TIMES UNION: WITH MINIMUM WAGE PASSED, ADVOCATES LOOK TO WAGE THEFT ISSUE

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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.

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 GazetteTimesLedger. Also, follow this link to see the clip from NY1

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.

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.”

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.

STATE SENATE PASSES SEN. PERALTA’S BILL TO PROVIDE PORTION OF HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX TO CITY BOROUGHS TO PROMOTE LOCAL TOURISM

The New York State Senate passed unanimously today Senator Jose Peralta’s bill that would provide each of New York City’s individual boroughs with additional funding to promote local tourism. The bill (S.2238) would divert 4% of Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue collected within each Borough, up to an annual maximum of $300,000, back to each Borough for the purposes of further tourism development.

The funding would allow each individual borough to promote their own tourism attractions, from famous sites like Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens and The Bronx Zoo, as well as their particular hidden gems. The new revenue can also be destined to promote local for-profit venues, such as coffee shops and restaurants.

Last year, New York City received a record-breaking 59.7 million visitors, which represents a 2.4% increase from the 58.3 million tourists that visited the City in 2014. “This bill will clearly foster the growth and expansion of the City’s tourism industry, a key economic engine. If the proposal becomes law, each borough will be able to further promote their particular destinations as they see fit,” said Senator Peralta.

In each borough, the new revenue stream will flow directly to a tourism council or similar non-profit development organization designated by the borough president, to then be approved by the Economic Development Corporation for the promotion of local attractions and restaurants.

“Capturing this portion of the hotel occupancy tax will allow us to keep our tourism boom in a sustainable fashion,” Senator Peralta said. “When domestic and international visitors think about New York, the Empire State and Central Park come to mind. However, it is vital that places like Jackson Heights, Astoria and Flushing Meadows Corona Park are also on the radar of tourists. All our boroughs are worth visiting, each for its own rich and unique characteristics.”

Assemblymember Luis Sepúlveda (D-Bronx) is the sponsor of the bill in the Assembly (A.6960).

AIRLINES NEED TO PAY TAXES TO AIRPORTS: LABOR PRESS

Labor Press published the following article regarding Senator Peralta’s bill regarding jet fuel.

LABOR PRESS: Albany, NY – Currently, New Jersey and New York are two of just three states across the country that exempt airlines from certain jet fuel excise tax, essentially handing over a significant windfall to the airlines—money that should go to upgrading airports for improved passenger service and experience.

New York State Senator Jose Peralta will be introducing legislation in New York to require airlines to pay their fair share of taxes. Legislation will require airlines to pay jet fuel taxes just as motorists do. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has major renovation projects planned for LaGuardia and Newark airports. Over $1 billion will be needed. Revenue raised as a result of these bills would also be available to New York and New Jersey for airport upkeep and upgrading.

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak has alsointroduced a bill to make airlines pay their fair share in jet fuel taxes.

These bills will add crucial revenue for airport upgrades by closing giveaway loopholes to airlines.

WORKERS SAY UNFAIR CONDITIONS WON’T FLY: CHRONICLE

Senator Peralta was quoted in an article published in the Queens Chronicle regarding a town hall meeting held to discuss working conditions for airport workers.

Chronicle: “It’s mind-boggling that you guys do what you do and get paid as little as you do,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) told the crowd at the town hall.

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LAGUARDIA AIRPORT HOTEL TO BE REBORN: QUEENS CHRONICLE

The Queens Chronicle wrote about the construction of new hotels in the district of Senator Jose Peralta. The Senator was quoted in the piece.

Chronicle: According to state Sen. Jose Peralta (D- East Elmhurst) the renovations are being welcomed by the neighborhood.

“It’s a win-win for the community,” Peralta said in a Tuesday interview.

He said that the new renovations will not only give travelers a quality spot to spend a night to a few days, but also will help boost the local economy.

He added that the project could provide new jobs within the community.

“They’re gonna try to hire locally,” Peralta said. “I like the word ‘try,’ but I prefer the words ‘we will.’”

This is the link to the article.

WSJ: Mayor de Blasio Seeks Extension for Control of City’s Schools

The Wall Street Journal wrote about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s testimony presented during a hearing held by the state Senate Education Committee asking the State to renew mayoral control of City schools. The newspaper quoted Sen. Peralta, and noted: “State Sen. Jose Peralta, another Democrat from Queens, said a shorter extension would allow lawmakers to maintain oversight. “Do you believe that we should have as a body an opportunity to hold you, the mayor, accountable every couple of years on mayoral control?” he asked Mr. de Blasio.”

Read the full article here.

Big Brother wants to come to school: Chronicle

The Queens Chronicle wrote about the latest efforts to install speed cameras in every school in the City. Sen. Peralta introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow for New York City to install these monitoring devices in all schools, eliminating the current 140 camera limit. Another bill would authorize the cameras to operate 24 hours a day. The paper quoted the Senator, “Having speed cameras in every school will deter speeding or reckless drivers from leaving the scene of an accident, and will also help reduce traffic deaths and injuries,” Peralta said. 

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