Senator Serrano joined Community Voices Heard (CVH) in a walking-tour of George Washington Carver Houses. CVH is an organization of low-income people working together throughout New York City and State to improve the lives of families and communities. Following the walking tour, Serrano engaged in a Q&A with tenants of the Washington Carver Housing Development and CVH. CVH's agenda includes advocacy in the issues of public education, grassroots organizing, leadership development, training low-income people about their rights, political education, civic engagement, and direct-action issue campaigns.
(New York, NY) – With rent regulation laws that protect over 1 million units of affordable housing in New York City and the surrounding counties (Westchester, Nassau, and Rockland) dangerously close to expiring, Senate Democrats were joined by City elected officials and advocates to call for the immediate extension and expansion of tenant protections.
Today Senator José M. Serrano, along with Community advocates and residents of the Highbridge section in the Bronx, welcomed back 26 displaced families that had been evacuated by city agencies from 1204 Shakespeare Avenue due to safety concerns.On Saturday, December 4th, city officials evacuated tenants after they found construction debris blocking a fire exit and two fire escapes were deemed unsafe for use. Families traveled to shelters and hotels around New York City, some as distant as Far Rockway, making it difficult for children to attend local schools, among other inconveniences.
Senator Serrano will discuss his advocacy for the inclusion of two Muslim holy days in the city’s public school holiday calendar, as well as affordable housing policy and other important issues affecting the 28th Senate District.
(Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA), other elected officials and tenants of 888 Grand Concourse to call for repairs on the building's premises. Frustration among tenants has intensified after months of being in court and failure of the landlord to adhere to a judge’s order to correct more than 340 violations to the residential building. Senator Serrano maintained that it is time to hold landlords accountable.
(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.
Have you received an eviction notice? Is the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) seeking to terminate your lease? Do you need information about Housing Court? New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano, elected officials and community organizations are sponsoring a Know Your Rights Housing Court community forum.
Attend this informational session and learn more about how to navigate the Housing Court System. Free legal advice will also be provided by the Legal Aid Society.
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