Every 15 seconds, a woman in the United States is battered.
That adds up to more than 16,000 homicides and more than two million medically treated injuries due to intimate partner violence each year in this country.
Nearly three million undocumented immigrants could be granted amnesty if a controversial new bill is approved by the state Legislature and signed into law.
The New York is Home Act would allow illegal aliens living in the state to apply for professional licenses, serve on juries, vote in local and state elections, and apply for driver’s licenses if they can prove they’ve been living in New York for at least three years and have paid taxes to the state.
If you closed your eyes and listened, the steps of Borough Hall sounded more like the tunnels of a West Virginia coal mine on Thursday.
In keeping with a Labor Day theme, Borough President Melinda Katz kicked off a press conference celebrating unions and hardworking Queens residents by singing a few bars of “Sixteen Tons,” a song made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford about the arduous life of a coal miner, which has become synonymous with hard, honest labor since its 1955 release.
It’s election season and once again the New York State DREAM Act has become a centerpiece for many of the Democratic candidates.
At a press conference held on Saturday in front of the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, the bill’s sponsors, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) touted their latest supporter: lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul.
A few of the many school children who came to pick up school supplies with Adrian Bordoni, left, executive director of Woodside on the Move, Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and state Sen. Jose Peralta.
The line with an estimated 3,000 people began to form hours before the official starting time, extending from 98th Place, curving around to 57th Avenue, and making its way over to 99th Street in Corona on Saturday morning with nary a rock star in sight!
The excitement was over the annual backpack and school supplies giveaway organized by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst).
The 110th Precinct pulled out all the stops for the Corona community during its Night Out Against Crime event in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being escorted out by police, a crowd of about 300 area residents packed the auditorium at the Museum of the Moving Image on July 23, concerned about the recent conversion of the Westway Motor Inn in East Elmhurst into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families. In the end many of their questions were left unanswered.
The elected officials on the panel, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), all of whom have expressed concern over the suitability of the inn as a shelter, were joined by representatives of the Department of Homeless Services, social services provider Women In Need, Community Board 1 and the 114th Precinct.
Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being given a police escort out, a crowd of an estimated 300 area residents, concerned about conversion of the Westway Motor Inn into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families, filled the auditorium for a town hall meeting at the Museum of the Moving Image on Wednesday, but in the end many questions were left unanswered.
While elected officials and residents are still reeling over the Department of Homeless Services’ unexpected conversion of the Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst into a homeless shelter last month, the agency is at it again.
This time, the Westway Motor Inn on Astoria Boulevard has been converted into a high-capacity homeless shelter without, some contend, proper notice to those most impacted by the move.
For weeks, community leaders opposed to a new homeless shelter in Elmhurst and plans for another in Glendale have been urging residents to call city Comptroller Scott Stringer to make their opinions known.
Well, it’s working.
This was supposed to be the week John Liu was to be surging with major political and union endorsements; the week state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was supposed to be glancing nervously into his rearview mirror.
And it was — until about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, when Mayor de Blasio endorsed Avella and the Working Families Party withdrew its pledged endorsement of Liu, choosing to remain neutral in the Democratic primary in the 11th Senate District.
Queens Republicans have a new chairman.
After the death of Phil Ragusa last month, the county party’s executive vice chairman, Robert Beltrani of Jackson Heights, was automatically elevated to chairman.
The DREAM Act — which would extend state financial aid to students who are in the country illegally — has been passed by the state Assembly ... again.
The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights), was passed last February only to be slammed down by the Senate.
Clarence Scott, a 29-year-old from Far Rockaway, was arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of Francisco Leal on Feb. 2, 2013.
The shooting occurred on the corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue in front of a bodega near the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City at 9:40 p.m.
After months of lobbying, parents, residents and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) will finally get their wish.
The NYPD informed Peralta’s office that a crossing guard will be posted at PS 206, which sits just off the intersection of Junction Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway on the border of Elmhurst and Rego Park.
State Sen. Jose Peralta, far right, watches a restaurant letter-grading system presentation by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at a small business forum he sponsored. The meeting aimed to inform shop owners of recent legislation changes.
The many fines small businesses, particularly those in the food industry, face were a frequent subject of debate during former Mayor Bloomberg’s administration.
Owners complained they were being ticketed for minor infractions.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), in conjunction with the 82nd Street Partnership, will host a forum for restaurateurs and small business owners to learn about proposed changes to the restaurant letter-grade and fine system as well as the new paid sick leave law.
“Small businesses have suffered during the economic meltdown and painfully slow recovery that has followed,” Peralta said in a written statement. “Bullying and relentlessly fining them was making a bad situation that much worse. There was a sigh of relief among small business owners when this mayor was elected. The proposed new restaurant regulations are an important step toward helping small businesses succeed.”
State Sen. Jose Peralta discusses human trafficking at Queensborough Community College in Bayside last week.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) addressed an audience of over 200 students and faculty at Queensborough Community College in Bayside last Thursday on “Human Trafficking in Our Own Backyard,” drawing a near-capacity crowd.
The talk was the culminating event of a three-week-long ongoing series of related activities, all part of the college’s Common Read Initiative, inspired this year by the featured text, “The Road to Lost Innocence,” the true story of a Cambodian woman who overcame great obstacles and used her experiences to help others stand up for human rights.
There has been a great deal of heated debate recently about the place of charter schools in the public education system and how to best pay for making full-day prekindergarten available to every eligible child.
Often lost in the rhetorical bomb throwing and lawsuit filing is this: Adding charter schools and finally making prekindergarten truly universal calls for more school buildings. Lots of them.
State Sen. Jose Peralta, the sponsor of the Dream Act, said he is disappointed that the legislation was voted down by the Senate but remains hopeful that Gov. Cuomo will keep his word and make the issue a priority.
After months of pushing and rallying, the Dream Act will remain just that, a dream.
The legislation — which would allow undocumented immigrant students to receive aid through the Tuition Assistance Program — was rejected by the state Senate on Monday. It lost by two votes, 31-29.
A crowd huddled in front of Starbucks on Friday in Jackson Heights and it wasn’t to sample a caramel macchiato.
According to city officials and residents, the Starbucks on the corner of 37th Avenue and 79th Street regularly leaves mounds of garbage on a residential street rather than in front of the store along the commercial corridor.