(Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano spoke to students at Paul Robeson M.S. 203 about his career as an elected official. The program offered presentations on the importance of leadership, preparation, and the skills necessary to succeed in today's academic setting. Senator Serrano was a part of the program to offer some key words of advice on issues involving civics.
(Albany, NY) State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), along with 10 of his colleagues from the Senate Democratic conference, were ranked highest amongst State Senators on the annual EPL/Environmental Advocates Scorecard. The scorecard tracks legislators' votes on bills affecting New York's environment. According to this year's rankings, 11 senators, including Serrano, voted correctly on all environmental bills that came up for a vote in the Senate Chamber.
(New York, NY) - State Senator José M. Serrano co-sponsored State Senator Liz Kruger's “New York State of Health: What You Need to Know About Health Care Reform,” a community forum designed to inform constituents about the new Affordable Care Act. With open enrollment having officially started on October 1, 2013, individuals, families and small business owners are now able to enroll in new, affordable health insurance plans through the marketplace. The community forum served to make individuals aware of their options and learn what the new laws mean for New Yorkers.
Senator Serrano is sponsoring a Thanksgiving day creative celebration for children in grades K-6. This year's theme is "What are you thankful for?" Participants may submit an essay, poetry, or art work that for inclusion in the Senate's Thanksgiving Day Showcase.
(East Harlem, NY) - Senator Serrano, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and the East Harlem Immigrant Service Network sponsored "No More Invisibility: Who Is Our Transgender Community and What do They Have to Say?," a community discussion centered on the human and civil rights for our transgender community following the violent attack and subsequent death of Islan Nettles, a transgender woman. This discussion featured a panel consisting entirely of transgender persons who lent their insights and expertise in many area
(City Hall) – State Senator José M. Serrano joined Senator Brad Hoylman and concerned citizens at City Hall to provide testimony in support of the proposed West End-Collegiate Historic District Extension.
(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.
(East Harlem, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano co-sponsored the 7th Annual Teen Fair “Step Up, Speak Out, Take Action” with Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito in East Harlem. The fair, designed in part to bring awareness to youth and gun violence within the community, also gathered local residents and community organizations to highlight the importance of community involvement, youth empowerment and education.
(South Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Congressman José E. Serrano, and other elected officials at the Bronx County Courthouse urging Congress to restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act. This past June, key provisions of the Voting Rights Act were gutted by the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 4(b) of the Act. This section of the law was used in determining which states and counties required close federal monitoring to help prevent suppression of minority voting.
(Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined the 40th precinct and the surrounding community in honor of the 2013 National Night Out Against Crime. National Night Out is an annual event created to heighten crime and drug awareness, generate support and participation in anticrime programs, and to strengthen the neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships.
(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano and the Project Renewal Scan Van Program partnered to sponsor their annual series of free mammogram screenings in the 29th Senate District. As part of an initiative to detect and prevent breast cancer, Senator Serrano sponsored free mammogram screenings in East Harlem, The Bronx, Roosevelt Island and the Upper West Side, providing a crucial service for many women who would otherwise go without.
(Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined striking fast food workers and community members standing in solidarity to demand that fast food corporations pay their employees better wages. Highlighting the importance of workers being treated equitably and fairly, Serrano stood firm in calling for fast food employers to provide employees with a change in the workplace that they deserve.
(Bronx, NY) - Senator Serrano marched in the annual Bronx Dominican parade, which took place along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The parade, which is widely attended by thousands of people across all nationalities, honors and celebrates the history and culture of the Dominican people.