Serrano Brings Constituent Services To 1199 Plaza

Senator Serrano and his Constituent Service Team visited residents of 1199 Plaza on the afternoon of July 1, 2008.

Senator Serrano, who represents one of the most diverse Senate districts in New York State, holds service hours at locations throughout Manhattan, Roosevelt Island and the Bronx for those constituents who lack easy access to the District Office on East 104th Street.

July 1, 2008

Serrano Honors Father Grange On Opening Of Hands Community Center

Senator Serrano took part in the grand opening ceremony of the HANDS Community Center, located in St. Jerome's Church in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. The Community Center offers citizenship workshops, a food pantry, computer lab, and job skills training to Mott Haven's large immigrant population.

June 29, 2008

Senator Delivers Keynote Address At Belhs Graduation

Senator Serrano delivered the keynote address to graduating seniors of Bronx Expeditionary Learning High School (BELHS) during an evening ceremony at Fordham University's historic Keating Hall.

June 27, 2008

Serrano Bill To Protect 2nd Ave. Businesses Passes Senate

Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Jonathan L. Bing (D-Manhattan) announced passage of their bill S.8154-A/A.10594-A, which will provide much needed assistance to the beleaguered businesses in the construction zone of the Second Avenue subway. "We have given the business owners the tools they need to help themselves," said Senator Serrano. "This public project has had a tremendously negative impact on the livelihoods of these merchants. I am proud to say that Albany has righted a wrong." 

June 25, 2008

Serrano And Farrell Pass Vacant Properties Bill

SERRANO AND FARRELL PASS VACANT PROPERTIES BILLBorough President's Vacant-Lot Report Culminates in Passage of State Legislation 

Albany, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell, Jr. (D-Manhattan) yesterday celebrated passage of their bill, S.6207/A.8666, which will tackle head-on the problem of vacant properties in Northern Manhattan.

June 20, 2008

Testimony On Lower Concourse Rezoning

Testimony by State Senator José M. Serrano submitted as part of the Lower Concourse Rezoning Public Scoping Meeting on the Draft Scope of Work for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Hosted by the Department of City Planning for the City of New York on June 19th, 2008

I would like to thank the Department of City Planning for the opportunity to submit written testimony and participate in the public scoping meeting for the Lower Concourse rezoning.

June 19, 2008

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 17, 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 8, 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 7, 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 5, 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 30, 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 29, 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 22, 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 19, 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 16, 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 5, 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 3, 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 19, 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 18, 2008