P.S. 89 in Elmhurst renamed in honor of late state Senator José Peralta


Lawmakers gathered in Elmhurst Wednesday, Aug. 31, to celebrate the life and legacy of the late state Senator José Peralta, who fought tirelessly to pass the New York State DREAM Act, which allows thousands of undocumented young people across the state access to higher education.

The elected leaders from every level of government joined educators and students at P.S. 89 to celebrate The José Peralta School for DREAMers.

Large crowd turns out to honor late state Senator José Peralta. (Photo by Adrian Childress)

The event was organized by Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz, who was born in Colombia and came to Queens at the age of 9, and grew up as a DREAMer in Queens.

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