Like restaurants, city food trucks now required to publicly post letter grades

New York is known for having a world-class food scene, and the city’s infamous food trucks are just as much a part it as multi-star restaurants.

And like their brick-and-mortar brethren, food carts are subjected to health inspections, but only restaurants must publicly post their sanitary grades. Until now, that is, thanks to a vote this week by the City Council Health Committee.

According to the unanimous vote, food trucks are now required to display their letter grades. 

“Everyone who handles food should be subject to the same rules,” City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz of Queens told the New York Post. “People have a right to know if the (eating) conditions are really sanitary.”

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Peralta sponsors bill that would put hundreds of speed cameras around city schools

The city will be able to add 610 speed cameras in school zones—in addition to the existing 140–should a bill introduced by state Senator Jose Peralta (Jackson Heights) last Monday become law.

“This bill will save lives and make our streets safer for everyone,” Peralta said in a statement. “Every day, more than one million children, teachers and parents travel to and from school, so we must ensure we deter drivers from speeding to keep everyone safe.”

Peralta and advocates in support of the bill say the pilot program that allowed for the installation of 140 speed cameras approved in 2013 has been successful.

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Bill would place hundreds of new speed cameras in city school zones

The city’s speed camera program in school zones would be greatly expanded under legislation introduced Monday in Albany. Dozens of street safety advocates joined state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) as he proposed adding 610 cameras, up from the current 140 school-zone locations citywide, in an effort to crack down on speeding.

“This bill will save lives and make our streets safer for everyone,” Peralta said. “Every day more than 1 million children, teachers and parents travel to and from school, so we must ensure we deter drivers from speeding to keep everyone safe,” Peralta said. “Speeding is a leading cause of traffic fatalities in New York City, and with this mechanism we will crack down on reckless drivers. The safety of our children, and all New Yorkers, is a top priority. It is my hope we pass this measure and keep saving lives.”

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School-zone speed camera sites could increase by the hundreds in NYC

The city’s speed camera program would be expanded to 750 school zones under new state legislation introduced in Albany Monday.

The bill, scoring sponsors in both the Senate and Assembly, would raise the current cap of 140 school-zone camera locations citywide while also giving the city greater flexibility in its camera deployment and hours of operation.

“This is about saving children’s lives,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens), the Senate sponsor of the bill, who rallied behind the legislation at the capitol Monday alongside transit advocates. “It’s about making sure that our school children, teachers and parents are protected at our schools.”

Despite concerns from some state lawmakers, who believe the program to be a city cash grab, Peralta said he was confident the bill could be passed during this legislative session.

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Families for Safe Streets Tells Albany How More Speed Cameras Will Save Lives in NYC

Members of Families for Safe Streets and city officials trekked up to Albany yesterday to make the case for expanding New York City’s automated speed enforcement program.

Speed cameras have reduced speeding by 63 percent and traffic injuries by 13 percent in locations where they have been installed, according to DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, but state law limits the program to 140 school zones, which are narrowly defined as streets abutting the school’s entrance within a quarter-mile of the school. That leaves many streets around NYC’s more than 2,000 schools ineligible or just unprotected by automated speed enforcement.

A bill sponsored by Queens State Senator Jose Peralta and Manhattan Assembly Member Deborah Glick (S6046/A7798), written in consultation with the de Blasio administration, would increase the number of cameras to 750 and allow them to be placed on any street within a half-mile of the school. Cameras would operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, not just on school days during school hours.

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Overcrowded Louis Armstrong School in Corona to get new annex

Students at one Corona school will finally get relief from years of chronic overcrowding.

 Cheers erupted from more than a hundred parents in the PS 143 auditorium as plans were unveiled last week to build a 98,000-square-foot annex for nearly 1,000 students. It will replace decades-old classroom trailers located in the surrounding area as well as a mini-building and an annex on 98th Street.

“Like I said many times, no child, no child, should be educated in a trailer, and I hope once this project is completed, overcrowding at PS 143 will just be a chapter of its history,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said March 15. “Almost 1,000 new seats to replace the mini building and the rundown trailers will help our students learn in the environment they deserve. It will give them a better opportunity to succeed.”

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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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