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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 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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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 11, 2009
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Serrano at Manhattan College

Senator Jose M. Serrano, Council Member G. Oliver Koppel, Manhattan College president brother Thomas scanlan f.s.c., Assemblyman Jefferey Dinowitz, and Bronx District attorney Robert T. Johnson in the Smith auditorium of Manhattan college in Riverdale.

March 11, 2009
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Serranos Celebrate Black History Month

February 20, 2009

 Dr. Neville A. Parker (left) and Ms. Angela E. Randall (right) each received a Congressional Record, State Senate Proclamation and 56th Presidential Commemorative Inaugural Coin.

Congressman José E. Serrano and State Senator José M. Serrano today honored two outstanding local leaders in their annual celebration of Black History Month.

February 20, 2009
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Senator Serrano Calls On Washington To Fund Cultural Institutions And Living Museums

Chair of the NYS Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Says Arts are Bread and Butter of State Economy

Albany, NY – New York State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today criticized the United States Senate for passage of an amendment that would prevent federal stimulus funding for cultural institutions and living museums throughout the country.

February 9, 2009
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Serrano Advocates for Arts and Living Museums during Innovative Albany Hearing

INTERACTIVE RELEASE (Be sure to click on the hyperlinks!)Office of State Senator José M. SerranoChair: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation February 6, 2009

February 6, 2009
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Serrano Sponsors Not-for-profit Incorporation Workshop

More than 40 people attended a not-for-profit incorporation workshop on Tuesday evening. The event offered vital information on how organizations can apply for 501(c)(3) tax exemption status.

Senator Serrano sponsored the workshop along with the Bronx Council on the Arts and CheckSpring Bank. The Legal Aid Society's Community Development Project helped to organize the panel, which included Susan Chase, an attorney with the Project, and Alison King, and attorney at Kaye Scholer LLP.

February 5, 2009
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Serrano At Anti-displacement Town Hall

Senator Serrano took part in the Anti-Displacement Task Force Town Hall, held Thursday night at the East Harlem Multi-Service Center.

The purpose of the Town Hall was to create a conversation between elected officials and their constituents. As such, a diverse group of residents and advocates delivered opening statements and posed questions to the Senator and his colleagues.

"The overwhelming majority of constituents who walk into my office have housing problems," said the Senator, who called affordable housing his number one priority.

January 15, 2009
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Serrano Named To Rules Reform Committee

New York, NY – Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today commented on his appointment to a new Senate committee on rules reform, and expressed his strong desire to create a more functional and bi-partisan legislative body.

The Temporary Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Reform was launched by Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith as part of a package of forward-thinking changes. The committee, comprised of members from both sides of the aisle, will report back to the full Senate within 90 days with proposals to further increase accountability and transparency.

January 14, 2009
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Serrano Applauds Paterson Healthy Food Initiative

Albany, NY – State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed strong support for Governor Paterson's plan to fund healthy food markets in low-income neighborhoods, which was announced in today's State of the State address. He praised the Governor for listening to legislators and constituents, and responding with action and energy.

January 7, 2009
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Serrano Celebrates Three Kings

Senator Serrano celebrated Three Kings Day, an annual holiday event, which culminated in the traditional parade through the streets of East Harlem.

The Senator praised organizers during a morning breakfast at El Museo del Barrio, which sponsored the 32nd Annual Parade. "This is one of the most anticipated days of the year. Live camels in East Harlem during winter is definitely a spectacle. But it's also more than that. It's a reminder of our roots, and of the heritage we must protect."

January 6, 2009
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Serrano Fights For Arts Education

Senator Serrano sent the following letter to Dept. of Education Chancellor Joel Klein in regards to art space for students:

January 6, 2009 Joel L. Klein Chancellor, New York City Department of Education 52 Chambers Street New York, New York 10007

Dear Chancellor Klein,

January 6, 2009
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Serrano Urges Mayor To Consider Threat Of "predatory Equity" In Selection Of New Hpd Chief

New York, NY - State Senator José M. Serrano today called upon Mayor Bloomberg to select a new housing chief who will carry on efforts to combat "predatory equity" real estate investment in New York City.

His statement followed news that Shaun Donovan, the well-regarded Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), will leave to join President Obama's Cabinet.

December 15, 2008
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