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Several Jackson Heights residents plan to protest Peralta’s decision to breakaway from Democrats

State Sen. Peralta

Feb. 2, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan

Several Jackson Heights residents are upset by State Senator Jose Peralta’s decision to leave the Democratic Party and have started to organize a protest.

Peralta announced his move to join the Independent Democratic Conference last week, leaving some constituents stunned. Several are planning to protest the move tomorrow night, during a public meeting with Peralta at 6 p.m. at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights at 37-06 77th Street, during which time the senator intends to explain his decision.

“‘Independent Democratic Conference’ is a bunch of fancy bait-&-switch words to make you think you’re electing a Democrat, but you’re really electing a con-man who is siding with the anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, un-American GOP Trump supporters!” reads the Facebook description, posted by the organizers of the protest.

The IDC is a group comprised of breakaway Democrats who have been elected to the State Senate. With Peralta joining its ranks, the IDC now has a total of eight members in the 63-member chamber.

The IDC has joined forces with the GOP and have formed a majority coalition.

Peralta explained that he believes he can “better affect change” by joining the group.

“I want to make clear that I am not a Republican, that I am not siding with the Republicans. I continue to be a progressive Democrat, like I have been for my whole political career. In this new era of Trumpism, I cannot sit on the sidelines any longer, I need to bring real results for my community,” Peralta explained in a statement yesterday.

The organizers of the protest, however, feel a sense of betrayal and are looking to remove Peralta from office.

“Do not tolerate your intelligence being insulted by this sleazy political shell game. Stand Up. Sit-In. Speak Out,” reads the event description on Facebook. “Jackson Heights is the melting pot of NYC and everyone is welcome here with open arms. Demand a ‘special election’ to remove Peralta from office and elect a new, real Democrat to represent us!”

Neither organizers of the event nor Democratic Conference Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris returned request for comment.

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Progressive Me

The meeting turned into a large vocal anti Peralta rally outside.
How do we go about impeaching him?

Steven Moyano

Good to see my community standing up and demanding accountability. For too long we’ve had our state elected officials fly under the radar and its due time for some change.

Thank you Carol for organizing.

True Blue (Jewish) Democrat

The Jewish Center on A Friday night??
Shabbat is at 5:20pm more insensitivity by the turncoat Peralta.

Bernice sanders

Wow Carol that is too bad you were misquoted.
To author Hannah WuIkan: I’m sure MORE than several Jackson Heights residents and most NY Dems and all WFP members are upset at Peralta.
See you at the public meeting. When we put him in the hot seat!


This is the event organizer. I was NEVER contacted for comment. Please issue a correction. Believe you me, I would have plenty to comment had you actually asked. Now I don’t trust you enough to comment any further.


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