Senator José M. Serrano was proud to join neighborhood volunteers at It's My Park Day at Franz Sigel Park on the Grand Concourse. "Although I wasn't able to get there in time to help with the actual planting, I was so pleased to thank and congratulate the local volunteers for working hard - in the rain, I might add - to ensure that our local park looks its best," said Serrano. Senator Serrano, who planted tulip and daffodil bulbs in last fall's Park Day believes that pride in one's community is one of the strongest ways to uplift a neighborhood.
On October 22, Senator Serrano took part in a free flu-shot event at Julia de Burgos- Taller Boriqua in East Harlem. 150 shots were administered by New York Presbyterian to seniors from the Community.
“It is a pleasure to see local seniors getting the opportunity to receive seasonal influenza vaccines free of cost, and in their own neighborhood,” said Serrano. “Thanks to the hard work of the nurses and New York-Presbyterian staff, there will be 150 less cases of flu in East Harlem this season.”
Senator Serrano, alongside Lee Llambelis, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York, gave a presentation on avoiding the pitfalls of the student loan industry at All Hallows High School in the Bronx.
Senator Serrano attended the Manhattan College Community Leaders' Roundtable, in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The lively panel discussion featured various elected officials including Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Councilmember Oliver Koppell, Mayor Philip Amiconi, and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz.
Senator Serrano attended the re-opening of El Museo del Barrio, one of New York’s leading Latino cultural institutions. “El Museo plays an important role in the cultural landscape of New York City,” said Serrano. "I am extremely proud to take part in this fantastic event, which represents a milestone for the Latino community, all New Yorkers, and of course, the 28th District.”
Senator Serrano attended the 4th Annual Fall for Arts Festival, a free outdoor event presented by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. The Serrano sponsored event was a one of a kind outdoor gallery with a highly acclaimed mix of visual, performing, culinary, and interactive arts commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month.
Today Senator Serrano was honored for his support of the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI), and for his commitment to combating sexual assault and domestic violence in underserved areas.
“It is vital that survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault have advocates and counselors available to support them through a process that is often very painful,” said Senator Serrano.