Jose Peralta

MLS pitches Queens soccer stadium to community
MLS pitches Queens soccer stadium to community
News Terence M. Cullen 12/10/2012 at 10:21AM

As most of the 500-plus inside the Queens Theater cheered for a new soccer team to play just yards away, a small crowd gathered in the lobby with signs that contrasted the ones ushers offered when walking in. A town hall meeting on Tuesday, December 3 hosted by Major League Soccer (MLS) to inform the [...]

Avella announces borough president run
Avella announces borough president run
News Melissa Chan 11/28/2012 at 8:47AM

A northeast Queens legislator has joined the large circle of Democrats vying for next year’s borough presidency. State Senator Tony Avella, 61, announced he will run to replace outgoing Borough President Helen Marshall. “I think Queens needs a voice, and I don’t think we’ve had that,” said Avella, who won re-election to his Senate seat [...]

Peralta launches borough president campaign
Peralta launches borough president campaign
Central Terence M. Cullen 10/24/2012 at 3:43PM

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 [...]

Melinda Katz kicks off campaign for borough president
Melinda Katz kicks off campaign for borough president
Central Terence M. Cullen 10/11/2012 at 3:12PM

Noting that it was crucial to determine what the common needs of a diverse borough like Queens were, Melinda Katz, former member of the City Council and Assembly, embarked Wednesday, October 10 on a year-long run for the borough president’s office — after incumbent Helen Marshall steps down at the end of 2013 due to term [...]

Hundreds rally against development at Flushing Meadows
Hundreds rally against development at Flushing Meadows
News Maggie Hayes 9/21/2012 at 12:28PM

Hundreds of residents packed into the Our Lady of Sorrows auditorium in Corona to make known that they want to keep their park. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the biggest park in Queens, is currently being considered for the development of a new shopping mall, two new stadiums and concert venues and several parking garages and roads [...]

Op Ed: Human trafficking is not victimless
News Queens Courier Staff 8/16/2012 at 3:03PM

BY SENATOR JOSE PERALTA I introduced a bill last year, which Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law, prohibiting the distribution of obscene, business-card-sized ads for prostitutes.  These so-called “chica” cards, which have been handed out along Roosevelt Avenue and adjacent streets for many years, feature promises of “free delivery.” After a press conference at which I [...]

New campaign to fight sex trafficking in Queens
New campaign to fight sex trafficking in Queens
News Alexa Altman 8/09/2012 at 12:40PM

When Angelina (not her real name) was 17, a man referred to as her “boyfriend” brought her from Honduras to the United States and forced her to work as a prostitute. The teenager endured beatings and abuse for nearly a year before she called the police. Through investigation, authorities discovered Angelina was a victim of [...]

Queens politicians eyeing run for borough president
Queens politicians eyeing run for borough president
News Terence M. Cullen 7/04/2012 at 12:16PM

Although Helen Marshall still has one year left on her third term as borough president, several big names are rumored to be eyeing a run for the job. Councilmember Peter Vallone said that although he hasn’t made an official announcement yet, he’s seriously considering running for the borough presidency. Vallone, who currently represents Astoria, said [...]

Op Ed: The case for Willets Point
News Queens Courier Staff 6/22/2012 at 4:29PM

By State Senator Jose Peralta It was tremendously disappointing to learn that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to build the country’s largest convention center at the Aqueduct Racetrack will not come to fruition. No sooner had the governor announced the plan during his State of the State address in January than I endorsed the idea and [...]

Senator Peralta says Willets Point perfect for convention center
News Terence M. Cullen 6/12/2012 at 3:10PM

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 [...]