José M. Serrano's Press releases

Manhattan College: "Three Senators"

Senator Serrano served as guest speaker for the Manhattan College Latino Alumni Club’s (MCLAC) “Three Senators” event. The event, which took place on the Hayden Hall campus of Manhattan College, also featured Senators Gustavo Rivera and Adriano Espaillat for a panel discussion on the new dynamics in Albany under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration and other relevant issues affecting our community.

April 19, 2012


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $9.7 million investment for NY Works projects to upgrade and repair two parks in New York City.New York Works is designed to reinvent state economic development with innovative new strategy that will put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding the state's infrastructure. The Task Force will help create tens of thousands of jobs by coordinating comprehensive capital plans, overseeing investment in infrastructure projects, and accelerating hundreds of critical projects across the state.

April 4, 2012

Serrano Sponsors Emergency Preparedness Workshop on Roosevelt Island

(Roosevelt Island, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano and the American Red Cross in Greater New York sponsored an Emergency Preparedness Workshop on Roosevelt Island today. This event was co-sponsored by Council Member Jessica Lappin and Assembly Member Micah Kellner and was attended by local community residents. The American Red Cross provided attendees with a free interactive CD that can be utilized to create a customized evacuation plan and other tools that will help any family get prepared in case of an emergency. Attendees learned how to create a family disaster plan, build and maintain a supply kit (To Go Bag), and keep loved ones safe and informed during times of disaster.

March 23, 2012

Senator Serrano Supports Arts Education at the NYSATA Exhibit

For the third consecutive year, Senator Serrano served as the Honorary Chairman at the New York State Art Teacher Association (NYSATA) Legislative Student Art Exhibit on Wednesday, March 14th in the Well of the Capitol Building in Albany. This event showcased students’ art work and invited teachers, parents, and schoolchildren from across the state to share their support for arts education.

March 14, 2012

Immigrant's Day of Action in Albany

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and Little Sisters of Assumption from East Harlem for the Immigrants’ Day of Action in Albany.  These groups discussed the need for all immigrants to have access to higher education by passing the NY Dream Act that would provide financial aid services.   “The Dream Act is the opportunity for all immigrants to receive a college degree,” said Senator Serrano. “We need to support what is necessary for ambitious youths to excel in our society and boost our communities.  This legislation is a wise investment for New York and I fully support all the efforts of NYIC and Little Sisters of Assumption from East Harlem to ensure all immigrants have access to the American Dream.”

March 14, 2012

Senator Serrano Sponsors Emergency Preparedness Workshop in the Bronx!

Senator Serrano and the American Red Cross in Greater New York today sponsored an Emergency Preparedness Workshop in the Bronx. The event was co-sponsored by Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz, Jr. and Highbridge Community Life Center. Attendees learned how to create a family disaster plan, build and maintain a supply kit, and keep loved ones safe and informed during times of disaster.The event, which took place as part of Highbridge Community Life Center’s Literacy Zone, provided local residents with a free interactive CD that can be used to create a customized evacuation plan and other tools that will help any family get prepared in case of an emergency.

March 9, 2012

Statement from State Senator Jose M. Serrano Re: Funding for Libraries

"Today I had the privilege of joining Senator Hugh Farley, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, for a Roundtable on the funding of Public Libraries in New York State. Although the Governor's proposed budget slated a 4 percent increase for education, libraries are not included in that increase, despite being extremely important educational facilities on which the people of New York depend.

March 5, 2012

Black History Month Celebration in East Harlem

Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito and Senator Jose M. Serrano honored two local leaders from the East Harlem community for Black History Month.  This year’s honorees were Dr. Sean P. Gardner, Jr., Senior Pastor/Chief Executive Officer of East Ward  Missionary Baptist Church and John Ruiz, District Leader of the 68th Assembly District, Retired NYC Firefighter, and Founder of the Fireman Fire Safety School Program.

February 27, 2012

Serranos Celebrate Black History Month

Bronx, NY--State Senator José M. Serrano and Congressman José E. Serrano today honored four exceptional local community leaders in their annual celebration of Black History Month.The Honorees were Robert T. Johnson, Bronx County District Attorney; Carl E. Heastie, Assemblyman of the 83rd NYS Assembly District and The Bronx County Democratic Party Chair; Karen Washington, President of NYC Community Garden Coalition; and Deirdre Scott, Executive Director of The Bronx Council of the Arts. Each honoree received a Congressional Record and a State Senate Proclamation.

February 10, 2012

Letter from Senators Serrano and Duane Re: Youth Shelter Funding

"Earlier this week Senator Tom Duane and I co-authored a sign-on letter to Governor Cuomo asking him to restore the budget for Runaway and Homeless Youth. An astounding one third of these at-risk youth are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender," said Senator José M. Serrano.

 "We must do a better job protecting our most vulnerable youth who are at risk for things like HIV infection, drug use, crime and incarceration. Senator Duane and I were joined by 13 of our Senate colleagues in voicing our support for funding a much needed program that protects our youth."

Read the full letter here.

February 9, 2012

Senator Serrano Supports HEOP!

Senator Serrano met with New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) students today to discuss the State’s continued support for this program. HEOP, a partnership between New York State and independent colleges and universities, provides economically and educationally disadvantaged residents academic and supportive assistance for college.There are 56 HEOP programs at independent colleges and universities, with more than 4,6000 HEOP students benefiting from these services. HEOP provides students who would not normally meet the admission criteria for the colleges they attend an opportunity to attend and obtain a higher education.    

February 7, 2012

Senator Serrano Supports TWU Local 100!

Senator Serrano joined TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen, TWU Local 100 transit workers, and elected officials for a press conference to discuss contract negotiations for 38,000 transit workers, between the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and TWU Local 100. TWU Local 100’s contract expired on Monday, January 23, and the MTA has been unable to negotiate a fair contract with TWU Local 100. “Every day New Yorkers rely on the New York City subway and bus transportation system to get to where they need to go,” said Senator Serrano. “It's unacceptable that 38,000 transit workers are currently working without any benefits, and I hope that the MTA and TWU Local 100 are able to promptly reach an agreement for a fair contract.”

January 24, 2012

Senator Serrano Attends the Unveiling of the New American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art!

Senator Serrano today attended the unveiling of the New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculptures, and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The opening of the New American Wing is in the final stage of a multiple stage project, and the new wing depicts colonial and early federal period arts, as well as nineteenth and early twentieth century showcases.

January 12, 2012

The 35th Annual Three Kings Day Parade!

Senator Serrano today celebrated Three Kings Day with El Museo del Barrio at their 35th annual Three Kings Day parade in the streets of East Harlem. The annual celebration brings together local school groups, families, community organizations, and elected officials from all over New York City.“It is always a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful tradition,” said Senator Serrano. “El Museo del Barrio does a terrific job at ensuring that the parade gets better and better each year. It is important that we continue to pass down this tradition and teach younger generations about our heritage and roots. The camels, live music, dancing, puppets, and parranda make this an enjoyable experience for everyone in the East Harlem community.”

January 6, 2012

Senator Serrano Applauds Governor's State of the State Address

New York, NY -- State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed great optimism following today's State of the State address. In particular, he pointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to bring much-needed repairs to 48 state parks and historic sites, and his focus on these as a tool for tourism and economic development."This Governor's proven track record in determining the needs of the state, and his ability to follow through with plans that deliver results has inspired great confidence in both the legislature and the public," said the Senator.In his address, the Governor stated that 83 percent of parks and historic sites are in need of repair, many of the damage having been caused by recent hurricanes Irene and Lee.

January 4, 2012

Average Life Expectancy in New York at a Record High!

(Bronx, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today for a press conference at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx to announce that New Yorkers are now living longer and are healthier. It was reported that New Yorkers born in 2009 could live to 80.6 years, a record high and increase of almost three years since 2000. The average New Yorker's life expectancy is also higher than the national average of 78.2 years.

December 27, 2011

Applied Sciences Campus on Roosevelt Island

(New York, NY)- State Senator José M. Serrano  joined Mayor R. Bloomberg, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Jessica Lapin, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, New York City Economic Development President Seth W. Pinsky, Cornell University President David J. Skorton, and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology President Peretz Lavie  to announce that Cornell University and the Technion Institute of Israel have been chosen to build an Applied Sciences and Engineering campus on Roosevelt Island.

December 19, 2011

Senator Serrano Reads from Handel’s Messiah at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts!

Senator Serrano participated in the  annual reading of George Handel’s Messiah at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx. Music was performed by The Orchestra of The Bronx with The Bronx Opera Chorus and Soloists.

“It’s always a pleasure to serve as a reader for Handel’s Messiah,” said Senator Serrano. “The Bronx is so rich in Arts and culture and the Bronx Opera shines a spotlight on all the talent this great borough has to offer. Handel's Messiah is such an uplifting musical work of art that showcases the transformative and inspirational affect that the art and culture bring to our community."

December 11, 2011

Serrano Attends the 8th Annual El Barrio/East Harlem Tree Lighting!

Senator Serrano joined The East Harlem Holiday Tree Committee, East Harlem community residents, and his colleagues for the 8th Annual El Barrio/East Harlem Tree Lighting ceremony.  The tree lighting took place in Franklin Plaza and was themed “Noche de Paz”/”Night of Peace.”

December 9, 2011
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