Pols remember 9/11: SENATOR JOSE PERALTA


By Queens Courier Staff

Where were you when you heard that planes had struck the World Trade Center? It was the day of the mayoral Democratic primary. I hadn’t been elected to office yet and I wasn’t running myself that day, but I was helping candidates in some local Queens races. I was stopped at a traffic light on […]

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Peralta drops out of borough president race


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State Senator Jose Peralta is dropping his bid for borough president and endorsing county pick Melinda Katz for the job. “I want to thank the thousands of Queens residents and civic and community leaders that I had the pleasure of meeting during the course of the campaign,” Peralta said in a statement. “Your warm reception […]

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State Senator Peralta goes on the record on Huntley wiretap


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State Senator Jose Peralta says he did not have any illegal discussions with his former colleague, Shirley Huntley, when she secretly recorded him last year. “I was as surprised as anybody to have my name on this list,” Peralta told The Queens Courier. “I did no wrong-doing whatsoever. I know that nothing on these tapes […]

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Ex-State Senator Shirley Huntley sentenced to year and one day in jail


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY TERENCE M. CULLEN & MAGGIE HAYES Former State Senator Shirley Huntley was sentenced earlier today to one year and one day in jail plus three years probation, less than the recommended sentence for her crime. In February, Huntley pleaded guilty to trying to help cover up an embezzlement of $87,000. Given the charges, a […]

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Queens pols among elected officials secretly recorded by ex-State Senator Shirley Huntley


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Former State Senator Shirley Huntley secretly recorded three Queens elected officials, among others, for federal authorities last summer, according to court documents. State Senators Jose Peralta and Malcolm Smith and Councilmember Ruben Wills were named in a memorandum unsealed by a federal judge this afternoon. The filing also named Brooklyn State Senators Eric Adams, John […]

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Peralta launches borough president campaign


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What State Senator Jose Peralta says he brings to the borough president race is almost a decade of experience in politics and representing the strong diversity in the borough. “I have the track record, the proven track record over the last 10 years that I can point to and say, ‘these are my accomplishments, these […]

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Senator Peralta says Willets Point perfect for convention center


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Courting of Willets Point as a potential site for what could be the nation’s largest convention center – and a major booster for New York City’s economy – has begun, with an open letter from State Senator Jose Peralta to Governor Andrew Cuomo. In the letter, Peralta notes that he supported the governor’s original announcement […]

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Senator Toby Ann Stavisky announces her intent to seek re-election in the 16th District


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Senator Toby Ann Stavisky formally announced her intent to seek re-election in the 16th District.

Senator Toby Ann Stavisky formally announced her intent to seek re-election in the 16th District, choosing the newly-formed Asian-American majority district over one in which she would have had to face a primary with Senator Tony Avella. “I am supporting Tony for re-election, and he is supporting me for re-election,” Stavisky said. “Most of my […]

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Peralta fuels The Doe Fund


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Residents in western Queens should start to notice that streets in Jackson Heights are a little bit cleaner. That will likely be because State Senator Jose Peralta recently secured $250,000 in funding to expand The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able program that will help give the organization additional resources to help keep the neighborhood […]

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Peralta defeats Monserrate in Special Election


By Queens Courier Staff

It’s party time for Peralta. Queens Assemblymember Jose Peralta scored a convincing victory in the Special Election for Senate District 13 handily defeating former State Senator Hiram Monseratte and Republican candidate Robert Beltrani, according to preliminary election results. "Tonight is a great victory for the people of Queens. For the decent hardworking families that strive […]

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Democratic Party assured Peralta win


By Queens Courier Staff

Jose Peralta’s win in the closely watched special election this week for the State Senate seat vacated by the expulsion of Hiram Monserrate is another example of the importance of the backing of the Queens Democratic Party in an overwhelmingly Democratic district. The election went on as scheduled following an appeals court ruling upholding the […]

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Peralta defeats Monserrate in Special Election


By Queens Courier Staff

It’s party time for Peralta. Queens Assemblymember Jose Peralta scored a convincing victory in the Special Election for Senate District 13 handily defeating former State Senator Hiram Monseratte and Republican candidate Robert Beltrani, according to preliminary election results. “Tonight is a great victory for the people of Queens. For the decent hardworking families that strive […]

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