Peralta wants “undocumented immigrants to receive college financial aid” in New York

The Daily News published an article regarding the Senator’s efforts to pass a bill that will provide college financial aid for eligible students, regardless of their immigration status.

Peralta: “This plan gets financial aid to those that need it. We need to expand TAP. We need to help more students regardless of immigration status.”

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Peralta Distributes Over 1,500 Toys At Queens Center: Queens Gazette

Story that appeared in the Queens Gazette regarding Senator Peralta’s toy drive.

Queens Gazette: State Senator Jose Peralta, in cooperation with Queens Center, US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, the NYPD and Woodside on the Move, collected and distributed more than 1,500 toys to schools, family shelters and organizations in the 13th Senatorial District as part of his annual Toy Drive. Children, families and community members took part in the toy drive distribution on the night of December 7. Senator Peralta and the co-sponsors were also joined by two very special guests: Santa and Mrs. Claus.

During the toy drive, representatives from about 20 schools, four family shelters and local organizations collected the Christmas gifts. The presents will go to children at the LaGuardia Family Center, The Landing, Kings Inn Shelter, and the Corona Family Residence, and other locations.

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Residents Respond to Alleged Hate Crimes in Queens: NY1

The Senator was interviewed by NY1 regarding the town hall meeting hosted by Chhaya CDC about an uptick on hate crimes.

NY1: “Now we’re at the front lines of making sure that New York City, New York State, um, is a city and a state that becomes that sanctuary zone for immigration, for immigrants,” Queens Senator Jose Peralta, said.

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Peralta calls for stricter laws against drivers who speed in school zones: TimesLedger

The TimesLedger published an article about Sen. Peralta’s legislation to tackle drivers who speed in school zones.

TimesLedger:  Peralta calls for stricter laws against drivers who speed in school zones

Members of Make Queens Safer and other advocacy groups joined state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and other elected officials as they unveiled new legislation intended to tackle drivers who speed in school zones to reduce collisions. Under the proposed legislation, announced last week at a Greenwich Village school, drivers convicted of three or more speeding violations in school zones during school days within an 18-month period would lose their licenses for 60 days. “We have a speeding problem in one of every three schools in the city,” Peralta said. “If passed, this legislation will punish offenders by taking away their drivers’ licenses for 60 days. We have a responsibility to hold reckless drivers accountable for their actions. School zones are slow zone. Period.”

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State test scores see rise in borough: Queens Chronicle

The Queens Chronicle quoted Senator Jose Peralta in an article about math and English test scores. Queens Chronicle wrote, “I think how the lessons are being laid out is a bit confusing,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), a member of the Education Committee. “As I talk to some of my closest friends who are educators, they’re telling me the way the subject is taught is different from the way it is on the test and that becomes an issue.”

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NY1 Noticias: Estudiantes de Queens reciben una pequeña ayuda a medida que se preparan para iniciar el próximo año escolar

NY1 Noticias realizó un reportaje sobre el evento que cada año organiza el Senador Jose Peralta.

NY1 Noticias: La oficina del senador estatal José Peralta regaló ayer tres mil mochilas escolares en Corona. Los morrales fueron entregados con cuadernos, lápices, reglas, loncheras y auriculares.

Peralta dijo que regalaron los maletines y los útiles escolares porque sabe que se viven momentos difíciles, y porque quiere que los niños inicien el nuevo año escolar motivados y contentos.

Peralta recalcó la importancia que tienen estos útiles para las familias que no cuentan con los suficientes recursos para adquirirlos.

Este es el séptimo año que la oficina del legislador distribuye las mochilas escolares.

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New middle school in Corona aims to alleviate serious overcrowding in the district

This is the story in the Queens Courier regarding the opening of a new school in Sen. Peralta’s district.

Courier: One of the most overcrowded school districts in the city will be home to a new middle school built to alleviate the jam-packed classrooms that are common in western Queens.

School District 24, which encompasses Corona, Glendale, Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Long Island City, Maspeth and Middle Village, has long had a problem with overcrowding and schools in Corona have used trailers as makeshift classrooms for years.

State Sen. Jose Peralta toured the school last month and said making the school a reality was a collaboration between community members and the city.

“It was an uphill battle, but it was a battle our kids won to alleviate severe school overcrowding that affects the district, especially in Corona,” Peralta said. “This is a win-win situation, so I am glad we can close this chapter.”

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PS 19 Addition On Its Way, Trailers To Be Demolished In July: Queens Post

The Queens Post wrote about the PS 19. Senator Peralta, who fought hard to alleviate severe overcrowding at the school, was quoted in the story.

Queens Post: PS 19 Addition On Its Way, Trailers To Be Demolished In July

“It’s been an uphill battle,” State Sen. Jose Peralta, who has been involved in the push for an addition here since the Bloomberg administration, said. “I’m ecstatic that this is actually moving,”