Serrano Outlines His Priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session

With the 2015 Senate session rapidly approaching, the time has come for all legislators to outline their priorities for the new year. Putting the previous elections behind us, the time has come for all of us to work together for the common good. The people of New York State are far less concerned with the political squabbles in Albany, they're demanding real action now.

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Senator Serrano Fights for More Clean Fuel Conversions for Buildings in The Bronx

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and Bronx elected officials and colleagues in a press conference calling for more clean fuel conversions for buildings in The Bronx. New regulations mandate that all buildings stop burning dirty, old-style #6 and #4 heating oils and convert to cleaner technology.

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Important New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

As we rapidly approach the New Year, I just wanted to touch base to let you know that a number of new laws will be taking effect on January 1, 2015. These include:

Hire a Veteran Tax Credit – Starting next year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years.

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Op-Ed: A Step Forward for Dog Owners

There are approximately 600,000 dogs that call this city home. Neighborhoods like the Upper West and East Side are two of the most heavily “pup-ulated” neighborhoods in New York City due to their proximity to Central Park and other pet-friendly green spaces. Our love for dogs makes sense when you consider the countless studies which show the tremendous benefit dogs and other pets provide to us in so many ways. From alleviating depression and anxiety, to greatly improved overall health, our pets have given us more than we can ever attempt to repay them for.

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Senator Serrano Helps Deliver Toys in East Harlem

(East Harlem, NY)- Senator Serrano joined Governor Andrew Cuomo's office and the New York Power Authority to deliver holiday toys to local children in East Harlem at the Union Settlement Association. Senator Serrano was also accompanied by representatives from the New York City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito's office and Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez's office.

"The holiday season is a time of giving back," said Senator Serrano. "It was a pleasure to be able to share the holiday spirit and deliver gifts to those in need of holiday cheer. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo, the New York Power Authority and Union Settlement Association for making this event possible."

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2015 LEGISLATIVE QUESTIONNAIRE - THE RESULTS

(Thank you for taking the time to complete my legislative questionnaire.  The survey is now closed.  If you have a pressing matter, please feel free to call my district office at 315-428-7632 for assistance.)

As your State Senator, I am doing my best to help make New York a better place to live and work.

With the beginning of the 2015 Legislative Session underway, I value your input on several key state issues that will be debated throughout the new year. That is why I asked all constituents of the 50th Senate District to complete a legislative questionnaire, which more than 4,700 people filled out.  All of these responses remain confidential.

Here are the final results:

Senator Serrano Applauds Governor Cuomo's Decision to Ban Hydrofracking in New York State

(Albany, NY)- Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo banned Hydraulic Fracturing (hydrofracking or fracking) throughout New York State. This major announcement comes after the Department of Health, citing numerous studies on the negative consequences of hydrofracking, presented their recommendation to ban the practice in New York State.

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Senator Serrano Participates in Annual Production of Handel's Messiah

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined The Bronx Opera and other elected officials for a presentation of Handel's Messiah at Bronx Community College. Senator Serrano served as one of the presenters for this annual holiday event and read a passage to the jam-packed audience. The Senator was joined by Congressman José E. Serrano, Council Member Andy King, Council Member Andrew Cohen and members of the community for the Bronx holiday tradition. Senator Serrano is a long-time supporter of the arts and serves as the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation.

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