Senator Peralta spoke at the Jewish Center in Jackson Heights, Queens, and people got angry from the beginning of the meeting. He insisted that he is still a Democrat and joined the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) to have more voting power representing his community and constituency.

“Nothing was being done in Albany, nobody is happy and I hit a cross road,” said Senator Peralta. “For 14 years I have protected you and now I am going to protect you even more with the IDC.”

The Jewish Center on 77th Street was packed. Outside there were two demonstrations, one in favor of Senator Peralta, and the other, bigger and louder, against him. The police was in the middle.