Senator Jose Peralta joins the Independent Democratic Conference

Senator Jose Peralta joins the Independent Democratic Conference

New York, NY — Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens) joined the Independent Democratic Conference on Thursday, expanding the conference to eight members.

“Today’s political climate demands that progressive legislators take bold action to deliver for their constituents. That’s why I’ve decided to join the Independent Democratic Conference, where I can best affect progressive change on issues like affordable housing, higher education, school funding equity, homelessness reforms, economic development, infrastructure upgrades, affordable healthcare, senior citizen protections and so much more. The IDC’s track record on delivering for the most vulnerable New Yorkers is irrefutable. They delivered an increased minimum wage, free UPK and Paid Family Leave. Joining the IDC will allow me to not only speak about, but deliver on a progressive agenda for all New Yorkers,” said Senator Peralta.

“I welcome Senator Jose Peralta to the Independent Democratic Conference as our eighth member. Senator Peralta embodies the spirit of this conference’s drive to get real results for the people of New York. As a Democrat, Senator Peralta knows that at this moment in time it’s critical to join the IDC, not just sit on the sidelines, in order to bring about progressive change. As the IDC grows again, this is another validation of our track record of getting things done. Together, we passed Paid Family Leave, a $15 minimum wage and delivered free universal pre-k to every child in the city. I look forward to accomplishing so much more with Senator Peralta,” said IDC Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).

“This is an exciting time for the Independent Democratic Conference that has now doubled in size since its inception. Senator Jose Peralta shares our passion for getting the people’s work done. This is an important time to make sure Democratic voices are part of the conversation, and I’m proud that we’re adding another to our conference,” said IDC Deputy Leader David Valesky (D-Syracuse).

“Senator Jose Peralta is a talented legislator and we are proud to call him a member of the IDC. He cares so much about his constituents and this state, evidenced every time he speaks on an issue. This past week, Senator Peralta joined us as we released an investigative report on homelessness reforms and spoke so viscerally on the unacceptable, deplorable conditions faced by families placed in hotels and cluster sites,” said Senator Diane Savino (D-SI/Brooklyn).

“Congratulations to Senator Jose Peralta for joining the Independent Democratic Conference. He is a dynamic senator, who will undoubtedly add to our visionary conference,” said Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester).

“I welcome my fellow Democrat and neighbor in Queens to a conference that gets things done. Senator Jose Peralta will make a great Independent Democratic Conference member because he is serious about effecting positive change in his district and in this state. We welcome him to our conference,” said Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens).

“It’s a great time to be a part of the IDC and Senator Jose Peralta will make a great addition. This conference is an engine for innovative ideas and progressive accomplishments. Now, more than ever, we need leaders to speak out and fight for the needs of our immigrant communities. I look forward to working with Senator Peralta on issues that matter to New Yorkers,” said Senator Marisol Alcantara (D-Manhattan).

“When I decided to join the IDC, I felt much the same as Senator Jose Peralta. I wanted to work with a conference with a track record of success and bring my vision into the fold. I’m proud that Senator Peralta made this choice and welcome him to our conference,” said Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn).

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