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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
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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
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Saving Arts Education from Politics

Gotham Gazette

by José M. Serrano

July 6, 2009

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July 6, 2009
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Serrano Member of the "Coalition of the Responsible"

The New York Times Editorial

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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
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Keep Tabs on the Money, N.Y.

Albany Times Union  

Published: Thursday, June 18, 2009

By José M. Serrano

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June 18, 2009
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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
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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
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Health Workshop for Seniors

Click below for printable flyer.

July 7, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Bill Seeks Safety Device on Housing Elevators

Bill Seeks Safety Device on Housing Elevators

By Manny Fernandez

The New York Times

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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
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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
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Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation Committee Meeting- June 4, 2009

Serrano Bill to Strengthen Gun Control in NY State Parks Passes Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation Committee. Presentations from members from the NYS Tourism Advisory Council and Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair of the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports in the New York State Assembly.

June 4, 2009
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Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting

As part of his commitment to a more engaging committee process, Senator Serrano will be welcoming the New York State Tourism Advisory Council to this week's Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee meeting. The Tourism Advisory Council includes a number of the State's private sector leaders within the tourism industry. The Council will be on hand to explain their efforts and to discuss the State's tourism outlook for the next few months.

June 4, 9:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Upcoming Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting

As part of his commitment to a more engaging committee process, Senator Serrano will be welcoming the New York State Tourism Advisory Council to this week's Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee meeting. The Tourism Advisory Council includes a number of the State's private sector leaders within the tourism industry. The Council will be on hand to explain their efforts and to discuss the State's tourism outlook for the next few months.

June 3, 2009
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East Harlem Against Deportation Community Dialogue: Protecting the Immigrant Community in New York

Come add your voice to our discussion about immigration policy in New York City and State!

This discussion on “East Harlem Against Deportation” policy proposals will feature a panel of immigration lawyers, local families, and representatives from elected official offices.

Community members will have the opportunity to comment on policy proposals, and discuss the problems they believe most affect the immigrant community, and the solutions needed to overcome them.

June 15, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Serrano Statement on Shooting of Police Officer

May 29, 2009
 

Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed both grief and deep concern following the death of Omar J. Edwards, an off-duty police officer shot on East 125th Street last night, apparently by a plainclothes officer.

"I will be meeting with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office this Sunday to learn more about what happened, and discuss next steps," said Serrano.

May 29, 2009
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Serrano Sends Message to Community in Support of Marriage Equality

Throughout my career as a public official, I have strongly supported Marriage Equality. Moreover, I am a co-sponsor of the Senate bill (S.4401) that will provide same-sex couples the same opportunity to enter into civil marriages as opposite-sex couples. I consider Marriage Equality a part of the ongoing struggle for civil rights in this country. State government must take comprehensive action, both on the legislative and budgetary fronts, and I applaud Governor Paterson for his leadership. 

May 28, 2009
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