February 11, 2010 | 02:20 PM New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Queens Council members released a statement at noon today saying they will endorse Assemblyman Jose Peralta, D-Jackson Heights, in a campaign to fill Hiram Monserrate's vacant Senate seat.
Quinn said Peralta understands the issues facing the people of Queens and he's a fighter for the equality of all New Yorkers. "I am proud to enthusiastically endorse Jose Peralta for state Senate," she said.
Quinn said Peralta has supported the Marriage Equality Act and distinguished himself on issues of housing affordability and education. She said he also supports increasing state school aid in school districts with lower-income families and providing low interest student loans.
"I stand here today to endorse Assemblyman Peralta's candidacy for the state Senate, not just as an elected official, but as a woman," said Councilmember Julissa Ferreras. "Jose Peralta is someone who has shown time and time again that he is a leader on the issues that matter most to women."
Ferreras said Peralta advocates for equal pay, women's reproductive rights and "calling on the creation for a domestic violence taskforce."
Councilmembers Danny Drumm and Peter F. Vallone Jr. also shared their support for the Assemblyman's campaign. Drumm said Peralta understands the issues of working families.
"Assembly member Peralta will put his community first and treat every constituent with the respect they deserve, for a change," said Vallone.
Peralta said he is honored to have the support of his fellow elected officials from Queens and looks forward to addressing the issues facing New Yorkers.
"For the past year, the 13th District has lacked leadership in the state Senate," said Peralta. "It is time for us to move forward with new leadership and get back into serving the people." Marcy L. Velte