José M. Serrano's Press releases

Serrano at Opening of New Bronx Parks

NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe; Councilwoman Helen Foster; Congressman Jose E. Serrano; Senator Jose M. Serrano; Wilhelm Rhonda; and Community Board 4 Chairman, Pastor Wenzell Jackson.

August 31, 2010

Serrano Discusses Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts

Senator José M. Serrano participated in a roundtable discussion yesterday on how best to support New York City’s Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts. The roundtable was sponsored by the Fourth Arts Block, the leadership organization for Manhattan’s East 4th Street Cultural District.The event featured a diverse group of New York City’s creative practitioners, policymakers, funders and scholars to discuss the challenges facing cultural districts that have emerged throughout the city over the last several years. These naturally occurring cultural districts are brought to life by local artists, grassroots community groups, and local “creative” businesses, and can be found throughout New York City.

August 13, 2010

East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence Opens Its Doors

Senator José M. Serrano joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Borough President Scott M. Stringer today to announce the opening of the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence walk-in facility.  With over 25% of the area’s children suffering from the condition, East Harlem has the highest rate of childhood asthma hospitalizations in New York City. The new center, which is part of the City’s PlaNYC initiative, aims to reduce these hospitalizations by 50 percent over the next five years.

August 12, 2010

Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force Update!

After the Joint Senate Hearing on the Elmendorf Reformed Church (EFC) African Burial Ground on March 19th, the office of Senator José M. Serrano and the rest of the Colonial African Burial Ground Task Force, co-chaired by Reverend Patricia Singletary and Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, have been meeting regularly to work toward the reclaiming, preserving, and official recognition of the burial ground. As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is considering redeveloping the site in question, the area requires a series of environmental reviews, including an assessment of known and potential cultural resources.

August 4, 2010

River Park Tenants Association Family Day in the Park

Senator Serrano and the community celebrated Tenants Association Family Day in the Roberto Clemente State Park on Saturday to honor the association for their hard work in strengthening tenants’ rights and preserving at-risk affordable housing. Serrano presented the President of the Tenants Association, Leon Johnson, with a proclamation to thank him for his dedication and hard work.

July 12, 2010

Serrano Shows Support for LGBT Commmunity

Dirk McCall, Executive Director, Bronx Pride; Senator Serrano; and Guillermo Flores, American Cancer Society


July 9, 2010

Bill to Protect Allegany State Parkland Passes New York State Senate

For Immediate Release:

Thursday, June 24, 2010 Contact:Damaris Olivo | (212) 828-5829 |


June 24, 2010

Legislation to Improve Participation in Local Governance of Roosevelt Island Passes New York State Senate

(Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate today unanimously passed a bill (S7985/A10392), sponsored by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), that will improve the governance of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), while making it more representative of the residents of the area by improving accountability and increasing transparency and openness within the Corporation.

June 22, 2010

Legislation to Establish Environmental Fund Passes Senate

For Immediate Release:Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Contact:Damaris Olivo | (212) 828-5829 |

Albany, NY- The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S7657), sponsored by José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), that establishes a New York City parks, trees, and urban forestry fund by means of a "check-off" on city income tax returns. This initiative will increase funding for the purposes of environmental conservation without making additional demands upon state funds.

June 22, 2010

Senator Serrano at 53rd Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

Senator José M. Serrano today marched in the 2010 Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City, along with his father, Congressman José E. Serrano (pictured above).  Every year, the parade, which celebrates Puerto Rican heritage and culture, attracts over one million people to Fifth Avenue.

June 12, 2010

Breaking Barriers: Majority Announces Legislative Package Expanding Opportunities For New Yorkers with Disabilities

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Majority announced the passage of a comprehensive 9-point package of legislation providing New Yorkers with disabilities expanded access to polling places, transportation and medical equipment, as well outlawing discriminatory practices in employment, housing and public services.

June 10, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"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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