Senator Jose Peralta has been a tireless leader for District 13 community members over the past 8 years in the New York State Senate and will continue to fight every day for progressive legislation and his constituents.
A Queens native, Senator Peralta grew up in the borough’s public schools and firmly believes that quality public education should be available to all New Yorkers. As a member of the Senate Education and Higher Education Committees, Senator Peralta has been a leading voice in the struggle to improve the quality of our schools. From Albany, the Senator has worked to relieve school overcrowding, promote summer reading programs, and develop students overall learning experience. This admirable work is further exemplified by the 13 new schools containing 7,500 seats, including the permanent addition for P.S.143. Victories for the community and hard-working residents of the district include the historic $1.1 billion increase in school aid, free tuition at CUNY and SUNY colleges, and making prekindergarten truly universal.
Senator Peralta believes that every person should feel welcome in Queens, regardless of where they came from. To ensure that immigrant families receive equal opportunities Senator Peralta secured $10 million dollars designated to launch free legal counseling services that focus on housing and immigration for constituents. This critical funding along with the immigration help emergency hotline and “Know Your Rights" Immigration forums Senator Peralta has established, are essential to defend District 13. Senator Peralta is also the prime sponsor of the DREAM Act, in New York State which would help alleviate the cost of higher education for children of immigrants by eliminating potential financial obstacles to obtaining state financial aid for undocumented students looking to achieve a higher education.
Senator Peralta was one of the leading voices in New York to bring the best Paid Family Leave and Minimum Wage Increase program in the nation.
As of January 1, 2018, New Yorkers have job-protected time off culminating in up to 12-weeks and $15 in minimum wage increase. This milestone triumph also includes protections for employees who utilize the Paid Family Leave program but are penalized by employers, thus providing the financial security and stability they deserve and have long waited for.
Fighting for affordable housing is crucial to maintaining our neighborhoods. A strong advocate for affordable housing, Senator Peralta has worked relentlessly to renew and strengthen rent regulations to protect working and middle class tenants. He is committed to investing in solutions that would allow Queens residents to continue to live and work in the communities where they grew up. In Albany, the Senator has been a staunch supporter of laws that would end vacancy bonus’, restrict landlords from increasing rents during capital improvements, and prevent preferential rent.
Women’s Rights are at the top of the Senator's priority list, especially because his first campaign for the Senate focused on battling domestic violence and ensuring survivors had the resources to escape their abusers. As a 100% pro-choice legislator, he is a co-sponsor of the New York Reproductive Health Act, a proposal to codify Roe v. Wade, and of the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act, a proposal that will guarantee access to birth control and FDA-approved contraceptive methods. Under the proposal, insurance companies will have to provide at least one free FDA-approved contraceptive methods. Furthermore, the Senator has led the charge to achieve pay equity by prohibiting employers from paying women less than men for having the same responsibilities. He supported the Governor’s Women’s Equality Act, a package of laws intended to which includes laws to end discrimination and gender inequality.
Elderly and the Disabled
Elderly and the Disabled
With living costs continuously on the rise, New Yorkers are having a difficult time keeping up with their homes, especially senior citizens and people with disabilities. Senator Jose Peralta has worked hard in Albany to increase the income eligibility for Senior Citizen Homeowners’ Exemption and Disabled Homeowners’ Exemption programs. Senator Peralta has also been committed to the soaring cost of prescription drugs and proudly fought for the expansion of New York’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program, which helps seniors pay for their prescription drugs.
Senator Peralta was a key vote in the passage of the New York State same-sex marriage law despite the opposition from most Republicans and some Democrats. The bill had previously failed under a Democratic majority. Moreover, Senator Peralta's fight for gender equality includes tougher penalties on human trafficking, banning the Chica Cards, the baseball-like cards that pimps distribute along Roosevelt Avenue to promote prostitution and pushing to regulate massage parlors to combat prostitution. Certainly, when it comes to protecting equal rights, Senator Peralta is no novice, a long time advocate for the protection of women’s rights as well as the LGBTQ community. He is a co-sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), has allocated funds to organizations such as APICHA, which provides services to gay senior. In addition, he secured a state allocation for HER Justice, which provides legal services for women.