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"I Love New York" to Become Official State Slogan Under Serrano Bill

Serrano S.3424 Passes Senate; Awaits Signature from Governor

April 29, 2009
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Serrano and Students Discuss Gun Violence in NYC Neighborhoods

Senator Serrano met with youth from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, a group advocating for sensible gun legislation in the state of New York.  The students were taking part in the organization’s Albany Lobby Day, and they shared with Senator Serrano their experiences and the experiences of their communities regarding the use of illegal weapons in New York City neighborhoods.

April 28, 2009
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East Harlem Against Deportation

"East Harlem Against Deportation" is a campaign organized by the community’s elected representatives: State Senator José M. Serrano; Congressman Charles B. Rangel; Assemblyman Adam C. Powell IV; Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer; and Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito (please note elected leaders cannot endorse individual letters, but instead the overall campaign); with support from local advocates, concerned families and non-profit organizations. Please direct signed letters and questions to The Children’s Aid Society, 130 East 101st Street, 212-348-2343.

File: 
Serrano Letter to Obama_english.pdf

File: 
Serrano Letter to Obama_spanish.pdf

April 23, 2009
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Elected Leaders Launch “East Harlem Against Deportation” Campaign

In Conjunction with Local Families, Advocates and Non-Profits, including The Children’s Aid Society

Push for Halt to Unjust and Unnecessarily Aggressive Deportations; Amnesty International / USA Reports on Dramatic Increase of Immigrant Detentions

April 23, 2009
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Serrano Says No Time to Waste on Housing

Senator Serrano calls for the repeal of vacancy decontrol at a housing rally on the West Side of Manhattan

April 22, 2009
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Serrano Letter to Governor Paterson Regarding Healthy Food, Healthy Communities Initiative

April 14, 2009

Governor David A. PatersonState CapitolAlbany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Paterson:

I am writing to commend you for the forward-looking vision of your Healthy Food, HealthyCommunities Initiative. I know the issue of nutrition has been an important one for youradministration. I thank you for addressing the concerns expressed by advocates, residents andelected officials in your Executive budget. I was a strong supporter of the program during budget

April 13, 2009
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Senator Serrano Makes Statement on Enacted Budget (Bilingual Release – Scroll Down for Spanish)

April 3, 2009

Albany, NY - Senator Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today highlighted major legislative triumphs during an otherwise difficult budget season.

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste," said Serrano, echoing the words of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. "In bad economic times, we find the political will to enact progressive reform."

Serrano said that comprehensive reforms to the State's notorious Rockefeller Drug Laws will significantly impact his district.

April 2, 2009
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Budget Statement from Senator Serrano on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation (Bilingual Release – Scroll Down for Spanish)

April 2, 2009

Albany, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today discussed passage of budget items that will harness the power of culture and tourism to revitalize the New York State economy.

NYSCA FUNDING 

"We were able to restore more than $4 million to the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)," said Serrano, the Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation. Together with additional funding from the federal government, this totals more than $7 million.

April 1, 2009
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Serrano Fights for Arts Funding in our State Budget

Budget Statement from Senator Serrano on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation(Bilingual Release – Scroll Down for Spanish)

April 2, 2009

Albany, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today discussed passage of budget items that will harness the power of culture and tourism to revitalize the New York State economy.

NYSCA FUNDING 

April 1, 2009
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NYS Senator Serrano debates Senator Flanagan's Bill S.6543a

NYS Senator Serrano debates Senator Flanagan's Bill S.6543a

April 1, 2009
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New York State Senate Session, Senator Serrano, Budget Comments

New York State Senate Session, Senator Serrano, Budget Comments

April 1, 2009
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Students from the Manhattan Center for Science and Math

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."

March 31, 2009
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Senator Serrano

Senator Serrano and his father, Congressman José E. Serrano, honor civic and community leaders in celebration of Black History Month. From left to right: the Congressman; Sister Alicia Florence Allick-Goudie; Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter; David Gibson; Anthony Jordan; and the Senator.

March 31, 2009
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Senator Serrano Joined by Maria Bonet, Outreach Counselor for the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation

Senator Serrano is joined by Maria Bonet, Outreach Counselor for the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, at the workshop on Thursday evening.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.

March 31, 2009
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Senator Serrano Flips the Switch on the Empire Switch on the Empire State

Albany, NY - March 28, 2009 - A resolution introduced by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) which requested New Yorkers turn off their lights for an hour this evening,  unanimously passed through the New York State Senate on Monday.

The resolution requests that Governor David Paterson adopt 8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2009 as “Earth Hour” in an show of solidarity against global climate change. New York State residents joined millions of people from over 4,000 cities around the world in voluntarily turning off their lights for the hour.

March 27, 2009
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Senator Serrano Flips the Switch on the Empire State

Albany, NY - March 28, 2009 - A resolution introduced by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) which requested New Yorkers turn off their lights for an hour this evening,  unanimously passed through the New York State Senate on Monday.

The resolution requests that Governor David Paterson adopt 8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2009 as “Earth Hour” in an show of solidarity against global climate change. New York State residents joined millions of people from over 4,000 cities around the world in voluntarily turning off their lights for the hour.

March 27, 2009
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Senator Serrano sponsors Diabetes Workshop and Constituents Hours in the Bronx

Bronx, NY- March 27, 2009 - As part of his monthly Bronx Constituent Services Day, Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) sponsored a Diabetes Workshop at the Highbridge Senior Center. The Senator has been extremely involved in issues related to public health, working on efforts to protect supermarkets in East Harlem and fighting diesel emissions related to the asthma epidemic.

March 26, 2009
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Serrano and Bing Opposed to Proposed Federal Crane Regulations

Senator José M. Serrano (D- Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Jonathan L. Bing (D-Manhattan) today announced their opposition to a proposed federal regulation to prevent New York City from shutting down dangerous crane operations.  

March 24, 2009
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Serrano at Manhattan College

Senator Jose M. Serrano attended the Community Leader’s Reception at the Smith Auditorium of Manhattan College, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, on Thursday, March 12.

"Manhattan College has been a landmark institution in this community for 156 years. The Community Leader’s reception celebrates the strong relationship this school has built with the public throughout its history," said Senator Serrano, a Manhattan College alumnus.

March 20, 2009
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