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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.”
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.”
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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.
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.