José M. Serrano's Press releases

Senator Serrano Joins Council Member Gail Brewer in Town Hall Meeting

Senator Serrano participated in an Upper West Side & Clinton Town Hall Meeting today hosted by Councilmember Gail Brewer. The meeting was an opportunity for Upper West Side attendees to interact with Elected Officials and representatives of New York City agencies in an effort to increase knowledge and transparency within Government.

December 18, 2012
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Serrano Congratulates New Democratic Conference Leader Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

(New York, NY)- "I congratulate my friend, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins on her historic election to the role of Democratic Conference Leader in the New York State Senate.  I was happy and honored to support her election and I look forward to working with her, as part of a united Democratic Conference, to tackle the numerous tasks at hand. 

December 17, 2012
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Senator Serrano Honors USA Men's Olympic Gymnast John Orozco in Proclamation Ceremony

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano celebrated the accomplishments of USA Men's Olympic Gymnast and South Bronx native John Orozco in a proclamation ceremony hosted at Roberto Clemente State Park. The event included a video montage and guest speakers, including Assemblymember Vanessa L.Gibson. 

December 16, 2012
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Senator Serrano Joins Roosevelt Islanders in Hurricane Sandy Relief Event

Senator Serrano and the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) sponsored a Hurricane Sandy Relief event today in Howard Beach. More than 20 volunteers joined together to donate and distribute hot meals to those in need at the West Hamilton Beach Firehouse in Howard Beach.  Senator Joseph Addabbo, who represents Howard Beach, helped identify a neighborhood in his district with an ongoing need for hot meals. Volunteers were greeted by members of Senator John L. Sampson's Office, that helped arrange the event.  

December 15, 2012
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Statement from Senator Serrano Re: the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

(New York, NY)- State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT."As the parent of two small children, my heart breaks for the victims and families of today's senseless school shooting in Newtown. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families, and all those affected by this tragedy during this time of profound sadness," said Serrano."Like all of you, I am  heartbroken by these devastating events. Enough is enough. We need to move past the rhetoric and finally enact real gun control laws that will hopefully prevent tragedies  like the one we saw today."

December 14, 2012
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Senator Serrano tours the new facility for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center for HIV Prevention

Senator Serrano toured the new facility for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) Center for HIV Prevention at 446 West 33rd Street. The facility offers a 165,000 Sq. ft. open environment providing easy access to a spacious dining room, full-service pharmacy, community living room, and houses all staff and client service programs. In addition to moving to a larger facility, GMHC implemented new programs such as vocational classes for youth and nutritional consultations.

December 14, 2012
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Senator Serrano Joins East Harlem's March for Peace

Senator Serrano joined community groups and local youth today for the March for Peace, a community anti-violence peace march, organized by Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito's El Barrio/East Harlem Youth Violence Task Force. The purpose of the march is to end violence in East Harlem, promoting the slogan of, “Put the Guns Down, Throw the Peace Signs Up.”"Today we are united in  fighting for the safety and quality of life of our community,” said Senator Serrano. "I am proud that we are all coming together to fight against the violence that has been destroying lives for way too long in this community, and we must continue to combat violence in all forms. This march is an empowering step closer to ending the war against gun violence and senseless crime in our community."

December 13, 2012
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Senator Serrano Participates in the 9th Annual El Barrio/East Harlem Tree Lighting Ceremony

Senator Serrano joined The East Harlem Holiday Tree Committee, East Harlem community residents, and his colleagues for the 9th Annual El Barrio/East Harlem Tree Lighting Ceremony.  The tree lighting took place at Franklin Plaza on the northeast corner of Third Avenue and 106th street, and was themed “Somos Uno”/”We are One.”

December 13, 2012
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Senator Serrano Celebrates the Groundbreaking of new Manhattan College Facility

Senator Serrano today celebrated the groundbreaking of the new facility, Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons, in Manhattan College. Designated for opening in 2014, the 70,000 square-foot facility will offer space for dining, community events, wellness and fitness programs, while integrating student life and academics. In addition, the $48 million project will provide Manhattan College with its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building.

December 13, 2012
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Senator Serrano Speaks Out in a Press Conference Against the Proposed Closure of St. Jerome School

Senator Serrano along with parents, children, and other community leaders spoke out in a press conference against the proposed closure of St. Jerome School in the South Bronx. The parochial school has been educating generations of students, many from new immigrant families, for over 140 years.

December 12, 2012
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Senator Serrano Joins Community Voices Heard in a walking-tour of George Washington Carver Houses

Senator Serrano joined Community Voices Heard (CVH) in a walking-tour of George Washington Carver Houses. CVH is an organization of low-income people working together throughout New York City and State to improve the lives of families and communities. Following the walking tour, Serrano engaged in a Q&A with tenants of the Washington Carver Housing Development and CVH. CVH's agenda includes advocacy in the issues of public education, grassroots organizing, leadership development, training low-income people about their rights, political education, civic engagement, and direct-action issue campaigns. 

December 12, 2012
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Letter to Archdiocese Re: Proposed Closure of St. Jerome School

December 10, 2012Dear Dr. McNiff,I am writing to you as the State Senator of the 28th Senate District, representing the South and West Bronx, to express my serious concerns with your decision to proceed with the closure of St. Jerome School.  In addition to my role as an elected official, I am a lifelong resident of the Bronx, and I know firsthand the important role that St. Jerome plays in this community and I urge you to reconsider.

December 10, 2012
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Senator Serrano Participates in the Annual Reading of George Handel’s Messiah

Senator Serrano participated in the annual reading of Handel’s Messiah at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx. 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 brings me great joy to have been selected as an orator, once again, for the reading of Handel’s Messiah,” said Senator Serrano. “The perception of the Bronx as not being rich in the arts and culture is quickly changing. The Bronx Opera has been on the forefront in showcasing all the wonderful talent this borough has to offer. I look forward to participating in future readings of Handel’s Messiah.”

December 9, 2012
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Senator Serrano Celebrates the Annual Bronx Borough Tree Lighting

Senator Serrano joined Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz, Jr. for his annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Bronx County Courthouse. The tree lighting included Christmas Carols sung by the chorus of Middle School 390.“The Holiday Season is really my favorite time of year,” said Senator Serrano. “It is wonderful to see the community come together in harmony for this  tree lighting ceremony. The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy reminds us all of the importance of family and friends. Many thanks to Borough President Ruben Diaz for putting together a wonderful ceremony.”

December 5, 2012
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Senator Serrano Stands up for Car Wash Workers' Rights in the South Bronx

Senator Serrano participated in a press conference in support of the worker's rights of more than a dozen Sunny Day Car Wash workers in the South Bronx. The workers organized a strike after two weeks of being unpaid. After being fired for non-compliance, the former employees formed a picket line to protest non-payment of wages and mistreatment.  

"Far too often, workers in our community are exploited or treated unfairly at the workplace," said Senator Serrano. "Many of these hard working people are new immigrants seeking to put food on their table and achieve the American Dream. I believe it's important for elected officials to stand up for the rights and dignity of these workers. " 

November 16, 2012
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Recovering After Hurricane Sandy: Ways to Get Involved and Where to go for Help

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has created a great deal of devastation in many communities throughout New York State. Our government agencies and first responders have been working hard to make sure our infrastructure is up and running again, but there is still much work to do. It is important that those of us who are able to volunteer give back to those who were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy through loss of power, water, and damages due to severe flooding. Below you'll find information on agencies that are seeking volunteers and information on where to go if you have suffered damages due to Hurricane Sandy.  

October 31, 2012
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Senator Serrano joins the Roosevelt Island community for their Annual Halloween Day Parade

Senator Serrano and his family joined the Roosevelt Island community for their annual Halloween Day Parade. The parade, organized by Urban American, the R.I. Youth Center and RIOC, included free Halloween festivities such as game booths, mechanical rides, balloon typhoon, spin art, cotton candy, popcorn, music, and more. Council Member Jessica Lappin also attended the parade with her family.“This parade is a wonderful opportunity to get together with family and the Roosevelt Island community to celebrate Halloween,” said Senator Serrano. “The Roosevelt Island community does a great job in organizing an event that is fit for the entire family. I enjoy seeing the wonderful costumes and great activities the community has to offer each year.”

October 27, 2012
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Senator Serrano Celebrates the Ribbon Cutting of the New Settlement Community Center

Senator Serrano today celebrated the ribbon cutting of the New Settlement Community Center in the Bronx. The celebration was hosted by the Settlement Housing Fund and New Settlement Apartments. Located in the Mt. Eden section of the Southwest Bronx, the New Settlement Community Center is part of a larger community school campus that combines two new public schools, pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve, special education classrooms, a health clinic and outdoor places.

October 24, 2012
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