Serrano Urgest Doe To Protect Students In Midst Of School Closures

New York, NY – State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today expressed concern over the closure of six public schools by the New York City Department of Education.Four of the schools are located in the 28 th Senate District, which he represents. "East Harlem and the South Bronx are strongly impacted by this first wave of closures," said Serrano, who is a member of the Senate Education and Higher Education Committees.

December 6, 2007

Serrano Office Helps Out The Youth

The Serrano office participated in the "Youth 2 Youth" Town Hall at the Washington Community Center in East Harlem on Friday evening.The event's primary mission was to help address topics of most interest to youth. Workshops were provided on topics such as undocumented students and the DREAM act, peer pressure and gender issues, college access and applications, and racism and harassment in schools. All workshops were developed, coordinated, and facilited by youth. Serrano Community Relations Associate, Annette Negron, attended the college workshop.

December 3, 2007

Serrano Backs Enviromental Enforcement In East Harlem

Albany, NY – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis announced today that the Department, in cooperation with the City of New York, has been carrying out a major enforcement action to address urban outdoor air quality in a neighborhood that has suffered disproportionately from pollution. The program – focusing on polluting diesel trucks and boilers – is centered on East Harlem , from 96th Street to 116 Street, and from FDR Drive to 5th Avenue (zip code 10029), where asthma hospitalization rates are four times the national average.

November 16, 2007

Senator Serrano Reflects On Diabetes Awareness Month

In recognition of November as Diabetes Awareness Month, State Senator Jose M. Serrano (D- Bronx/Manhattan) today encouraged New Yorkers to learn the risk factors and early symptoms associated with a debilitating disease that affects millions of Americans, though authorities estimate that about one in three cases goes undiagnosed."Given the condition’s enormous impact, we should probably make every month diabetes awareness month," said Senator Serrano.

November 12, 2007

Serrano Letter To Governor Urges Executive Order Protecting Immigrants

Governor Eliot SpitzerState CapitolAlbany, New York 12224Dear Governor Spitzer,I write to you with strong reservations concerning the modified licensing policy. I believe the new "state driver’s license" does not, on its own, provide sufficient protections for undocumented workers.

November 9, 2007

Serrano Speaks At Student Council Assembly

The Senator addressed students at Amber Charter School shortly before their Student Council elections. He discussed the importance of civic participation and voting, while praising the students of Amber for taking such an active interest in their community and their school. The Senator discussed the structure of State Government, as well as his role as an advocate for the people of the 28th district.

November 2, 2007

Serrano Fights For Immigrant Rights In Letter To 52nd Precinct

Deputy Inspector James Alles52nd Police Precinct, NYPD3016 Webster AvenueBronx, NY 10467Deputy Inspector Alles:I write to you with great concern for residents of the north Bronx.Over the past month, East 196th Street has witnessed a number of muggings. The victims were very often undocumented immigrants coming home from work late at night. This has been confirmed by media reports in the New York Times, and also direct communication with community leaders.As you know, crimes directed against undocumented immigrants present a number of challenges.

November 1, 2007

Serrano Supports Raices Salsa Sunday Festival

Senator Serrano attended the 6th Annual Raices Salsa Sunday Festival, an event that he helped to fund, on Sunday, October 28. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate our cultural heritage," said Senator Serrano, who is ranking member of the Tourism, Recreation and Sports Development Committee in the State Senate. Raices Latin Music Museum Collection is a comprehensive, multi-media collection describing and documenting the history and evolution of Latin Music in New York City.The 15,000-piece collection includes instruments, music, photographs and documents.

October 28, 2007

Linkage House Receives Official Senate Proclamation

Linkage House celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Thursday, October 25. On behalf of the Senator, Community Relations Associate presented a Senate Proclamation to the staff and residents for their exceptional service and dedication to the community. Linkage House, which opened in 1997, was the shared vision of four organizations serving East Harlem: Union Settlement Association, Community Association of the East Harlem Triangle, Greater Emmanuel Baptist Church, and The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

October 25, 2007

Serrano Attends Milbrook Tenant Association Meeting

Senator Serrano attended a meeting of the Milbrook Tenant Assocation on Thursday night. He listened to concerns by residents in the complex, and promised to fight for their rights.

The Senator, whose parents grew up in Millbrook Houses, said he was alarmed by the state of disrepair.“Millbrook has always provided a solid footing for residents, and particulary immigrants, as they pursue the American Dream,” he said.

October 25, 2007

Serrano Is Honoree At Mt. Hope Housing Gala

Senator Serrano was among the honorees at the 2nd Annual Mount Hope Housing Company Gala, celebrating 21 years of service in the Bronx."Mount Hope has been at the forefront of community renewal for years," said the Senator. "Moreover, in their commitment to providing accessible Internet technology for residents, Mount Hope is helping close the digital divide in low- and middle-income neighborhoods." New York 1 anchor Dominic Carter hosted the event. Congressman José E. Serrano was also honored for his dedication to the Bronx and affordable housing.

October 24, 2007

Senate Defends Licensing Plan On Senate Floor Official Transcript

SENATOR SERRANO: Thank you, Senator Krueger.It's really amazing to sit here and listen to the fear-mongering on this issue that the other side of the aisle is putting forth. The facts are that voting for Senator Padavan's bill will make our roads less safe. It will make driving a car and owning auto insurance more expensive. But just to clear up some of the things that have been said here in this chamber which I find really amazing – this whole idea of having a driver's license will just give everyone who wishes to do harm a free ride on airplanes.

October 22, 2007
October 16, 2007

State Senate Democrats Travel To Nation's Capital, Advocate For New York Interests:

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) today will accompany members of his Conference and several of his senior staff on a two-day visit to Washington D.C.

October 15, 2007
October 12, 2007

Senator Serrano: Breast Cancer Awareness Month Highlights The Importance Of Early Diagnosis

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan) today encouraged women to learn more about recommended screening guidelines that increase the likelihood of early detection of breast cancer. When breast cancer is caught early, the chance for successful treatment is greatest. "Every October, we renew our commitment to educating New Yorkers about the importance of breast cancer screening," said Senator Serrano.

October 9, 2007