Issues: Arts and Culture

Senator Serrano Celebrates Arts Programming in the Bronx at 52 Park

Senator Serrano celebrated with Lincoln Center and the The Big Three Palladium Orchestra at the 52 People for Progress at 52 Park concert in the Bronx. Senator Serrano as well as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, spoke about the importance of accessible arts programming in the South Bronx.

August 19, 2009
August 17, 2009

8/15/2009: Senator Huntley's 3rd Annual Children's Festival

Free fun filled day of Learning, Exercise, Food, Games, Rides and other activities on Saturday, August 15, 2009 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at Baisley Park - 157th Street and 116th Avenue

August 14, 2009

Senator Valesky Encourages Participation in Madison County Buy Local Week

 SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) applauded the launch of Madison County’s second annual Buy Local Week, Aug. 17-23. The initiative spotlights local products through events, with the goal of educating the public about the wide variety of local foods available and encouraging them to “buy local” year-round.

August 14, 2009

Serrano Congratulates Chita Rivera for Receiving Highest Honor

Senator José M. Serrano (D- Manhattan/Bronx) today congratulated Puerto Rican-American Broadway icon Chita Rivera, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in the White House yesterday. The Medal of Freedom is the highest medal that can be awarded to a civilian in the United States.   “As someone with a deep appreciation for the arts, I am overjoyed that this honor has been bestowed upon someone as deserving as Chita Rivera,” said Senator Serrano.

August 13, 2009

Serrano Comments on La Marqueta Plan


Calls city plan “visionary” so long as it meets the needs of his constituents

Highlights need to incubate healthy and affordable food, immigrant entrepreneurs, and vibrant public space

August 12, 2009

August 11, 2009


This week’s program features the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and NY Road Runners for the Children’s Hour (arts/crafts/games/contests); the Grand Street Community Band for the live performance; some terrific kids shorts by local filmmakers; and Fly Away Home, a family classic for the young and the young at heart. There’ll also be FREE hotdogs & popcorn for our viewing audience.   Come early & enjoy while supplies last. 

August 13, 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Buy Local…and Invest in Central New York

Buying locally grown foods has become somewhat of a trend in the past few years. Bestsellers have been written, new words—localvore—have been coined, and people across the nation want to be connected to where their food comes from.

This is no trend in Central New York—it is a way of life. Our broad agricultural base gives us, as consumers, an opportunity that many don’t have—the opportunity to buy local. Products are readily available at local grocery stores, farmers’ markets and roadside stands, and we happily buy them because they taste good and we know where they came from.

August 7, 2009

Elba Onion Festival Parade

Friday, August 7, 2009 - Senator Ranzenhofer walks with Assemblyman Hawley in the Elba Onion Festival parade.

August 6, 2009

Senator Squadron Posts Community Calendar on Web Site

Senator Urges Local Groups to Submit Community Events

Public Event Listing Next Step in Senator Squadron's Multimedia Outreach

New York, NY--State Senator Daniel Squadron announced his "25th Senate District Community Calendar" today on his web site, offering a new venue constituents can visit to find out about events in the district and opportunities to participate in community life.

August 3, 2009

Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study

A 2008-2009 Studio Project by Hunter College, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning

The Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study was a studio project conducted for 2008-2009 at the request of New York State Senator Jose Serrano’s office.

The report is available for download from the AccessRI page at

If you have comments about the report or any aspects of the studio project, please feel free to write to:

July 28, 2009

Senate Passes Aubertine Bill to Create 1812 Commission


Commission will promote tourism relating to the War’s 200 year anniversary

ALBANY (July 22, 2009)—The New York State Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine to create a commission to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 (S.5603-c).

July 22, 2009

Saving Arts Education from Politics

Gotham Gazette

by José M. Serrano

July 6, 2009

CLICK HERE for the article on the Gotham Gazette website.

July 6, 2009
August 15, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Serrano Marches in the 52nd Annual Puerto Rican Parade

Senator Serrano made his annual trek up Fifth Avenue during the Puerto Rican Day Parade, which was held on Sunday, June 14. The parade, which attracts more than one million people, celebrate the history and culture of the Puerto Rican people.

“I am never more proud of my Puerto Rican heritage than I am on this day,” said the Senator, who joined his father, Congressman José E. Serrano, on the parade route. “Today we come together as one community, united in our strength, our priniciples and the extraordinary contributions we have made to this city.”

June 17, 2009
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