P.S. 89Q The Jose Peralta School of Dreamers

State Senator José R. Peralta (1971-2018) made history by becoming the first Dominican American elected to the New York State Senate when he assumed office in District 13. He served from 2010 until his death in 2018. His tenure was marked by a focus on immigration justice, support for working-class families, access to quality education for all children and advocacy for LGBT rights. He was most notable as his chamber's leading champion for undocumented young people whom he believed deserved equal opportunity to achieve the American Dream. He introduced the New York DREAM Act in 2013 and increased its support over the following years. Prior to his election to the State Senate, he served in the New York State Assembly from 2002 to 2010, representing the 39th Assembly District. He was a member of the New York State Senate Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian caucuses, and of the Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force. As a state legislator, his sponsorship of gun-control legislation and a bill requiring microstamping on bullet-casings has drawn the ire of the National Rifle Association. He was a champion of economic development and job creation, and was a fighter for immigrants’ rights. He worked to heighten awareness of domestic violence and protect battered spouses from further abuse.


Bill Parry, "P.S. 89 in Elmhurst renamed in honor of late state Senator José Peralta," QNS.com, September 1, 2022, https://qns.com/2022/09/p-s-68-in-elmhurst-renamed-in-honor-of-late-state-senator-jose-peralta/

Jeffery C. Mays, "José Peralta, First Dominican-American Elected to New York State Senate, Dies at 47," The New York Times, November 22, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/22/nyregion/jose-peralta-dominican-american-senator-dead.html

Queens Gazette Staff, "Peralta Way," Queens Gazette, October 9, 2019, https://www.qgazette.com/articles/peralta-way