Serrano Applauds New "summer Streets" Initiative But Urges The City To Bring It Uptown

New York, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today applauded Mayor Bloomberg's "car-free recreation corridor" but asked a fundamental question: "Why not Uptown?" "Our city is leading the way with environmental initiatives," said the Senator. "But let's start putting these pilot programs where they really belong, in working class neighborhoods like East Harlem and the South Bronx. 

June 16, 2008

Senator Marches In Puerto Rican Day Parade

The Senator and staff once again participated in the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, which graced Fifth Avenue on June 7, 2008. On the same weekend, he distributed valuable community resources and literature at the Puerto Rican Day Festival on East 116th Street.

June 7, 2008

Senator Serrano Takes NYCHA To Task For "hoarding Empty Units While Thousands Need Housing"

        Cites Daily News' report indicating one-fifth of East Harlem development remains empty New York, NY - State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan-Bronx) today criticized the City of New York and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) for "fully and completely casting the agency's mission to the wind by hoarding empty units while thousands need housing all across this City." 

June 6, 2008

Serrano Sends Letter To High School Principals

The following is a letter sent by Senator Serrano and Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito to high schools principals in their respective districts.Dear Principal:

June 4, 2008

Senator Serrano Delivers Statement On Tragic Crane Collapse

Senator Serrano mourned the loss of life following the crane collapse on the Upper East Side this morning. "Tragedy has struck this quiet corner of my district," said the Senator. "My heart goes out to the construction workers, residents and pedestrians who woke this morning to disaster," he said. 

May 29, 2008

Serrano Op-ed On Supermarket Closures

Saving Supermarkets, Protecting Our Health: State support of grocery stores means more jobs and lower medical bills

The inevitable question in any presidential race is whether the candidate knows the price of milk or eggs. But as supermarkets continue to close across the city, the question may become: where can I even find milk or eggs?

May 28, 2008

Senator Serrano Honored By Hope Community, Inc.

On May 22, Senator Serrano received the annual Community Service Award from Hope Community, the long-standing East Harlem organization committed to affordable housing development and management, and community building. The Senator was cited for his continued efforts to further the economic and cultural revitalization of East Harlem.

May 21, 2008

Senator Serrano Hosts The East Harlem Arts Weekend

Senator Serrano co-hosted the East Harlem Arts Weekend on May 16-May 18. Despite the inclement weather, the weekend was a great success. The event was co-hosted by Community Board 11 and Art for Change.     "This is a weekend designed to empower artists," said the Senator, who is Chair of the Senate Democratic Task Force on the Arts. "The arts are vital to a good education, a strong economy and a prosperous neighborhood. Particularly in an area as culturally rich as East Harlem, the possibilities are endless."   

May 18, 2008

Senator Serrano Fights For Affordable Housing In Our Communities

The Senator participated in a rally last night, organized by Housing Here and Now, at St. Jerome's Church in the South Bronx. In front of a standing-room audience of housing advocates community members, he discussed his vacancy-decontrol legislation.

May 15, 2008

Senator Honors The Mexican Community At The Cinco De Mayo Festival

The Senator once again participated in the Cinco de Mayo Festival, on East 116th Street in the heart of East Harlem.

"The Mexican community is an integral part of the American fabric," said the Senator. "Mexican-Americans and Mexican immigrants have made tremendous contributions to our culture, our government and our economy."

May 4, 2008

Senator Serrano Attends Mitchell-lama Residents Event

The Senator expressed his strong support for affordable housing at the annual Mitchell Lama Residents Coalition Breakfast, held in Harlem's famed Alhambra Ballroom.

"This is one of the most successful government housing programs ever designed," said the Senator. "In the current housing crisis, it is our obligation to build on this model, and now work toward a program of permanent and sustainable affordability."

May 2, 2008

Senator Serrano Fights For Second Avenue Businesses

Senator Serrano has introduced legislation to help the businesses that are increasingly feeling pressure from the construction of the much awaited Second Avenue Subway line. Operating in an active construction zone has caused many stores to lose business and some to close their doors permanently.   

April 18, 2008

Senator Serrano Convenes The South Bronx Education Forum

Senator Serrano last night hosted the South Bronx Education Forum. The event, which drew a large audience, was aimed at increasing parental engagement and involvement at a time of great change in the district. "Parents need to be made aware of the schools that are closing, and the new ones coming in. Moreover, I want to empower parents, allowing them to play a greater role in developing the next generation of Bronx schools," said the Senator, a member of both the Education and Higher Education Committees in the State Senate. 

April 17, 2008

Senator Serrano Says State Budget Enhances Health Care For Children, Seniors And Working Families

2008-2009 health budget shifts resources towards primary and preventative health

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

April 7, 2008

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March 30, 2008

Serrano Passes "earth Hour" Resolution In NYS Senate

Albany, NY - March 26, 2008 - A resolution introduced by Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) to commemorate "Earth Hour" passed the New York State Senate today. The resolution requests that Governor David Paterson adopt 8 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2008 as Earth Hour in an effort to encourage energy conservation.

March 25, 2008

Senator Serrano Looks Forward To Working With The New Governor

Senator Serrano pledged to work tirelessly with the new Governor to ensure a smooth transition of power, and one that does nothing to interrupt the upcoming budget negotiations.

"On March 17th, David Paterson took the oath of office as New York's Governor," said the Senator. "At a time of change in our state government, it comforts me to know that we have a man of great intellect and experience leading us back to calmer waters."

March 19, 2008

Senator Serrano Meets With The United Federation Of Teachers

On March 11th, Senator Serrano met with representatives from the United Federation of Teachers to discuss the many challenges facing teachers and students in the state's schools.

The Senator, who sits on both the Senate Education and Senate Higher Education Committees, discussed important issues such as class size and school budgets with the members of the UFT during a meeting in his Albany office.

March 11, 2008

Serrano To Increase Community Engagement On Education

Senator Serrano was the guest speaker at the first annual "Parents Getting Involved with their Children's Education" workshop, on Thursday night in the Patterson Houses Center.

"We have a number of schools in the community being closed by the Department of Education," said the Senator. "While I acknowledge some of these schools were failing, we need to make sure the new schools address fundamental problems and do not make the same mistakes."

February 21, 2008