José M. Serrano's Press releases

Preparing for Hurricane Irene

In preparation for Hurricane Irene, I urge all of you to take the necessary precautions to protect yourselves and your loved ones. Below you will find some helpful information and recommendations to ensure that you are adequately prepared should hurricane conditions occur.

Additionally, you may lose power and email access, so I suggest you print this email, along with the corresponding evacuation map, and any other information you need to ensure your safety. Please share this information with others, especially the elderly and sick who may not be getting the proper information, and help them stay informed.

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August 26, 2011
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Serrano and other Roosevelt Island Elected Officials Rally to Save the Post Office

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator José M. Serrano, Assembly Micah Kellner, City Council Member Jessica Lappin, and Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation President Leslie Torres joined Roosevelt Island community leaders and residents for a rally to urge the United States Postal Service to keep the Roosevelt Island Post Office in operation.

August 18, 2011
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NYPD National Night Out

Today, Senator Jose M. Serrano visited the 25th and the 40th precincts to honor New York City Police Officers and present to them a proclamation at the 28th annual National Night Out.“It is very important for us to acknowledge and thank our local police officers for the great work they do in our communities,” said Senator Serrano. “Not only is New York City one of the largest cities in the world, it’s also the safest. This is in great part due to the amazing men and women who work daily to improve our communities and keep us safe.”

August 16, 2011
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Senator Serrano Encourages City to Implement Arts Education Blueprint

(New York, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today applauded the Panel for Education Policy's Arts Education Advisory Committee for developing a blueprint consisting of goals and recommendations to enhance arts education in New York City schools, and encouraged the City to carry out its implementation. 
 

In 2009 Senator Serrano sponsored legislation (S6106), which passed the Senate, to create an advisory committee to advise the Chancellor on arts education and to work to improve compliance with State arts education requirements. Despite the fact that the legislation did not pass the Assembly, in March, 2010, under the leadership of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the City's Arts Education Advisory Committee was created. 
 

August 11, 2011
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Bronx Dominican Parade

Today, Senator Serrano joined his father, Congressman Jose E. Serrano, for the Bronx Dominican Parade. The parade has become a yearly tradition in the Bronx and is a lively celebration of Dominican Heritage that makes its way down the Grand Concourse each year.“It is such a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful celebration,” said Senator Serrano. "There are now more Dominicans in the Bronx than in Washington Heights, and it is so delightful to march down the concourse with my Dominican constituents, and to see everyone come together to celebrate the rich and vibrant Dominican culture.”

July 24, 2011
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Opening of the Pool at Roberto Clemente State Park

Today, Senator Serrano attended the re-opening of the Roberto Clemente State Park pool. The renovated facility includes an Olympic size pool, a sprinkler park for children, a wading pool, a diving tank, and a new indoor basketball court with locker rooms. “With the sky high temperatures that are sweeping the Northeast coast, the re-opening of the pool could not have come at a better time,” said Senator Serrano. “Fortunately, our residents now have a way to combat the heat by taking advantage of this much needed facility. I’m extremely proud to have supported such a fantastic project, which will provide access to recreation for countless families in the Bronx for years to come.”

July 22, 2011
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Senator Serrano at Bronx Constituent Hours

Senator Serrano and his staff held their monthly Bronx Constituent Hours today at River Park Towers."While we do a tremendous amount of work out of our District Office in East Harlem, there is no substitute for direct interaction with my constituents here in the Bronx," said the Senator. The Serrano Constituent Services team holds roving hours in the Bronx each month, and on Roosevelt Island (RIOC Offices, 591 Main Street) on the first Tuesday of every month. No appointment is necessary.

July 20, 2011
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Family Day at River Park Towers!

Senator Serrano, his father, Congressman Jose E. Serrano, and Assembly Member Vanessa Gibson joined the River Park Towers Community for Family Day in Roberto Clemente State Park. This yearly celebration is an opportunity for the River Park Towers Community to come together with family and friends and enjoy time outdoors."Each year, it's a joy to get together with the River Park Towers community to celebrate the summer season and meet with my constituents," said Senator Serrano. "This is a wonderful family tradition that I hope continues for many years to come."

July 9, 2011
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Senator Serrano Celebrates Bronx Pride 2011

Senator José M. Serrano today attended Bronx Pride 2011 in Crotona Park.  The event was organized by the Bronx Community Pride Center, which provides much-needed services and programming for LGBT individuals in the borough of the Bronx. The Senator presented a Proclamation to the organization’s executive Director, Dirk McCall, a long-time community leader. 

July 9, 2011
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Unveiling of Dra. Evelina Antonetty Way

Senator Jose M. Serrano today joined Bronx community members in the renaming of the intersection of Prospect Avenue and 156th Street in the Bronx to Dra. Evelina Antonetty Way.Dr. Evelina Antonetty was an exceptional community organizer and civil rights activist who advocated on behalf of people of all races. Under her leadership, the United Bronx Parents (UBP) was formed. The agency provides essential social services and programs for low-income families in the Bronx.

July 6, 2011
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Statement by Senator José M. Serrano Re: Marriage Equality Vote

"Today we made history by granting countless committed couples the right to marry. The communities I represent have long been recognized as thriving hubs of social progress, and have a strong commitment to equal rights. This vote is a monumental step in ensuring that laws in our country are not based on hatred and discrimination, but on equality and justice.

June 22, 2011
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Serrano Ranked Most Environmentally Friendly Senate Member

(Albany, NY) State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) was the most environmentally conscious member of the New York State Senate in 2011.  According to the EPL/Environmental Advocates preliminary scorecard, which tracks legislators’ votes on bills affecting New York’s environment, Senator Serrano had a perfect score of 67 out of 67.“I'm glad to have the opportunity to have a positive impact on New York’s environmental decisions, and I thank EPL/Environmental Advocates for honoring my commitment to improving our state’s air, land, water and public health,” said Senator Serrano, who has been a longtime advocate for environmental issues in Albany.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Serrano Brings the Mammogram Scan Van to Roosevelt Island!

State Senator José M. Serrano and the Project Renewal Scan Van Program today offered free Mammogram Screenings for eligible women in Roosevelt Island!“As community leaders it is not only our duty to encourage early detection, but to make it easier for our constituents to take advantage of the resources available. Getting a mammogram can be very costly- particularly for uninsured women, so we've been bringing the Scan Van to local residents so that they can benefit from the screenings free of charge.

June 3, 2011
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Serrano Joins Marriage Equality Advocates on Steps of the Bronx Courthouse

Senator José M. Serrano today joined government colleagues and gay rights advocates on the steps of the Bronx Courthouse, to urge lawmakers to vote in favor of a Marriage Equality bill.  "It's a travesty that in this day and age there are people among us who don't have the same rights as others," said Senator Serrano. "Marriage Equality is one of the most critical civil rights issues of our time, and we must not back down until we have equal rights for all the people of New York State"The press conference was organized by Brida Bronx Rainbow Independent Democratic Association, Bronx Marriage Equality Now, the Bronx Community Pride Center, and Bronx District Leader Kenny Agosto.

June 3, 2011
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Senator Serrano Applauds Governor Cuomo's Decision on Secure Communities Program

(Albany, NY)-  Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today applauded Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision to suspend New York’s participation in the federal Secure Communities program.“Local law enforcement does not belong in the business of deportation,” said Senator Serrano. “Secure Communities is a program with the potential to have a devastating effect, not only on the residents of my district, but on New Yorkers throughout the state. Aside from the civil and human rights implications, S-Comm also threatens the fiscal health of our local police precincts. I commend Governor Cuomo for taking action, and for seriously examining why this program would be a destructive departure from what our state represents."

June 1, 2011
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Interactive Rent Regulations Forum & Rally

(Albany, NY) With rent regulations that protect affordable housing for over 2.5 million tenants set to expire June 15th, Senate and Assembly Democrats joined with NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and housing advocates at an interactive rent forum and rally highlighting the critical need to extend and strengthen rent regulation laws before time runs out.Broadcast live over the Internet, via Twitter and Facebook, Senate and Assembly Democrats engaged housing advocates from across the state to stop the “tenant tax” and save their homes. Senate Democrats also launched an online petition drive dedicated to rent regulations.

May 24, 2011
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Senator Serrano Joins Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer to Celebrate the Arts

Senator Serrano served as a panelist for Culture Vision NYC: Envisioning a City Sustained by Culture and the Arts,  an event presented by Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee in the City Council.  The event featured live performances, refreshments and a lively discussion at the newly transformed Museum of the Moving Image, and featured Academy Award Nominee, Sigourney Weaver and BAAD Founder, Author Aviles.

May 21, 2011
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Serrano and Community Volunteer at Franz Sigel Park for "It's My Park Day"

Senator Serrano and his family joined members of the South Bronx community to clean Franz Sigel Park for "It’s My Park Day," sponsored by Friends of Franz Sigel and Joyce Kilmer Parks. For the fourth consecutive year, volunteers, local residents and community leaders teamed up to maintain the well-being of parks across New York City.

May 21, 2011
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Senator Serrano Joins the Community for the Highbridge Library Fair

In celebration of the newly renovated Highbridge Library and its one year anniversary, Senator Serrano joined the community and his colleagues in government for the 2011 Highbride Health & Art Fair. The event showcased the many resources offered by the Highbridge Library and gave the community the opportunity to meet health care service providers, as well as the many young artists who continue to diversify the community.

May 21, 2011
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