(New York, NY)- Senator Serrano joined Council Member Helen Rosenthal for her Upper West Side Town Hall meeting. Among the many agencies attending the meeting were representatives from the Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Sanitation (DOS), Department of Buildings (DOB), Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Department of Housing Preservation Development (HPD), New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), Department of Education (DOE), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and ConEd.
(Central Park, NY)- Senator Serrano helped ring in a new chapter in one of New York City's beloved landmarks at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the renovated Tavern on the Green. Serrano joined NYC Parks' First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh, NYC Department of Design and Construction Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Central Park Conservancy President Douglas Blonsky, Restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama, as well as Executive Chef Katy Sparks in the unveiling of the restored Tavern on the Green.
(South Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined volunteers at Franz Sigel Park for the annual New York Cares Day event. New York Cares Day is the largest spring cleaning event, where over 4,000 volunteers clean up parks, community gardens, and public spaces throughout the city.
(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano participated in a ribbon cutting at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx to celebrate the completion of a fully renovated Emergency Room. Lincoln Hospital's emergency care facility is the busiest in New York City, with 177,000 visitors a year. The $24 million renovation was necessary to improve and update the facilities. The renovation included a children's emergency unit, a cutting-edge psychiatric and mental health emergency unit and brand new waiting room.
(East Harlem, NY)- Senator Serrano joined New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, and colleagues for an important press conference regarding the asthma epidemic affecting communities in East Harlem and the South Bronx. Comptroller DiNapoli published a new report that showcases the rising asthma rates and costs associated with treating asthma.
(New York, NY)- Senator Serrano stood with New York City fast food workers on 51st Street demanding living wages and more workplace respect. Serrano joined hundreds of fast food workers and elected officials from across the city in advocating to give localities the right to raise minimum wages in order to keep pace with the constant rise of our cost of living.
(Central Park, NY)- Senator Serrano marched with hundreds of 32BJ SEIU union members to demand fair wages and safer working conditions. The march was organized to call attention to the ongoing contract negotiations between 32BJ SEIU and the Realty Advisory Board. The union represents 30,000 doormen, porters, handypersons and supers in 3,300 buildings in New York City.
(East Harlem, NY)- "As we continue to recover from last month's tragedy, I am extremely proud of the way the community has continued to help each other during this time of need. Investigations are ongoing and I am looking into ways to ensure tragedies like this one will never happen again.
"I would like to thank all of my constituents for the tremendous display of compassion that was exhibited by the amount of donations delivered to my district office for those affected by the East Harlem building collapse. "
"A special thanks to the parents and students from PS 87 in the Upper West Side, for their generous contributions of food, clothing, toiletries and other necessities made to those in dire need," concluded Serrano.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano moderated a very important panel discussion entitled "Addressing Health Disparities in the Latino Community," for the 2014 SOMOS El Futuro Conference weekend in Albany. Experts in the field of health provided information regarding the alarming rate of chronic diseases that are disproportionately affecting the Latino community. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, and many others have reached epidemic proportions among Latinos and other communities of color.
(Albany, NY)- Today Senator José M. Serrano was joined by several of his Senate colleagues in writing a letter to Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders asking for a restoration of $92.5 million in the state budget for much needed funding of parks capital projects.
(East Harlem, NY)- As the El Barrio community continues to recover from last week's horrific explosion and building collapse, it is important to keep in mind the growing number of people in need who were affected by this tragedy.
Along with my colleagues in government from East Harlem, my District Office, located at 157 E. 104th Street, will be accepting donations of clothing and canned goods for the victims and their families. In addition to my office, you can make donations to any of these locations listed below.
The victims of this tragedy remain in our thoughts and prayers. I am confident that El Barrio as a community will continue to come together with the common purpose of support, healing and rebuilding.
(Albany, NY)- "I am deeply disappointed that today's DREAM Act legislation brought before the Senate failed to achieve enough votes for passage.As the representative for communities in East Harlem and the South Bronx, I have long been a vocal advocate for the DREAM Act because it would provide higher educational opportunities for immigrants in New York City and throughout our state.
(Albany, NY)- "I am deeply disappointed that the DREAM Act legislation brought before the Senate failed to achieve enough votes for passage. As the representative for communities in East Harlem and the South Bronx, I have long been a vocal advocate for the DREAM Act because it would provide higher educational opportunities for immigrants in New York City and throughout our state.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with 7th and 8th grade students from the Manhattan Country School, who traveled to Albany to discuss current education policies. The students spoke with the Senator about the School to Prison Pipeline, a term used to refer to the current trend of the criminalization of students in schools, which often leads to them ending up in the juvenile justice system. The students discussed ways to put an end to this disturbing pattern that disproportionally affects minority students.