(East Harlem, NY) - Senator Serrano, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and the East Harlem Immigrant Service Network sponsored "No More Invisibility: Who Is Our Transgender Community and What do They Have to Say?," a community discussion centered on the human and civil rights for our transgender community following the violent attack and subsequent death of Islan Nettles, a transgender woman. This discussion featured a panel consisting entirely of transgender persons who lent their insights and expertise in many area
(City Hall) – State Senator José M. Serrano joined Senator Brad Hoylman and concerned citizens at City Hall to provide testimony in support of the proposed West End-Collegiate Historic District Extension.
(Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA), other elected officials and tenants of 888 Grand Concourse to call for repairs on the building's premises. Frustration among tenants has intensified after months of being in court and failure of the landlord to adhere to a judge’s order to correct more than 340 violations to the residential building. Senator Serrano maintained that it is time to hold landlords accountable.
(East Harlem, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano co-sponsored the 7th Annual Teen Fair “Step Up, Speak Out, Take Action” with Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito in East Harlem. The fair, designed in part to bring awareness to youth and gun violence within the community, also gathered local residents and community organizations to highlight the importance of community involvement, youth empowerment and education.
(South Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Congressman José E. Serrano, and other elected officials at the Bronx County Courthouse urging Congress to restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act. This past June, key provisions of the Voting Rights Act were gutted by the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 4(b) of the Act. This section of the law was used in determining which states and counties required close federal monitoring to help prevent suppression of minority voting.
(Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined the 40th precinct and the surrounding community in honor of the 2013 National Night Out Against Crime. National Night Out is an annual event created to heighten crime and drug awareness, generate support and participation in anticrime programs, and to strengthen the neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships.
(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano and the Project Renewal Scan Van Program partnered to sponsor their annual series of free mammogram screenings in the 29th Senate District. As part of an initiative to detect and prevent breast cancer, Senator Serrano sponsored free mammogram screenings in East Harlem, The Bronx, Roosevelt Island and the Upper West Side, providing a crucial service for many women who would otherwise go without.
(Bronx, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined striking fast food workers and community members standing in solidarity to demand that fast food corporations pay their employees better wages. Highlighting that $7.25 an hour is not nearly enough to survive on, Serrano called for a livable wage that will keep pace with inflation trends.
(Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined striking fast food workers and community members standing in solidarity to demand that fast food corporations pay their employees better wages. Highlighting the importance of workers being treated equitably and fairly, Serrano stood firm in calling for fast food employers to provide employees with a change in the workplace that they deserve.
(Bronx, NY) - Senator Serrano marched in the annual Bronx Dominican parade, which took place along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The parade, which is widely attended by thousands of people across all nationalities, honors and celebrates the history and culture of the Dominican people.
(Bronx, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined Congressman José E. Serrano, health organizations and community members at the Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair in Crotona Park. Providing an opportunity for members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters to show their pride, the fair also offered a space for everyone involved to receive key information and access to health screenings.
(Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano co-sponsored Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito's Youth Fair at St. Mary’s Park, geared towards making the community aware of the numerous resources at their fingertips. In addition to face painting, talent shows and giveaways, attendees of the event received free information about public schools, child daycare services, and college prep services.
“The Department of Education's unilateral decision to demolish the School of Cooperative Technical Education without adequate community input is troubling. We will not quietly accept demolition of this school without allowing the voices of those in the community who will be affected most by these changes to be heard. I have been, and will remain, an advocate for a robust public process. That is why I am sponsoring S5597/A7317 along with Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, requiring public-private redevelopment of public lands to undergo review.
(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano applauded the Supreme Court's recent rulings regarding same-sex marriage. With a sweeping decision, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a Federal ban on same-sex marriage, was struck down. The Supreme Court also chose to dismiss the appeal brought by the defenders of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. As a longtime advocate of LGBT rights, Senator Serrano expressed his profound excitement about the rulings and looked forward to the future.
(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano expressed his profound disappointment with the Supreme Court's recent decision to eliminate a key part of the Voting Rights Act, Section 4(b). This section of the law was used in determining which states and counties required close federal monitoring to help prevent suppression of minority voting.
(Albany, NY)-A Senate Resolution (J1705) sponsored by State Senator José M. Serrano, honoring the life and accomplishments of long-time clergy leader Monsignor Gerald Ryan passed the New York State Senate unanimously. Msgr. Ryan, previously known as the longest-serving priest in the city, served the South Bronx community for over half a century and was a shining example of outstanding service.
(Albany, NY) - The New York State Senate passed a bill (S1030/A2425), sponsored by Senator José M. Serrano, designed to attract New York residents and tourists to the States' farms and farmers' markets.
(New York, NY) - Senator Serrano marched in the 56th Annual Puerto Rican Day parade, which takes place along 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The parade, which is widely attended by over one million people of all nationalities, is an opportunity to honor and celebrate the history and culture of the Puerto Rican people.