As a member of the Education Committee in the State Senate, Senator Jose Peralta has been a leading voice in the struggle to relieve school overcrowding, increase public safety, push the passage of the New York DREAM Act, and promote summer reading and other critical educational programs.

Jose Peralta took part in the enactment of various reforms to improve the quality of teaching and learning. These reforms allowed districts to operate more efficiently by holding teachers and principals accountable.

Senator Jose Peralta has been at the forefront of fighting for better quality of life issues for his constituents. He led the charge in the efforts to clean up Roosevelt Avenue with the goal of transforming it into the New Times Square. He has been fighting to guarantee affordable housing units in the Willets Point redevelopment project and throughout his district. 

In addition, he introduced a bill calling to reclassify sex trafficking as a violent felony and to increase the minimum jail sentence to five years. 

As the Ranking Minority Member on the Labor Committee of the State Senate, Senator Jose Peralta has made creating good jobs and better working conditions for the New York working class a top priority.

As America’s middle class continues to shrink, Senator Peralta authored the Wage Theft Prevention Act to protect New York workers from unscrupulous employers who steal their paychecks by paying them less than the minimum wage and making them work off the clock six or seven days a week.