The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has created a great deal of devastation in many communities throughout New York State. Our government agencies and first responders have been working hard to make sure our infrastructure is up and running again, but there is still much work to do. It is important that those of us who are able to volunteer give back to those who were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy through loss of power, water, and damages due to severe flooding. Below you'll find information on agencies that are seeking volunteers and information on where to go if you have suffered damages due to Hurricane Sandy.
Senator Serrano and his family joined the Roosevelt Island community for their annual Halloween Day Parade. The parade, organized by Urban American, the R.I. Youth Center and RIOC, included free Halloween festivities such as game booths, mechanical rides, balloon typhoon, spin art, cotton candy, popcorn, music, and more. Council Member Jessica Lappin also attended the parade with her family.“This parade is a wonderful opportunity to get together with family and the Roosevelt Island community to celebrate Halloween,” said Senator Serrano. “The Roosevelt Island community does a great job in organizing an event that is fit for the entire family. I enjoy seeing the wonderful costumes and great activities the community has to offer each year.”
Senator Serrano today celebrated the ribbon cutting of the New Settlement Community Center in the Bronx. The celebration was hosted by the Settlement Housing Fund and New Settlement Apartments. Located in the Mt. Eden section of the Southwest Bronx, the New Settlement Community Center is part of a larger community school campus that combines two new public schools, pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve, special education classrooms, a health clinic and outdoor places.
Senator Serrano joined community residents, environmental organizations, and other elected officials at Robert Clemente State park for the third annual Harlem River Festival. The festival was hosted by the Harlem River Working Group, and included activities ranging from boat rides, water conferences on sustaining clean water for Harlem River, and an open forum allowing community residents to engage with elected officials.
“This park brings much needed green space and Harlem River waterfront access to members of our community” said Senator Serrano. “Robert Clemente Park is a great recreational space for families to come together, for children to play, and for the community to stay active,” continued Serrano.
For the fifth consecutive year, Senator Serrano participated in “It’s My Park Day,” an event organized by William Casari from Friends of Franz Sigel Park and local community organization Bronx is Blooming. This fall, the Senator and his family helped clean up Franz Sigel Park in the Bronx, where they picked up garbage, dug soil, and planted bulbs.
Senator Serrano joined volunteers at this event to mulch and water trees, plant bulbs, and participate in the general cleanup of the park. Senator Serrano has been a long time advocate for the preservation of parks and currently serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, and sits on the Committee for Environmental Conservation.
Senator José M. Serrano was invited as a special guest at the annual reception of Parks & Trails New York. In 2010, Senator Serrano was honored at the annual event with the George W. Perkins “Parks Champion” award, for his continued advocacy on behalf of New York’s State Parks.
Among this year’s honorees was Governor Andrew Cuomo. The award recipients were commemorated for their dedication to understanding the importance of believing in, investing, and rebuilding New York’s extensive parks and trails facilities.
Senator José M. Serrano today participated in the celebration of the completion of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. This event was sponsored by the Four Freedoms Park Observatory, with special guests at the dedication ceremony including former President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Ambassador William Vanden Heuvel, and American television Journalist Tom Brokaw.
Today Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) praised Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement that 27 state agencies are now in compliance with an Executive Order which required agencies to provide free language interpretation in six major non-English languages. Executive Order No. 26 issued in 2011 by Governor Cuomo, required state agencies that have direct interaction with the public, to provide official documents, forms, instructions, and translation services in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Korean and Haitian Creole.
Senator José M. Serrano co-sponsored a roundtable discussion for local community organizations on how to protect the community from immigration services fraud. Assistant Attorney General Roberto G. Lebron from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's Office provided a presentation outlining the types of frauds being committed against the immigrant community and how we can best address these persistent issues. The event also included a Q & A session with the Attorney General's office regarding the changing climate of immigration services.
Senator Serrano participated in a neighborhood Youth Resource Fair in the Bronx. The event, which was organized by Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz, Jr. and the NYPD, provided information to the community about youth services such as sports leagues, after school programs, health programs, mentoring, job opportunities and colleges.
Senator Serrano celebrated the 19th Anniversary Celebration of Maggie’s Garden in East Harlem. The Senator joined Maria Amurrio, attendant of Maggie’s Garden, volunteers of the community garden, and other community residents for this celebration. The celebration provided attendees with information about the garden and entertainment.
Senator Serrano joined Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer at his Back to School Festival in East Harlem. The festival provided parents and children with plenty of fun and informative activities geared towards education. Attendees of the event received free health screenings and information about District 4 Public Schools, Child Daycare Services, and College Prep services.
Senator Serrano co-sponsored with Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito the 6th Annual Teen Fair “Step Up, Speak Out, Take Action” in East Harlem. The fair, designed to bring awareness to youth and gun violence within the community, gathered local residents and community organizations to show the importance of community involvement.
Senator Serrano celebrated the ribbon cutting of Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s (MNN) El Barrio Fire House Community Media Center in East Harlem. MNN’s El Barrio Fire House and Community Center was transformed in 2011 from a Fire House to a production and broadcast facility.
Senator Serrano joined the River Park Towers community and other elected officials to celebrate River Park Towers Family Day. The yearly celebration took place in Roberto Clemente State Park and served as an opportunity for the River Park Towers community to come together with family and friends and enjoy time outdoors. The event featured tabling by numerous organizations offering resources to the community, as well as activities, games, and entertainment.
Senator Serrano called for Bronx residents to participate in the Bronx CAN Health Initiative, organized by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s office, which brings together individuals, elected officials, government agencies, doctors, health providers, schools, civic-minded groups and physical fitness center of all kinds to promote the types of behaviors that lead to healthy lifestyles.
Senator Serrano is sponsoring a Summer Reading Program for children in grades 4 through 6! As the school year comes to an end, it is important to keep our children's minds active and learning throughout the summer. Parents must register at www.nyread.com to be supplied with the reading materials, including a reading list, list of public libraries in your area, and a reading journal. Upon successful completion, each student will receive a certificate from Senator Serrano and a bookmark!
(New York, NY)- A Senate Resolution sponsored by State Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), honoring the life and accomplishments of long-time East Harlem community advocate, Yolanda Sanchez, passed the New York State Senate today."Last week, East Harlem experienced a huge loss in the passing of Yolanda Sanchez," said Senator Serrano. "Yolanda was a true pioneer in the Puerto Rican Community, and served as not only an example, but as an inspiration to everyone with whom she came in contact. Her commitment to service is what led many of our current generation of Latino leaders to get involved in social and public service."