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Patch: Time To Close Corporate Tax Loophole For Airlines’ Jet Fuel, Legislators Say

Sen. Peralta was quoted in an article published by the Patch regarding his legislation to close the loophole that allows corporations to save millions of dollars in jet fuel taxes in New York and New Jersey.

Patch: “The time has come for us to catch up to the rest of the country, and close this tax loophole,” Peralta agreed. “Airlines are very profitable, and they don’t need these huge tax breaks as it relates to the jet fuel they need to operate. The time has come for the airlines to stop using contractors who pay poverty wages to airport workers, who all too often must rely on public assistance to make ends meet, to just get by.”

Read the article by following this link.

Statement from Senator Peralta regarding the passage of the SWEAT Act in the Assembly

State Senator Jose Peralta applauded today the New York State Assembly for passing the SWEAT Act (Securing Wages Earned Against Theft). Senator Peralta is the sponsor of the bill in the Senate. He urged his colleagues in the Senate to mirror the Assembly and pass the bill in the upper chamber to tackle wage theft in New York State.

 “Today, the New York State Assembly took the historic step of passing the SWEAT Act, which is carried in that chamber by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal. As I am the sponsor of SWEAT in the Senate, I encourage my colleagues to step up to the plate and do the same in our chamber, in order to make this important policy a reality,” said Peralta.

“Passage of SWEAT will provide countless New Yorkers with the ability to receive their due wages from employers, for work they have already performed. No longer will employers be able to hide behind the facade of a limited liability company, in order to shield themselves from paying their workers. By providing employees with the power to place liens on their employer’s assets, we build upon our State’s existing Wage Theft Statute to take a step toward guaranteeing that all New Yorkers who conduct work are properly paid for their efforts.”

Corona Street Renamed for Community-Minded City Marshal: DNAInfo

DNAInfo wrote about the renaming of the 104th Street and 48th Avenue corner after Edward Guida, Sr., a city marshal and funeral home director in Corona. Sen. Peralta was at the ceremony.

DNAInfo: “Senator Jose Peralta joked about his influence in the neighborhood — saying it was already his town, but now there’s officially a street for him. “When you knew Ed, your life was better.”

Read the full article here.

Queens for Ecuador

Senator Peralta, along with other elected officials, organized “Queens for Ecuador”, a benefit concert to provide aid for the victims of the earthquake that shook Ecuador. Members of Local 78, the state’s laborers’ union, participated in the gala.

The Queens Chronicle and several other publications wrote about the event. The Chronicle quoted the Senator: “We stand with Ecuador and its people as they recover from this disaster,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who organized the event and noted that he has 46,000 Ecuadorians living in his district. “In times of need, it is inspiring to see how New Yorkers come together to lend a hand. Today it’s Ecuador, but tomorrow it could be someone else.”

Read the full story here, or in the Queens Gazette, TimesLedger. Also, follow this link to see the clip from NY1.

Times Union: With minimum wage passed, advocates look to wage theft issue

The SWEAT coalition held a press conference in Albany to push for the passage of a bill Senator Jose Peralta is sponsoring to prevent wage theft. Senator Peralta noted, “Countless of hard-working New Yorkers are abused on the job when it comes to wage theft, theft of tips, payments below the minimum wage. Unfortunately, predatory and unscrupulous employers are stealing money from men and women who earned it to support their families. This is intolerable. If an employer steals from a worker, they cannot get away with it. Period.”

Times Union wrote about the news conference. Please, click here to read the story.

Bill to give driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in New York faces long odds of passage: LIWINS

Long Island Wins wrote about Senator Jose Peralta’s bill to allow immigrants to get a driver’s license.  In the article, Peralta said, “We want to get people out of the shadows, and allowing them to be able to drive officially and legally, take their kids to school, and be more productive overall, would be a big step toward that.”

Read the full story by following this link.

Sen. Peralta: Increase the minimum wage

Politico New York wrote about the one-house budget resolution discussed in the State Senate March 14th. Senator Peralta spoke on the floor and was mentioned in the article.

Politico: “Some Democrats, including State Sen. Marc Panepinto of Buffalo and Jose Peralta of Queens, said they could not endorse the budget because it did not include proposals to increase the minimum wage or limit corporate campaign contributions.”

Read the full article by clicking here.

Elmont woman arrested for bail bonds scam: LIHerald

The Long Island Herald wrote about the suspect charged with  stealing over $470,000 from more than 30 people in an investment scam she was running through her Queens bail bonds business. “Many of my constituents fell prey to her scheme, so it is great to hear that this woman was brought to justice,” said Senator Peralta, whose office notified the District Attorney of the possible scam.

This is the full article.

Letting undocumented workers teach in NY called ‘insane’: Journal News

The Journal News ( published an article about the decision of the Board of Regents to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for teacher certifications and more than 50 professional licenses. Senator Jose Peralta was quoted in the piece:

Sen. Jose Peralta, D-Queens, called it a “marvelous move” by Elia and the Board of Regents.

“It is refreshing to know that the board will allow hardworking, undocumented New Yorkers the ability to apply for teacher certifications and more than 50 professional licenses,” Peralta, who sponsors the Dream Act, said in a statement.

“In doing this, the state is righting a wrong. This action will no doubt increase the quality of our education system, as well as provide additional job opportunities for immigrant-professionals who already happen to pay income taxes in New York state.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Senator Jose Peralta: Predictive Schedule for Workers, A No-brainer

Senator Jose Peralta was a guest in Capital Tonight, the Time Warner Cable statewide political program.

Capital Tonight: “Workers in fields like retail, fast food and cleaning do not always get much notice about when they are next expected to be at work, or even how many hours they will work in a given week. And advocates say that is not just an inconvenience, it is a financial hardship. Senator Jose Peralta has a bill that would require employers to post schedules at least a week in advance. He joins us to talk about it”.

Watch the full interview following this link.

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