Senator Peralta, prime sponsor of the DREAM Act in the New York State Senate.

Senator Peralta is the prime sponsor of the DREAM Act in the New York State Senate. The proposal would provide state college financial aid to students regardless of their immigration status. He continues to push for the passage of this bill as a top legislative priority in Albany.

While it has been frustrating to see the DREAM debate continue year after year, without seeing the Senate act on this issue, Senator Peralta believes that we will ultimately prove successful in this fight. For far too long, the State has treated undocumented New Yorkers as second-class students by disallowing them from participating in the Tuition Assistance Program. These students were brought to New York as children, through no fault of their own. It is simply unjust for us to punish these students, as they seek to build better lives for themselves and their families. DREAM also makes perfect sense economically: over the course of a lifetime, a college graduate will pay about $60,000 more in State taxes than a worker without a degree. The cost of DREAM would be only about $20,000 to each of these students. Everyone wins when this DREAM becomes a reality.

Senator Peralta Advocates for Live-Saving Public Safety Measures

In response to the high number of hit-and-run accidents occurring in Queens, as well as the dangerous traffic conditions that continue to face residents, Senator Peralta has introduced several public safety measures that would bring real results home to the City.  Among these initiatives, he proposed that the City’s speed camera program be expanded beyond the 140 schools that are currently earmarked to include all school speed zones in New York City. The initial pilot program has proven extremely successful, as speeding was reduced by upwards of sixty percent where cameras were installed in just the first year of the program. He also believes that these cameras should be operational 24/7, as accidents are occurring around the clock. While understanding that traffic tickets are an annoyance, New Yorkers must act to ensure that schoolchildren and pedestrians are as free from reckless driving as possible. Senator Peralta, in addition, is carrying legislation in the Senate that would require the City to post crossing guards at every corner where a school is located and in session.

Senator Peralta Honors National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza

Senator Peralta honored National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza, recognizing the former catcher for his contributions on and off the field. He presented the former New York Mets player with a resolution on behalf of himself and his colleagues on his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. One of the best hitting catchers in history, Piazza played for the Mets between 1998 and 2005.

Senator Peralta Proposes Construction of Permanent Annex at Corona's P.S. 143

In his efforts to fight chronic school overcrowding in the District, Senator Peralta proposed, among many projects, the construction of a permanent annex to Corona’s P.S. 143 The Louis Armstrong Elementary School, eliminating the run-down trailers currently located at the school’s playground.

Senator Jose Peralta Presents “Movies in the Park 2016”

This summer Senator Jose Peralta presented “Movies in the Park 2016”, an outdoors initiative that brought two free, family-oriented movies to the community. As part of the free program, “Minions” and “Zootopia” were screened at two neighborhood parks. It was an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy a free summer night film surrounding by families and friends. Senator Peralta will bring back the initiative next summer.