Today in the Albany Convention Center, State Senator José M. Serrano met with members of District Council 37 who reside in his district, to discuss several issues of importance— including the need for strengthening and reforming rent regulation laws. With the potential expiration of rent regulations on June 15th, these constituents voiced their concerns and fears that thousands of tenants will be forced out of their residences.
"Particularly in this difficult economy, we must ensure strong tenant protection measures to keep housing affordable and keep families in their homes," said Senator Serrano.
"It has been nearly 10 years since the horrific attacks of September 11th, but the events of that morning are still vivid in the hearts and minds of all New Yorkers and the families of the victims, who have had to endure the painful aftermath of the tragedy. "Although nothing can ever repair the damage done on that day, I hope that the news that the perpetrator of this horrendous assault on freedom has been brought to justice helps those who lost loved ones on 9/11 to feel some measure of closure. "I praise President Obama’s leadership, and the heroic efforts of our national security experts and armed forces for their commitment to the safety of every American.
(Albany, NY)- State Senator José M. Serrano today joined New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, advocates, and nearly 150 high school students to rally for stronger gun laws to help protect our community.
This event, held at the Well in the Legislative Office Building, highlighted the importance of preventing violence in schools and called on the legislature to pass reformative bills that keep illegal guns off our streets.
"Gun violence is a disease that continues to plague our community," said Senator Serrano. "Our students should not have to live in fear of guns in their schools or on their streets. I commend all the students that came today for educating their peers and building awareness throughout their schools."
Senator Serrano co-sponsored a forum, hosted by Senator Bill Perkins, designed to answer the tough questions on the latest immigration issues. Local elected officials, immigration advocates and community organizations discussed various topics, including workers rights, wage theft and unemployment insurance benefits, immigration fraud, the Secure Communities program, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and violence against women."We have many great challenges in this country, but there is no time to waste on immigration reform. Not when every delay means another broken family. Not when every delay means that another hard working immigrant gets taken advantage of by a predatory, fraudulent company," said Senator Serrano.
A Resolution introduced by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) to commemorate Earth Hour passed the New York State Senate unanimously today. The resolution requests that Governor Andrew Cuomo adopt 8:30 PM, Saturday, March 26, 2011 as Earth Hour in a show of solidarity to encourage environmental and energy conservation.The first Earth Hour took place in 2007, and since then hundreds of millions of people and landmarks have taken part in this environmentally friendly tradition. Earth Hour 2010 was the most successful to date, with a record 128 countries and territories joining this global display of climate action.
Senator Serrano will co-sponsor a forum with Senator Bill Perkins, designed to answer the tough questions on the latest immigration issues. Local elected officials, immigration advocates and community organizations will discuss various topics, including workers rights, immigration fraud, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and violence against women. For more information and to RSVP, please call the office of Senator Bill Perkins at (212)222-7315.
(Albany, NY)-Senator José M. Serrano commended Governor Cuomo’s nomination of Rose H. Harvey as Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). Today,the nomination was approved unanimously by the New York State Senate.
Prior to her nomination, Ms. Harvey was a Senior Fellow at the Jonathan Rose Companies, where she served as an advisor and conducted research on parks issues, and where she launched a non-profit organization designed to fund and develop parks in urban neighborhoods. Ms. Harvey also worked with the Trust for Public Land
for 27 years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and National Director of Urban Programs.
Senator José M. Serrano joined Senator Ruben Diaz, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and their colleagues in government on the steps of Bronx Borough Hall today to address the devastating budget proposal that would close 105 senior centers in New York City - 7 of which are located in the 28th Senate District.
In the current state budget proposal, there are significant cuts that would negatively impact funding for senior centers throughout New York City. In the areas represented by Senator Serrano – East Harlem, Yorkville, Roosevelt Island and the South Bronx – senior citizens are already experiencing economic hardships and the closure of needed senior centers will only add to that burden.
Senator José M. Serrano today addressed the New York State Art Teachers Association Legislative Exhibit (NYSATA), which is co-sponsored by the New York State Alliance for the Arts in Education (NYSSAE). Held at the Legislative Well in the Capitol Building in Albany each spring, this exhibit showcases the artistic accomplishments of students from throughout the state, and invites them to celebrate arts education with their legislators.
Senator José M. Serrano today joined the New York Immigration Coalition, colleagues and advocates for the 2011 Immigrants’ Rights Day of Action in Albany. Hundreds of New Yorkers traveled to Albany to send a message to the Governor and the Legislature that state policies must recognize the rights of immigrants and protect immigrant communities.They also urged lawmakers to adopt the NYIC’s top ten state buget and policy priorities for 2011, so that the budget isn’t balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable.
Senator José M. Serrano joined former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and his fellow Senate Democratic Heroes of Reform to support and advocate for the immediate passage of Governor Cuomo’s non-partisan redistricting legislation. Governor Cuomo introduced the Redistricting Reform Act of 2011 on Friday, February 18th. The legislation (S.3419) would put an independent redistricting plan in place before legislative lines are redrawn ahead of the 2012 elections.
Senator Jose M. Serrano today co-sponsored a Senate Resolution (J629), introduced by Senator Bill Perkins, commemorating Harlem’s Historic African Burial Ground in recognition of Black History Month. The burial ground was located where the MTA’s 126th Street Bus Depot in East Harlem now stands, and occupied a quarter acre lot on the original Elmendorf Dutch Reformed Church grounds on First Avenue between 126th and 127th Streets. Many community leaders fear the historic burial ground might be lost or defiled due to ongoing work expanding the Willils Avenue bridge and a plan to entirely rebuild a bus depot located at that location.
(The Bronx, NY)- Congressman José E. Serrano and New York State Senator José M. Serrano today applauded the Obama Administration’s decision to stop defending the federal “Defense of Marriage Act,” which bars the recognition of same-sex marriage.“President Obama and his advisors are to be commended for this brave and just decision to end their defense of the unconstitutional ‘Defense of Marriage Act’,” said Congressman Serrano. “That law, passed during the culture wars of the 1990s, does nothing to expand rights in this nation, and everything to curtail them. I firmly believe that our duty is to expand and defend the protections that the Constitution lays out and to work to end discriminatory laws and policies.
(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.
Senator Jose M. Serrano and Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito celebrated Black History month in East Harlem on February 22nd. The program honored two outstanding African American members of the community: Ethel Velez, a lifelong resident of East Harlem, President and Chair of the North Council of Presidents (MNCOP), and President of James Weldon Johnson Tenants Association; and Carmen Villegas, Community Activist and Organizer for Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, and Advisor to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the U.S..