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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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Serrano Cuts Ribbon For New Technology At Metropolitan

The Senator joined community leaders at Metropolitan Hospital Center to inaugurate two cutting-edge robotic machines in the hospital’s Pharmaceutical Department."In communities of color, where disparities in healthcare access remain all too present, I applaud Metropolitan Hospital for bringing top-of-the-line care to those who need it the most," said Senator Serrano, who has emerged as a vocal advocate for the hospital.In late 2006, as Governor Pataki’s healthcare commission threatened to cut hospital funds throughout the state, Senator Senator helped build a coalition of el

August 7, 2007
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Serrano Battles Trans Fat

New York, NY – State Senator José M. Serrano yesterday hosted a Trans Fat 101 Workshop in conjunction with the Trans Fat Help Center and the city’s Health Department.The Spanish-language workshop, held at the Ortiz-Wittenberg Community Center in East Harlem, drew more than 50 individuals working in the local food service industry."This is an exciting time for New York City.

July 26, 2007
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Senator Serrano Opposes Legislation Requiring Fingerprinting Food Stamp Recipients

Senator José M. Serrano (D-Bronx/Manhattan) voted against legislation (S.6274) that would require all persons 18 years and older in a household applying for or receiving food stamp benefits to submit to fingerprinting. "The idea of fingerprinting recipients will have a devastating effect on our most vulnerable population, New Yorkers who are already leery of participating in government programs," said Senator Serrano. "I have championed efforts to eliminate fraud in our social services programs, including the Food Stamp Program.

June 22, 2007
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Serrano Celebrates Puerto Rican Day Parade

Senator Serrano celebrated a weekend of Puerto Rican culture, taking part in the 116th Street Block Festival and Puerto Rican Day Parade. "The 116th Street Festival is a fabulous display of the culture and commerce available in East Harlem," said the Senator. "Visitors from around the world come not just to enjoy the neighborhood, but really appreciate the history that runs beneath." The next day, he marched in the Puerto Rican Day Parade along with his father, Congressman Jose E. Serrano (pictured above). "The parade is a mesmerizing event," said the Senator.

June 22, 2007
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Serrano Announces Funding For School-based Health Clinics

New York, NY -- State Senator Jose Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today announced that two healthcare providers in his district will receive a total of $1,007,601 in grants. The State Department of Health will administer the grants in support of school-based health clinics, which provide on-site health care services free of charge to students at their local school. Morris Heights Health Center will receive $351,109. Mount Sinai Hospital will receive $656,492. "We have for some time needed to reconsider the way health care is delivered.

June 15, 2007
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Roosevelt Island Senior Day

On Sunday, June 3, Senator Serrano celebrated Roosevelt Island's 29th Annual Seniors Day Open House."It's such a pleasure to be with you all today," said the Senator. "There is no community as strong as Roosevelt Island, and we are working hard to preserve it.""We have faced serious problem at Eastwood since the complex was privatized. We are making progress in resolving these problems, but we still have a long way to go," he said.The Senator encouraged residents to contact his district office with any questions or concerns.

June 3, 2007
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Serrano Endorses Sustainability Plan

Senator Serrano officially endorsed Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC at a press conference on the steps of City Hall.PlaNYC, a visionary effort to make New York City more sustainable by the year 2030, seeks to reduce air pollution, increase access to open space, remediate brownfields, and utilize green technology. It would also establish congestion pricing for trips into Manhattan's central business districts."I proudly endorse the many great proposals in Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC, including his call for congestion pricing," said the Senator.

June 3, 2007
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Serrano Applauds Free Distribution Of Computers To Bronx Students

Senator Serrano visited M.S. 223 in The Bronx this weekend to celebrate the distribution of free computers to local students. The event was run by Computers for Youth (CFY), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the home learning environment of low-income school children. The Senator met with students and families at the school. "Technology has become such an important tool for learning," he told them.

June 2, 2007
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Senate Democrats Propose Overhaul Of 421-a Affordable Housing Program

Albany, NY — Senator Serrano and members of the New York State Senate Democratic Caucus, as well as leading housing advocates, today announced efforts to modernize the 421-a tax incentive program for new affordable housing. The Senate Democrats are supporting a series of changes to the 421-a program that would end the use of these tax breaks as a "hundreds-of-millions dollar giveaway for luxury housing," to instead be a program that truly creates affordable housing and makes wise use of tax-payer dollars.

May 30, 2007
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Serrano Co-sponsors Arts Conference At Moma

Senator Serrano joined with Senator Liz Krueger to host an Arts Conference entitled "Contemporary Marketing and Audience Development" at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan."The arts have already proven an economic engine for New York City .

May 24, 2007
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Serrano Joins Bronx Mitchell-lama Task Force

Senator Serrano joined Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión along with the Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition, tenants, neighbors and fellow elected officials to help launch the Bronx Mitchell-Lama Task Force (BXMLTF)on Thursday, May 3rd."Preserving affordability in our city should be of the highest priority," said the Senator. "Unfortunately, with the sunset of many Mitchell-Lama housing programs throughout the Bronx and the rest of our city, we are in jeopardy of becoming a town in which only the very wealthy can afford to live.

May 10, 2007
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Serrano Speaks At East Harlem High School

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."

May 10, 2007
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Serrano Hosts Lupus Workshop

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.

May 10, 2007
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Immigration And Civil Rights

Senator Serrano hosted a Civil Rights and Immigration panel discussion on April 28. The event was organized by Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo as part of the 20th Annual Somos El Futuro conference. "Far too often, new immigrants avoid reporting crimes committed against them for fear of retribution from immigration officials," said the Senator.

April 28, 2007
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