Senator Serrano joined Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión along with the Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition, tenants, neighbors and fellow elected officials to help launch the Bronx Mitchell-Lama Task Force (BXMLTF)on Thursday, May 3rd."Preserving affordability in our city should be of the highest priority," said the Senator. "Unfortunately, with the sunset of many Mitchell-Lama housing programs throughout the Bronx and the rest of our city, we are in jeopardy of becoming a town in which only the very wealthy can afford to live.
Senator Serrano spoke with 9th and 10th Grade students from the Manhattan Center for Science and Math on Thursday afternoon."This year, we were able to change the way New York State funds education. We have finally brought the focus back to school districts that need the money most – and that includes East Harlem," said the Senator."The will to succeed is nothing without a strong educational infrastructure. It is knowledge that builds awareness, community and economic opportunity."
In conjunction with the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, Senator Serrano hosted a Lupus awareness workshop in his district office. "This is a disease that disproportionately affects women of color, a population already burdened with unequal access to quality and affordable healthcare," said the Senator.
Senator Serrano hosted a Civil Rights and Immigration panel discussion on April 28. The event was organized by Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo as part of the 20th Annual Somos El Futuro conference. "Far too often, new immigrants avoid reporting crimes committed against them for fear of retribution from immigration officials," said the Senator.
New York, NY – State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) has announced his list of approved grants for fiscal year 2007-2008. "I consider this one of the most important parts of my job," said the Senator. "We have organizations with little funding that make tremendous contributions to our community.""We also have well-established organizations that can expand and enhance their services," he added."But I also believe the system needs to be as transparent and open as possible.
The following are comments made on behalf of Senator Serrano by his constituent liaison, Carmen Arroyo, at the 2007 Northern Manhattan HIV/AIDS Profile Conference. A Senate Proclamation was then presented to Martín Orduna, director of the East Harlem HIV Care Network.
Good morning. I am here on behalf of State Senator José M. Serrano, who is in Albany right now, finalizing the state budget. The Senator wanted me to convey how much he appreciates and respects the work you are doing in East Harlem.
State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Bronx/Manhattan) today applauded new legislation designed to improve health care in medically under served communities, reduce the costs of health care premiums and stimulate local economies by helping start-up businesses obtain health insurance.
"I am very happy to support this bill, which was introduced by my SenateMinority colleagues. It is time for HMOs, who have benefited from rate deregulation, to play a more active role in the health care of their customers," Senator Serrano said.
New York, NY – Congressman José E. Serrano and State Senator José M. Serrano hosted a ceremony in celebration of Black History Month. At the ceremony they honored local leaders Sister Alicia Florence Allick-Goudie, East Harlem civic leader; David Gibson, Director, Samaritan Village - Highbridge Branch; Anthony Jordan, Director, St. Benedict the Moor; and Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter, Northwest Bronx civic leader. Each honoree was presented with a State Senate proclamation and a statement which will be placed in the U.S. Congressional Record.
Senator Serrano celebrated Valentine's Day with Bronx seniors this week. "Senior citizens are the foundation of our community," said the Senator. "They understand the importance of history and tradition, while also recognizing where there's room for change and growth." The Senator's first stop was the Highbridge Senior Center on Nelson Avenue.
The Senator hosted a Roosevelt Island Housing Forum on Thursday night. In response to concerns raised by residents involving the future of Mitchell-Lama and affordable housing on the island, he assembled a panel of experts from both government agencies and non-profit organizations. "We need to do everything we can to maintain affordability on Roosevelt Island," said the Senator.
New York, NY – Spanish Harlem was well-represented at a stirring anti-war protest in Washington, DC on Saturday, January 27th. Forty-five local residents traveled south to the nation's capital, in a trip sponsored by State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-District 8, Manhattan). "The tragedies of the Iraq War are not just a world way. They are close to home, many times in low-income and minority communities," said Councilmember Mark-Viverito.
State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan) today criticized the Senate Majority for failing to deliver on their promise of reform. The SenateMinority Conference yesterday proposed changes to the Senate rules that would increase participation of rank-and-file members and raise ethic standards by recording each vote, providing equal resources and making it easier for senators to get their legislation voted on.
Senator Serrano attended a blood drive event Saturday afternoon at the Senior Center on Roosevelt Island. The Senator, joined by his family, had the opportunity to discuss island issues with residents and community leaders."This is a critical time for Roosevelt Island," he said. "I intend to work with our new governor, Eliot Spitzer, to change the way we govern this community."The event was sponsored by the New York Blood Center, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA), and the Roosevelt Island Community Emergency Response Team (RI CERT).
Senator Serrano co-hosted a Three Kings Day Luncheon with City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito. More than 100 people attended the event, which was held at the Bonifacio Cora Texidor Community and Senior Center on East 116th Street. Earlier in the morning, the Senator participated in the annual Three Kings Day parade. "Even in the rain, this is a fabulous celebration of tradition and culture," he said, walking among the colorful floats and throngs of people in the streets of East Harlem.
The Senator gathered elected officials and community leaders to support Metropolitan Hospital at a press conference on November 22. Metropolitan, the only public hospital in East Harlem , provides comprehensive care for the community's most pressing health care needs. It's also a safety net for residents who may lack private insurance or proper immigration status. When the Governor's Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century did release its final report on November 28, the hospital was left untouched.
To commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, State Senator José M. Serrano (D- Bronx/Manhattan) today called on New Yorkers, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation, to join together at precisely 9:11 a.m. to pray for the many people in our communities who are infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. "World AIDS Day is a unique moment each year when all of humanity celebrates the progress we have made in the battle against AIDS, and brings attention to the enormous challenges still to come," Senator Serrano said.
Senator Serrano had the opportunity to meet with an 11th grade government class at the Bronx Expeditionary Learning High School. He spoke to students about his experiences in city and state government, and the challenges faced by urban communities in New York. "Young people need to remain engaged in the political process. They need to fight for issues like school funding and affordable housing, and continue to make their voices heard," said the Senator. "Trust me, we are listening and working hard on quality of life issues in the South Bronx."
Senator Serrano delivered the commencement address at the Phoenix House graduation in Manhattan. The organization provides drug and alcohol treatment services, and helps conduct important academic research on substance abuse. The 130 adults and teens graduating from the program had already completed a year of long-term treatment, and now a post-treatment year of drug-free independent living. The Senator encouraged them to become mentors and role models for younger generations in the fight against substance abuse. The Senator joined the president of Phoenix House, Dr.