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.
(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.
"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.
“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.”
(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.
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."
For the third consecutive year, Senator Serrano participated in "It's My Park" day, an event sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the City Parks Foundation, and local organizations throughout the five boroughs.
New York, NY— Senator José M. Serrano marched alongside Congressman José E. Serrano at the 22nd Annual Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade. The Senator, a lifelong Bronx resident, expressed great pride for his Puerto Rican heritage. “Puerto Ricans have made tremendous contributions to the Bronx, as well as to New York City as a whole, and today we celebrate our unique ability to cross cultural boundaries while remaining true to our roots.” said Senator Serrano, who Chairs the Senate committee that oversees Cultural Affairs.
Albany, NY- A bill introduced by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) that requires the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to periodically publish a list of areas in New York that are most adversely affected by existing environmental hazards was passed by the New York State Senate today.
"Due to the late state budget, we are in serious jeopardy of losing our summer parks season. Pools, beaches and lakes should now be hiring lifeguards, summer camps should be opening for registration, and parks should be undergoing maintenance in preparation for the months to come. However, as budget negotiations continue, parks are in a state of limbo without sufficient funds to begin preparations for the summer.