(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.
(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)- 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.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano served as Honorary Chairperson, along with Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, for the 24th Annual New York State Art Teachers Association's Student Art Exhibition. Artwork created by students across New York State was displayed in The Well of the State Capitol building for all to enjoy.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with representatives from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) to discuss issues faced by teachers across New York State. The productive conversation touched on concerns about art and music curriculum, as well as Universal Pre-K (UPK).
(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano stood with advocates and colleagues in government for a press conference in support of legislation that would protect women's rights in the workplace. Bill S6579A, known as the "Boss Bill," would ban employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with Professional Staff Congress (PSC) representatives in Albany. The PSC represents over 25,000 members of faculty and staff from City University of New York (CUNY) and the CUNY Research Foundation. CUNY consists of 24 institutions of higher learning and is the third largest university system in the United States. PSC and Senator Serrano discussed the importance of CUNY to New York City, potential reforms to the NY TAP program and The DREAM Act.
(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined New York City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson for her Black History Month celebration at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. The event included an awards ceremony and musical entertainment and was widely attended by the community.
(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano rallied alongside New York City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, parents and students at the Mitchel Community Center in the South Bronx, in support of Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK). The forum was sponsored by East Side Settlement, Children's Aids Society, United Parents of Highbridge, NYCHA and the Children's Campaign. Serrano expressed his support in favor of NYC's plan for UPK and expanded funding for after-school programs.
(Roosevelt Island, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. co-sponsored an important Town Hall meeting at the Good Shepherd Community Center on Roosevelt Island. Residents of Roosevelt Island packed the auditorium to ask the panel, which consisted of Senator Serrano, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. and Inspector Kevin Maloney of the 114th Precinct, a number of questions touching on a variety of topics. Issues of public safety, Stop and Frisk, trespassing and affordable housing were all brought up during the lively thought-provoking discussion.
(Bronx, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano and his father, Congressman José E. Serrano, celebrated their annual Black History Month event at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. An enthusiastic crowd packed the auditorium for a morning of brunch, live performances and an award ceremony honoring exemplary leaders in the community.
(Albany, NY) - Senator Serrano sponsored two very important workshops during the 43rd Annual New York State Association of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislators Conference Weekend in Albany. The informative workshops touched on issues that affect his district on a daily basis.
Senator Serrano Urges Senate Leadership to Make Universal Pre-Kindergarten a Priority this Year
(Albany, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano, Chair of the Senate Democratic Conference, expressed disappointment after comments by Senator Dean Skelos that universal pre-kindergarten would not come to the Senate floor for a vote this legislative session. The universal pre-kindergarten(UPK) bill would make pre-school accessible for all children.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with a group from the Coalition of Living Museums (CLM). CLM provides support to 112 organizations statewide, including the Bronx Zoo and the NY Botanical Garden. The group met with Serrano to advocate for much needed funding in support of these living museums, zoos and botanical gardens. To help make their point, the group brought with them Scooter, an Eastern Screech owl.