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


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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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Smith’s move could stymie State Senate Democrats


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Malcolm Smith #8

State Senator Malcolm Smith, representing southeast Queens, announced he joined the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) in an allegiance with Republican representatives. This will possibly give the pact a tandem leadership of the chamber and stymie the Democrats, who seemingly took power in November’s election. The tenured senator is now joining a coalition that will split […]

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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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New state laws increase victim protection


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Although it took a little longer than some legislators hoped, Governor David Paterson signed a number of bills in August that are designed to increase protection for domestic violence victims, as well as make it easier to prosecute offenders. Paterson signed five pieces of legislation that were approved previously by both the State Senate and […]

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STATE SENATE 13


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Name: Richard La Salle Age: 47 Party Affiliation: Nominated by Independence, Republican and Conservative Parties. Occupation: Attorney Decision to Run: My clients requested that I do so. District 13 has been in a relative decline for the 20 years that I have been practicing law in Jackson Heights. They requested that I take my attention […]

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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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State passes $136B budget…finally


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And, on the 125th day, the state finally passed a budget. After a slew of budget extenders, numerous special sessions and frequent back-and-forth rhetoric between the different houses in the Legislature, the state finally came to a budget agreement with the final piece of the budget being approved by a 32-28 margin in the State […]

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