José M. Serrano's Press releases

Senator Serrano Discusses the Importance of Arts and Music Education on “Meet The Leaders”

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano appeared as  a guest on “Meet the Leaders” and spoke about his priorities for 2015, especially the incredibly urgent call for more arts and music education. Serrano expressed the importance of bringing back arts and music education in schools that have cut or reduced them to provide our children with the best education possible.

January 30, 2015
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Senator Serrano's February 2015 Off-Site Constituent Services Hours and Locations Schedule

My favorite part of this job is meeting and speaking with my constituents, and with a Senate District as large as ours, we feel it's important to bring our staff out to the various communities we serve.

January 28, 2015
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Another Record Year for Our Beloved State Parks

Attendance in Parks Increases by 1.9 Million – Exceeds 60 Million for Third Year in a Row 

January 28, 2015
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Senator Serrano Celebrates the 38th Annual Three Kings Day Parade in East Harlem

Pictured: Senator José M. Serrano, along with Council Member Helen Rosenthal.

January 6, 2015
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Serrano Outlines His Priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session

With the 2015 Senate session rapidly approaching, the time has come for all legislators to outline their priorities for the new year. Putting the previous elections behind us, the time has come for all of us to work together for the common good. The people of New York State are far less concerned with the political squabbles in Albany, they're demanding real action now.

January 1, 2015
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Senator Serrano Fights for More Clean Fuel Conversions for Buildings in The Bronx

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and Bronx elected officials and colleagues in a press conference calling for more clean fuel conversions for buildings in The Bronx. New regulations mandate that all buildings stop burning dirty, old-style #6 and #4 heating oils and convert to cleaner technology.

December 30, 2014
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Senator Serrano Helps Deliver Toys in East Harlem

(East Harlem, NY)- Senator Serrano joined Governor Andrew Cuomo's office and the New York Power Authority to deliver holiday toys to local children in East Harlem at the Union Settlement Association. Senator Serrano was also accompanied by representatives from the New York City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito's office and Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez's office.

"The holiday season is a time of giving back," said Senator Serrano. "It was a pleasure to be able to share the holiday spirit and deliver gifts to those in need of holiday cheer. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo, the New York Power Authority and Union Settlement Association for making this event possible."

December 22, 2014
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Senator Serrano Applauds Governor Cuomo's Decision to Ban Hydrofracking in New York State

(Albany, NY)- Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo banned Hydraulic Fracturing (hydrofracking or fracking) throughout New York State. This major announcement comes after the Department of Health, citing numerous studies on the negative consequences of hydrofracking, presented their recommendation to ban the practice in New York State.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Serrano Participates in Annual Production of Handel's Messiah

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined The Bronx Opera and other elected officials for a presentation of Handel's Messiah at Bronx Community College. Senator Serrano served as one of the presenters for this annual holiday event and read a passage to the jam-packed audience. The Senator was joined by Congressman José E. Serrano, Council Member Andy King, Council Member Andrew Cohen and members of the community for the Bronx holiday tradition. Senator Serrano is a long-time supporter of the arts and serves as the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation.

December 15, 2014
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Senator Serrano Participates in the 11th Annual East Harlem Tree Lighting Ceremony

(East Harlem, NY)- Senator Serrano joined The East Harlem Holiday Tree Committee, East Harlem community residents, and his colleagues for the 11th Annual El Barrio/East Harlem Tree Lighting ceremony. The tree lighting took place in Franklin Plaza on East 106th Street and Third Avenue. This year's theme is "El Barrio United Through Adversity: Remembering our loss, celebrating our fortitude" and the ceremony was dedicated to all those affected by the East Harlem explosion that occurred in March.

December 12, 2014
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Senator Serrano Serves as Keynote Speaker for the New York Botanical Garden's Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano served as the keynote speaker for the New York Botanical Garden's (NYBG) Puerto Rican Heritage Month celebration. The NYBG's celebration included an array of presentations and workshops that highlighted Puerto Rican culture for school groups. Senator Serrano had the distinct honor of providing the keynote address for the celebration.

"It was an honor to serve as keynote speaker for the NYBG's Puerto Rican Heritage Month celebration," said Senator Serrano. "Local students were treated to a cultural feast of all that Puerto Rico has to offer - from the history of the island, to the arts and culture,folklore, food, dance and music. I am so proud of my Puerto Rican culture and how it's part of the wonderful and diverse mosaic we call New York City!"

November 19, 2014
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Senator Serrano Hosts Hands-Only CPR Training on the Upper West Side

(Upper West Side, NY)- Senator Serrano hosted a free hands-only CPR training course at the JASA Senior Center on the Upper West Side. The American Heart Association provided participants with an in-depth, informative class on this life-saving technique. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S.- but when ordinary people are equipped with the skills to perform CPR, the survival rate can double, or even triple. 

November 18, 2014
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Senator Serrano Helps Make Food Donation in East Harlem

East Harlem, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano and Senator Liz Krueger joined the Turkish Cultural Center in delivering 1,500 pounds of food to the New York Common  Pantry. The generous donation by the Turkish Cultural Center was part of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice. This year's donation represents a 50 percent increase from last year's donation and will help feed more than 1,250 families.

November 17, 2014
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Senator Serrano Celebrates the New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Festivities

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined members of the community and elected officials at the New York Botanical Garden's Annual Holiday Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting celebrations.

November 15, 2014
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Senator Serrano and The Urban Justice Center Provide Free Family Law Legal Clinic

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator Serrano hosted a free family law legal clinic in his district office. The Urban Justice Center's Domestic Violence Project offered free one-on-one legal consultations to constituents. Individuals were encouraged to come in and meet with a legal professional about family issues such as domestic violence, child support, child custody/visitations and orders of protection. 

November 13, 2014
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Senator Serrano Congratulates Earth Day Poster Contest Winner

(Bronx, NY) -  Senator Serrano visited the winner of the New York State Senate's Earth Day Poster contest at theSacred Heart School in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. Senator Serrano presented the winning student, Amaris Vargas with a enlarged replica copy of the winning poster. Up until now the winning poster has been on display in the Senator's District Office. The presentation took place during art class in front of teachers, students and family members.  This year marks the 2nd year in a row that a student from the Bronx has won the contest.

November 3, 2014
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Senator Serrano Co-Sponsors Free Flu Shots for the Community

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator Serrano co-sponsored a free flu shot event organized by NewYork-Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network for the community in East Harlem. 

October 29, 2014
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Senator Serrano Provides SCRIE Workshop in the South Bronx

(South Bronx, NY) - Senator Serrano hosted a free Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) workshop at the Hope of Israel Senior Center in the South Bronx. Senator Serrano was joined by the New York City Department of Finance and the office of New York City Council Member Vanessa Gibson to provide information and answer questions about the SCRIE program. SCRIE offers eligible seniors an exemption from future rent increases. The seminar helped individuals learn more about the SCRIE program, eligibility requirements and how it can help constituents afford to stay in their homes.

October 28, 2014
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Senator Serrano's 2014 Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration for Children in Grades K-6

Dear Neighbor,

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! It’s a special time of the year to give thanks for our families, friends and communities. For generations, millions of Americans nationwide have enjoyed celebrating this special time of the year, as we collectively pause to reflect on the many things we have to be grateful for.

October 20, 2014
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Senator Serrano Hosts Episode of "Represent NYC" Discussing Domestic Violence on MNN1

(New York, NY)-  Senator Serrano hosted an episode of "Represent NYC," a weekly program produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), that gives local elected officials the opportunity to update the community about the issues that shape our city.

October 20, 2014
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