José M. Serrano's News items

Senate Passes a Resolution Denouncing Arizona Law

The Legislative Gazette

Published: Monday, May 10, 2010

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July 29, 2010
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Cash-Strapped Lawmakers Make Do

Albany Times Union

Published: Saturday, May 22, 2010

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July 29, 2010
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Serranos Continue Assault on New Arizona 'Anti-Immigrant' Law

The Bronx News Network

Published: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Above is a clip of State Senator Jose M. Serrano, who represents the south Bronx and east Harlem, in Albany denouncing Arizona's new immigration law and calling for comprehensive immigration reform, saying the current system destroys families.

July 29, 2010
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Lawmakers: The Parks Won't Close, So Give Us Money for Now

Albany Times Union

Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010

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July 29, 2010
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Opened or Closed?

The Post-Journal

Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Whether closing state parks could mean the loss of federal funding tied to them may depend on how one defines "close." The state previously came up with a list of state parks to be closed as a way to save money. The plan has 41 parks on a closure list including Long Point State Park in Bemus Point. Instead of saving the state money as intended, however, closing the parks could actually cost funds.

July 29, 2010
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Member Items: Some Districts Getting Gypped

The Bronx News Network

Published: Thursday, March 25, 2010

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July 29, 2010
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Albany's Pork Handouts

The New York Times

Published: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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It pays to live in the home district of the New York Legislature’s big shots. According to a new analysis by several citizens’ groups, Senate and Assembly leaders grabbed much bigger chunks of political pork than lesser members did. This is yet another in a long list of reasons to oppose member items, as pork is known in Albany.

July 29, 2010
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First Stop, Rikers. Next Stop, Colombia?

City Limits

Published: Sunday, September 6, 2009

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Following a wave of activism protesting interrogations of immigrant detainees at Rikers Island, the city Department of Correction has implemented new practices to better respect the rights of people who are held because they have been arrested and await trial. Like other pre-trial detainees, immigrants are presumed innocent of their charges, but if they are found to be undocumented while being held, it's a comparatively quick trip to deportation.

July 29, 2010
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Reforms for Deportation Policies that Split Families Unites Elected Officials and Community Leaders

The Daily News

Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009

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East Harlem against deportation, a group whose name doesn't leave any doubt about its mission, released an important report this past Thursday.

Aptly named "Immigration Reform Starts Here," the report makes concrete policy recommendations for the city and the state to protect immigrants and their families.

July 28, 2010
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Parks in the News...

The successful bipartisan press conference and rally on State Parks on March 3rd, received a great deal of support as well as attention for the issue of Parks cuts on a city, state, and national level. 

March 5, 2010
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Senator José M. Serrano and NYS Senate Launch Revolutionary Open Legislation Website at Harlem High School

(New York, NY) - Today, Senator Jose M. Serrano launched the Senate's new Open Legislation  website through an interactive presentation to students at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics.

November 5, 2009
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Senator Serrano at Manhattan College Community Leaders' Roundtable

Senator Serrano attended the Manhattan College Community Leaders' Roundtable, in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The lively panel discussion featured various elected officials including Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Councilmember Oliver Koppell, Mayor Philip Amiconi, and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz.

October 20, 2009
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Serrano Climbs Aboard to Save the M15

On Friday morning Senator Serrano was proactive in his opposition to the proposed service cuts for one of the most heavily used bus lines in the country. During the 7 am rush hour, Serrano, his staff, and the Transport Workers Union boarded buses on Second Avenue, and handed out literature encouraging citizens to speak out against the planned cuts on the M15 bus.  The MTA is proposing to remove 9 buses from the M15 route, which operates between Second Avenue and South Ferry.

August 28, 2009
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Serrano at Island Kids Celebration

Senator Serrano was on Roosevelt Island for the culmination of the Island Kids Summer Camp. The camp is for children ages 5 to 13, and its programming includes swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music, culinary arts, and weekly field trips. This program offers partial and full scholarships to low-income families, who might otherwise not be able to participate. The 2009 season kicked off on July 7th, and there was an upbeat closing ceremony on August 26th.

August 26, 2009
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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
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Saving Arts Education from Politics

Gotham Gazette

by José M. Serrano

July 6, 2009

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July 6, 2009
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Serrano Member of the "Coalition of the Responsible"

The New York Times Editorial

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Published: June 19, 2009

The Lost Arts of Albany 

The New York State Senate has engaged in theatrics for two weeks with little more than a pile of press releases to show for it. The best way out of this ridiculous stalemate was suggested by Justice Thomas McNamara of the State Supreme Court. He said all 62 senators, 31 voting as Democrats and 31 as Republicans, should get to work by using “the art of negotiation and compromise.”

June 22, 2009
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Keep Tabs on the Money, N.Y.

Albany Times Union  

Published: Thursday, June 18, 2009

By José M. Serrano

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June 18, 2009
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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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Bill Seeks Safety Device on Housing Elevators

Bill Seeks Safety Device on Housing Elevators

By Manny Fernandez

The New York Times

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Two state lawmakers want New York City’s public housing agency to install a safety device on all its elevators that experts say could have prevented the death of a 5-year-old Brooklyn boy who fell down a shaft while trying to escape a stalled elevator last year.

June 8, 2009
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