Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study

A 2008-2009 Studio Project by Hunter College, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning

The Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study was a studio project conducted for 2008-2009 at the request of New York State Senator Jose Serrano’s office.

The report is available for download from the AccessRI page at

If you have comments about the report or any aspects of the studio project, please feel free to write to:

July 28, 2009

Senator Serrano on All Things New York (WWRL 1600)

Senator Serrano will discuss his advocacy for the inclusion of two Muslim holy days in the city’s public school holiday calendar, as well as affordable housing policy and other important issues affecting the 28th Senate District.

July 14, 2009

Serrano and Advocates See Advances in Stimulus Accountability

Albany, NY- Over the past several months, Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and the NYS Stimulus Oversight Group have led an initiative to ensure that Federal Stimulus funds are utilized with utmost efficiency. A Stimulus Oversight Panel launched yesterday by Governor Paterson incorporates many of the major components of a bill introduced by Serrano and Gianaris.

July 10, 2009

Serrano, Advocates, and Parents Urge Mayor to Accept Muslim School Holidays

July 8, 2009 Bronx, NY – State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), the New Settlement Parent Action Committee (PAC), and the Gambian Society today called upon Mayor Bloomberg to include Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha in the public school holiday calendar. This followed a near-unanimous vote in the City Council last week. 

July 8, 2009

Serrano Sponsors Roosevelt Island Health Workshop for Seniors

Senator Serrano sponsored a Health Workshop for Seniors as part of his monthly Roosevelt Island Constituent hours. The Senator has consistently fought to protect public health – on issues related to air quality, food access and environmental justice –throughout the 28th District. 

July 7, 2009

Saving Arts Education from Politics

Gotham Gazette

by José M. Serrano

July 6, 2009

CLICK HERE for the article on the Gotham Gazette website.

July 6, 2009

East Harlem Elected Officials Denounce the Defacement of Public Art

June 29, 2009 East Harlem, NY - Elected officials and community leaders spoke out against the defacement of a local landmark, and declared a united front to protect the cultural heritage of East Harlem. On June 13, the four-story Spirit of East Harlem mural, at 104th Street and Lexington Ave., was defaced. 

June 29, 2009

Serrano Makes Push on Arts Education

Albany, NY - Senator José M. Serrano has signed onto a Senate bill that would continue, though amend, Mayoral Control of New York City schools. It would establish a panel to advise the Chancellor on arts education, and work to improve compliance with state law. 

June 26, 2009

Senator Serrano Testimony on Lower Concourse Rezoning Before the City Council Zoning and Franchises Committee

June 23, 2009

I would like to thank Chair Avella and the members of the Committee for the opportunity to present testimony today.

Since last June, when I submitted comments as part of the  Public Scoping Meeting, New York City has witnessed great change.

June 24, 2009

Serrano Office Participates in Immigration Vigil

June 20, 2009

On the eve of Father’s Day, the Youth Committee of the organization Families for Freedom held its annual vigil to raise awareness of American children whose families are ripped apart due to the federal government’s deportation policies.

June 22, 2009

Serrano Member of the "Coalition of the Responsible"

The New York Times Editorial

CLICK HERE to read article on The New York Times website

Published: June 19, 2009

The Lost Arts of Albany 

The New York State Senate has engaged in theatrics for two weeks with little more than a pile of press releases to show for it. The best way out of this ridiculous stalemate was suggested by Justice Thomas McNamara of the State Supreme Court. He said all 62 senators, 31 voting as Democrats and 31 as Republicans, should get to work by using “the art of negotiation and compromise.”

June 22, 2009

Keep Tabs on the Money, N.Y.

Albany Times Union  

Published: Thursday, June 18, 2009

By José M. Serrano

CLICK HERE for article on the Albany Times Union website 

June 18, 2009

Legislators Propose Nationally Ground-Breaking Performance Standards for New York's Stimulus Investments

Joined by NYS Stimulus Oversight Working Group, Legislators Argue New York Should Look Where "Foresight Meets Oversight"

June 17, 2009

Serrano Marches in the 52nd Annual Puerto Rican Parade

Senator Serrano made his annual trek up Fifth Avenue during the Puerto Rican Day Parade, which was held on Sunday, June 14. The parade, which attracts more than one million people, celebrate the history and culture of the Puerto Rican people.

“I am never more proud of my Puerto Rican heritage than I am on this day,” said the Senator, who joined his father, Congressman José E. Serrano, on the parade route. “Today we come together as one community, united in our strength, our priniciples and the extraordinary contributions we have made to this city.”

June 17, 2009

Health Workshop for Seniors

Click below for printable flyer.

July 7, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bill Seeks Safety Device on Housing Elevators

Bill Seeks Safety Device on Housing Elevators

By Manny Fernandez

The New York Times

CLICK HERE to view full article on New York Times website

Two state lawmakers want New York City’s public housing agency to install a safety device on all its elevators that experts say could have prevented the death of a 5-year-old Brooklyn boy who fell down a shaft while trying to escape a stalled elevator last year.

June 8, 2009

Serrano Bill to Strengthen Gun Control in NY State Parks Passes Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation Committee

June 4, 2009

Albany, NY – Senator José M. Serrano moved quickly to ensure safety at state parks, in the wake of a reckless pro-gun provision that moved through Congress last month.

The provision, tucked into a bill on credit card rules, allows park visitors to carry concealed weapons in national parks unless otherwise prohibited by state law.

June 4, 2009