José M. Serrano's Press releases

Public Meeting Tuesday in Albany Regarding Expansion of Legislative Television Channel

Contact: Assembly- Kevin Frazier (518)455-4474                 For Immediate Release:

               Senate- Greg Meyer (212)828-5829                          November 13, 2009

November 13, 2009
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Serrano Receives Prestigious Attorney General Award

Senator José M. Serrano was presented with the Attorney General’s prestigious Distinguished Public Service Award in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. It was awarded by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to exemplary New Yorkers who have been of service to the Latino community and to society at large. Serrano spoke of the importance of remembering the pioneers who have helped to empower those of Latino Heritage.

November 13, 2009
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BROADCAST BOARD RELEASES REPORT, RECOMMENDS TRANSFORMATION OF LEGISLATIVE BROADCASTS INTO INDEPENDENT STATE GOVERNMENTAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS CHANNEL

Effective in January, Existing Legislative Broadcasts to Include all Legislative Hearings and Additional Enhancements

November 13, 2009
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Serrano Statement on Marriage Equality Bill

November 10, 2009

(New York, NY)-- State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed disappointment that a marriage equality bill was not brought to the Senate floor for a vote today. "When we look at past civil-rights movements, there were always those who were on the wrong side of history by believing that changes in archaic laws would create havoc within our society," said Serrano.

November 10, 2009
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Senator Serrano Joins Local Volunteers on It's My Park Day

Senator José M. Serrano was proud to join neighborhood volunteers at It's My Park Day at Franz Sigel Park on the Grand Concourse.   "Although I wasn't able to get there in time to help with the actual planting, I was so pleased to thank and congratulate the local volunteers for working hard - in the rain, I might add - to ensure that our local park looks its best," said Serrano. Senator Serrano, who planted tulip and daffodil bulbs in last fall's Park Day believes that pride in one's community is one of the strongest ways to uplift a neighborhood.

October 24, 2009
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Free Flu-shot Event!

On October 22, Senator Serrano took part in a free flu-shot event at Julia de Burgos- Taller Boriqua in East Harlem. 150 shots were administered by New York Presbyterian to seniors from the Community.

“It is a pleasure to see local seniors getting the opportunity to receive seasonal influenza vaccines free of cost, and in their own neighborhood,” said Serrano. “Thanks to the hard work of the nurses and New York-Presbyterian staff, there will be 150 less cases of flu in East Harlem this season.”

October 22, 2009
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Serrano at All Hallow's High School

Senator Serrano, alongside Lee Llambelis, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York, gave a presentation on avoiding the pitfalls of the student loan industry at All Hallows High School in the Bronx.

October 21, 2009
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Senator Serrano Attends Re-opening of El Museo del Barrio

Senator Serrano attended the re-opening of El Museo del Barrio, one of New York’s leading Latino cultural institutions. “El Museo plays an important role in the cultural landscape of New York City,” said Serrano. "I am extremely proud to take part in this fantastic event, which represents a milestone for the Latino community, all New Yorkers, and of course, the 28th District.”

October 17, 2009
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Serrano Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Fall for Arts Festival

Senator Serrano attended the 4th Annual Fall for Arts Festival, a free outdoor event presented by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. The Serrano sponsored event was a one of a kind outdoor gallery with a highly acclaimed mix of visual, performing, culinary, and interactive arts commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month.

October 10, 2009
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Senator Serrano Honored for Advocacy Against Domestic Violence

Today Senator Serrano was honored for his support of the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI), and for his commitment to combating sexual assault and domestic violence in underserved areas.

“It is vital that survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault have advocates  and counselors available to support them through a process that is often very painful,” said Senator Serrano.

October 1, 2009
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La Coalicion "El Barrio Contra La Deportacion" Lanza Reporte Final

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ PARA EL REPORTE FINAL, LA REFORMA MIGRATORIA COMIENZA AQUÍ

East Harlem, NY-  La coalición de oficiales electos y líderes comunitarios “El Barrio Contra la Deportación” hoy publicó su reporte final, y mandó 1,000 cartas de petición al Presidente Obama. Fue la culminación de una campaña educacional y organizativa iniciada en Mayo de este año.

September 17, 2009
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Serrano Bill to Develop Agricultural Regional Guides Passes Senate

September 11, 2009

Senate Passes Bill to Develop Agricultural Regional Guides

September 11, 2009
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Serrano Congratulates Chita Rivera for Receiving Highest Honor

Senator José M. Serrano (D- Manhattan/Bronx) today congratulated Puerto Rican-American Broadway icon Chita Rivera, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in the White House yesterday. The Medal of Freedom is the highest medal that can be awarded to a civilian in the United States.   “As someone with a deep appreciation for the arts, I am overjoyed that this honor has been bestowed upon someone as deserving as Chita Rivera,” said Senator Serrano.

August 13, 2009
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Serrano Comments on La Marqueta Plan

 

Calls city plan “visionary” so long as it meets the needs of his constituents

Highlights need to incubate healthy and affordable food, immigrant entrepreneurs, and vibrant public space

August 12, 2009

August 11, 2009
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Senator Serrano Testimony for City Planning Commission Public Hearing on the FRESH Program

August 5, 2009

I applaud the City for its proactive strategies to combat the shortage of healthy and affordable food throughout the five boroughs. Last year, I convened a task force of local stakeholders to address concerns and identify solutions in East Harlem, and my office even mapped out the closures of several local grocery stores. As part of that process, I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Department of City Planning and the Mayor’s Office, and I was impressed by their expertise and thorough understanding of the problem.

August 5, 2009
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