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Peralta distributes $50K for libraries

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 21, State Senate on April 14, 2011 | No Comments

In the midst of a prominent campaign by the Queens Public Library for private donations so the institution can buy new books, representatives of the system recognized one of their largest donors Friday. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) visited the East Elmhurst Library, at 95-06 Astoria Blvd., where he announced he had donated $50,000 [...]

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Ferreras says Latina teens prone to suicide

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 21 on April 7, 2011 | No Comments

Latina teenagers need mental and emotional care that is sensitive to their cultural needs and involves their families, health care professionals said at a City Council committee hearing aimed at how to prevent the high rate of suicide in this segment of society. “These young women feel isolated, powerless and stuck in-between two cultures,” Councilwoman [...]

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‘Chica chica’ cards draw scrutiny

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 21, State Senate on March 31, 2011 | No Comments

Stroll down Roosevelt Avenue from 69th to 112th streets and it is impossible not to notice the men distributing small cards with scantily clad and sometimes naked women on them with a phone number to call for “delivery.” But state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) have teamed up [...]

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Peralta gives black leaders recognition

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 21, District 25, State Senate on March 3, 2011 | 1 Comment

In celebration of Black History Month, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) bestowed honors upon three black New Yorkers for what they have done for the city, Queens and East Elmhurst. More than 130 people crowded into the meeting room of the Langston Hughes Library, at 100-01 Northern Blvd. in Corona, last Thursday as Peralta [...]

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Boro pols back translator law

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 21, State Senate on January 6, 2011 | 1 Comment

New York City legislators and advocates are calling on the state to implement a law so all chain-store pharmacies across the state will need to provide language services to help consumers understand their medications. The state law would be modeled on a city law passed in 2009 that took effect in June. “Taking prescription medications [...]

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Ex-Ferreras aide sues for back pay

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 21 on October 28, 2010 | No Comments

A former aide to City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) filed a lawsuit against her Monday alleging that he was underpaid and suffered discrimination because he was disabled during the time he worked for her.