August 6, 2009

Senator Serrano Testimony for City Planning Commission Public Hearing on the FRESH Program

August 5, 2009

I applaud the City for its proactive strategies to combat the shortage of healthy and affordable food throughout the five boroughs. Last year, I convened a task force of local stakeholders to address concerns and identify solutions in East Harlem, and my office even mapped out the closures of several local grocery stores. As part of that process, I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Department of City Planning and the Mayor’s Office, and I was impressed by their expertise and thorough understanding of the problem.

August 5, 2009

The Urban Awareness Community Fair

This Serrano supported event by the Children's Aid Society Teens is designed to raise awareness about resources to assist with  jobs, immigration, and housing. There will be music, food, games and raffles.  Everyone is welcome!

August 7, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
August 3, 12:00 AM - August 31, 12:00 AM

Senator Serrano Mourns the Passing of Senator Olga Mendez

New York, NY- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed great sadness after learning of the death of former Senator Olga Mendez, the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the State Legislature in the State of New York.   "I am extremely saddened by the passing of Olga Mendez, a dear friend and mentor," said Serrano. "She was a true pioneer and an inspiration to the Latino communities of New York."  

July 29, 2009

Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study

A 2008-2009 Studio Project by Hunter College, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning

The Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study was a studio project conducted for 2008-2009 at the request of New York State Senator Jose Serrano’s office.

The report is available for download from the AccessRI page at

If you have comments about the report or any aspects of the studio project, please feel free to write to:

July 28, 2009

Senator Serrano on All Things New York (WWRL 1600)

Senator Serrano will discuss his advocacy for the inclusion of two Muslim holy days in the city’s public school holiday calendar, as well as affordable housing policy and other important issues affecting the 28th Senate District.

July 14, 2009

Serrano and Advocates See Advances in Stimulus Accountability

Albany, NY- Over the past several months, Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and the NYS Stimulus Oversight Group have led an initiative to ensure that Federal Stimulus funds are utilized with utmost efficiency. A Stimulus Oversight Panel launched yesterday by Governor Paterson incorporates many of the major components of a bill introduced by Serrano and Gianaris.

July 10, 2009

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

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

Saving Arts Education from Politics

Gotham Gazette

by José M. Serrano

July 6, 2009

CLICK HERE for the article on the Gotham Gazette website.

July 6, 2009

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

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

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

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

Serrano Member of the "Coalition of the Responsible"

The New York Times Editorial

CLICK HERE to read article on The New York Times website

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

Keep Tabs on the Money, N.Y.

Albany Times Union  

Published: Thursday, June 18, 2009

By José M. Serrano

CLICK HERE for article on the Albany Times Union website 

June 18, 2009