José M. Serrano's Press releases

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

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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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Serrano and Englebright Urge Governor to Fund Parks

Today Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Steve Englebright (D- Setauket) released a letter sent by them to Governor David A. Paterson urging him to adequately fund State Parks in the FY 2010-2011 Executive Budget to prevent park closures throughout the state. The lawmakers, who have been at the forefront of the issue of protecting State Parks and Historic Sites during the current budget season, expressed concern for not only the long-term fate of these public spaces, but for their well-being during the budget negotiation process. 

April 15, 2010
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Senator Serrano and Majority Conference Urge Compliance to Maintain Federal Parks Funding

(Albany, NY)- Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and the Senate Majority Conference announced opposition today to the National Parks Service’s threat to withhold federal funding as a result of the Governor’s proposal to close facilities within the State parks system.The Majority -- who led the fight against proposed cuts to parks funding, which would have closed dozens of locations -- urged the Governor to work with the federal Administration to determine a plan of action which maintains parks operations and does not endanger federal monies.

April 12, 2010
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Senator Serrano, Advocates, and U.S. Census Bureau Encourage All to Participate in the 2010 Census

Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today sponsored an event in conjunction with Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan/Bronx), Community Voices Heard, and the U.S. Census Bureau, that aimed to help achieve a complete and accurate count of the population in New York's 28th Senatorial District for the Census 2010.  "With only ten questions, the Census 2010 form is a simple five minute time investment that will help our communities obtain the benefits, services, and representation they deserve," said Senator Serrano. "It's important to note that Census information is never shared with immigration officials or any municipal, state, or federal agencies.

April 5, 2010
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Serrano and Bing Successful in Push for Arts Education Committee

State Senator José Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Jonathan Bing (D-Manhattan) today applauded the Department of Education and Panel for Education Policy for implementing their legislation to establish an Arts Advisory Committee for New York City public schools.  The Serrano/Bing bill (S. 6105/A. 9134) which passed the State Senate in 2009, creates an advisory committee to advise the Chancellor on arts education and to work to improve compliance with State arts education requirements.

March 31, 2010
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Statement from Senator Serrano Re: Judge Reversal of City School Closing Plan

“Today, The New York Times announced that State Supreme Court Justice Joan B. Lobis is reversing the New York City decision to close 19 schools, ruling that education officials failed to process proper paperwork.

“This is great news for our children, schools and administrators who deserve a second chance to inspire our youth and improve the education system.  While I acknowledge some of these schools were performing below an acceptable standard, we need to ensure that they are addressing the problems and not giving up on them.

March 26, 2010
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Serrano Reminds New Yorkers to Conserve Energy During Earth Hour 2010

Today Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) reminded all New Yorkers to conserve energy by turning their lights off for one hour tomorrow night during Earth Hour 2010. The Senator's resolution, requesting that Governor David A. Paterson adopt 8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 27, 2009 as "Earth Hour" in a show of solidarity to combat global climate change, passed through the Senate unanimously on Wednesday, March 24th.

March 26, 2010
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