José M. Serrano's Press releases

Senator Serrano Stands up for Car Wash Workers' Rights in the South Bronx

Senator Serrano participated in a press conference in support of the worker's rights of more than a dozen Sunny Day Car Wash workers in the South Bronx. The workers organized a strike after two weeks of being unpaid. After being fired for non-compliance, the former employees formed a picket line to protest non-payment of wages and mistreatment.  

"Far too often, workers in our community are exploited or treated unfairly at the workplace," said Senator Serrano. "Many of these hard working people are new immigrants seeking to put food on their table and achieve the American Dream. I believe it's important for elected officials to stand up for the rights and dignity of these workers. " 

November 16, 2012

Recovering After Hurricane Sandy: Ways to Get Involved and Where to go for Help

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.  

October 31, 2012

Senator Serrano joins the Roosevelt Island community for their Annual Halloween Day Parade

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.”

October 26, 2012

Senator Serrano Celebrates the Ribbon Cutting of the New Settlement Community Center

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.

October 24, 2012

Senator Serrano Participates in the the Harlem River Festival at Robert Clemente Park

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.

October 20, 2012

Senator Serrano Participates in the 5th Annual "It's My Park Day" Event

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.

October 20, 2012

Senator Serrano Participates in the Annual Reception of Parks & Trails New York

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.

October 18, 2012

Senator Serrano Celebrates the Dedication of the FDR Memorial

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. 

October 17, 2012

Serrano Statement Re: Governor Cuomo's Executive Order Requiring Language Assistance Services

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.

October 10, 2012

Senator Serrano Co-Sponsors Immigration Services Roundtable

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.  

September 19, 2012

Senator Serrano Participates in Youth Resource Fair in the Bronx

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.

September 17, 2012

Senator Serrano Celebrates the 19th Anniversary of Maggie's Garden

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.

September 14, 2012

Senator Serrano Joined Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for his Back to School Festival in East Harlem

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.

September 7, 2012

Senator Serrano Participates in 6th Annual Teen Fair "Step Up, Speak Out, Take Action" in East Harlem

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. 

August 27, 2012

Senator Serrano Celebrates the Ribbon Cutting of the Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s El Barrio Fire House Community Media Center

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.

July 18, 2012

Senator Serrano Celebrates River Park Towers Family Day

 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.

July 13, 2012

Senator Serrano Encourages Bronxites to Get Fit with the Bronx CAN Health Initiative

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.

July 13, 2012

Senate Summer Reading Program

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 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!

June 24, 2012
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