Elected Officials Move to Prevent Next Mortgage Crisis:Officials and residents gathered today at 1520 Sedgwick, the Birthplace of Hip Hop, to defend against threat of reckless predatory investment practice
New York, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today praised Governor Paterson's decision to rein in state spending in light of the ballooning $6.4 billion state deficit and rapidly worsening economic times.
"The Governor is doing the responsible thing, in light of the state's fiscal outlook," Senator Serrano said. "Politically, this is not an easy move to make in an election year, but the Governor's choice speaks to his integrity and willingness to do what is difficult."
Senator Serrano joined community leaders and Greenhope officials in breaking ground on Candace House, a first-of-its-kind facility that will serve as an alternative to incarceration for women and their children.
"Today we are taking important steps to curbing the prison industrial complex in this state," said Senator Serrano. "Far too many of my constituents are sent off to jail when they can be more effectively treated through alternatives to incarceration."
Senator Serrano joined Congressman Charles Rangel and local elected and business leaders to promote the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit to hire young people ages 16 -24.
The tax credit for businesses helps provide employers with a one-time federal credit for each newly hired, eligible youth ages 16-17, now through September 15 and for young adults 18 through 24 for the first year.
Senator Serrano and his Constituent Service Team visited residents of 1199 Plaza on the afternoon of July 1, 2008.
Senator Serrano, who represents one of the most diverse Senate districts in New York State, holds service hours at locations throughout Manhattan, Roosevelt Island and the Bronx for those constituents who lack easy access to the District Office on East 104th Street.
Senator Serrano took part in the grand opening ceremony of the HANDS Community Center, located in St. Jerome's Church in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. The Community Center offers citizenship workshops, a food pantry, computer lab, and job skills training to Mott Haven's large immigrant population.
Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Jonathan L. Bing (D-Manhattan) announced passage of their bill S.8154-A/A.10594-A, which will provide much needed assistance to the beleaguered businesses in the construction zone of the Second Avenue subway. "We have given the business owners the tools they need to help themselves," said Senator Serrano. "This public project has had a tremendously negative impact on the livelihoods of these merchants. I am proud to say that Albany has righted a wrong."
SERRANO AND FARRELL PASS VACANT PROPERTIES BILLBorough President's Vacant-Lot Report Culminates in Passage of State Legislation
Albany, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell, Jr. (D-Manhattan) yesterday celebrated passage of their bill, S.6207/A.8666, which will tackle head-on the problem of vacant properties in Northern Manhattan.
Testimony by State Senator José M. Serrano submitted as part of the Lower Concourse Rezoning Public Scoping Meeting on the Draft Scope of Work for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Hosted by the Department of City Planning for the City of New York on June 19th, 2008
I would like to thank the Department of City Planning for the opportunity to submit written testimony and participate in the public scoping meeting for the Lower Concourse rezoning.
New York, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today applauded Mayor Bloomberg's "car-free recreation corridor" but asked a fundamental question: "Why not Uptown?" "Our city is leading the way with environmental initiatives," said the Senator. "But let's start putting these pilot programs where they really belong, in working class neighborhoods like East Harlem and the South Bronx.
The Senator and staff once again participated in the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, which graced Fifth Avenue on June 7, 2008. On the same weekend, he distributed valuable community resources and literature at the Puerto Rican Day Festival on East 116th Street.
Cites Daily News' report indicating one-fifth of East Harlem development remains empty New York, NY - State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan-Bronx) today criticized the City of New York and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) for "fully and completely casting the agency's mission to the wind by hoarding empty units while thousands need housing all across this City."
Senator Serrano mourned the loss of life following the crane collapse on the Upper East Side this morning. "Tragedy has struck this quiet corner of my district," said the Senator. "My heart goes out to the construction workers, residents and pedestrians who woke this morning to disaster," he said.
Saving Supermarkets, Protecting Our Health: State support of grocery stores means more jobs and lower medical bills
The inevitable question in any presidential race is whether the candidate knows the price of milk or eggs. But as supermarkets continue to close across the city, the question may become: where can I even find milk or eggs?
On May 22, Senator Serrano received the annual Community Service Award from Hope Community, the long-standing East Harlem organization committed to affordable housing development and management, and community building. The Senator was cited for his continued efforts to further the economic and cultural revitalization of East Harlem.
Senator Serrano co-hosted the East Harlem Arts Weekend on May 16-May 18. Despite the inclement weather, the weekend was a great success. The event was co-hosted by Community Board 11 and Art for Change. "This is a weekend designed to empower artists," said the Senator, who is Chair of the Senate Democratic Task Force on the Arts. "The arts are vital to a good education, a strong economy and a prosperous neighborhood. Particularly in an area as culturally rich as East Harlem, the possibilities are endless."
The Senator participated in a rally last night, organized by Housing Here and Now, at St. Jerome's Church in the South Bronx. In front of a standing-room audience of housing advocates community members, he discussed his vacancy-decontrol legislation.
The Senator once again participated in the Cinco de Mayo Festival, on East 116th Street in the heart of East Harlem.
"The Mexican community is an integral part of the American fabric," said the Senator. "Mexican-Americans and Mexican immigrants have made tremendous contributions to our culture, our government and our economy."