This week, the New York State Senate held its annual Women of Distinction celebration, where all Senators are encouraged to highlight an amazing woman from our district who's made significant contributions to our community and society as a whole. This year it is with great honor that I recognize Emily Kessler.
Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) joined Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury) to encourage all New Yorkers to participate in this year’s "I Love My Park Day" on Saturday, May 4, 2013. This annual celebration is organized by the Parks & Trails New York and NYS Parks & Historic Sites to encourage volunteers to help beautify and protect New York’s state parks.
Yesterday I joined my Senate Democratic Conference colleagues in supporting a meaningful increase of our state's minimum wage. Together, we are prepared to deliver 27 critical votes in favor of legislation to raise the minimum wage for workers. Doing this will benefit all New Yorkers by helping to lift many out of poverty while also boosting our local economies.
Senator Serrano speaks in support of the Senate's Select Committee on Libraries, to be Chaired by Senator Hugh Farley. Serrano spoke about the importance of maintaining and supporting our libraries across our state. Libraries are beacons in our communities, offering ESL classes, resume help, computer literacy and educational opportunities. Senator Serrano feels that as elected officials we must do all that we can to ensure our libraries remain robust and funded at adequate levels.
(Albany, NY)- Yesterday the New York State Senate unanimously passed a Resolution proclaiming May 2011 as Lupus Awareness Month in the State of New York. The Senate Resolution was sponsored by Senator Joseph A. Griffo and co-sponsored by Senator Jose M. Serrano. The Resolution also passed the New York State Assembly where it was sponsored by Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson.Lupus is a chronic disease that affects the immune system, causing it to become hyperactive and attack normal tissue. Of those affected with the illness, roughly 90 percent are women. Lupus is most prevalent among African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Asians.