Jose Peralta

Op-ed: It’s time for Congress to raise the minimum wage
News Op-Ed 4/06/2014 at 11:09AM

It’s been more than four years since Congress last raised the federal minimum wage. Hard-working families are doing all they can to make ends meet during the worst economy of our lifetime – but through no fault of their own – feel like they are just slipping further behind.

Republican Arcabascio to run for Borough President
Politics Terence M. Cullen 5/17/2013 at 12:36PM

An Astoria technology professional is eyeing a Borough Hall run as a Republican, making the race for borough president a little tighter. Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio confirmed his candidacy and expects to receive county endorsement soon. Arcabascio, who ran his own technology company for 13 years, made his debut in the political world last year when [...]

Call for crossing guard at ‘dangerous’ Elmhurst intersection
Call for crossing guard at ‘dangerous’ Elmhurst intersection
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 5/10/2013 at 11:01AM

A local politician and a school principal are calling on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to ensure the safety of pedestrians, especially school children, who cross a “dangerous” intersection. In March, Senator Jose Peralta urged DOT to take a closer look at the intersection of Junction Boulevard and the Horace Harding Expressway in Elmhurst. The [...]

Call for gun control as Corona murder remains unsolved
Call for gun control as Corona murder remains unsolved
Police Angy Altamirano 4/24/2013 at 10:20AM

Debra Greene received a call at work last April that changed her life forever. Her oldest son, Theodore Malcolm Greene, had been shot on his way home by an unknown perpetrator and by the time she reached the hospital, Theodore was gone. One year later, there are still no answers for this grieving mother who [...]

Borough President candidates making the rounds
Borough President candidates making the rounds
Politics Queens Courier Staff 3/29/2013 at 10:43AM

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY Borough President candidates are blazing through Queens, participating in forums and allowing the community to hear their positions. The six Democrats hoping to replace current Borough President Helen Marshall most recently gathered at the Hollis Hills Jewish Center in Fresh Meadows and attended the Ridgewood Democratic Club’s monthly meeting. State Senators Tony [...]

Borough president candidates pick up endorsements
Borough president candidates pick up endorsements
Politics Terence M. Cullen 3/18/2013 at 10:29AM

As the candidates start to get out and campaign, the race is heating up for the next Queens borough president. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., who has led in terms of fundraising since mid-2012, was the most recent candidate to officially kick off his campaign with an event on Monday, March 11 in his native Astoria. [...]

Katz campaign raises over $280,000 in quest for Borough Presidency
Katz campaign raises over $280,000 in quest for Borough Presidency
Politics Terence M. Cullen 1/15/2013 at 3:55PM

Melinda Katz is taking a lead in campaign finances for the borough presidency as her campaign announced the former politician has raised more than $280,000 in the last four months. “I am so appreciative to our hundreds of donors and their support for my candidacy,” Katz said in a statement. “Our fundraising success is a [...]

Op-Ed: Recognize a good deal for what it is
Op-Ed: Recognize a good deal for what it is
News Queens Courier Staff 12/20/2012 at 11:45AM

By State Senator Jose Peralta It’s not surprising to hear heated debate about soccer in Queens. After all, the international pastime is as much at home in the country’s most diverse county, and as much a part of people’s lives, as it is just about anyplace else in the world. The most heated debate of [...]

Vallone officially announces borough president bid
Vallone officially announces borough president bid
News Alexa Altman 12/11/2012 at 7:25PM

Councilmember Peter Vallone’s holiday surprise wasn’t all that surprising. Vallone announced his bid for Queens borough president at his father’s annual holiday party on Tuesday, December 11, surrounded by friends and family. Throughout the year, rumors have swirled about the Astoria councilmember’s potential run for Borough President Helen Marshall’s soon-to-be-empty seat. However, Vallone never officially [...]

Smith’s move could stymie State Senate Democrats
Smith’s move could stymie State Senate Democrats
News Terence M. Cullen 12/11/2012 at 1:55PM

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 [...]