José M. Serrano's Press releases

Senator Serrano Hits the Streets with Council Member Jessica Lappin To Raise Awareness to Sexual Assault

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator Serrano joined Council Member Jessica Lappin on the streets of East Harlem to raise awareness to the alarming rise in sexual assault crimes in Upper Manhattan. With NYPD crime statistics reporting a 35 percent increase in misdemeanor sex crimes in Northern Manhattan as of March 31, 2013, and 13 sexual assault complaints in East Harlem alone in 2013, Senator Serrano alongside Council Member Jessica Lappin handed out flyers with information of resources for victims of abuse. 

April 10, 2013
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Senator Serrano Applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for Introduction of the Public Trust Act

(New York, NY) - Today Senator Serrano applauded Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's new legislative proposal, the Public Trust Act. The new legislation would create a new class of public corruption crimes and enhance the ability of prosecutors to investigate and prosecute public corruption across the state.

April 9, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joins Other Elected Officials in Fight For Resident Input & Transparency in NYCHA Infill Process

(New York, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano joined City Council Members Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin and Melissa Mark-Viverito in a press conference on the steps of City Hall to demand that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) improve the Infill Development process to include residents. The infill development plan is a current proposal by NYCHA to lease land on open spaces within NYCHA developments to developers, who would then build private housing developments on the sites. NYCHA claims that this will allow them to raise revenue for long overdue repairs and maintenance within public housing. Senator Serrano maintains that NYCHA residents should be involved in the process.

April 8, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joined Manhattan Borough President in a Letter to NYCHA Re: their Infill Plan

Senator Serrano joined Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in a letter to the New York Housing Authority (NYCHA) regarding their Infill Plan. Click below to read the full letter.

April 1, 2013
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Senator Serrano Comments on the Enacted $142 Billion State Budget for 2013-14

(Albany, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) commented on today's enacted $142 billion state budget for fiscal year 2013-14.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Serrano Serves as Moderator for Attorney General Schneiderman's Language Access Workshop at the SOMOS El Futuro Conference

(Albany, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano served as moderator for a workshop at the SOMOS El Futuro Conference, sponsored by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. The event was designed to inform attendees about their rights regarding language access. With New York commonly known as a cultural melting pot, the workshop addressed efforts made by the Attorney General's Office to ensure equal access for minority language New Yorkers in election ballots, Police services, Sheriff's Offices, and written materials provided by pharmacies and schools.

March 25, 2013
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Senator José M. Serrano, Yoko Ono, and others encourage all New Yorkers to participate in Earth Hour

Senator Serrano is joined by Yoko Ono, Elected Officials, and other Environmental Advocates in calling upon all New Yorkers to Observe Earth  Hour, tomorrow Sat 23rd from 8:30-9:30pm

 

March 22, 2013
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Senator Serrano Participates in Community Budget & Legislative Forum; Identifies Issues He's Fighting For

(Upper West Side, NY) – Senator Serrano delivered a NYS budget and legislative update in a community  forum at Goddard Riverside Community Center. As part of the forum, Senator Serrano discussed the current budget process and the progressive priorities that he is fighting for, followed by a Q&A session. Also at the forum addressing concerns was State Senator Bill Perkins.

March 14, 2013
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Senator Serrano Weighs in on Gun Control at NYU Panel

(New York, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano served as a panelist for an important discussion at NYU entitled: “Triggering the Debate: Race, Gun Control, and Mental Illness.” The panel addressed the national debate regarding gun laws and considered the complicated history that race and mental illness has historically played in the debate. “Recent acts of gun violence are alarming. My colleagues and I must do everything possible to pass legislation that will protect the people of New York," said Senator Serrano. “As an elected official, it is also very important to me that we urge our legislators on a national level for tougher measures that will ensure that guns do not end up in the wrong hands,” concluded Serrano.

March 8, 2013
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Senator Serrano Drafts Letter Urging U.S. Senators to Place Tighter Restrictions on Gun Sales

"Each year, countless individuals are victims of senseless and avoidable gun violence. My colleagues and I in the Senate Democratic Conference have continuously pushed for tougher measures on a state level that will ensure that our gun violence is curbed. However, more must be done on a national level. Today I sent a letter urging United States Senators to increase gun control measures by requiring background checks and record-keeping on all U.S. gun sales. As legislators, we must do all that we can to ensure that our constituents, the people of New York and the people of this Nation, are kept safe."

 

Read the full letter below.

 

 

March 7, 2013
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Senator Serrano Sponsors Resolution Honoring the Life of Rev. Wenzell Jackson

(Albany, NY)-A Senate Resolution sponsored by State Senator José M. Serrano honoring the life and accomplishments of long-time clergy leader and Chairman of Bronx Community Board 4, Reverend Wenzell P. Jackson, passed the New York State Senate unanimously. The Resolution is also sponsored by Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson in the New York State Assembly. 

February 28, 2013
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Serrano/Galef Call for Revamp of Member Item System in Light of Persistent Abuse

Senator Serrano & Assembly Member Galef Call for Complete Member Item Overhaul (Albany, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef continue their call for a complete overhaul of the member item system. Member items, or legislative grants, is money that is given to members of the New York State legislature through the state budget for local community organizations. Historically these funds have had very little oversight and no formal vetting process, which unfortunately opens the door for abuse.

February 28, 2013
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Statement from Senator Serrano Re: the Decision of the DEC to delay Hydrofracking until Public Review is Complete

(New York, NY)- State Senator José M. Serrano applauded the decision by Joseph Martens, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), to delay the issuing of the final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State until the Department of Health (DOH) completes public review of the health impacts of the process. "I am pleased to learn that the DOH is taking more time to carefully complete the public review process of hydrofracking," said Senator Serrano. "It would be blatantly irresponsible to permit hydraulic fracturing to be carried out without thoroughly analyzing its possible consequences on the health of the public. "

February 13, 2013
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Senator Serrano Sponsors Resolution Honoring the Life of Dolores Prida

(Albany, NY)- A Senate Resolution sponsored by State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Mahattan/Bronx) honoring the life and accomplishments of long-time East Harlem community advocate, journalist and writer, Dolores Prida, passed the New York State Senate today.

February 12, 2013
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Senator Serrano Advocates for Funding of School-Based Health Centers

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met student and parent advocates on behalf of The Children's Aid Society to discuss the important role they play within New York schools. They were among hundreds who rallied in Albany in support of preserving funding for school-based health centers (SBHCs). SBHCs are preventive health care centers that deliver onsite care to school children. 

February 12, 2013
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Senator Serrano Pushes for Review of Recent Incidents Involving Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department

(Roosevelt Island)- Senator Serrano reacted to news of an alleged incident involving the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department and an island resident.  

February 11, 2013
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The Serranos Celebrate Black History Month

(Bronx, NY)--State Senator José M. Serrano and his father Congressman José E. Serrano honored three exceptional local community leaders in their annual celebration of Black History Month. This year's honorees were the Hon. Helen Diane Foster, Council Member from the 16th District in the Bronx;  Richard R. Buery, Jr., President and CEO of The Children's Aid Society; and Hon. Donald A. Miles, Civil Court Judge of the City of New York-Bronx County.

February 8, 2013
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Severe Weather Advisory Issued for NYC

At the direction of the Mayor, the public is hereby advised that significant snowfall has been forecast starting today in the afternoon through Saturday morning.

1. The public is urged to avoid all unnecessary driving during the duration of the storm and, until further directed, to use public transportation wherever possible. As New Yorkers are making their commuting plans for tomorrow, they should be aware that driving conditions will be difficult.  If you must drive, use extreme caution. 

 

February 8, 2013
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January 28, 2013
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Senator Serrano Expresses Disappointment over Closing of the Saint Jerome School

(South Bronx, NY)- "I am deeply saddened and disappointed to learn of the Archdiocese's decision to continue with the closing of the Saint Jerome School," said Senator Serrano. "It was my hope that the Archdiocese would provide St. Jerome with a viable plan to allow the school to remain open. Not only is the school an iconic presence for residents of the South Bronx, but it has a long history of providing an outstanding education to the youth of our community, many of whom are new immigrants. I strongly urge the Archdiocese to reconsider this troublesome decision so that children who attend St. Jerome may continue to receive the quality education that they deserve," continued Serrano. 

January 24, 2013
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