Jose Peralta, the Queens state senator who made historical past in 2010 as the primary Dominican-American in that physique, died all of a sudden early Thursday, his workplace mentioned.
Peralta, 47, misplaced his major for re-election in September and was because of go away the senate shortly.
“We’ve got no additional particulars to launch presently and ask that the household’s privateness be revered. Thanks to all who’ve reached out with phrases of kindness and assist,” his director of communications mentioned in an announcement.
First elected to the senate in a particular election in 2010 after eight years within the state meeting, Peralta was re-elected 4 extra instances.
However as a member of the breakaway Unbiased Democratic Convention, which sided with Republicans within the state senate, he confronted a major problem this yr and misplaced the nomination to Jessica Ramos, who cruised to victory within the common election two weeks in the past.
Peralta is survived by a spouse and two sons. He was remembered fondly by senate colleagues in tweets early Thursday.
“Shocked and saddened to study of the dying of @SenatorPeralta. Conserving his household and family members in my prayers and my coronary heart goes out to them,” Bronx Sen. Jamaal Bailey wrote.