José M. Serrano's Press releases

Senator José M. Serrano Stands with Senator Liz Krueger, the Women's Equality Coalition, & Other Elected Officials in Full-Support of Governor Andrew Cuomo's 10-Point Women's Equality Plan

(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined Senator Liz Krueger, the Women’s Equality Coalition,  and local women’s rights advocates at a press conference on the steps of City Hall in full support for passage of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 10-point Women’s Equality Plan. The plan, which supporters hope to have passed before the end of this year’s legislative session, is designed to break down barriers that perpetuate discrimination and inequality based on gender.

May 15, 2013
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Senator José M. Serrano and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef send letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to Include Member Item Reform in Package of Ethics Reform Legislation

(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano (D- Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Sandy Galef (D-Westchester/Putnam) sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to support legislation that would reform the current problematic legislative member item system.  In 2010, Serrano and Galef worked together to craft legislation A641/S920 item reform.

May 14, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joins Prince Harry and Harlem RBI to Celebrate New Project Coach Program

(East Harlem) - Senator José M. Serrano joined Prince Harry (Prince Henry of Wales), New York Yankee 1st Baseman Mark Teixiera and Harlem RBI to celebrate the announcement of The Royal Foundation's partnership with Harlem RBI's Project Coach, a youth mentorship program. Harlem  RBI, a nonprofit organization designed to provide inner-city youth with opportunities, partnered with Prince Harry to implement Project Coach to help local youths recognize their potential and realize their dreams by coaching and playing on teams.

May 13, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joins Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal & Upper West Side Students to Celebrate Maple Day

(Upper West Side, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal to co-sponsor Maple Day for students from multiple Upper West Side schools. Students in attendance were provided with a tour of the “Maple Van,” a 28-foot trailer, built for activities and demonstrations including “tapping” trees to extract the sap that is later refined into syrup. With New York State being the third largest producer of maple syrup in the world, the event was an interactive opportunity for students to learn first-hand how maple syrup is extracted and processed in New York.

May 10, 2013
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Senator Serrano Congratulates Winner for the New York State Senate Earth Day Poster Contest for the 29th District

(Bronx, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano visited PS 385 Performance School in the Bronx to congratulate Amiyah Collins as the winner of the New York State Senate Earth Day Poster Contest for the 29th Senate District. Students from schools throughout the 29th Senate District contributed to the Earth Day poster contest displaying their commitment to the environment and their communities.

May 9, 2013
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Senator Serrano Participates in Governor Cuomo's Tourism Summit to Explore Ways to Boost New York Economy

(Albany, NY) - As the Ranking Member of the State Senate's Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, José M. Serrano participated in Governor Andrew Cuomo's Tourism Summit to discuss new and innovative ways to showcase New York's wonderful seasonal attractions in order to boost New York tourism statewide. Governor Cuomo moderated a discussion among industry leaders, business owners, and other stakeholders to discuss and develop new tourism initiatives.

May 7, 2013
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Senator Serrano Urges All to Participate In Celebration of Earth Day 2013

(Albany, NY) -Senator José M. Serrano reminds all New Yorkers that Monday, April 22nd is Earth Day and encourages everyone to make a commitment to protecting our planet, ensuring clean air, fresh water and a healthy Earth for many generations to come.

"Earth Day is a very special time for New Yorkers.  As we celebrate spring, we should also use this time as an opportunity to recommit ourselves to protecting our precious environment," said Senator Serrano. 

April 21, 2013
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Senator Serrano Writes Letter to the U.S. Postal Service Urging them not to Relocate the Tito Puente Post Office branch in East Harlem

Senator Serrano wrote a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS) urging them to keep the Tito Puente Post Office branch open at its current location in East Harlem. The USPS has proposed the downsizing and relocation of this branch. This branch is the only Post Office located in the upper section of East Harlem, and it's relocation would burden countless residents who will not be able to utilize their services. Click link below to read full letter.

April 18, 2013
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Senator Serrano, Senate Democratic Conference Announce Ethics Reform Legislation Package

(Albany, NY) -Today Senator José M. Serrano and his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference put forth a package of legislative proposals designed to root out corruption and restore public confidence by closing current loopholes and creating tougher penalties for crimes committed.

April 15, 2013
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Senator José M. Serrano Stands With New Yorkers Against Fracking, Food & Water Watch, Elected Officials, and other Environmental Advocates at a Press Conference on the Steps of City Hall to Fight Against Hydrofracking

(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined New Yorkers Against Fracking, Food & Water Watch, elected officials, and other environmental advocates at a press conference on the steps of City Hall to highlight the numerous dangers associated with hydrofracking, a highly environmentally hazardous natural gas drilling method being considered for implementation in New York State. As of February 2013, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has delayed the issuing of the final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on high-volume hydrofracking in New York until the Department of Health (DOH) completes public review of the health impacts associated with hydrofracking.

April 11, 2013
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Senator Serrano Hits the Streets with Council Member Jessica Lappin To Raise Awareness to Sexual Assault

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator Serrano joined Council Member Jessica Lappin on the streets of East Harlem to raise awareness to the alarming rise in sexual assault crimes in Upper Manhattan. With NYPD crime statistics reporting a 35 percent increase in misdemeanor sex crimes in Northern Manhattan as of March 31, 2013, and 13 sexual assault complaints in East Harlem alone in 2013, Senator Serrano alongside Council Member Jessica Lappin handed out flyers with information of resources for victims of abuse. 

April 9, 2013
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Senator Serrano Applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for Introduction of the Public Trust Act

(New York, NY) - Today Senator Serrano applauded Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's new legislative proposal, the Public Trust Act. The new legislation would create a new class of public corruption crimes and enhance the ability of prosecutors to investigate and prosecute public corruption across the state.

April 9, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joins Other Elected Officials in Fight For Resident Input & Transparency in NYCHA Infill Process

(New York, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano joined City Council Members Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin and Melissa Mark-Viverito in a press conference on the steps of City Hall to demand that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) improve the Infill Development process to include residents. The infill development plan is a current proposal by NYCHA to lease land on open spaces within NYCHA developments to developers, who would then build private housing developments on the sites. NYCHA claims that this will allow them to raise revenue for long overdue repairs and maintenance within public housing. Senator Serrano maintains that NYCHA residents should be involved in the process.

April 8, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joined Manhattan Borough President in a Letter to NYCHA Re: their Infill Plan

Senator Serrano joined Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in a letter to the New York Housing Authority (NYCHA) regarding their Infill Plan. Click below to read the full letter.

March 31, 2013
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Senator Serrano Comments on the Enacted $142 Billion State Budget for 2013-14

(Albany, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) commented on today's enacted $142 billion state budget for fiscal year 2013-14.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Serrano Serves as Moderator for Attorney General Schneiderman's Language Access Workshop at the SOMOS El Futuro Conference

(Albany, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano served as moderator for a workshop at the SOMOS El Futuro Conference, sponsored by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. The event was designed to inform attendees about their rights regarding language access. With New York commonly known as a cultural melting pot, the workshop addressed efforts made by the Attorney General's Office to ensure equal access for minority language New Yorkers in election ballots, Police services, Sheriff's Offices, and written materials provided by pharmacies and schools.

March 25, 2013
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Senator José M. Serrano, Yoko Ono, and others encourage all New Yorkers to participate in Earth Hour

Senator Serrano is joined by Yoko Ono, Elected Officials, and other Environmental Advocates in calling upon all New Yorkers to Observe Earth  Hour, tomorrow Sat 23rd from 8:30-9:30pm

 

March 22, 2013
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Senator Serrano Participates in Community Budget & Legislative Forum; Identifies Issues He's Fighting For

(Upper West Side, NY) – Senator Serrano delivered a NYS budget and legislative update in a community  forum at Goddard Riverside Community Center. As part of the forum, Senator Serrano discussed the current budget process and the progressive priorities that he is fighting for, followed by a Q&A session. Also at the forum addressing concerns was State Senator Bill Perkins.

March 13, 2013
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Senator Serrano Weighs in on Gun Control at NYU Panel

(New York, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano served as a panelist for an important discussion at NYU entitled: “Triggering the Debate: Race, Gun Control, and Mental Illness.” The panel addressed the national debate regarding gun laws and considered the complicated history that race and mental illness has historically played in the debate. “Recent acts of gun violence are alarming. My colleagues and I must do everything possible to pass legislation that will protect the people of New York," said Senator Serrano. “As an elected official, it is also very important to me that we urge our legislators on a national level for tougher measures that will ensure that guns do not end up in the wrong hands,” concluded Serrano.

March 8, 2013
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Senator Serrano Drafts Letter Urging U.S. Senators to Place Tighter Restrictions on Gun Sales

"Each year, countless individuals are victims of senseless and avoidable gun violence. My colleagues and I in the Senate Democratic Conference have continuously pushed for tougher measures on a state level that will ensure that our gun violence is curbed. However, more must be done on a national level. Today I sent a letter urging United States Senators to increase gun control measures by requiring background checks and record-keeping on all U.S. gun sales. As legislators, we must do all that we can to ensure that our constituents, the people of New York and the people of this Nation, are kept safe."

 

Read the full letter below.

 

 

March 7, 2013
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