José M. Serrano's Press releases

Serrano Thrilled with Memorial Day Weekend Attendance at State Parks

"I am so thrilled and excited to learn of the major increase in park attendance that we are currently seeing. Now more than ever, we should recognize the significance that State Parks hold for the people of New York," stated Senator José M. Serrano after the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced that with 1.17 million visitors over Memorial Day weekend (May 29-31), attendance at State Parks soared by 245,296 visitors. This translates to a 17 percent increase from the 2009 holiday weekend.  

June 4, 2010
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Statement from Senator Serrano: Restoration of Funding for State Parks and Living Museums

“As Chair of the committee that oversees the State Park system and living museums, I am thrilled that Governor Paterson and the Legislature have worked out a plan that will keep our parks open in time for Memorial Day weekend, and will allow us to enjoy all that our zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums have to offer in advance of the summer season.”

May 28, 2010
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Serrano, Advocates, and Community March to End Violence in El Barrio

(East Harlem, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano, the East Harlem Community and other local elected officials held  a march today protesting the rise in violence that has occurred in this culturally rich and diverse neighborhood, most recently the stabbing of three people on May 26th.

May 27, 2010
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Resolution Honoring Times Square Hero Lance Orton Passes Senate Unanimously

Albany, NY- A Resolution introduced by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) honoring Times Square hero Lance Orton passed the State Senate unanimously today.  "It is with tremendous pride that I applaud Lance Orton on his bravery, initiative, and concern for his fellow citizens," said Senator Serrano.  "His heroic actions and rapid response should serve as a reminder to all New Yorkers that we can all do our part when it comes to keeping our city safe." 

May 17, 2010
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Serrano Springs Into Action on It's My Park Day!

For the third consecutive year, Senator Serrano participated in "It's My Park" day, an event sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the City Parks Foundation, and local organizations throughout the five boroughs.

May 15, 2010
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Serranos March at Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade

New York, NY—  Senator José M. Serrano marched alongside Congressman José E. Serrano at the 22nd Annual Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade.  The Senator, a lifelong Bronx resident, expressed great pride for his Puerto Rican heritage. “Puerto Ricans have made tremendous contributions to the Bronx, as well as to New York City as a whole, and today we celebrate our unique ability to cross cultural boundaries while remaining true to our roots.” said Senator Serrano, who Chairs the Senate committee that oversees Cultural Affairs.

May 15, 2010
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Serrano Bill to Locate Areas Harshly Impacted by Environmental Hazards Passes Senate

Albany, NY- A bill  introduced by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) that  requires the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to periodically publish a list of areas in New York that are most adversely affected by existing environmental hazards was passed by the New York State Senate today.

May 11, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR JOSÉ M. SERRANO RE: LEGISLATION THAT WILL OPEN PARKS IN TIME FOR SUMMER

"Due to the late state budget, we are in serious jeopardy of losing our summer parks season. Pools, beaches and lakes should now be hiring lifeguards, summer camps should be opening for registration, and parks should be undergoing maintenance in preparation for the months to come. However, as budget negotiations continue, parks are in a state of limbo without sufficient funds to begin preparations for the summer.

May 10, 2010
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Resolution Denouncing Arizona Law Passes State Senate

BILINGUAL RELEASE- SCROLL DOWN FOR SPANISH

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May 4, 2010
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Serrano Joins Senator Schneiderman, District Attorney Vance, and Assemblymember Kellner to Announce Major Reforms to Combat Public Corruption

Bill Increases Ability of District Attorneys to Prosecute Public Corruption Cases,Legislative Fixes Close Loopholes, Strengthen Penal Law Crimes

May 4, 2010
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Serrano, Other Electeds, and Advocates Fight for the Civil Rights of Immigrants

Senator Serrano joined City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York City Council Members, other state legislators, and a number of immigrant and civil rights advocates in front of New York City Hall to denounce Arizona’s SB1070, which would require police to check the immigration status of those they believe are under suspicion of being in the country illegally.

April 29, 2010
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Resolution Presented by Senator Serrano Re: Immigration Reform/Arizona Law

WHEREAS, America, a nation of immigrants, is the greatest nation of the world; and;WHEREAS, New York State is home to approximately 4.2 million immigrants accounting for 1 in 5 of New York State's residents; andWHEREAS, immigrants are essential to New York State's economy by contributing approximately $229 billion in annual economic output; and

April 28, 2010
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Resolution Presented by Senator Serrano Re: Immigration Reform/Arizona Law

WHEREAS, America, a nation of immigrants, is the greatest nation of the world; and;WHEREAS, New York State is home to approximately 4.2 million immigrants accounting for 1 in 5 of New York State's residents; andWHEREAS, immigrants are essential to New York State's economy by contributing approximately $229 billion in annual economic output; and

April 28, 2010
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Serrano y Peralta en Contra de la Nueva Ley Migratoria en Arizona

Tras la aprobación en Arizona de la ley anti-inmigrante más severa de la nación, los Senadores José M. Serrano y José Peralta hoy se reunieron con la prensa para hablar sobre la injusticia de la nueva ley, y para hacer un llamado para la reforma migratoria. La ley SB 1070, la cual fue firmada por la Gobernadora de Arizona, Jan Brewer, el viernes 23 de abril, requiere que la policía interrogue a las personas sobre su estatus migratorio, y que arresten a individuales si sospechan que están en el país ilegalmente.

April 28, 2010
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Serrano and Peralta Take a Stand Against Arizona's New Immigration Law

CLICK HERE for video of Senator Serrano's remarks

CLICK HERE for Resolution introduced by Senator Serrano on Immigration Reform / Arizona Law

CLICK HERE for Senator Serrano's Immigration Report "Immigration Reform Starts Here"

April 28, 2010
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Statement from Senator Serrano Re: Cuts to NYSCA in Governor Paterson’s $620 Million Gap Closing Plan

"As Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, I am extremely troubled by Governor Paterson's most recent financial plan for the State. New York must grow out of this recession, and the Governor's proposed cuts to the New York State Council on the Arts, an agency that helps cultivate tourism and culture in our communities, is not a step in the right direction. 

April 27, 2010
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Serrano and Peralta to Denounce Arizona's New Immigration Law

(Albany, NY)-  After the shocking signing in Arizona of the nation's harshest anti-immigration law, Senators José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Jose Peralta (D-Queens) will hold a press conference tomorrow to denounce the new law, and to call for immediate, comprehensive immigration reform.

April 27, 2010
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Statement from Senator José M. Serrano Re: Alleged Misuse of Public Funds at the New York State Theatre Institute

"The recent report by the Inspector General alleging misdeeds within the administration of the New York State Theatre Institute has brought to light issues that are very troubling. "As Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation, I have seen, first-hand, the positive role the Arts play in New York's communities, and as a strong Arts supporter, I find these serious allegations extremely disturbing.

April 22, 2010
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Serranos Applaud Obama LGBT Visitation Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 16, 2010

Contact: Damaris Olivo | (212) 828-5829

 

April 16, 2010
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