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

Serrano Fights For More Funding For Public Housing

The following is the text of a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Joseph. L. Bruno, requesting a substantial increase of funding for the New York City Housing Authority.

February 20, 2008

Serrano Continues Monthly Bronx Constituent Hours

Senator Serrano continued his monthly Bronx Constituent Hours this past Tuesday at the Highbridge Senior Center on Nelson Avenue.

"While we do a tremendous amount of work out of our district office in East Harlem, there is no substitute for direct interaction here in the Bronx with my constituents," said the Senator.

February 19, 2008

Serrano Hosts Cultural Equity Group Workshop In Albany

State Senator Serrano hosted an arts workshop of the Cultural Equity Group (CEG) during the Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Conference weekend in Albany.

"The economic impact of the arts is $21.2 billion per year in New York city," said the Senator. "But at the city and also state level, we must continue to democratize those funds, and extend our focus to non-profits on the ground, in working class and minority communities."

February 16, 2008

Serrano Honors Distinguished Individuals At Celebration Of Black History

State Senator Serrano and Congressman José E. Serrano, as part of their annual event celebrating Black History Month, honored three outstanding members of the community on Monday, February 15.

The honorees were: Dean Meminger, Bronx Reporter for NY1 News; Dr. Samuel J. Daniel, President and CEO of North General Hospital; and Iran Barkley, former Middleweight boxing Champion of the World.

February 15, 2008

Serrano Connects Eastwood Residents With Housing Experts

We are here tonight because of continued problems faced by residents of Eastwood," said the Senator.

The event brought together Urban American, the management company, and the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), which administers the Section 8 program at Eastwood.

February 7, 2008

Senator Serrano Speaks On Climate Change Panel

On Janaury 31st, Senator Serrano took part in a discussion on tackling climate change at his alma mater, Manhattan College. The forum was part of a national teach-in called Focus the Nation that was being held simultaneously in hundreds of other colleges across the country. He was joined by Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz and City Councilmember Oliver Koppell.Senator Serrano discussed the many environmental bills he has proposed, including his green roofs proposal and pieces of legislation that advance environmental justice causes.

January 31, 2008