Senator José M. Serrano participated in a roundtable discussion yesterday on how best to support New York City’s Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts. The roundtable was sponsored by the Fourth Arts Block, the leadership organization for Manhattan’s East 4th Street Cultural District.The event featured a diverse group of New York City’s creative practitioners, policymakers, funders and scholars to discuss the challenges facing cultural districts that have emerged throughout the city over the last several years. These naturally occurring cultural districts are brought to life by local artists, grassroots community groups, and local “creative” businesses, and can be found throughout New York City.
Senator José M. Serrano joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Borough President Scott M. Stringer today to announce the opening of the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence walk-in facility. With over 25% of the area’s children suffering from the condition, East Harlem has the highest rate of childhood asthma hospitalizations in New York City. The new center, which is part of the City’s PlaNYC initiative, aims to reduce these hospitalizations by 50 percent over the next five years.
After the Joint Senate Hearing on the Elmendorf Reformed Church (EFC) African Burial Ground on March 19th, the office of Senator José M. Serrano and the rest of the Colonial African Burial Ground Task Force, co-chaired by Reverend Patricia Singletary and Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, have been meeting regularly to work toward the reclaiming, preserving, and official recognition of the burial ground. As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is considering redeveloping the site in question, the area requires a series of environmental reviews, including an assessment of known and potential cultural resources.
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Above is a clip of State Senator Jose M. Serrano, who represents the south Bronx and east Harlem, in Albany denouncing Arizona's new immigration law and calling for comprehensive immigration reform, saying the current system destroys families.
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Whether closing state parks could mean the loss of federal funding tied to them may depend on how one defines "close." The state previously came up with a list of state parks to be closed as a way to save money. The plan has 41 parks on a closure list including Long Point State Park in Bemus Point. Instead of saving the state money as intended, however, closing the parks could actually cost funds.
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It pays to live in the home district of the New York Legislature’s big shots. According to a new analysis by several citizens’ groups, Senate and Assembly leaders grabbed much bigger chunks of political pork than lesser members did. This is yet another in a long list of reasons to oppose member items, as pork is known in Albany.
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Following a wave of activism protesting interrogations of immigrant detainees at Rikers Island, the city Department of Correction has implemented new practices to better respect the rights of people who are held because they have been arrested and await trial. Like other pre-trial detainees, immigrants are presumed innocent of their charges, but if they are found to be undocumented while being held, it's a comparatively quick trip to deportation.
Senator Serrano and the community celebrated Tenants Association Family Day in the Roberto Clemente State Park on Saturday to honor the association for their hard work in strengthening tenants’ rights and preserving at-risk affordable housing. Serrano presented the President of the Tenants Association, Leon Johnson, with a proclamation to thank him for his dedication and hard work.
(Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate today unanimously passed a bill (S7985/A10392), sponsored by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), that will improve the governance of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), while making it more representative of the residents of the area by improving accountability and increasing transparency and openness within the Corporation.
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Albany, NY- The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S7657), sponsored by José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), that establishes a New York City parks, trees, and urban forestry fund by means of a "check-off" on city income tax returns. This initiative will increase funding for the purposes of environmental conservation without making additional demands upon state funds.