José M. Serrano's News items

Senator Serrano Opposes Legislation Requiring Fingerprinting Food Stamp Recipients

Senator José M. Serrano (D-Bronx/Manhattan) voted against legislation (S.6274) that would require all persons 18 years and older in a household applying for or receiving food stamp benefits to submit to fingerprinting. "The idea of fingerprinting recipients will have a devastating effect on our most vulnerable population, New Yorkers who are already leery of participating in government programs," said Senator Serrano. "I have championed efforts to eliminate fraud in our social services programs, including the Food Stamp Program.

June 21, 2007
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Serrano Announces Funding For School-based Health Clinics

New York, NY -- State Senator Jose Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today announced that two healthcare providers in his district will receive a total of $1,007,601 in grants. The State Department of Health will administer the grants in support of school-based health clinics, which provide on-site health care services free of charge to students at their local school. Morris Heights Health Center will receive $351,109. Mount Sinai Hospital will receive $656,492. "We have for some time needed to reconsider the way health care is delivered.

June 14, 2007
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Roosevelt Island Senior Day

On Sunday, June 3, Senator Serrano celebrated Roosevelt Island's 29th Annual Seniors Day Open House."It's such a pleasure to be with you all today," said the Senator. "There is no community as strong as Roosevelt Island, and we are working hard to preserve it.""We have faced serious problem at Eastwood since the complex was privatized. We are making progress in resolving these problems, but we still have a long way to go," he said.The Senator encouraged residents to contact his district office with any questions or concerns.

June 2, 2007
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Serrano Endorses Sustainability Plan

Senator Serrano officially endorsed Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC at a press conference on the steps of City Hall.PlaNYC, a visionary effort to make New York City more sustainable by the year 2030, seeks to reduce air pollution, increase access to open space, remediate brownfields, and utilize green technology. It would also establish congestion pricing for trips into Manhattan's central business districts."I proudly endorse the many great proposals in Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC, including his call for congestion pricing," said the Senator.

June 2, 2007
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Serrano Applauds Free Distribution Of Computers To Bronx Students

Senator Serrano visited M.S. 223 in The Bronx this weekend to celebrate the distribution of free computers to local students. The event was run by Computers for Youth (CFY), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the home learning environment of low-income school children. The Senator met with students and families at the school. "Technology has become such an important tool for learning," he told them.

June 1, 2007
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Senate Democrats Propose Overhaul Of 421-a Affordable Housing Program

Albany, NY — Senator Serrano and members of the New York State Senate Democratic Caucus, as well as leading housing advocates, today announced efforts to modernize the 421-a tax incentive program for new affordable housing. The Senate Democrats are supporting a series of changes to the 421-a program that would end the use of these tax breaks as a "hundreds-of-millions dollar giveaway for luxury housing," to instead be a program that truly creates affordable housing and makes wise use of tax-payer dollars.

May 29, 2007
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Serrano Co-sponsors Arts Conference At Moma

Senator Serrano joined with Senator Liz Krueger to host an Arts Conference entitled "Contemporary Marketing and Audience Development" at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan."The arts have already proven an economic engine for New York City .

May 23, 2007
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Serrano Joins Bronx Mitchell-lama Task Force

Senator Serrano joined Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión along with the Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition, tenants, neighbors and fellow elected officials to help launch the Bronx Mitchell-Lama Task Force (BXMLTF)on Thursday, May 3rd."Preserving affordability in our city should be of the highest priority," said the Senator. "Unfortunately, with the sunset of many Mitchell-Lama housing programs throughout the Bronx and the rest of our city, we are in jeopardy of becoming a town in which only the very wealthy can afford to live.

May 9, 2007
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Serrano Speaks At East Harlem High School

Senator Serrano spoke with 9th and 10th Grade students from the Manhattan Center for Science and Math on Thursday afternoon."This year, we were able to change the way New York State funds education. We have finally brought the focus back to school districts that need the money most – and that includes East Harlem," said the Senator."The will to succeed is nothing without a strong educational infrastructure. It is knowledge that builds awareness, community and economic opportunity."

May 9, 2007
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Serrano Hosts Lupus Workshop

In conjunction with the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, Senator Serrano hosted a Lupus awareness workshop in his district office. "This is a disease that disproportionately affects women of color, a population already burdened with unequal access to quality and affordable healthcare," said the Senator.

May 9, 2007
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Immigration And Civil Rights

Senator Serrano hosted a Civil Rights and Immigration panel discussion on April 28. The event was organized by Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo as part of the 20th Annual Somos El Futuro conference. "Far too often, new immigrants avoid reporting crimes committed against them for fear of retribution from immigration officials," said the Senator.

April 27, 2007
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Senator Serrano Announces Member Item Grants

New York, NY – State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) has announced his list of approved grants for fiscal year 2007-2008. "I consider this one of the most important parts of my job," said the Senator. "We have organizations with little funding that make tremendous contributions to our community.""We also have well-established organizations that can expand and enhance their services," he added."But I also believe the system needs to be as transparent and open as possible.

April 25, 2007
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Serrano Commends East Harlem Hiv Care Network

The following are comments made on behalf of Senator Serrano by his constituent liaison, Carmen Arroyo, at the 2007 Northern Manhattan HIV/AIDS Profile Conference. A Senate Proclamation was then presented to Martín Orduna, director of the East Harlem HIV Care Network.

Good morning. I am here on behalf of State Senator José M. Serrano, who is in Albany right now, finalizing the state budget. The Senator wanted me to convey how much he appreciates and respects the work you are doing in East Harlem.

March 28, 2007
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Serrano Demands Fair Funding For Education

Albany, March 27 – In the final week of budget negotiations, Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) has called on Senate's Majority to invest education funds in the districts that need them most.

"For too long, this State Government has diverted money away from high-need and city schools," said the Senator. "Now is the time for a new direction."

March 26, 2007
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Senator Serrano Announces Support Of Legislation Designed To Close Health Care Gap

State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Bronx/Manhattan) today applauded new legislation designed to improve health care in medically under served communities, reduce the costs of health care premiums and stimulate local economies by helping start-up businesses obtain health insurance.

"I am very happy to support this bill, which was introduced by my SenateMinority colleagues. It is time for HMOs, who have benefited from rate deregulation, to play a more active role in the health care of their customers," Senator Serrano said.

March 21, 2007
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In Celebration Of Black History Month, Serranos Honor Local Leaders

New York, NY – Congressman José E. Serrano and State Senator José M. Serrano hosted a ceremony in celebration of Black History Month. At the ceremony they honored local leaders Sister Alicia Florence Allick-Goudie, East Harlem civic leader; David Gibson, Director, Samaritan Village - Highbridge Branch; Anthony Jordan, Director, St. Benedict the Moor; and Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter, Northwest Bronx civic leader. Each honoree was presented with a State Senate proclamation and a statement which will be placed in the U.S. Congressional Record.

February 28, 2007
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Senior Center Visits

          Senator Serrano celebrated Valentine's Day with Bronx seniors this week.          "Senior citizens are the foundation of our community," said the Senator. "They understand the importance of history and tradition, while also recognizing where there's room for change and growth."           The Senator's first stop was the Highbridge Senior Center on Nelson Avenue.

February 15, 2007
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Serrano Organizes Island Housing Forum

The Senator hosted a Roosevelt Island Housing Forum on Thursday night. In response to concerns raised by residents involving the future of Mitchell-Lama and affordable housing on the island, he assembled a panel of experts from both government agencies and non-profit organizations. "We need to do everything we can to maintain affordability on Roosevelt Island," said the Senator.

February 8, 2007
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East Harlem Leaders Protest The War

New York, NY – Spanish Harlem was well-represented at a stirring anti-war protest in Washington, DC on Saturday, January 27th. Forty-five local residents traveled south to the nation's capital, in a trip sponsored by State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-District 8, Manhattan). "The tragedies of the Iraq War are not just a world way. They are close to home, many times in low-income and minority communities," said Councilmember Mark-Viverito.

January 27, 2007
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Senator Serrano Urges Gop-controlled Senate To Reform Its Rules To Make Legislature More Open And Democratic

State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan) today criticized the Senate Majority for failing to deliver on their promise of reform. The SenateMinority Conference yesterday proposed changes to the Senate rules that would increase participation of rank-and-file members and raise ethic standards by recording each vote, providing equal resources and making it easier for senators to get their legislation voted on.

January 17, 2007
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