Senator Serrano participated in "It's My Park" day, an event sponsored by the City Parks Foundation, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and local organizations throughout the five boroughs.
Senator Serrano gathered with dozens of residents, as well as Congressman Charles Rangel, to protest the transfer of a city-owned lot to private equity developers Tahl Propp Equities (TPE). The lot, which is currently used as a parking lot for city officials, is the proposed site for a real-estate development deal that would net TPE 100 unrestricted market rate units, and generate only 40 units of affordable housing for the East Harlem community.
Senator Serrano, with fellow members of the Bronx Senate delegation, this week sent letters to both Governor Paterson and Mayor Bloomberg. The legislators have requested a halt to a centralization plan that would negatively impact senior citizens in the Bronx, and throughout New York City. Below is the text of both letters:
"With the recent debacle on Wall Street, it is ever more important that students and parents are aware of how to protect themselves," said the Senator, who sits on the Senate Education and Higher Education Committees. "Your tuition will be one of the largest investments you make in your life, and it will pay you back huge dividends. However, lenders must make sure the process regarding these loans is open and transparent."
Senator Serrano attended a college fair at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula to discuss opportunities in higher education with students in the Bronx.
"Every student should be aware of the programs offered at the state and federal level to help pay for college," said the Senator, discussing state programs such as HEOP. "If you have a will to further your education, government is committed to helping you find a way to achieve your dream."
Senator Serrano took part in the fifth annual Bronx Food Festival on Monday afternoon. The festival highlights community efforts to increase the availability and appeal of nutritious foods offered at local food establishments.
"This festival is about more than just food: It's about improving health in our communities, and it's about businesses addressing consumer demands," said the Senator. "We can reduce preventable disease, and we can reduce how much we pay in healthcare costs, with more nutritious food options."
On Friday, October 3rd, Senator Serrano congratulated Michelle Cruz, an East Harlem native, for the grand opening of her brainchild, The East Harlem Café.
The Café, which is located on the corner of 104th Street and Lexington Avenue will offer full service coffee and pastry services as well as serve as a place for artists and musicians to showcase their work.
Senator José M. Serrano celebrated the opening of the DREAM Charter School in East Harlem. The DREAM School, developed by local community-based organization Harlem RBI, will serve children grades K-8 and their families.
The Senator, who was joined by community and elected leaders, as well as New York Mets Center Fielder Carlos Beltran, welcomed students at the beginning of the school's first year.
The Supreme Court's decision in Kelo v. City of New London has renewed the debate over what steps state legislatures should take in defining the proper use of eminent domain. Numerous instances involving the transfer of property to private developers throughout New York State have put into sharp relief the shortcomings of New York's safeguards against the government abuse of this vast power.
The Senator applauded local students from Amber Charter School for the completion of a beautiful new mural on East 106th Street and 3rd Avenue. "This is a mural that tells the story of our community," said the Senator, "and at the same time it becomes part of that story." He praised local artist Maria Dominguez for her work with the students. "Ms. Dominguez is a brilliant artist who finds the time and the passion to share her talents with others."
Reiterates his Support for Gay Marriage in New York State
Bronx, NY – State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today highlighted a recent UCLA report that showed a growing population of same-sex couples in the outer boroughs. He called it an exciting demographic trend that will positively benefit The Bronx.
Senator Serrano attended a Saturday afternoon disaster preparedness fair at 1199 Plaza, a large housing complex in East Harlem. The event provided residents with vital resources from community organizations and government agencies.
New York, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D - Manhattan /Bronx) today praised Mayor Bloomberg for his recently announced plan to capitalize on New York City's potential for generating sustainable energy.
"As the blackout in 2003 showed, maintaining the status quo is a recipe for disaster," said the Senator, who is a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. "With increasing fuel prices and climate change staring us in the face, I am heartened that the Mayor has taken the initiative to move New York towards energy independence."
Says it would be a repeat of mistakes made in the 1970s
Today Senator José M. Serrano urged his colleagues to protect low-income residents during tough economic times. With both houses of the legislature poised to cut services across the state, Serrano expressed concern that the pain of these cuts is not being shared by everyone.
On Wednesday, August 13, 2008, the Senator spoke at a ribbon cutting ceremony for 3,000 square feet of new gallery space at The Museum of the City of New York. The James G. Dinan and Elizabeth R. Miller Gallery was made possible through a mixture of government funding and private funds. The Senator is among the museum's strongest supporters in Albany.
I would like to thank the New York City Housing Authority for the opportunity to submit testimony on the FY 2009 Annual Plan. The 28th Senate District, which I represent, has one of the greatest concentrations of public housing in the entire state. Please know that I strongly oppose any new rent increases. While I appreciate the budget deficit currently faced by the Housing Authority, I do not believe such a deficit should fall on the backs of this city's low-income residents.
Elected Officials Move to Prevent Next Mortgage Crisis:Officials and residents gathered today at 1520 Sedgwick, the Birthplace of Hip Hop, to defend against threat of reckless predatory investment practice
New York, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today praised Governor Paterson's decision to rein in state spending in light of the ballooning $6.4 billion state deficit and rapidly worsening economic times.
"The Governor is doing the responsible thing, in light of the state's fiscal outlook," Senator Serrano said. "Politically, this is not an easy move to make in an election year, but the Governor's choice speaks to his integrity and willingness to do what is difficult."