Today Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Steve Englebright (D- Setauket) released a letter sent by them to Governor David A. Paterson urging him to adequately fund State Parks in the FY 2010-2011 Executive Budget to prevent park closures throughout the state. The lawmakers, who have been at the forefront of the issue of protecting State Parks and Historic Sites during the current budget season, expressed concern for not only the long-term fate of these public spaces, but for their well-being during the budget negotiation process.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and the Senate Majority Conference announced opposition today to the National Parks Service’s threat to withhold federal funding as a result of the Governor’s proposal to close facilities within the State parks system.The Majority -- who led the fight against proposed cuts to parks funding, which would have closed dozens of locations -- urged the Governor to work with the federal Administration to determine a plan of action which maintains parks operations and does not endanger federal monies.
Today Senator Serrano held a Parks Committee meeting with Carol Ash, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to discuss the possible repercussions of the delayed budget on State Parks.
Serrano also sat for an interview to discuss the current budget crisis, and how it has affected State Parks. "The one thing that everyone agrees upon- Democrats, Republicans, Assemblymembers and Senators, is that we have to save State Parks," said Serrano.CLICK HERE for audio of entire interview.
Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today sponsored an event in conjunction with Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan/Bronx), Community Voices Heard, and the U.S. Census Bureau, that aimed to help achieve a complete and accurate count of the population in New York's 28th Senatorial District for the Census 2010. "With only ten questions, the Census 2010 form is a simple five minute time investment that will help our communities obtain the benefits, services, and representation they deserve," said Senator Serrano. "It's important to note that Census information is never shared with immigration officials or any municipal, state, or federal agencies.
State Senator José Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Jonathan Bing (D-Manhattan) today applauded the Department of Education and Panel for Education Policy for implementing their legislation to establish an Arts Advisory Committee for New York City public schools. The Serrano/Bing bill (S. 6105/A. 9134) which passed the State Senate in 2009, creates an advisory committee to advise the Chancellor on arts education and to work to improve compliance with State arts education requirements.
“Today, The New York Times announced that State Supreme Court Justice Joan B. Lobis is reversing the New York City decision to close 19 schools, ruling that education officials failed to process proper paperwork.
“This is great news for our children, schools and administrators who deserve a second chance to inspire our youth and improve the education system. While I acknowledge some of these schools were performing below an acceptable standard, we need to ensure that they are addressing the problems and not giving up on them.
Today Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) reminded all New Yorkers to conserve energy by turning their lights off for one hour tomorrow night during Earth Hour 2010. The Senator's resolution, requesting that Governor David A. Paterson adopt 8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 27, 2009 as "Earth Hour" in a show of solidarity to combat global climate change, passed through the Senate unanimously on Wednesday, March 24th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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