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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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October 16, 2007
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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
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October 12, 2007
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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
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Serrano Continues Advocacy On Behalf Of Mitchell Lama Residents

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.

September 29, 2007
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Serrano Celebrates Mexican Independence In East Harlem

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.

September 16, 2007
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Serrano Cuts Ribbon At Mnn Studio

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.

September 15, 2007
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Serrano Is Guest Speaker At Lupus Event

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.

August 21, 2007
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The Fourth Annual East Harlem Arts Festival

East 106th Street overflowed with beautiful art, delicious food and crowds of people for the Fourth Annual East Harlem Arts Festival, hosted by Senator Serrano and Manhattan Community Board 11.Music, dance and theatrical performances graced the Third Avenue Stage, where featured groups included Zon del Barrio, The Jazz Museum in Harlem All-Star Quartet and the Mexican music and dance troupe Semilla.This year’s festival also included a fabulous fashion show by local designer Nicole Romano, whose work has appeared in "Sex in the City" and a variety of magazines.

August 18, 2007
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Local Elected Leaders Applaud Increased Funding For NYCHA

New York, NY – On Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Governor Spitzer signed legislation that will significantly increase state funding for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and provide desperately needed support for thousands of New York City families. The bills S.4329 (Lanza) and A.7905 (López) makes the amount the State pays to NYCHA for residents that receive public assistance equal to the amount it pays to private landlords who also house public assistance recipients.

August 17, 2007
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Serrano Attends Woodycrest Recognition Day

Senator Serrano celebrated the contributions of the youth and staff of the Woodycrest Center for Human Development at the 7th annual "Recognition Day" on August 16.During the event, summer graduates from Woodycrest were honored for their role in the New York City Youth in the Environment Project at 3 NYC DEP locations: Wards Island, North River, and Water Registry-Arthur Ave."Institutions like Woodycrest, which engage our children, and inspire them to protect the environment, are essential to New York City," said the Senator."I will fight

August 16, 2007
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Summer Luau At The Reece School

Senator Serrano toured The Reece School on August 8. He observed the programs offered at the school, and joined the students at their end-of-summer Luau.He praised Thomas R. Colasuonno, Executive Director, for his inspired leadership.

August 8, 2007
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Serrano Applauds New Project Playground In East Harlem

Senator Serrano attended the dedication of the new "Project Playground" at P.S. 72, right around the corner from his district office in East Harlem.The dull schoolyard blacktop was converted to a colorful, multi-purpose facility featuring a basketball court, running track, baseball diamon and jungle gym."New York City is committed to increasing access to parks and playgrounds," said Senator Serrano. "The trick is making these spaces fun and enjoyable, and I think the new facility at P.S.

August 8, 2007
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National Night Out

The Senator took part in National Night Out events in the Bronx and East Harlem on Tuesday evening.National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch."It's always a pleasure to see our youth participating in National Night Out," said the Senator.

August 7, 2007
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