Tag Archive: Jose Peralta

Oct 29 2013

Potential Senate Candidate Eyeing Peralta’s Seat

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Richard Alles, legislative director for the Uniformed Fire Officers Association may challenge incumbent Senator Jose Peralta in the 13th district in Queens.

It’s never too early to set your eyes on the prize.

From The Politicker: Richard Alles, the legislative director for the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, is mulling a run for State Senator José Peralta’s Queens-based seat.

Mr. Alles, a Jackson Heights resident, confirmed his interest in challenging Mr. Peralta next year. 

“Yes, there is interest,” Mr. Alles told Politicker when reached for comment. “It’s a little premature to say much more. I’m testing the waters, trying to solicit support.”

Mr. Alles declined to elaborate on his campaign but Queens Democratic sources said the UFOA member has had an interest in the seat since Mr. Peralta launched a bid for Queens borough president earlier this year. Mr. Peralta eventually dropped out of the Democratic primary.

Mr. Peralta’s reputation took a slight hit when it was revealed in May he was one of the elected officials federal prosecutors recorded while meeting with ex-State Senator Shirley Huntley, who is now serving a year in prison on embezzlement charges. Mr. Peralta has not been implicated in any crime.

For full article: http://politicker.com/2013/10/firefighter-union-official-eying-jose-peraltas-seat/

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May 09 2013

Peralta Silent On Shady Expenditures

 

peraltaThe murky depth of Sen. Jose Peralta’s campaign financial records has aroused suspicion.

Crains Insider: On Wednesday, court papers revealed that Queens state Sen. Jose Peralta was one of nine people secretly taped by Queens state Sen. Shirley Huntley—eight of whom, according to federal prosecutors, are under investigation, though not accused of wrongdoing.

At the same time, Mr. Peralta, a leading candidate for Queens borough president, has paid $31,000 since the end of 2011 from his separate state Senate account to the New York City law firm Stroock Stroock & Lavan. The campaign finance disclosure does not list the specific purpose of the expenditure; the most recent payment to the firm from Mr. Peralta’s state Senate account, made last December, is listed simply as “legal fees.”

Mr. Peralta’s campaign did not comment despite multiple requests from The Insider on Wednesday evening and Thursday. Two lawyers at the firm also refused to comment.

For full article: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20130509/BLOGS04/130509869

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Mar 01 2013

Peralta’s Supposed ‘Trojan Horse Deal’ Insults Nicest Guy In Politics

trojan-horseAlleged invitation to kiss his ring insults all of Southeast Queens.

Just when you think you heard it all, Senator Jose Peralta publicly humiliated City Councilman Leroy Comrie by offering him a second-rate job as his underling, according to rumors.

Where do you think these rumors originate? Looks like someone was testing the waters.

But in politics it’s all a matter of interpretation. Was it a sign of contempt for the distinguished gentleman from St. Albans and his constituency? Or was the rumor a cleverly disguised sign of Peralta’s weakness as a candidate as his voter base turn their backs on him while he oversees the destruction of public parkland in FMCP?

We may never know for sure, but what we do know is that while both are running for Queens Borough President, Peralta’s supposed ‘olive branch’ was seen as a crass attempt to hold down his losses in one of the highest turnout voting blocs in Queens (second only to David Weprin).

The supposed deal is predicated on the assumption that Comrie’s religious black base would be inclined to vote for him and Peralta by combining two ethnic based voting blocs and thus increasing their chance for victory in a crowded race. But the p.r damage was already done as the rumor spread around town.

Unlike the Trojans, Comrie, who is known as the nicest guy in politics, and is also the Deputy Majority Leader, put a wet towel on the idea when he politely said there was no serious discussion of a possible Peralta\Comrie ticket, just some speculation. Wink. Wink.

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Feb 21 2013

Hispanic Support Dwindles For Jose Peralta

Remember you heard it here first, Peter Vallone is the new hope for hispanic democrats disenfranchised by Jose Peralta’s vehement support of the seizure of public parkland for private development at FMCP.

For those that may now know, Peter has Spanish roots – just check out the two press releases below.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. As election approaches, we’ll see more and more hispanic groups and civic leaders express their preference for Peter as the next Borough President.

Time will tell.

 [Press Release] VALLONE HONORED BY LOCAL ECUADORIAN GROUP

On February 16th, Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. attended the Ayazamana Cultural Center’s “Night of Thanks” celebration at St. Patrick’s Church in Long Island City.

Vallone was greeted by Judge Carmen Velazquez, District Leader Martha Flores Vazquez and College Point Civic Association President Andrew Rocco, along with numerous other members of the Queens Ecuadorian community.

During the event, the Council Member addressed the crowd in Spanish and outlined his vision for Queens, after which he was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Ayazamana Cultural Center for his outstanding work and support during his 11 years in the City Council.

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[Press Release] VALLONE CONNECTS WITH SPANISH ROOTS AT CASA GALICIA

            On February 16th, Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. attended a St. Valentine’s Celebration at Casa Galicia.

Casa Galicia, which has roughly 600 members, is a community center for people of Spanish descent. Vallone was greeted by Casa Galicia Interim President Benjamin Liza and Past Presidents Rita Cadio and Eduardo Pan.

The Council Member – whose great-grandmother was born in Castile, Spain – greeted the gathering and mingled with guests.

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Feb 14 2013

Latino Civic Leaders Defect From Jose Peralta

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Let them eat cake!

Senator Peralta is in a bit of a pickle.

Queens Politics took the temperature of several latino civic leaders regarding their choice for Queens Borough President and found out a few surprising facts.

Rumors are floating around latino political circles that “Peralta is getting money from the MLS stadium people.” Now we know Peralta has been a leader in spearheading the proposal with his vocal support of the theft of public parkland, but how will this sentiment reflect on his chances in the upcoming race?

As it turns out, Peralta’s advocacy for the stadium has enraged a sizable portion of latino civic leaders, once thought to support him, but are now defecting en masse. According to multiple sources, these vote brokers are now instructing their respective voting blocs that their children will no longer have a place to play soccer in FMCP if Peralta becomes Borough President.

Well folks, it looks like supporting the theft of public parkland won’t be so helpful for the distinguished gentleman who turned his back on the vote brokers that helped him get elected in the first place.

More on this to follow.

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Activist Calls Out Elects on MLS ‘Land Grab’ Proposals [video]

Alfredo Centola is an activist and conservationist.

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Dec 07 2012

The Perfect Storm Is Upon Us

The battle for Queens Borough President  is shaping up to become the most exciting race in 2013 right next to the Mayor’s race. With big names and big politics at stake, some are even calling it “The Perfect Storm.”

It’s not even 2013 yet, but the heat is on in a wide open race where anyone could win. At the time of this post, 5 candidates have declared (or all but declared) including City Councilmembers Peter Vallone (expected to formally announce this Tuesday) and Leroy Comrie, State Senators Tony Avella and Jose Peralta, and Lobbyist Melinda Katz.

Campaign war chests are growing, however not everyone has filed.

Peter Vallone: $1,017,498.00

Leroy Comrie:  $61,151.00

Jose Peralta: $60,015.00

Melinda Katz: n/a

Tony Avella: n/a

Many theories and possible scenarios are floating among political circles, but we say with confidence that real party insiders tend to chuckle at our speculation. Point is,  this time there are too many variables in this race for any predictions worth consideration, so let’s look at some elements in the race we can verify. While it might be crass, (and reduce all us voters to mindless drones incapable of formulating an opinion based on issues) if we look at this race through the assumption that people tend to vote along ethnic lines, then the largest voting bloc in Queens i.e.the Rockaways and Jamaica will vote for City Councilman Leroy Comrie. And he’ll stand a good chance if he ran raise the money. Speaking of cash, City Councilman Peter Vallone so far has the largest war chest and he has the name recognition in Western Queens, but that’s not all. Peter has a lot of support in Howard Beach, Ozone Park, and Breezy Point, which has gone unnoticed in the press. An interesting scenario would be to see Peter endorse Leroy as his Deputy Borough President (party nomination notwithstanding), but that’s a story for another time.

In the northeast section of Queens, there will be two Vallone’s on the ballot as Paul (Peter’s brother) will be running for City Council in the 19th District. No one can agree if this is beneficial or not so we’ll just have to wait and see. I think one element to examine will be the layout of the ballot to predict if it will help or not. What we do know is that Peter Vallone is very popular in the Western and Southwest portions of Queens with a large pocket of support in the Northeast thanks to Paul’s activism and visibility in the community. This could give him the edge above the rest.

Everyone’s wondering who will Joe Crowley pick. The Party nod might go to Senator Jose Peralta and thus Labor support will also go with him. Also the very large, very active Democratic Clubs in Elmhurst and Jackson Heights will surely be on the ground campaigning for Peralta and should not be underestimated. Senator Avella on the other hand, who once ran for Mayor will not likely receive the Party nod, but he has experience and borough wide name recognition. It is possible Tony Avella could split Peter Vallone’s base of support and vice versa.

We can’t ignore Melinda Katz as a serious contender. She is popular in Forest Hills and is so far the only Jewish candidate in the race. And she has Curtis Silwa by her side. I wonder if this will help or not. But what we do know is that she will likely corner the Jewish vote, which tend to come out and vote in primary elections. Let’s not forget Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik which throws another curveball to this election. At the end of the day, we really can’t predict where this will go. There’s too many variables. However if we open the books of campaign strategy, this primary, like all primaries boils down to a pull operation. With the vote being tugged five different ways, a candidate’s win number is reduced, which could be advantageous in some cases.

In any case, the office of Borough President is what you make of it. The Beep is like a County Executive and it’s a coveted job. Some say the office should be abolished, but we say use it to make Queens a better place. As the steward of our county to lead us into an uncertain future, the BP should be like a magnate for attracting new industries and businesses. The ideal BP will play a vital role in economic development.  Slightly more than cutting ribbons, the office should be playing an active role in job creation.  The office is also a bully pulpit for the aspiring candidate. Some candidates will use it as a springboard for higher office, and the advisory role in the many facets of Borough governance gives the outspoken candidate the platform they so desire. The advocacy element is particularly beneficial when Queens needs a mouthpiece to compete with the other Borough Presidents clamoring for the same resources. But to fully understand the purpose of the office you have to understand the powers granted by the NYC Charter, which are explained as follows.

The Borough president has the responsibility for:

  • Appointing Borough officials and community board members
  • Recommending Borough Expense Budget Expenditures (allocating the borough’s share of 5 percent of “discretionary increases” in the city’s general fund)
  • Recommending Borough Capital budget Projects
  • Recommending legislation to the City Council
  • Review Borough Impacts of City Budget Policies
  • Monitoring City Contracts within the Borough
  • Chairing the Borough Board
  • Calling Perioding Public Hearings
Required to prepare or submit:
  • A Strategic Policy Assesment
  • Transcripts of all public hearings held.
Ok, that was a lesson adapted from grad school. I keep referring back to it because most people can’t explain what the Borough President actually does. On that note, I wonder if all the candidates will appear on TV for a live debate and if they do, if asked, will they be able to outline the charter granted powers of the Borough President? There’s a lot more to it then meets the eye. Anyway, this post is not all encompassing. There’s plenty of angles to examine on this race and surely the cannons of scrutiny will signal which direction it takes. Feel free to share your thoughts with us.
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Nov 21 2012

Senator Peralta to help distribute donated turkeys from Fresh Direct

Thanksgiving brings out the best in everyone.

Press Release:  FreshDirect is donating a total of 1,900 turkeys this week to various groups throughout New York City and Philadelphia in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday. The offices of State Senator José Peralta, Bronx Borough President Rubin Diaz Jr., and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will help distribute the donated turkeys.

The schools and charitable organizations receiving the turkeys are the Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition, the East River Development Alliance, Project H.O.M.E., and Public School 209 in the Bronx.  FreshDirect is also providing 200 turkeys to victims of Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway through the Church of the Nazarene in Queens.

“Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together and enjoy a warm, fresh and high-quality meal,” said FreshDirect CEO and co-founder Jason Ackerman.  “We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to help provide part of that meal for those who need it most.”

Due to a shortage of delivery trucks caused by Hurricane Sandy, the company is enlisting the help of Bronx-based small business FarmFresh Trucking to aid in itsdonation deliveries.

“We work hard to give the Bronx community a helping hand during the holiday season.  Assistance from private sector companies like FreshDirect is invaluable to our efforts,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

State Senator José Peralta, who represents District 13, added, “Queens has been through a lot in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  Many of our residents are struggling and need a helping hand.  FreshDirect’s donation will help some of them get a good meal on Thanksgiving.”

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said, “Bravo to FreshDirect for its generous donation to the Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition and for helping to make this Thanksgiving a little brighter for those in need. But let’s not forget that for many struggling to recover after Hurricane Sandy – and for thousands of residents in our area every year – the issue of hunger will be around long after the last light is turned back on and the final home is rebuilt. So as we count our blessings and give thanks for all we have, remember to support individuals and organizations like FreshDirect who are dedicated to putting healthy food on the tables of Brooklynites and New Yorkers throughout the year.”

FreshDirect is not limiting its contributions to New York City. The company will also make a donation to Philadelphia’s Project H.O.M.E, an organization devoted to ending homelessness in the area, where it will distribute 100 turkeys.

“As an organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, Project H.O.M.E. is proud to be working with FreshDirect and others to makesure everyone in our city is able to feed their families this Thanksgiving,” said S. Mary Scullion, executive director of Project H.O.M.E.

FreshDirect began distributing the turkeys this past Saturday, November 17th and will continue to do so through Wednesday, November 21th.

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Nov 29 2011

In The Halls Of Justice, The Only Justice Is In The Halls

Loyalty?

How does the Democratic party perpetuate its own power? Through manipulating the court system, according to the NY Times.

The Queens county surrogate court is a bastion of power hungry party loyalists. They are the batteries that makes the machine function.

Operatives and future candidates stay in the loop by towing the party line.

Luckily,  a few brave souls that are not afraid to speak out against a good ol’ boy system where loyalty is measured by submission.

Read the scathing NY Times article for the full scoop.

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Nov 14 2011

Puerto Rico Hosts Political Schmooze Fest

Politics, not policy was the subject of the New York Times coverage of the Somos El Futuro, a political summit in Puerto Rico.

 From NY Times: SAN JUAN, P.R. — For a few days every November, the place for New York State politicians to see and be seen is not Angelo’s 677 Prime in Albany or the Regency Hotel in Manhattan, but a resort hotel in the Caribbean.

The New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force has held an annual conference here for 24 years, attracting lawmakers, lobbyists and labor leaders with 85-degree weather, pristine beaches, and unparalleled networking opportunities.

Officially a chance to discuss issues of concern to Puerto Rican and Hispanic voters, the conference, known as Somos el Futuro, is unofficially a giant schmooze-fest, a place to foster relationships and broker deals by the pool, on the beach or in the casino.

This year’s conference, which took place from Thursday to Sunday, featured workshops on housing and health care and an appearance by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. But as usual, the real news of the conference was not policy but politics.

For Full Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/14/nyregion/ny-lawmakers-confer-in-puerto-rico.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

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