(Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano applauds the recent decision of The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to grant landmark status to the interior of the Bronx General Post Office (GPO), located on the beautiful and historic Grand Concourse (near E. 149th Street).
(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined The Orchestra of the Bronx at Bronx Community College for a presentation of Handel's Messiah. Serrano, who is a long-time advocate for the arts, served as one of the orators for this annual holiday event. The event is widely-attended and has become a holiday tradition for the Bronx community. The Orchestra of the Bronx (The Bronx Opera Chorus and soloists), conducted by Michael Spearman, presented the words in Handel's timeless musical settings.
(East Harlem, NY)- Senator Serrano joined The East Harlem Holiday Tree Committee, East Harlem community residents, and his colleagues for the 10th Annual El Barrio/East Harlem Tree Lighting Ceremony. As per tradition, the tree lighting took place at Franklin Plaza on the northeast corner of Third Avenue and 106th street.
(East Harlem, NY)- Senator Serrano joined Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito's for the El Barrio/East Harlem Anti-Violence Youth-Led Peace March. Parents, families, schools and community-based organizations united in the call for peace in the community and more youth programs.
(Bronx, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano wrote a letter to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) expressing his concerns with regards to the lack of repairs at Mitchell Houses Senior Center in the Bronx. Serrano visited the center in November of last year and noticed the concerning and hazardous large opening in the ceiling adjacent to the entrance, which was the result of water damage. Serrano urged NYCHA to take into consideration the health and well-being of the seniors at the center being exposed to these health hazards. See below for letter.
(East Harlem, NY)- Senator Serrano and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman celebrated the holiday spirit by serving Thanksgiving dinner at the New York Common Pantry in East Harlem. The New York Common Pantry is a community-based food pantry dedicated to reducing hunger by providing New Yorkers with meals.
(New York, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined other elected officials and members of the legal services field to meet with Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State, Judge A. Gail Prudenti. The meeting provided a collaborative space for those present to advocate for changes in the Bronx Housing Court system. Senator Serrano called for key changes, ensuring that tenants know their rights and options, are treated fairly and are not unnecessarily evicted.
“Unfortunately, about 2,000 tenants go through the Bronx housing court every day and an alarming 10,966 Bronx households lost their homes,” said Senator Serrano. “Most tenants find housing court confusing and intimidating,” continued Serrano.
(East Harlem, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano, in conjunction with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), offered free flu shots to the community at his District Office.
“Going into these winter months it is important that we all protect ourselves from the flu virus and remain in good health,” said Senator Serrano. “Many thanks to the great RNs at the VNSNY for providing and administering the shots to constituents from across my district,” concluded Serrano.
If you have not already received your flu shot, please visit the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's flu prevention website at nyc.gov/flu to identify a provider near you.
(East Harlem, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano spoke to government students at Renaissance Innovation High School about his career in New York government. The visit was an opportunity for the students to receive an inside look on working in government and civil service. Senator Serrano spoke of the importance of leadership, advocacy and fighting for the needs of the community.
"I had such a great time speaking with these impressive and poised students" said Senator Serrano. "They were so interested in learning more about government and very insightful about issues affecting our community on a local, state and national level. Their engaging questions allowed us to cover a broad range of subjects. I am very proud of them, and I hope to visit again soon," concluded Serrano.
(Bronx, NY) - Senator Serrano joined members of the community at the New York Botanical Garden's Annual Holiday Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting celebrations. The festivities included the grand opening of the Holiday Train Show and the lighting ceremonies featuring song selections by the Westchester Chordsmen.
“It's great to be able to join the community for the holiday festivities at the New York Botanical Gardens," said Senator Serrano. "Each year I look forward to gathering with the community to celebrate the start of the holiday season. During this time of year it is important for us to focus on the things that are truly important: friends, neighbors and family. I want to thank the New York Botanical Gardens for this wonderful annual festivity,” concluded Serrano
(New York, NY) - State Senator José M. Serrano joined Council Member Gale Brewer and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal at City Hall to provide testimony to prevent the addition of rooftop penthouses to The Apthorp, affectionately deemed the "Buckingham Palace of the Upper West Side." Senator Serrano spoke before the New York City Council's Landmark Preservation Commission, urging the committee to consider the historical and architectural integrity of the building, which occupies the full block between Broadway and West End Avenue and between West 78th and West 79th Streets.
(Upper West Side, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal for a community forum and informational session on the new Affordable Care Act (ACA). Designed to provide members of the community with pertinent information, the forum brought together a panel of experts to help explain the ACA and how it is being implemented in New York State.
(Bronx, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined elected officials and community advocates for the BronxWorks renaming ceremony of their Grand Concourse community center. The facility, now named Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center, was renamed in honor of their former Executive Director 's 34 years of long-standing service. Senator Serrano applauded BronxWorks for the important work that it does for the local community.
(City Hall, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano stood with advocates & colleagues on the steps of City Hall in support of Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal’s bill (S3753-A/A740A) which would help regulate cruel & tortuous puppy mills. Senator Serrano maintained that puppy mills, which have a history of breeding dogs under horrendous & deplorable conditions, cause a whole host of medical problems down the road for the defenseless animals and their unsuspecting owners.
(Bronx, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano worked with the 44th Precinct to root out criminal activity near 157th St. in the Bronx. Community members contacted Serrano to express concern about alarming criminal activities they claim has been taking place in the neighborhood.
(Bronx, NY) - For the sixth consecutive year, Senator José M. Serrano participated in "It's My Park Day," at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx. "It's My Park Day" is a joint program hosted by City Parks Foundation and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. This fall, the Senator and his family joined local volunteers and environmental activists where they picked up garbage, dug soil, and planted bulbs.
(East Harlem, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and local community members on East 103rd Street and Lexington Avenue for a street renaming ceremony in honor of great Puerto Rican painter, Rafaelo Tufiño. The stretch of East 103rd Street, between Park and Third Avenues, in Manhattan will be renamed as "Rafael Tufiño Way." During the ceremony, Senator Serrano spoke on the importance of maintaining the cultural history of New York City.
(Bronx, NY) - State Senator José M. Serrano expressed his heartfelt sadness on the passing of beloved South Bronx priest, Reverend John Grange. Fr. Grange was a pioneer in the South Bronx during the tough times of the 1970's, reaching out to and welcoming a growing Latino and immigrant population. Fr. Grange was ordained in the Catholic Church in 1966, and from then he became universally known as a tireless leader serving the people of the South Bronx, where he was born and raised.
Fr. Grange was a fearless defender of his community, often organizing community rallies in support of social justice issues while promoting local empowerment and community engagement.
(Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano spoke to students at Paul Robeson M.S. 203 about his career as an elected official. The program offered presentations on the importance of leadership, preparation, and the skills necessary to succeed in today's academic setting. Senator Serrano was a part of the program to offer some key words of advice on issues involving civics.
(Albany, NY) State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), along with 10 of his colleagues from the Senate Democratic conference, were ranked highest amongst State Senators on the annual EPL/Environmental Advocates Scorecard. The scorecard tracks legislators' votes on bills affecting New York's environment. According to this year's rankings, 11 senators, including Serrano, voted correctly on all environmental bills that came up for a vote in the Senate Chamber.