José M. Serrano's Press releases

Senator Serrano Applauds Governor Cuomo's Decision to Ban Hydrofracking in New York State

(Albany, NY)- Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo banned Hydraulic Fracturing (hydrofracking or fracking) throughout New York State. This major announcement comes after the Department of Health, citing numerous studies on the negative consequences of hydrofracking, presented their recommendation to ban the practice in New York State.

December 17, 2014

Senator Serrano Serves as Keynote Speaker for the New York Botanical Garden's Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano served as the keynote speaker for the New York Botanical Garden's (NYBG) Puerto Rican Heritage Month celebration. The NYBG's celebration included an array of presentations and workshops that highlighted Puerto Rican culture for school groups. Senator Serrano had the distinct honor of providing the keynote address for the celebration.

"It was an honor to serve as keynote speaker for the NYBG's Puerto Rican Heritage Month celebration," said Senator Serrano. "Local students were treated to a cultural feast of all that Puerto Rico has to offer - from the history of the island, to the arts and culture,folklore, food, dance and music. I am so proud of my Puerto Rican culture and how it's part of the wonderful and diverse mosaic we call New York City!"

November 19, 2014

Senator Serrano Hosts Hands-Only CPR Training on the Upper West Side

(Upper West Side, NY)- Senator Serrano hosted a free hands-only CPR training course at the JASA Senior Center on the Upper West Side. The American Heart Association provided participants with an in-depth, informative class on this life-saving technique. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S.- but when ordinary people are equipped with the skills to perform CPR, the survival rate can double, or even triple. 

November 18, 2014

Senator Serrano Helps Make Food Donation in East Harlem

East Harlem, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano and Senator Liz Krueger joined the Turkish Cultural Center in delivering 1,500 pounds of food to the New York Common  Pantry. The generous donation by the Turkish Cultural Center was part of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice. This year's donation represents a 50 percent increase from last year's donation and will help feed more than 1,250 families.

November 17, 2014

Senator Serrano Celebrates the New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Festivities

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined members of the community and elected officials at the New York Botanical Garden's Annual Holiday Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting celebrations.

November 15, 2014

Senator Serrano and The Urban Justice Center Provide Free Family Law Legal Clinic

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator Serrano hosted a free family law legal clinic in his district office. The Urban Justice Center's Domestic Violence Project offered free one-on-one legal consultations to constituents. Individuals were encouraged to come in and meet with a legal professional about family issues such as domestic violence, child support, child custody/visitations and orders of protection. 

November 13, 2014

Senator Serrano Congratulates Earth Day Poster Contest Winner

(Bronx, NY) -  Senator Serrano visited the winner of the New York State Senate's Earth Day Poster contest at theSacred Heart School in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. Senator Serrano presented the winning student, Amaris Vargas with a enlarged replica copy of the winning poster. Up until now the winning poster has been on display in the Senator's District Office. The presentation took place during art class in front of teachers, students and family members.  This year marks the 2nd year in a row that a student from the Bronx has won the contest.

November 3, 2014

Senator Serrano Co-Sponsors Free Flu Shots for the Community

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator Serrano co-sponsored a free flu shot event organized by NewYork-Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network for the community in East Harlem. 

October 28, 2014

Senator Serrano Provides SCRIE Workshop in the South Bronx

(South Bronx, NY) - Senator Serrano hosted a free Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) workshop at the Hope of Israel Senior Center in the South Bronx. Senator Serrano was joined by the New York City Department of Finance and the office of New York City Council Member Vanessa Gibson to provide information and answer questions about the SCRIE program. SCRIE offers eligible seniors an exemption from future rent increases. The seminar helped individuals learn more about the SCRIE program, eligibility requirements and how it can help constituents afford to stay in their homes.

October 27, 2014

Senator Serrano's 2014 Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration for Children in Grades K-6

Dear Neighbor,

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! It’s a special time of the year to give thanks for our families, friends and communities. For generations, millions of Americans nationwide have enjoyed celebrating this special time of the year, as we collectively pause to reflect on the many things we have to be grateful for.

October 20, 2014

Senator Serrano Hosts Episode of "Represent NYC" Discussing Domestic Violence on MNN1

(New York, NY)-  Senator Serrano hosted an episode of "Represent NYC," a weekly program produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), that gives local elected officials the opportunity to update the community about the issues that shape our city.

October 19, 2014

Senator Serrano Receives Recognition for Achieving Highest Senate Score on Environmental Advocates Scorecard

(Albany, NY)- State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation, was ranked one of the most environmentally conscious members of the New York State Senate. TheEPL/Environmental Advocates scorecard, which tracks legislators' votes on bills affecting New York's environment, gave Senator Serrano a score of 96. 

October 9, 2014

Senator Serrano Hosts Free Instructional Hands-Only CPR Class

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator Serrano hosted a free hands-only CPR training course in his district office for the community. The American Heart Association provided the Senator, his staff and constituents with an in-depth, informative class on this life-saving technique.

October 2, 2014

Senator Serrano Co-Sponsors a Community Resource Fair in The Bronx

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano co-sponsored Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson's community resource fair in the Highbridge section of The Bronx. Local community organizations provided the community with information on education, youth services, healthcare, social services, housing and legal services. 

September 29, 2014

Senator Serrano Honors Late Bishop Wenzell P. Jackson in Street Renaming Ceremony

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson and local community members in the Highbridge section of The Bronx for a street renaming ceremony in honor of the late Bishop Wenzell P. Jackson. Nelson Avenue at the corner of West 167th Street was renamed "Bishop Wenzell P. Jackson Way." Bishop Jackson, formerly the Pastor at Mount Hermon Baptist Church, was a unifier in the community, serving as Chairperson of Bronx Community Board 4

September 26, 2014

Senator Serrano Joins Bette Midler for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Newly Renovated Willis Avenue Community Garden in Mott Haven

(South Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), founded by Bette Midler, local community leaders and supporters for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly renovated Willis Avenue community garden in the South Bronx.

September 17, 2014

Serrano Helps Launch the "Broadway Morey Boogie" Outdoor Art Exhibit

(Upper West Side)- Senator Serrano kicked off the "Broadway Morey Boogie" outdoor art exhibit on the Upper West Side on September 17th. Senator Serrano was joined at the ribbon cutting ceremony by Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and other community leaders.

September 16, 2014

Senator Serrano Appears on Channel ABC 7's 'Tiempo" Discussing Immigration

(New York, NY)-  Senator Serrano appeared on ABC Channel 7's "Tiempo" program, a weekly program hosted by Joe Torres that features a round-table discussion about topics affecting and relating to the Latino community. Senator Serrano, along with Senator José Peralta, discussed the current state of immigration reform and how it affects the many immigrant families living throughout New York State and ways we can address immigration issues on a National and local level.
Senator Serrano has been a staunch supporter of the rights of immigrants both in the 29th Senate District and throughout New York State.

September 13, 2014

Serrano Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Newly Renovated Plaza in front of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

(Upper East Side)- Senator Serrano celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated four block plaza in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Senator Serrano joined other elected officials, community leaders and museum executives for the introduction of the new $65 Million plaza in front of the museum on Fifth Avenue. Some of the newest additions to plaza include two fountains, new trees, additional seating and new lighting.

September 8, 2014

Senator Serrano to Hold Weekly Constituent Hours at the Bronx Office of Melissa Mark-Viverito

With a Senate district as large as the 29th, Senator Serrano feels it's important to bring his constituent services out to all the different neighborhoods he represents. Senator Serrano provides WEEKLY constituent hours across his 29th Senate district. Constituent hours will alternate weekly between senior centers and New York Public Libraries in the district. Notification will be given every MONDAY or feel free to call our office and ask when we will be at a location near you. 

August 31, 2014
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