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Jax Hts’ pre-recession economy grew three times that of city

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 25, District 34, State Comptroller, State Senate, Statewide Offices on November 24, 2011 | No Comments

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli painted a mostly positive portrait of Jackson Heights and its surrounding neighborhoods’ economy on a visit to the community last week, saying small businesses owned by immigrants bring in much money and the area has enormous potential growth. “The economic future of northwestern Queens is a bright one,” DiNapoli said. The [...]

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Peralta livery cab town hall turns heated

Posted by Rebecca Henely in District 13, District 14, Governor, State Senate on July 28, 2011 | No Comments

A town hall held by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) on the bill to bring livery cabs that can be hailed to the outer boroughs erupted into impassioned statements and heated arguments, mostly in Spanish, from industry members on separate sides of the plan. More than 100 people crowded into the Langston Hughes Library, [...]

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NY passes marriage equality

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 14, District 15, District 26, Governor, State Senate on June 30, 2011 | No Comments

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed same-sex marriage into law, a city councilman had a chance to break out a long-awaited wedding cake and officials were already speculating how much revenue would come from the legislation. By a 33-29 vote, the state Legislature passed the controversial measure late Friday night to end the summer session, drawing [...]

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Many parents attend Jax Hts. autism meet

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 25, State Senate on June 2, 2011 | No Comments

About 80 people, most of them parents of children with autism, gathered at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights last week to speak to New York autism advocates about how to navigate the educational and medical systems as well as hear about services available to them and their children. “It’s very good that we have [...]

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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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‘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 [...]