Senator Serrano applauds the confirmation of Rose Harvey as Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

(Albany, NY)-Senator José M. Serrano commended Governor Cuomo’s nomination of Rose H. Harvey as Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). Today,the nomination was approved unanimously by the New York State Senate.

Prior to her nomination, Ms. Harvey was a Senior Fellow at the Jonathan Rose Companies, where she served as an advisor and conducted research on parks issues, and where she launched a non-profit organization designed to fund and develop parks in urban neighborhoods. Ms. Harvey also worked with the Trust for Public Land

for 27 years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and National Director of Urban Programs.

March 8, 2011

Senator Serrano Fights to Keep Senior Centers Open

Senator José M. Serrano joined Senator Ruben Diaz, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and their colleagues in government on the steps of Bronx Borough Hall today to address the devastating budget proposal that would close 105 senior centers in New York City - 7 of which are located in the 28th Senate District.

In the current state budget proposal, there are significant cuts that would negatively impact funding for senior centers throughout New York City. In the areas represented by Senator Serrano – East Harlem, Yorkville, Roosevelt Island and the South Bronx – senior citizens are already experiencing economic hardships and the closure of needed senior centers will only add to that burden.

March 4, 2011

Senator Serrano Serves as Honorary Chair of The New York State Art Teachers Association Legislative Exhibit

Senator José M. Serrano today addressed the New York State Art Teachers Association Legislative Exhibit (NYSATA), which is co-sponsored by the New York State Alliance for the Arts in Education (NYSSAE). Held at the Legislative Well in the Capitol Building in Albany each spring, this exhibit showcases the artistic accomplishments of students from throughout the state, and invites them to celebrate arts education with their legislators.

March 2, 2011

Senator Serrano Joins Hundreds of New Yorkers to Fight for Immigrant Rights

Senator José M. Serrano today joined the New York Immigration Coalition, colleagues and advocates for the 2011 Immigrants’ Rights Day of Action in Albany. Hundreds of New Yorkers traveled to Albany to send a message to the Governor and the Legislature that state policies must recognize the rights of immigrants and protect immigrant communities.They also urged lawmakers to adopt the NYIC’s top ten state buget and policy priorities for 2011, so that the budget isn’t balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable.

March 1, 2011

Senator Serrano Joins Collegues and Former Mayor Ed Koch to Advocate for Redistricting Reform

Senator  José M. Serrano joined former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and his fellow Senate Democratic Heroes of Reform to support and advocate for the immediate passage of Governor Cuomo’s non-partisan redistricting legislation. Governor Cuomo introduced the Redistricting Reform Act of 2011 on Friday, February 18th. The legislation (S.3419) would put an independent redistricting plan in place before legislative lines are redrawn ahead of the 2012 elections.

March 1, 2011

Resolution Honoring the Harlem African Burial Ground

Senator Jose M. Serrano today co-sponsored a Senate Resolution (J629), introduced by Senator Bill Perkins, commemorating Harlem’s Historic African Burial Ground in recognition of Black History Month. The burial ground was located where the MTA’s 126th Street Bus Depot in East Harlem now stands, and occupied a quarter acre lot on the original Elmendorf Dutch Reformed Church grounds on First Avenue between 126th and 127th Streets. Many community leaders fear the historic burial ground might be lost or defiled due to ongoing work expanding the Willils Avenue bridge and a plan to entirely rebuild a bus depot located at that location.

February 28, 2011

Serranos Honor Local Leaders in Celebration of Black History Month

For Immediate Release:

Friday, February 25, 2011

Contact: Damaris Olivo |(212) 828-5829 |

Bronx, NY -- State Senator José M. Serrano and Congressman José E. Serrano today honored outstanding local leaders in their annual celebration of Black History Month.

February 25, 2011

Serranos Applaud Obama Decision on the ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

(The Bronx, NY)- Congressman José E. Serrano and New York State Senator José M. Serrano today applauded the Obama Administration’s decision to stop defending the federal “Defense of Marriage Act,” which bars the recognition of same-sex marriage.“President Obama and his advisors are to be commended for this brave and just decision to end their defense of the unconstitutional ‘Defense of Marriage Act’,” said Congressman Serrano. “That law, passed during the culture wars of the 1990s, does nothing to expand rights in this nation, and everything to curtail them. I firmly believe that our duty is to expand and defend the protections that the Constitution lays out and to work to end discriminatory laws and policies.

February 24, 2011

Senator Serrano Joins Senator Espaillat and Colleagues to Expand Tenant Protections to Keep New Yorkers in their Homes

(New York, NY) – With rent regulation laws that protect over 1 million units of affordable housing in New York City and the surrounding counties (Westchester, Nassau, and Rockland) dangerously close to expiring, Senate Democrats were joined by City elected officials and advocates to call for the immediate extension and expansion of tenant protections. 

February 24, 2011

Senator Serrano and Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito Celebrate Black History Month in East Harlem

Senator Jose M. Serrano and Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito celebrated Black History month in East Harlem on February 22nd. The program honored two outstanding African American members of the community: Ethel Velez, a lifelong resident of East Harlem, President and Chair of the North Council of Presidents (MNCOP), and President of James Weldon Johnson Tenants Association; and Carmen Villegas, Community Activist and Organizer for Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, and Advisor to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the U.S..

February 22, 2011

Senator Serrano Moderates Caucus Weekend Workshops


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February 19, 2011

Senator Serrano Addresses Officers During 25th Precinct Roll Call

Senator José M. Serrano today attended the 25th Precinct 3 PM Roll Call, where he had the opportunity to meet and address the NYPD officers serving the community of East Harlem.“I was very grateful for the opportunity to be present during the roll call and to show my support for the Officers of the 25th Precinct, who day in and day out put their safety on the line for the benefit of our neighborhood. I look forward to continuing to work with the Police Department and other local organizations on devising solutions to eliminate the violence that has been plaguing our community during recent months.”

February 17, 2011

Key Challenges Facing Non-Profits

Expert Panelists will identify the major obstacles facing non-profit organizations, and provide suggestions on how to navigate these challenges. There will be presentations by the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau, the Hispanic Federation, and the Community Action Organization of Erie County. This event will be moderated by  Senator Serrano and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and is co-sponsored by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Hispanic Federation, Inc., and the Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc..

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February 11, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Health Disparities: The Need for Cultural and Linguistic Competence for Quality Health Care

The Education Fund of Family Planning Advocates Diverse Communities Health Initiative, Senator Serrano and Assemblyman Darryl C. Towns will present this workshop to raise awareness of the challenges that many communities face when it comes to accessing health care. Language barriers, financial obstacles, lack of insurance, immigration status, sexual orientation and cultural differences are among a host of factors that make access to care a daunting process.This workshop will emphasize the need for cultural competence trainings for health care providers; and participants will learn about the dynamics of cultural differences that hinder access to health care services during encounters with diverse populations.   

February 19, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
March 2, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
March 21, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
February 28, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
February 14, 9:00 AM - February 18, 5:00 PM
February 25, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Senator Serrano Co-Sponsors Open House at "La Marqueta"

Senator José M. Serrano and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), along with other community leaders and elected officials, co-sponsored an open house at East Harlem's La Marqueta. 

The open-house gave members of the community a chance to sample the newest additions to the market, as well as an opportunity to take a tour of Hot Bread Kitchen, a commercial kitchen space dedicated to train women for baking commercially. Hot Bread Kitchen also contains an incubator kitchen, designed for those who are in need of a commercially licensed area to cook their goods for an affordable price.

February 3, 2011