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.”