NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The funeral for Jose Peralta, the first Dominican-American member of the New York state senate, was held Tuesday morning.
Peralta died Thanksgiving eve at age 47, though no official cause of death has been released. His widow said he’d been feeling ill and his condition suddenly worsened.READ MORE: NYPD: Mother Throws 4-Week-Old Daughter, 2-Year-Old Son Out Window Before Jumping Out Herself
He had represented Queens’ District 13 since 2010 but was beaten out in the Democratic primary back in September by Jessica Ramos. He was serving out the remainder of his term.READ MORE: Police: Man Shoves 77-Year-Old Into Window, Bites Him After Being Denied Access To Bathroom At Greenwich Village Diner
Prior to serving in the senate, Peralta was a member of the New York state assembly.
“Jose Peralta was a proud son of Queens and the Dominican Republic. He worked his way up from the grassroots, with heart and tenacity. Chirlane and I are both pained by his sudden loss. Our prayers are with his wife Evelyn and his sons,” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted early Thursday.MORE NEWS: In-Person Races Resume In NYC With New York Mini 10K
Services were held at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church in Jackson Heights. Peralta is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and two sons.