For a group of undocumented students at the City University of New York called the CUNY DREAMers, it boils down to one thing: Pass the DREAM Act.
That was the message they brought to Albany recently, urging Gov. Cuomo to include funding for the DREAM Act in his executive budget proposal next year. The act would allow undocumented students who meet in-state tuition requirements to access state financial aid and scholarships for college. It would also open 539 tuition savings accounts for all New York youth and establish a commission to raise private funds for a college scholarship program.
The Pan American Hotel on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst was stealthily transformed into a homeless shelter in June. New legislation co-sponsored by state Sens. Joe Addabbo Jr. and Jose Peralta would require a public forum before any shelter is opened in the city.
Roosevelt Avenue is patrolled by two precincts which, according to some community members and elected officials, makes the area more difficult to monitor. A recent proposal by state Sen. Jose Peralta to consolidate the street into one precinct was politely denied by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton recently.
A Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner has triggered nationwide anger, including among Queens congressional members who are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to slap a federal indictment against the cop.
At a press conference last week in Washington, moments after the announcement of the decision, lawmakers renewed their calls for the DOJ to launch a federal investigation in Garner’s death. The DOJ said it will probe the man’s death, including how the grand jury reached its decision.
More than three dozen community leaders and members of various organizations and civil rights groups gathered last Friday at the First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst to pray for those they said have been “betrayed by our criminal justice system.”
The move came in response to a Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner. The man’s death triggered hundreds of protests nationwide, conversations about race relations and police use of excessive force.
A third party has officially entered the battle between residents and the Department of Homeless Services over the planning or introduction of numerous shelters into communities such as Elmhurst and Glendale.
On Dec. 1, state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) introduced legislation co-sponsored by Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) requiring the New York City Planning Commission to hold a public forum before it approves or denies a location for a homeless shelter or social services center.
When a gunman shot Anastasia Massey just feet from her apartment, the four Massey children didn’t just lose a mother; they lost a baby sister as well.
The tragic deaths of the 27-year-old and, hours later, her newborn daughter — who, according to friends, would have been called Tru Melody — happened early on Thanksgiving eve.
Community Board 4 may have only met for about 70 minutes on Tuesday night, but it was an efficient use of time.
The board heard two proposals from developers looking to build in Corona, approving one, and discussed other matters, including the proposed unification of Roosevelt Avenue into one police precinct.
Last Wednesday morning, Brandee Anastasia Massey was on her way back home from dropping her three children off at PS 206. As she walked down the 15th-floor hallway to her apartment in LeFrak City an unknown gunman snuck up on her and shot her twice, leaving her screaming on the floor. She was six months pregnant.
Massey was found by her husband, who was asleep inside their home when he heard her cries.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), center, in conjunction with Woodside on the Move, distributed approximately 600 free turkeys to area churches, soup kitchens and food pantries on Saturday.
“The economic recovery has been slow and there are many individuals and families struggling to make ends meet,” Peralta said. “Our turkey drive at least helps ensure a hearty holiday meal and some cheer for some people who could use a hand.”
Roosevelt Avenue, a major corridor that runs from Sunnyside to Flushing, is known as the “Old Times Square” for its high crime rates and deteriorating infrastructure in certain areas.
The street acts as a border for two precincts — the 115th to the north and the 110th to the south — something state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said limits the police’s ability to adequately serve the community to its capability.
Assemblyman Francisco Moya, at podium, with state Sen. Jose Peralta, center right and then-Lt. Gov. candidate Kathy Hochul, left, and Dreamers.
Now that the election results have been finalized, many voters and officials have high expectations for the re-elected Gov. Cuomo, specifically on social issues.
“The first term was about balancing the budget and developing trust between the state government and the public,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said. “Now he can sort of get back to social issues and his Democratic base.”
Celebrating the reopening of Frank’s Pharmacy in Jackson Heights are owner Frank Buonagurio, with scissors, his wife, Nidia Fortuna-Buonagurio, right, state Sen. Jose Peralta, Councilman Danny Dromm and other supporters.
Determined. Family oriented. Beloved. These were some words a number of residents and local elected officials in the Jackson Heights community used to describe Frank Buonagurio at the grand reopening ceremony of his drugstore, Frank’s Pharmacy.
The independent, family-owned business reopened last Saturday, just six months after a five-alarm fire gutted its old location and caused more than $1 million in damage.
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.