to clean up the thoroughfare.

Standing just steps from Roosevelt, Sen. Jose Peralta announced new legislation that would push the Department of Consumer Affairs to increase fines from $1,000 to $10,000 for bars violating the cabaret licensing rules — specifically the $2-per-dance bars that line the street, he said.

“We need to enforce current cabaret laws,” Peralta said. “We have to hit them where it counts — in the pockets.”

Links to entire articles in DNAInfo, in the Queens Courier, Queens Post, El Diario and Univisión.

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.”

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.