José M. Serrano's News items

Upcoming Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting

As part of his commitment to a more engaging committee process, Senator Serrano will be welcoming the New York State Tourism Advisory Council to this week's Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee meeting. The Tourism Advisory Council includes a number of the State's private sector leaders within the tourism industry. The Council will be on hand to explain their efforts and to discuss the State's tourism outlook for the next few months.

June 3, 2009

Serrano Sends Message to Community in Support of Marriage Equality

Throughout my career as a public official, I have strongly supported Marriage Equality. Moreover, I am a co-sponsor of the Senate bill (S.4401) that will provide same-sex couples the same opportunity to enter into civil marriages as opposite-sex couples. I consider Marriage Equality a part of the ongoing struggle for civil rights in this country. State government must take comprehensive action, both on the legislative and budgetary fronts, and I applaud Governor Paterson for his leadership. 

May 27, 2009

Bills Approved by the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee

On Wednesday, May 27, 2009 the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee approved the following five bills, four of which will proceed to the Senate calendar where they will be reviewed for a floor vote. Bill S2532A will go to the Senate's Finance Committee.

May 26, 2009

Serrano Hosts Forum on Teen Dating Violence

New York- Senator José M. Serrano hosted the forum Teen Dating Violence: Working Together to find Community Solutions at Hostos Community College in the Bronx. "When people think of domestic violence, they often think of things like adult marital disputes" said Serrano. "While this type of abuse is important to address, we often forget that young people can become involved in violent relationships as well."

May 21, 2009

The Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study

May 14, 2009

AccessRI Final Presentation: The Roosevelt Island Accessibility StudyA Blueprint for Advocacy and Action  New York- Over the course of the past 10 months the students in the Master's of Urban Planning program at Hunter College have been working on their final studio projects. Today the work of one studio was acknowledged with a presentation of their final report to elected officials.

May 14, 2009

Senator Serrano Pushes for Stronger Rent Laws

Sixteen Senators Stand with Advocates and Call for Action before End of Session Albany – Sixteen State Senators stood today with rent regulated and Mitchell-Lama tenant allies to launch a full court press to pass stronger rent laws before the current legislative session ends in June. 

May 12, 2009

Democrats also asking for more transparency in stimulus spending (Legislative Gazette)

By KATRINA KIELTYKALegislative Gazette Staff Writer

CLICK HERE for article on Legislative Gazette website

Mon, May 11, 2009

Elected officials at the state and city level, along with government watchdog groups, called on Gov. David A. Paterson last Tuesday to take steps necessary to ensure transparency in the allocation and spending of federal stimulus money.

May 10, 2009

Serrano Participates in Round Table on Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts

May 8, 2009

Senator Jose M. Serrano participated today in a roundtable discussionon how best to support New York City’s “naturally occurring” culturaldistricts on Friday, May 8. The roundtable was hosted by Brooklyn’sPratt Center for Community Development and the Fourth Arts Block, theleadership organization for Manhattan’s East 4th Street CulturalDistrict.

May 7, 2009

News from the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation Committee

Committee Chair José M. Serrano invited experts in the field to discuss Museum Deaccession at a lively meeting in the Capitol. CLICK HERE to view the full video clip, featuring statements from:

May 7, 2009

Senator Serrano Meets Dalai Lama in State Capitol

Senator Jose M. Serrano had the opportunity to meet with the 14th Dalai Lama in Albany on Thursday, May 7, 2009. The spiritual leader opened the New York State Senate session with a plea for peace and compassion, and stressed the importance of truth and transparency.

May 5, 2009

Serrano and Leaders Call on Governor Paterson to Lead the Nation in "Stimulus Accountability"


Legislators and Watchdogs Call for New York to be the Nation's "Transparency Capital"

May 4, 2009

Senator Serrano and Leaders Encourage Sustainable Choices

Senator Serrano, Sanitation Commissioner Doherty, City's Sustainability Director Aggarwala, and Assemblymember Kellner Announce Legislation to Make New York City a Pioneer in Protecting the Environment by Encouraging Sustainable Choices

City Residents Use Billions of Plastic Bags Per Year

Five Cent Plastic Carryout Bag Fee Will Help Reduce Litter and Number of Bags That Enter Waste Stream

May 4, 2009

"I Love New York" to Become Official State Slogan Under Serrano Bill

Serrano S.3424 Passes Senate; Awaits Signature from Governor

April 29, 2009

Serrano and Students Discuss Gun Violence in NYC Neighborhoods

Senator Serrano met with youth from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, a group advocating for sensible gun legislation in the state of New York.  The students were taking part in the organization’s Albany Lobby Day, and they shared with Senator Serrano their experiences and the experiences of their communities regarding the use of illegal weapons in New York City neighborhoods.

April 28, 2009

Elected Leaders Launch “East Harlem Against Deportation” Campaign

In Conjunction with Local Families, Advocates and Non-Profits, including The Children’s Aid Society

Push for Halt to Unjust and Unnecessarily Aggressive Deportations; Amnesty International / USA Reports on Dramatic Increase of Immigrant Detentions

April 23, 2009

Serrano Says No Time to Waste on Housing

Senator Serrano calls for the repeal of vacancy decontrol at a housing rally on the West Side of Manhattan

April 22, 2009

Serrano Letter to Governor Paterson Regarding Healthy Food, Healthy Communities Initiative

April 14, 2009

Governor David A. PatersonState CapitolAlbany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Paterson:

I am writing to commend you for the forward-looking vision of your Healthy Food, HealthyCommunities Initiative. I know the issue of nutrition has been an important one for youradministration. I thank you for addressing the concerns expressed by advocates, residents andelected officials in your Executive budget. I was a strong supporter of the program during budget

April 13, 2009

Serrano Fights for Arts Funding in our State Budget

Budget Statement from Senator Serrano on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation(Bilingual Release – Scroll Down for Spanish)

April 2, 2009

Albany, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today discussed passage of budget items that will harness the power of culture and tourism to revitalize the New York State economy.


April 1, 2009

Senator Serrano Flips the Switch on the Empire Switch on the Empire State

Albany, NY - March 28, 2009 - A resolution introduced by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) which requested New Yorkers turn off their lights for an hour this evening,  unanimously passed through the New York State Senate on Monday.

The resolution requests that Governor David Paterson adopt 8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2009 as “Earth Hour” in an show of solidarity against global climate change. New York State residents joined millions of people from over 4,000 cities around the world in voluntarily turning off their lights for the hour.

March 27, 2009

Senator Serrano sponsors Diabetes Workshop and Constituents Hours in the Bronx

Bronx, NY- March 27, 2009 - As part of his monthly Bronx Constituent Services Day, Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) sponsored a Diabetes Workshop at the Highbridge Senior Center. The Senator has been extremely involved in issues related to public health, working on efforts to protect supermarkets in East Harlem and fighting diesel emissions related to the asthma epidemic.

March 26, 2009
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