Firefighter Union Official Eying José Peralta’s Seat

Richard Alles (center) speaking at a press conference. (Photo: LinkedIn)
Richard Alles (center) speaking at a press conference. (Photo: LinkedIn)

Richard Alles, the legislative director for the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, is mulling a run for State Senator José Peralta’s Queens-based seat.

Mr. Alles, a Jackson Heights resident, confirmed his interest in challenging Mr. Peralta next year. 

“Yes, there is interest,” Mr. Alles told Politicker when reached for comment. “It’s a little premature to say much more. I’m testing the waters, trying to solicit support.”

Mr. Alles declined to elaborate on his campaign but Queens Democratic sources said the UFOA member has had an interest in the seat since Mr. Peralta launched a bid for Queens borough president earlier this year. Mr. Peralta eventually dropped out of the Democratic primary.

Mr. Peralta’s reputation took a slight hit when it was revealed in May he was one of the elected officials federal prosecutors recorded while meeting with ex-State Senator Shirley Huntley, who is now serving a year in prison on embezzlement charges. Mr. Peralta has not been implicated in any crime.

Mr. Alles, a former firefighter who was a 9/11 first responder, would face an uphill battle in the Central Queens district. In addition to being a well-known incumbent, Mr. Peralta, unlike Mr. Alles, is a Latino in a district that is almost 59 percent Hispanic.

Mr. Peralta declined to comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s