Senator Serrano joined TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen, TWU Local 100 transit workers, and elected officials for a press conference to discuss contract negotiations for 38,000 transit workers, between the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and TWU Local 100. TWU Local 100’s contract expired on Monday, January 23, and the MTA has been unable to negotiate a fair contract with TWU Local 100. “Every day New Yorkers rely on the New York City subway and bus transportation system to get to where they need to go,” said Senator Serrano. “It's unacceptable that 38,000 transit workers are currently working without any benefits, and I hope that the MTA and TWU Local 100 are able to promptly reach an agreement for a fair contract.”
Senator Serrano today attended the unveiling of the New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculptures, and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The opening of the New American Wing is in the final stage of a multiple stage project, and the new wing depicts colonial and early federal period arts, as well as nineteenth and early twentieth century showcases.
Senator Serrano today celebrated Three Kings Day with El Museo del Barrio at their 35th annual Three Kings Day parade in the streets of East Harlem. The annual celebration brings together local school groups, families, community organizations, and elected officials from all over New York City.“It is always a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful tradition,” said Senator Serrano. “El Museo del Barrio does a terrific job at ensuring that the parade gets better and better each year. It is important that we continue to pass down this tradition and teach younger generations about our heritage and roots. The camels, live music, dancing, puppets, and parranda make this an enjoyable experience for everyone in the East Harlem community.”
New York, NY -- State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed great optimism following today's State of the State address. In particular, he pointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to bring much-needed repairs to 48 state parks and historic sites, and his focus on these as a tool for tourism and economic development."This Governor's proven track record in determining the needs of the state, and his ability to follow through with plans that deliver results has inspired great confidence in both the legislature and the public," said the Senator.In his address, the Governor stated that 83 percent of parks and historic sites are in need of repair, many of the damage having been caused by recent hurricanes Irene and Lee.
(Bronx, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today for a press conference at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx to announce that New Yorkers are now living longer and are healthier. It was reported that New Yorkers born in 2009 could live to 80.6 years, a record high and increase of almost three years since 2000. The average New Yorker's life expectancy is also higher than the national average of 78.2 years.
(New York, NY)- State Senator José M. Serrano joined Mayor R. Bloomberg, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Jessica Lapin, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, New York City Economic Development President Seth W. Pinsky, Cornell University President David J. Skorton, and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology President Peretz Lavie to announce that Cornell University and the Technion Institute of Israel have been chosen to build an Applied Sciences and Engineering campus on Roosevelt Island.
Senator Serrano participated in the annual reading of George Handel’s Messiah at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx. Music was performed by The Orchestra of The Bronx with The Bronx Opera Chorus and Soloists.
“It’s always a pleasure to serve as a reader for Handel’s Messiah,” said Senator Serrano. “The Bronx is so rich in Arts and culture and the Bronx Opera shines a spotlight on all the talent this great borough has to offer. Handel's Messiah is such an uplifting musical work of art that showcases the transformative and inspirational affect that the art and culture bring to our community."
Senator Serrano joined The East Harlem Holiday Tree Committee, East Harlem community residents, and his colleagues for the 8th Annual El Barrio/East Harlem Tree Lighting ceremony. The tree lighting took place in Franklin Plaza and was themed “Noche de Paz”/”Night of Peace.”
(Bronx, NY)- On Thursday, December 1st, Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), Assemblymember Vanessa Gibson (D-Bronx), and Councilmember Helen Diane Foster (D-Bronx) held an immigration forum in the Highbridge Community in the Bronx. The event featured a three part discussion on Secure Communities (S-Comm), Immigrant Rights, and Paths to Citizenship.
Senator Serrano joined Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, community groups, and local youth today for the release of a platform to address youth violence. Mark-Viverito founded the El Barrio/East Harlem Youth Violence Task Force last year to address the growth of youth violence in the East Harlem community. The purpose of the Task Force is to gain greater collaborative efforts between government, law enforcement, non-profits, parents, schools, and the community as a whole to ensure that our youth is engaging in positive outlets.
Senator Serrano and Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito visited The Little Sisters of the Assumption organization for their press conference with Huggies today. The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), a non-profit organization raising awareness for the need of affordable diapers, and Huggies have partnered up to donate and distribute 12 million diapers to 12 cities across the United States to families in need during the holiday season. The Little Sisters of the Assumption in East Harlem received a donation of 100,000 diapers.
Senator Serrano joined Assemblywoman Vanessa L. Gibson for a Peace Rally and Panel Discussion in Morris Heights today. This event was a continuation of the Prayer Vigil and Peace Rally that occurred in Morris Heights last month to speak out against the violence that has negatively impacted the community.
“The security and quality of life of the community is of the essence,” said Senator Serrano. “I am pleased that we are all coming together- elected officials, the local precinct, and community members to fight against the violence that has been destroying lives for way too long in this community. However, it doesn't end there. We must continue to give our youth resources and programs where they can make positive contributions and stay off the streets.”
Senator Serrano joined Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on a visit to Roberto Clemente State Park today. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the revitalization of urban waterways in under-served communities. Roberto Clemente State Park, because of its proximity to the Harlem River, has been listed as one of seven pilot locations for the Urban Waters Federal Partnership. The purpose of this partnership is to stimulate local economies, create jobs, and improve quality of life by revitalizing urban waterways.
For the fourth consecutive year, Senator Serrano participated in "It's My Park Day," an event sponsored by William Casari and Partnerships for Parks. Partnerships for Parks is a joint program of City Parks Foundation and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.This fall, the Senator and his family helped clean up Franz Sigel Park in the Bronx, where they picked up garbage, dug soil, and planted bulbs.
"I always look forward to helping out when 'It's My Park Day' comes around," said Senator Serrano. "With our busy day-to-day schedules, it is easy for our local parks to go unnoticed and unattended. We must all continue to work together to keep our parks clean so that we can enjoy them for generations to come."
Senator Serrano and his family attended Roosevelt Island's 6th Annual "Fall for Arts" Festival in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month today. The festival hosted free events for children and adults such as music, entertainment, art galleries, and crafts.
"Roosevelt Island has so much talent to contribute to arts and culture," said Senator Serrano, who serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks, and Recreation. "For the last six years, 'Fall for Arts' has been exposing the local community and people from outside the island to the wonderful world of the arts. My family and I enjoy attending this event and look forward to attending again next year."
(Albany, NY) State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) was the ranked one of the most environmentally conscious members of the New York State Senate in 2011. The EPL/Environmental Advocates scorecard, which tracks legislators' votes on bills affecting New York's environment, gave Senator Serrano a score of 99, tying him for the highest score among his Senate Colleagues. State Senators Thomas Duane, Bill Perkins, Gustavo Rivera also received a score of 99. The final 2011 scorecard issued by the EPL/Environmental Advocates follows their preliminary scorecard issued in June, which, similarly, ranked Senator Serrano tops among his peers.
Senator Serrano joined activists, concerned citizens, and local elected officials in the "Occupy Wall Street" protest tonight. "Occupy Wall Street" has been an ongoing peaceful protest, originally based at Zucotti Park in the financial district, primarily focused on speaking out against the current social and economic inequalities between the rich and poor. It was announced by the Bloomberg administration that the park must be vacated on October 14 for cleaning."Freedom of speech is one of the most fundamental rights in our nation," said Senator Serrano. "We must make sure that this basic right is preserved for everyone. The 'Occupy Wall Street' protestors have an inherent right to peacefully protest as long as they do not obstruct the law."
Senator Serrano visited La Finca del Sur today. La Finca del Sur is an urban farm located in the South Bronx and provides healthy foods and educational programs for the residents of the South Bronx. La Finca is maintained through the help of members and volunteers, who either help through the physical maintenance of the farm or through obtaining more resources for the beautiful community space.
Senator Serrano visited the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) Studios in East Harlem for a rollout of their new facilities. “I’m very proud to be here today to see, firsthand, the wonderful results of a project for which the whole community is excited," said Senator Serrano. "I’m keenly aware of the importance of preserving and fostering the cultural enrichment of this neighborhood. This studio will go a long way in maintaining the cultural significance of East Harlem and giving our youth an active voice in community affairs and a chance to be involved in media.”
Senator Serrano joined Comptroller John Liu and Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson at Highbridge Senior Center for a meet and greet with local Seniors. "It’s always a pleasure to spend time in Highbridge, and hear questions and concerns from the community," said Senator Serrano. "John Liu is a terrific colleague who has done great work for the Bronx, and it’s wonderful to have him here today.”The event was one part of a full day of Highbridge activities that the Comptroller was scheduled to attend. Also present were Councilmember Helen Diane Foster and various community residents.