Senator Serrano attended a blood drive event Saturday afternoon at the Senior Center on Roosevelt Island. The Senator, joined by his family, had the opportunity to discuss island issues with residents and community leaders."This is a critical time for Roosevelt Island," he said. "I intend to work with our new governor, Eliot Spitzer, to change the way we govern this community."The event was sponsored by the New York Blood Center, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA), and the Roosevelt Island Community Emergency Response Team (RI CERT).
Senator Serrano co-hosted a Three Kings Day Luncheon with City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito. More than 100 people attended the event, which was held at the Bonifacio Cora Texidor Community and Senior Center on East 116th Street. Earlier in the morning, the Senator participated in the annual Three Kings Day parade. "Even in the rain, this is a fabulous celebration of tradition and culture," he said, walking among the colorful floats and throngs of people in the streets of East Harlem.
The Senator gathered elected officials and community leaders to support Metropolitan Hospital at a press conference on November 22. Metropolitan, the only public hospital in East Harlem , provides comprehensive care for the community's most pressing health care needs. It's also a safety net for residents who may lack private insurance or proper immigration status. When the Governor's Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century did release its final report on November 28, the hospital was left untouched.
To commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, State Senator José M. Serrano (D- Bronx/Manhattan) today called on New Yorkers, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation, to join together at precisely 9:11 a.m. to pray for the many people in our communities who are infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. "World AIDS Day is a unique moment each year when all of humanity celebrates the progress we have made in the battle against AIDS, and brings attention to the enormous challenges still to come," Senator Serrano said.
Senator Serrano had the opportunity to meet with an 11th grade government class at the Bronx Expeditionary Learning High School. He spoke to students about his experiences in city and state government, and the challenges faced by urban communities in New York. "Young people need to remain engaged in the political process. They need to fight for issues like school funding and affordable housing, and continue to make their voices heard," said the Senator. "Trust me, we are listening and working hard on quality of life issues in the South Bronx."
Senator Serrano delivered the commencement address at the Phoenix House graduation in Manhattan. The organization provides drug and alcohol treatment services, and helps conduct important academic research on substance abuse. The 130 adults and teens graduating from the program had already completed a year of long-term treatment, and now a post-treatment year of drug-free independent living. The Senator encouraged them to become mentors and role models for younger generations in the fight against substance abuse. The Senator joined the president of Phoenix House, Dr.
State Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) joined members of Hope Community, Inc. and the Groundswell Community Mural Project to celebrate a new mural in the Lexington Avenue community garden between 123rd and 124th Streets. "Deja Vu: Which Path Will You Choose" was painted throughout the summer by lead muralist Eduardo Alexander Rabel, assistant Alex Pimienta and 15 young adults recruited by Hope Community.
State Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) attended a Day of the Dead celebration at Union Settlement Houses on 104th Street. Day of the Dead originated in Mexico as a way to honor deceased relatives, and celebrate their lives. "The Mexican people have made such great contributions to this country," said the Senator. "It's always a pleasure for me to share in their rich cultural heritage." The Union Settlement event featured a full-course dinner with tamales, mole poblano, tostadas and atole.
Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) joined Congressman Charles B. Rangel and other elected leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Metropolitan Hospital. The new $2.95 million rehabilitation unit, featuring state-of-the-art technology, will enhance access and quality of care for East Harlem residents. "At this moment in time, health disparities remain high for minority residents, and our public hospitals are threatened with budgets cuts," said the Senator.
State Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) joined his father, Congressman José E. Serrano, for a groundbreaking ceremony at the Bronx Zoo. The new José E. Serrano Center for Global Conservation, a $30-million project, will bring together researchers and academics, and connect them with conservationists around the world.
Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) receives a free flu shot at Gracie Hospital. This was the kick-off event for a city-wide program run by New York Presbyterian Hospital . The Senator will sponsor his own flu shot event with the hospital on Tuesday, November 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the 25th Police Precinct. The location is 120 East 119th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.
Senator José M. Serrano attended the Miracles on 104th Street in East Harlem over the holiday weekend. The event featured live music and provided local artists the opportunity to display and sell their work. This was the fourth anniversary of Miracles, which is sponsored by the Museum of New York, El Museo del Barrio and the New York City Department of Parks. The Senator met with residents and members of local organizations. "East Harlem is a vibrant center of culture," he said. "This community has a rich history and a bright future.
Senator Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) co-sponsored a Transportation Forum at the Hunter School of Social Work with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and City Councilmember Daniel Garodnick. They were joined by transportation experts from government agencies and the non-profit community. "In the 28th district, which I represent, any discussion of transportation should address one of our most pressing problems: the environment. East Harlem and the South Bronx have some of the poorest air quality and highest asthma rates in the city," said Senator Serrano.
New York, July, 31- Senator Serrano, (D-Manhattan/Bronx), joined residents of East Harlem and HOPE Community, Inc. to announce the Julia De Burgos Mosaic project. The mosaic honoring the late author and poet will be created by local artist Manny Vega.
New York - Senator Serrano, (D-Manhattan/Bronx), today announced the members of the Senate Minority Task Force on the Arts and Economic Development which he is the Chair of. As a member of the New York City Council, Senator Serrano served as the Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs. Prior to his time in the City Council, Serrano worked for several years in non-profit theater. In May he was appointed by Minority Leader David Patterson to head a task force on the arts as a vehicle to explore ways that the state legislature can better support this vital sector.
Saying that "enough is enough," State Senator José M. Serrano (D- Bronx/Manhattan) today hailed a new measure that imposes harsher penalties for driving with extremely high blood alcohol levels, killing someone while driving while intoxicated, or repeatedly getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. The bill, which recently passed both the Senate and Assembly, would create the crime of aggravated driving while intoxicated for drivers with a blood alcohol content of 0.18 or higher. The new offense would also encompass the influence of alcohol in combination with any drug.
Senator José M. Serrano (D- Bronx/Manhattan) voted to support legislation that eliminates the statute of limitations for the prosecution of certain sex-related crimes and extends the statute of limitations on civil actions brought by individuals against a criminal offender.
State Senator José M. Serrano (D- Bronx/Manhattan) today announced the creation of an independent Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG), with broad new powers to hunt down and prosecute fraud and abuse in New York’s $45 billion-a-year Medical Assistance program for the frail, elderly and poor. "New York spends more on its Medicaid program than any other state in the nation, and there are those who prey on the program’s inability to combat fraud and abuse," Senator Serrano said.