José M. Serrano's posts related to Health

State Senate Adopts Resolution Declaring May as Lupus Awareness Month

Today the New York State Senate unanimously passed a Resolution  (J767/K347) requesting that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proclaim May 2011 as Lupus Awareness Month in the State of New York.  The Resolution was sponsored in the Senate by Senator Joseph A. Griffo and co-sponsored by Senator José M. Serrano.

Lupus is a chronic disease affecting the immune system, causing it to become hyperactive and attack normal tissue. 90 percent of the thousands of people diagnosed with lupus each year are women, and the illness is most prevalent among African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asians.


Statement from Senator José M. Serrano Re: World AIDS Day

"Each year, World AIDS Day recognizes the progress that has been made over the years, commemorates those we have lost, and reminds us that there is still a great deal of work to be done in the battle against this devastating illness.“One in five of an estimated 1.1 million Americans living with HIV do not know they have contracted the virus.  In New York’s communities of color, the statistics are particularly sobering. According to the Department of Health, from 2008 to 2009 more than 37,000 people lived with HIV, while over 60,000 people were diagnosed with AIDS. In both cases, about 45 percent of those affected were African American and 31 percent were Hispanic.


Free Flu-shot Event!

On October 22, Senator Serrano took part in a free flu-shot event at Julia de Burgos- Taller Boriqua in East Harlem. 150 shots were administered by New York Presbyterian to seniors from the Community.

“It is a pleasure to see local seniors getting the opportunity to receive seasonal influenza vaccines free of cost, and in their own neighborhood,” said Serrano. “Thanks to the hard work of the nurses and New York-Presbyterian staff, there will be 150 less cases of flu in East Harlem this season.”


Serrano Comments on La Marqueta Plan


Calls city plan “visionary” so long as it meets the needs of his constituents

Highlights need to incubate healthy and affordable food, immigrant entrepreneurs, and vibrant public space

August 12, 2009


Senator Serrano Testimony for City Planning Commission Public Hearing on the FRESH Program

August 5, 2009

I applaud the City for its proactive strategies to combat the shortage of healthy and affordable food throughout the five boroughs. Last year, I convened a task force of local stakeholders to address concerns and identify solutions in East Harlem, and my office even mapped out the closures of several local grocery stores. As part of that process, I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Department of City Planning and the Mayor’s Office, and I was impressed by their expertise and thorough understanding of the problem.


Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study

A 2008-2009 Studio Project by Hunter College, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning

The Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study was a studio project conducted for 2008-2009 at the request of New York State Senator Jose Serrano’s office.

The report is available for download from the AccessRI page at

If you have comments about the report or any aspects of the studio project, please feel free to write to: