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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senator José M. Serrano participated in "The Bronx is Our Home: Preserving Mitchell Lama Housing," a community forum held September 29 at Fordham University. The event was sponsored by The Bronx Mitchell-Lama Task Force.The Task Force was started by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion. Senator Serrano is a member of the Task Force along with other local elected officials and community leaders."We must do all we can to protect affordable housing in the Bronx, and Mitchell-Lama is an integral part of that fight," said Senator Serrano.
Senator Serrano participated once again in the Mexican Independence Day celebration, hosted by CECOMEX. The event drew thousands of residents and tourists to the streets of East Harlem .“Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have played an increbibly important role in the development of New York ’s culture and economy,” said the Senator, who has emerged as a vocal defender of immigrant rights in the state.“It is such a pleasure to see the turn-out at today’s event,” he said.
Senator Serrano joined other community leaders to celebrate the 15th anniversary celebration of the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) at a street festival in East Harlem .The festival served as a ground-breaking for MNN’s new Uptown Community & Youth Media Center in the historic 104th Street Firehouse, on the same block as the Senator’s District Office.“This is a tremendous opportunity to empower our youth through media,” said Serrano.
Senator Serrano was the invited speaker at the Alliance for Lupus Research Annual Luncheon to kick of this year’s Lupus Walk on October 13."The 28th Senate District has some of the highest percentages of people living with lupus," said the Senator.