José M. Serrano's News items

Serrano Publishes Op-ed In Bronx News

A Deficit of a Different Kind at Public Housing

by State Senator José M. Serrano

(Reprinted with permission from the Publisher)

Public housing has seen better days. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is more than $200 million in debt. This is not just a number, but a real ideological shift – and one that has devastating consequences on the ground.

I see this first-hand when I meet with tenant associations around the district. It's clear that NYCHA is no longer able to provide the quality service it once offered to working class families in our city.

December 18, 2007
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Serrano Backs Sunlight In Albany

Albany, NY - Senator Serrano strongly and enthusiastically threw his support behind "Project Sunlight," an online initiative by the New York Attorney General's office that will significantly improve transparency and openness in New York State government.

"This is one more giant step on the road to reform in Albany," said the Senator.

The new website contains an easily navigable database of various state records. It is designed so that both novices and individuals with extensive government experience can use the site.

December 17, 2007
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Serrano Reads From Handel's Messiah

Senator Serrano participated in the annual reading of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. Music was provided by the Bronx Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Bronx.

"It was an honor to be selected as one of this year's orators," said the Senator. "The organizers of this event have done a tremendous job."

"In particular, I want to thank Michael Spierman at the The Bronx Opera Company.

December 16, 2007
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Serrano Testifies On Fair Housing

Testimony by State Senator José M. Serrano submitted as part of the Fair Housing Public Forum hosted by the Department of City Planning for the City of New York on December 14th, 2007

I would like to thank the members of the Board for giving me the opportunity to provide written testimony and participate in the public forum. I represent the State of New York 's 28th Senate District, which includes parts of the South Bronx, Highbridge, University Heights, East Harlem, Yorkville, and Roosevelt Island.

December 14, 2007
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Serrano Demands Middle School In Highbridge

Senator Serrano demanded a new middle school in Highbridge, during a press conference Tuesday, December 11 on the steps of City Hall.

"Right now Highbridge middle school students must cross the Cross Bronx or Grand Concourse, and take at least two buses, just to get a quality education," said the Senator.

"The city says the district has enough seats.

December 11, 2007
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Serrano Participates In East Harlem Tree Lighting

Senator Serrano celebrated the fourth annual East Harlem holiday tree lighting ceremony on Monday evening.

"This event has grown more popular with each passing year," said the Senator. "I am thrilled to be part of this East Harlem tradition. It is just one more way that we demonstrate the strength and unity of our neighborhood."

The tree lighting was sponsored by the East Harlem Board of Tourism, and held in the heart of East Harlem's "cultural corridor" on East 106 th Street / Julia de Burgos Blvd. and Third Avenue.

December 8, 2007
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Serrano Receives La Casa Visionary Award

Senator Serrano was recipient of La Casa Visionary Award, at the 27th Anniversary Gala Event of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña.

"This is a tremendous honor for me. La Casa has done an incredible job protecting our culture and our people at a time of great change in this city," said the Senator.

"I am extremely proud of my Puerto Rican heritage. It informs the way I lead and represent my district," he said.

December 7, 2007
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Serrano Urgest Doe To Protect Students In Midst Of School Closures

New York, NY – State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today expressed concern over the closure of six public schools by the New York City Department of Education.Four of the schools are located in the 28 th Senate District, which he represents. "East Harlem and the South Bronx are strongly impacted by this first wave of closures," said Serrano, who is a member of the Senate Education and Higher Education Committees.

December 6, 2007
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Serrano Office Helps Out The Youth

The Serrano office participated in the "Youth 2 Youth" Town Hall at the Washington Community Center in East Harlem on Friday evening.The event's primary mission was to help address topics of most interest to youth. Workshops were provided on topics such as undocumented students and the DREAM act, peer pressure and gender issues, college access and applications, and racism and harassment in schools. All workshops were developed, coordinated, and facilited by youth. Serrano Community Relations Associate, Annette Negron, attended the college workshop.

December 3, 2007
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Serrano Backs Enviromental Enforcement In East Harlem

Albany, NY – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis announced today that the Department, in cooperation with the City of New York, has been carrying out a major enforcement action to address urban outdoor air quality in a neighborhood that has suffered disproportionately from pollution. The program – focusing on polluting diesel trucks and boilers – is centered on East Harlem , from 96th Street to 116 Street, and from FDR Drive to 5th Avenue (zip code 10029), where asthma hospitalization rates are four times the national average.

November 16, 2007
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Senator Serrano Reflects On Diabetes Awareness Month

In recognition of November as Diabetes Awareness Month, State Senator Jose M. Serrano (D- Bronx/Manhattan) today encouraged New Yorkers to learn the risk factors and early symptoms associated with a debilitating disease that affects millions of Americans, though authorities estimate that about one in three cases goes undiagnosed."Given the condition’s enormous impact, we should probably make every month diabetes awareness month," said Senator Serrano.

November 12, 2007
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Serrano Letter To Governor Urges Executive Order Protecting Immigrants

Governor Eliot SpitzerState CapitolAlbany, New York 12224Dear Governor Spitzer,I write to you with strong reservations concerning the modified licensing policy. I believe the new "state driver’s license" does not, on its own, provide sufficient protections for undocumented workers.

November 9, 2007
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Serrano Speaks At Student Council Assembly

The Senator addressed students at Amber Charter School shortly before their Student Council elections. He discussed the importance of civic participation and voting, while praising the students of Amber for taking such an active interest in their community and their school. The Senator discussed the structure of State Government, as well as his role as an advocate for the people of the 28th district.

November 1, 2007
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Serrano Fights For Immigrant Rights In Letter To 52nd Precinct

Deputy Inspector James Alles52nd Police Precinct, NYPD3016 Webster AvenueBronx, NY 10467Deputy Inspector Alles:I write to you with great concern for residents of the north Bronx.Over the past month, East 196th Street has witnessed a number of muggings. The victims were very often undocumented immigrants coming home from work late at night. This has been confirmed by media reports in the New York Times, and also direct communication with community leaders.As you know, crimes directed against undocumented immigrants present a number of challenges.

October 31, 2007
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Serrano Supports Raices Salsa Sunday Festival

Senator Serrano attended the 6th Annual Raices Salsa Sunday Festival, an event that he helped to fund, on Sunday, October 28. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate our cultural heritage," said Senator Serrano, who is ranking member of the Tourism, Recreation and Sports Development Committee in the State Senate. Raices Latin Music Museum Collection is a comprehensive, multi-media collection describing and documenting the history and evolution of Latin Music in New York City.The 15,000-piece collection includes instruments, music, photographs and documents.

October 27, 2007
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Linkage House Receives Official Senate Proclamation

Linkage House celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Thursday, October 25. On behalf of the Senator, Community Relations Associate presented a Senate Proclamation to the staff and residents for their exceptional service and dedication to the community. Linkage House, which opened in 1997, was the shared vision of four organizations serving East Harlem: Union Settlement Association, Community Association of the East Harlem Triangle, Greater Emmanuel Baptist Church, and The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

October 24, 2007
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Serrano Attends Milbrook Tenant Association Meeting

Senator Serrano attended a meeting of the Milbrook Tenant Assocation on Thursday night. He listened to concerns by residents in the complex, and promised to fight for their rights.

The Senator, whose parents grew up in Millbrook Houses, said he was alarmed by the state of disrepair.“Millbrook has always provided a solid footing for residents, and particulary immigrants, as they pursue the American Dream,” he said.

October 24, 2007
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