José M. Serrano's Press releases

Serrano Honorary Chairman at NYSATA Exhibit

On Tuesday, February 23rd, Senator Serrano served as Honorary Chairman at the The NYSATA Legislative Exhibit, which is co-sponsored by the New York State Alliance for the Arts in Education. Held at the Legislative Well in the Capitol Building in Albany, this student art exhibit invites students, parents and teachers from across the state to celebrate arts education with their legislators.

February 25, 2010
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Senator Serrano and Assemblyman Englebright Hold Joint Meeting to Discuss Budget Cuts to Arts and Culture

(Albany, NY)- In his continued commitment to the arts and living museums, as well as to openness and transparency in government, today Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), along with Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D- Setauket), Co-chaired a Joint Committee Meeting on Arts Day 2010 to discuss the devastating cuts to cultural organizations in Governor David A. Paterson's proposed budget.

February 24, 2010
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Senator Serrano Urges Leaders to Restore State Parks Funding

Governor David A. Patterson's proposed budget significantly slashes funding for New York State Parks. If the proposed budget is enacted, 40 parks will undergo service reductions, and 91 State Parks and Historic Sites will be forced to close.

Senator José M. Serrano, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, has distributed the sign-on letter below- addressed to legislative leadership- to all members of the New York State Senate. He has garnered bipartisan support in favor of restoring funds for State Parks.

February 16, 2010
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Serrano to Community: "Know Your Rights, Know Your Precinct"

On January 27th, Senator José M. Serrano co-hosted “Know Your Rights, Know Your Precinct,” an information session aiming to acquaint East Harlem immigrants with the resources available through the 23rd precinct. “No one’s immigration status should determine their safety,” said the Senator. “It is extremely important for immigrants everywhere to know their rights and to feel safe in the communities in which they reside.”

January 26, 2010
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Serrano Advocates for Community Jobs

Committed to meeting the needs of individuals and families affected by the downturn in the economy, Senator José M. Serrano attended a press conference on the steps of New York City Hall to advocate for the passage of the bill HR 4268, “Put America to Work Act,” and for the introduction of a similar Community Jobs bill in the U.S. Senate.

January 22, 2010
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Serrano Reminds New Yorkers to Continue Support in Haiti

In response to the recent aftershocks in Haiti, Sen. José M. Serrano is urging New Yorkers to continue their much-needed support throughout the aftermath of this crisis.“The recent earthquake, and subsequent aftershocks have completely devastated Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince. The outpouring of support from New Yorkers has been a testament to the awareness and compassion of the people of this state. However, the recovery effort will be arduous and ongoing, and it is important to make a long-term commitment to assist the people of Haiti.

January 22, 2010
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Senator Serrano Celebrates "Las Octavitas"

On January 21st Senator José M. Serrano attended the “Las Octavitas” event at Taino Towers in East Harlem. “I am thrilled to have been able to bring the holiday season to a close with this fantastic tradition, which is a staple in Puerto Rican culture," said Serrano. "It was truly an honor to have had the opportunity to share this very special day with my community.”

January 21, 2010
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Senator Serrano Joins Attorney General Cuomo to Denounce Fraudulent Immigration Services

(New York, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano joined New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, and Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat, to announce a lawsuit by the Attorney General's Office against two companies that provided fraudulent and unauthorized immigration services to countless victims in New York City.  The lawsuits were filed against International Immigrants Foundation, Inc. ("IIF"), International Professional Association, Inc. ("IPA"), and their President Edward Juarez, all operating in New York City and generating millions of dollars each year.

January 13, 2010
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Serrano Statement on Tragedy in Haiti

"Tuesday’s devastating earthquake has affected many Haitian New Yorkers who are frantically trying to reach their relatives and friends. I extend my deepest sympathies to all those impacted by this horrific event and I fully support our federal government's aid and intervention during this difficult time.

January 12, 2010
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Senator Serrano Co-sponsors Disaster Preparedness Event on Roosevelt Island

Senator José M. Serrano, the American Redcross in Greater New York, and the NYC Office of Emergency Management co-sponsored a free presentation designed to prepare individuals and families for emergency situations. 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.

January 5, 2010
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Joint Advisory Board of State Government Proceedings Concludes Public Meetings

(Albany, NY)- The New York State Legislature Joint Advisory Board on the Broadcast of State Government Proceedings (the “Joint Advisory Board”) has concluded an initial round of public meetings on the current legislative channel and the expansion of its programming.

December 21, 2009
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Senator Serrano Reads from Handel's Messiah

On Sunday, December 13, 2009, Senator José M. Serrano participated in the annual reading of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. This event, which draws large crowds from all around New York City, has become a holiday tradition in the Bronx. Music was performed by the Bronx Opera Chorus and conducted by Michael Spierman.“It is an honor to have been, once again, selected as an orator for this year’s performance,” said Senator Serrano, who is a proud supporter of the Bronx Opera Company.

December 13, 2009
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Statement from Senator Serrano on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation

(Albany, NY)- On Wednesday December 2, 2009, Senator José M. Serrano (D- Manhattan/Bronx) and his Senate colleagues worked with Governor David Patterson to approve a bipartisan Deficit Reduction Plan (DRP)  aiming to protect jobs, prevent tax hikes and save critical school funding. "Responsible cuts were necessary, but we were able to 'cut with care' by protecting funding for health care and education- without placing an additional burden on the taxpayer," said Serrano.

December 8, 2009
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Serrano Statement on Marriage Equality Vote

New York, NY- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed disappointment that a marriage equality bill (S.4401) did not pass on the Senate floor today."I am deeply saddened and disappointed by the result of today's vote on marriage equality. This issue is a part of the ongoing struggle for civil rights in the United States, and I maintain that State government must take action.

December 2, 2009
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NY-SPAN Public Meeting: Senator Serrano Encourages You to Submit Testimony

The New York State Legislature Joint Advisory Board on the Broadcast of State Government Proceedings will conduct their second public meeting on December 10th. The Board was established to advise on the expansion of the current dedicated legislative television channel. The Advisory Board members have recommended that the television station be modeled after C-SPAN, and they would like your input on how this governmental affairs channel should operate. 

November 25, 2009
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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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