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Serrano and the Senate Majority Committed to Saving State Parks

Today, Senator Serrano, the Senate Majority, and advocates stood together in support of State Parks.On Monday, the Majority Conference unanimously voted for a budget resolution which restored all $11.5 million of the Governor’s budget cuts to parks operations.  If enacted, the cut would have resulted in the closure of 57 State Parks and reduced operations at an additional 22 State Parks.

March 24, 2010
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Serrano Outraged at Ongoing Disruptions to Second Avenue Residents and Businesses

Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today expressed his disappointment with the MTA and the Second Avenue Subway construction, after a recent announcement that tenants in six buildings on the corridor, between 92nd and 97th Streets, will be temporarily relocated due to structural concerns caused by the underground construction.

March 24, 2010
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Serrano Discusses State Parks, Arts, and Living Museums in Senate Budget Resolution

Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today discussed yesterday’s Senate Budget Resolution, and acknowledged that although it is has been a difficult budget season, the resolution presents a positive step in the right direction for State Parks, the Arts, Tourism, and Living Museums.

March 23, 2010
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Senators Serrano and Perkins Hold Public Hearing to Discuss Protections for Historic Harlem African Burial Ground

Senators José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Bill Perkins (D- Harlem) today held a public hearing to examine the impact pending public construction projects will have on what was once a colonial-era burial ground for African slaves and free blacks.

March 19, 2010
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April 6, 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Senator Serrano Fights for Post-Production Tax Credit Program

(Albany, NY)- Senator Jose M. Serrano was joined by Senate President Pro-Tempore Malcolm A. Smith, the Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG), and actor Richard Masur from Law & Order to announce his support for a competitive post-production film tax credit program. He also discussed legislation he sponsored that would make such a program a reality.

March 9, 2010
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Senator Serrano and Assemblywoman Galef Unveil Historic Legislation to Reform Member Item Distribution Process

(In photo: Dick Dadey, Citizens Union; Senator Serrano; Assemblywoman Galef; Blair Horner, NYPIRG; Barbara Bartoletti,League of Women Voters)

 

March 9, 2010
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Public Hearing: Harlem's Historic African Burial Ground

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and RecreationChair: Senator José M. Serranoand Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and CommissionsChair: Senator Bill PerkinsPublic Hearing: African Burial GroundPlace: 171 E. 121st Street, Elmendorf Reformed Church, New York, New YorkTime: 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.Contact: Greg Meyer (518) 455-2795Media Contact: Damaris Olivo (212) 828-5829ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 19, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Parks in the News...

The successful bipartisan press conference and rally on State Parks on March 3rd, received a great deal of support as well as attention for the issue of Parks cuts on a city, state, and national level. 

March 5, 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, March 10, 2010 Room 801 LOB

March 10, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Serrano, Englebright, Colleagues, and Advocates Call on Governor Paterson to Restore Funding for State Parks and Historic Sites

Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D- Setauket), Chairmen of the Assembly and Senate Committees overseeing State Parks, convened a bipartisan press conference on Wednesday to discuss the devastating cuts to Parks in Governor David A. Paterson's proposed Executive Budget for FY 2010-11. Alongside colleagues and Parks advocates from across the state, they called on the Governor to restore a minimum of $11.3 million in operating aid for State Parks to the final state budget in order to prevent unprecedented park closures.

March 3, 2010
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Serrano and Senate Colleagues Announce Task Force on Government Efficiency

(Albany, NY) – Demonstrating their commitment to developing a fiscally responsible budget, the Senate Majority Conference announced the formation of a new bipartisan task force on government efficiency. Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) is a member of the twelve-member task force Chaired by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein. They will  conduct a statewide investigation into the spending practices of state agencies and operations to uncover areas of administrative inefficiencies and government waste.

March 2, 2010
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Serrano Honorary Chairman at NYSATA Exhibit

On Tuesday, February 23rd, Senator Serrano served as Honorary Chairman at the The NYSATA Legislative Exhibit, which is co-sponsored by the New York State Alliance for the Arts in Education. Held at the Legislative Well in the Capitol Building in Albany, this student art exhibit invites students, parents and teachers from across the state to celebrate arts education with their legislators.

February 25, 2010
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Senator Serrano and Assemblyman Englebright Hold Joint Meeting to Discuss Budget Cuts to Arts and Culture

(Albany, NY)- In his continued commitment to the arts and living museums, as well as to openness and transparency in government, today Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), along with Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D- Setauket), Co-chaired a Joint Committee Meeting on Arts Day 2010 to discuss the devastating cuts to cultural organizations in Governor David A. Paterson's proposed budget.

February 24, 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 11:00 AM, Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Hearing Room A

February 24, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Participate in Arts Day 2010!

 

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February 18, 2010
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Senator Serrano Urges Leaders to Restore State Parks Funding

Governor David A. Patterson's proposed budget significantly slashes funding for New York State Parks. If the proposed budget is enacted, 40 parks will undergo service reductions, and 91 State Parks and Historic Sites will be forced to close.

Senator José M. Serrano, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, has distributed the sign-on letter below- addressed to legislative leadership- to all members of the New York State Senate. He has garnered bipartisan support in favor of restoring funds for State Parks.

February 16, 2010
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Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting 2/9/10

Serrano Chairs Committee Meeting with Arts Organizations Regarding Governor's Proposed Budget, Discusses Patterson's 21-Day Amendment

(Albany, NY)- After chairing a meeting of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee yesterday, Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) reported that Governor David A. Patterson’s release of his 21-day amendment to the 2010-11 Executive Budget was a small step in the right direction in regards to the restoration of funding for the arts.
 

February 10, 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, Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Room 801 LOB

February 9, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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January 27, 2010
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