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Opened or Closed?

The Post-Journal

Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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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.

July 29, 2010
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Member Items: Some Districts Getting Gypped

The Bronx News Network

Published: Thursday, March 25, 2010

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July 29, 2010
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Albany's Pork Handouts

The New York Times

Published: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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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.

July 29, 2010
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First Stop, Rikers. Next Stop, Colombia?

City Limits

Published: Sunday, September 6, 2009

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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.

July 29, 2010
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Reforms for Deportation Policies that Split Families Unites Elected Officials and Community Leaders

The Daily News

Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009

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East Harlem against deportation, a group whose name doesn't leave any doubt about its mission, released an important report this past Thursday.

Aptly named "Immigration Reform Starts Here," the report makes concrete policy recommendations for the city and the state to protect immigrants and their families.

July 28, 2010
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River Park Tenants Association Family Day in the Park

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.

July 12, 2010
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Serrano Shows Support for LGBT Commmunity

Dirk McCall, Executive Director, Bronx Pride; Senator Serrano; and Guillermo Flores, American Cancer Society

 

July 9, 2010
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Bill to Protect Allegany State Parkland Passes New York State Senate

For Immediate Release:

Thursday, June 24, 2010 Contact:Damaris Olivo | (212) 828-5829 | dolivo.nys@gmail.com

 

June 24, 2010
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Legislation to Improve Participation in Local Governance of Roosevelt Island Passes New York State Senate

(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.

June 22, 2010
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Legislation to Establish Environmental Fund Passes Senate

For Immediate Release:Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Contact:Damaris Olivo | (212) 828-5829 | dolivo.nys@gmail.com

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.

June 22, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Jose M. Serrano, Chair Monday, June 21, 2010 Off-the-floor

June 21, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Senator Serrano at 53rd Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

Senator José M. Serrano today marched in the 2010 Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City, along with his father, Congressman José E. Serrano (pictured above).  Every year, the parade, which celebrates Puerto Rican heritage and culture, attracts over one million people to Fifth Avenue.

June 12, 2010
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Breaking Barriers: Majority Announces Legislative Package Expanding Opportunities For New Yorkers with Disabilities

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Majority announced the passage of a comprehensive 9-point package of legislation providing New Yorkers with disabilities expanded access to polling places, transportation and medical equipment, as well outlawing discriminatory practices in employment, housing and public services.

June 10, 2010
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Serrano Thrilled with Memorial Day Weekend Attendance at State Parks

"I am so thrilled and excited to learn of the major increase in park attendance that we are currently seeing. Now more than ever, we should recognize the significance that State Parks hold for the people of New York," stated Senator José M. Serrano after the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced that with 1.17 million visitors over Memorial Day weekend (May 29-31), attendance at State Parks soared by 245,296 visitors. This translates to a 17 percent increase from the 2009 holiday weekend.  

June 4, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Jose M. Serrano, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Room 801 LOB

June 9, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Statement from Senator Serrano: Restoration of Funding for State Parks and Living Museums

“As Chair of the committee that oversees the State Park system and living museums, I am thrilled that Governor Paterson and the Legislature have worked out a plan that will keep our parks open in time for Memorial Day weekend, and will allow us to enjoy all that our zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums have to offer in advance of the summer season.”

May 28, 2010
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Serrano, Advocates, and Community March to End Violence in El Barrio

(East Harlem, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano, the East Harlem Community and other local elected officials held  a march today protesting the rise in violence that has occurred in this culturally rich and diverse neighborhood, most recently the stabbing of three people on May 26th.

May 27, 2010
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Resolution Honoring Times Square Hero Lance Orton Passes Senate Unanimously

Albany, NY- A Resolution introduced by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) honoring Times Square hero Lance Orton passed the State Senate unanimously today.  "It is with tremendous pride that I applaud Lance Orton on his bravery, initiative, and concern for his fellow citizens," said Senator Serrano.  "His heroic actions and rapid response should serve as a reminder to all New Yorkers that we can all do our part when it comes to keeping our city safe." 

May 17, 2010
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NYS Senator Jose Serrano comments on Resolution Honoring Lance Orton - 5/17/10

NYS Senator Jose Serrano comments on resolution honoring Lance Orton- the vendor who alerted police to the bomb in Times Square - 5/17/10

May 17, 2010
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