State Senator Jose Peralta

Strip club billboard above Corona church taken down
Strip club billboard above Corona church taken down
West Queens Courier Staff 10/16/2013 at 3:50PM

On the heels of community complaints, a billboard promoting a local strip club has come down. The billboard sat above the New Hope Baptist Church at 105-13 Northern Boulevard. “Common sense and decency have prevailed,” said State Senator Jose Peralta, who had called for the ad to be removed.  “Like everyone else that I spoke [...]

Queens street vendors, businesses compete for customers
Queens street vendors, businesses compete for customers
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 8/26/2013 at 10:15AM

While a bill that would regulate the number of mobile street vendors still sits in the state Senate, businesses remain frustrated as they continue to battle to keep their customers. For the past few years, businesses said they have seen mobile street vendors growing to a point where pedestrians can find a handful on one [...]

Op-Ed: Cashing in on tourism
News Op-Ed 8/09/2013 at 12:40PM

STATE SENATOR JOSE PERALTA While New York struggles to recover from the recession of 2008, it is clear that at least one of its major industries is thriving like never before–New York City tourism. In 2012, the city welcomed a record-breaking 52 million visitors, despite the devastation wrought by Sandy.  According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, [...]

Peralta drops out of borough president race
Peralta drops out of borough president race
Politics Terence M. Cullen 5/31/2013 at 1:37PM

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 [...]

State Senator Peralta goes on the record on Huntley wiretap
State Senator Peralta goes on the record on Huntley wiretap
Politics Terence M. Cullen 5/16/2013 at 3:10PM

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 [...]

Queens pols among elected officials secretly recorded by ex-State Senator Shirley Huntley
Queens pols among elected officials secretly recorded by ex-State Senator Shirley Huntley
Politics Terence M. Cullen 5/08/2013 at 2:17PM

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 [...]

Small biz shows support for Queens soccer stadium
Small biz shows support for Queens soccer stadium
Northeast Terence M. Cullen 1/22/2013 at 9:01AM

John Ferrera, head of the Junction Boulevard Merchants Association, noted that a professional soccer arena in the heart of Queens would spur local culture and be an economic boon to the area. “You’ll see for yourself, whenever there’s a major soccer match between countries, how excited the neighborhoods get in Queens,” said Ferrera, who’s been [...]

Op-Ed: Essential steps in the fight against gun violence
Op-Ed: Essential steps in the fight against gun violence
News Queens Courier Staff 1/21/2013 at 5:33PM

BY STATE SENATOR JOSE PERALTA As the sponsor of 14 gun bills, I couldn’t be happier to see long overdue action fi nally taken on common-sense measures to protect New Yorkers from gun violence. From revoking the gun permits and confi scating the fi rearms of domestic abusers and the mentally ill, to requiring background [...]

NY passes toughest gun laws in country
NY passes toughest gun laws in country
Politics Terence M. Cullen 1/15/2013 at 4:27PM

Less than a week after Governor Andrew Cuomo promised to make New York the leader in gun safety, the State Legislature voted in favor of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement, or NY SAFE Act, that would effectively keep weapons away from the mentally ill and crack down on illegal guns. The State Senate voted [...]