José M. Serrano's Press releases

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 21, 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 20, 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 18, 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 15, 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 8, 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 28, 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 19, 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 14, 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 14, 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 25, 2012

Senator Serrano Honors the life of East Harlem Community Advocate Yolanda Sanchez with Legislative Resolution

(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."

June 19, 2012

Senator Serrano Celebrates the 55th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

Senator Serrano marched in the 55th Annual Puerto Rican Day parade, which takes place along 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The parade is widely attended by over one million people of all nationalities and celebrates the history and culture of the Puerto Rican people."This annual celebration reminds us all of the trajectory Puerto Ricans have traveled in the United States, particularly New York City," said Senator Serrano. "It is always an honor to march in this parade, embrace our culture and be reminded of the contributions Puerto Ricans have made in New York.

June 10, 2012

Senator Serrano Brings Free Mammogram Van to the 28th District!

As part of an initiative to detect and prevent breast cancer, Senator Serrano and the Project Renewal Scan Van Program sponsored free mammogram screenings in the 28th Senate district. Eligible women received free screenings in Yorkville, East Harlem, the Bronx and Roosevelt Island.

June 9, 2012

Senator Serrano Co-Sponsors Resource Fair in the Bronx!

Senator Serrano co-sponsored a Meet and Greet Resource Fair at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx with Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson. Local community organizations encouraged the community to learn about and utilize all the resources available to them in the areas of education, financial services, social services, healthcare, and housing access.

June 9, 2012

Senator Serrano and Council Member Mark-Viverito Speak out against Bullying

(New York, NY)- State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today expressed their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of 12 year old Joel Morales from Jefferson Houses in East Harlem, and spoke out against bullying in schools. On Tuesday, the young student took his life after enduring continued harrassment by bullies."My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Joel Morales," said Senator José Serrano.

May 31, 2012

Senator Serrano Invites You to Celebrate New York State Museum Week

(New York, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) invites you to celebrate the first ever Museum Week in New York from May 31-June 6. The initiative was spearheaded by Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and I Love NY. Throughout New York State more than 200 museums, zoos and botanical gardens, historic homes, living history museums, arts centers and cultural organizations will participate in this inaugural celebration. New York State Museum Week celebrates the diversity and richness of its museums by inviting residents and visitors alike to discover the fascinating worlds of art, photography, history, science, and more.

May 30, 2012
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