Today Senator José M. Serrano, along with Community advocates and residents of the Highbridge section in the Bronx, welcomed back 26 displaced families that had been evacuated by city agencies from 1204 Shakespeare Avenue due to safety concerns.On Saturday, December 4th, city officials evacuated tenants after they found construction debris blocking a fire exit and two fire escapes were deemed unsafe for use. Families traveled to shelters and hotels around New York City, some as distant as Far Rockway, making it difficult for children to attend local schools, among other inconveniences.
“Recently I was proud to support legislation that mandated a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a practice that can prove dangerous to the health of many New Yorkers by contaminating our drinking water and taking its toll on our farmland, among other health and environmental concerns."It is disappointing that the Governor vetoed this bill, which would have suspended the issuance of all new oil and gas drilling permits, including both vertical and horizontal hydro-fracturing.
"Each year, World AIDS Day recognizes the progress that has been made over the years, commemorates those we have lost, and reminds us that there is still a great deal of work to be done in the battle against this devastating illness.“One in five of an estimated 1.1 million Americans living with HIV do not know they have contracted the virus. In New York’s communities of color, the statistics are particularly sobering. According to the Department of Health, from 2008 to 2009 more than 37,000 people lived with HIV, while over 60,000 people were diagnosed with AIDS. In both cases, about 45 percent of those affected were African American and 31 percent were Hispanic.
Senators José M. Serrano, Bill Perkins, Liz Krueger and Daniel Squadron held a public hearing on the construction of the Second Avenue Subway. The legislators heard testimony from MTA Chief Jay Walder and other stakeholders such as the Second Avenue Business Association (SABA) and area residents.
Senator Serrano today joined community leaders for the Inaugural Ride on The Roosevelt Island Aerial Tramway, the most advanced urban aerial tramway system in the world. Closed for modernization in March 2010, the system has been completely rebuilt and is now back in full service.
Over 40 people attended the first half of a two part intellectual property workshop on Tuesday, November 30th, at Hostos Community College. The event, titled “You Made It Now Protect It: Trademarks and Copyright for Artists, Nonprofit Organizations and Small Businesses,” provided a great deal of useful information regarding trademarks, copyrights, design patents, and work-for-hire agreements. An expert panel of intellectual property attorneys explained these concepts and how they can be put into practice.Senator Serrano sponsored the workshop along with the Bronx Council on the Arts and The Legal Aid Society.
Senator Serrano joined Assemblymember Vanessa Gibson on Turesday, November 16th, in celebrating the opening of the Morris Heights Educational Complex, which includes P723X and P.S. 204X. The complex opened in September, and includes a full sized gym, auditorium and a state of the art library.
On Tuesday, November 16th, Senator José M. Serrano received the George W. Perkins “Parks Champion” award from Parks and Trails New York, for his continued advocacy on behalf of New York’s State Parks. I am honored to receive this prestigious award. Financially, this has been a tough year for parks, and thanks to the hard work of parks advocates such as Parks and Trails New York, elected officials, and most importantly an energized and vocal public, we were able to save our parks for the summer season. This summer saw some of the largest increases in state park usage, reinforcing the fact that parks play an important role in the lives of all New Yorkers.
Senator Serrano and Assemblywoman Gibson celebrate the opening Celebrating the Birthdays of the River Park Towers Community Senator Serrano celebrates with Clarita Smith, 99 yrs, and Louise Mitchell, 106 yrs.
Senator Serrano joined Assemblymember Vanessa Gibson on Tuesday November 12th, in celebrating the opening of the Morris Heights Edu-cational Complex, which includes P 723X and PS 204X. The complex opened in September, and includes a full size gym, auditorium and a state of the art library.
Join Senator Serrano, pedestrians, cyclists, advocates, and other elected officials as they stand on the steps of City Hall to call for the completion of pedestrian and bike improvements on First and Second Avenues. As plans currently stand, the promised pedestrian islands and bike lanes stop at 34th Street, leaving a four-and-a-half mile gap through Midtown, the Upper East Side and Harlem. Attend, and make your voice heard!
Join Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., members of the Bronx Clergy Task Force, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, and other elected officials and community leadersto directly discuss the growing concerns of Bronx residents regarding violence in their neighborhoods, and the threat of illegal guns.