Serrano Convenes Immigration Workshop

Senator Serrano hosted the "Know Your Rights" Immigration Workshop in East Harlem on Thursday, January 17.The workshop provided information on educational opportunities available to undocumented immigrants in New York City, as well as how they can move forward on the path to citizenship. Panelists included Maria Alexandra Osuna-Zalazar from the City College Immigration Center and Sonia R. Cardona from the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project. Martin Orduna, director of the East Harlem CARE Network, moderated the discussion.

January 17, 2008

Serrano Speaks At Town Hall Meeting For Housing Justice

Senator Serrano participated in a Town Hall Meeting for Housing Justice at Taino Towers in East Harlem on Wednesday night."New York City is in the midst of an affordability crisis," said the Senator.

January 16, 2008

Serrano Moves To Fill Vacant Lots

Senator Serrano, along with community leaders and local elected officials, pledged to put an end to the problem of vacant lots in Manhattan, during a press conference on Wednesday.

The Senator discussed legislation he and Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell, Jr. have introduced in Albany to change existing tax loopholes. The legislation would bring taxes on vacant property in Upper Manhattan into line with those below 110th Street. It would spur development of land that is increasingly needed to ease the city's housing crisis.

January 16, 2008

Senator Serrano Introduces Bill To Protect Undocumented Immigrants Statewide

New York, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) introduced a bill into the New York State Senate today that will help undocumented immigrants throughout the state make use of emergency services.The proposal will make it the policy of New York state officials to keep sensitive information, including immigration status, confidential. It will help immigrants report crimes without the fear of having immigration authorities informed. The bill, S.

January 15, 2008

Recycle Your Used Ink Jet Cartridges And Old Cell Phones

With new times come new electronics. The beginning of the New Year may signal the end of the usefulness of some of your old things. Perhaps you received a new cell phone as a holiday gift. Did your printer cartridges run out from all those holiday cards you printed? Chances are you haven't thought twice about what to do with with your electronic waste."Don't throw them away," said State Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Bronx/Manhattan). "Recycle them."Only 20 to 40 percent of ink jet cartridges end up being recycled.

January 7, 2008

Serrano Marches With Three Kings

Senator Serrano joined with Governor Spitzer and a massive gathering of community leaders and residents to celebrate the 31st Annual Three Kings Day Parade on Friday, January 4th.

"The Parade is a celebration of our heritage," said the Senator. "It speaks to the great the spiritual and cultural strength of those who came before us, and in so doing provides a foundation for generations to come."

January 4, 2008

Serrano Publishes Op-ed In Bronx News

A Deficit of a Different Kind at Public Housing

by State Senator José M. Serrano

(Reprinted with permission from the Publisher)

Public housing has seen better days. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is more than $200 million in debt. This is not just a number, but a real ideological shift – and one that has devastating consequences on the ground.

I see this first-hand when I meet with tenant associations around the district. It's clear that NYCHA is no longer able to provide the quality service it once offered to working class families in our city.

December 18, 2007

Serrano Backs Sunlight In Albany

Albany, NY - Senator Serrano strongly and enthusiastically threw his support behind "Project Sunlight," an online initiative by the New York Attorney General's office that will significantly improve transparency and openness in New York State government.

"This is one more giant step on the road to reform in Albany," said the Senator.

The new website contains an easily navigable database of various state records. It is designed so that both novices and individuals with extensive government experience can use the site.

December 17, 2007

Serrano Reads From Handel's Messiah

Senator Serrano participated in the annual reading of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. Music was provided by the Bronx Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Bronx.

"It was an honor to be selected as one of this year's orators," said the Senator. "The organizers of this event have done a tremendous job."

"In particular, I want to thank Michael Spierman at the The Bronx Opera Company.

December 16, 2007

Serrano Testifies On Fair Housing

Testimony by State Senator José M. Serrano submitted as part of the Fair Housing Public Forum hosted by the Department of City Planning for the City of New York on December 14th, 2007

I would like to thank the members of the Board for giving me the opportunity to provide written testimony and participate in the public forum. I represent the State of New York 's 28th Senate District, which includes parts of the South Bronx, Highbridge, University Heights, East Harlem, Yorkville, and Roosevelt Island.

December 14, 2007

Serrano Demands Middle School In Highbridge

Senator Serrano demanded a new middle school in Highbridge, during a press conference Tuesday, December 11 on the steps of City Hall.

"Right now Highbridge middle school students must cross the Cross Bronx or Grand Concourse, and take at least two buses, just to get a quality education," said the Senator.

"The city says the district has enough seats.

December 11, 2007

Serrano Participates In East Harlem Tree Lighting

Senator Serrano celebrated the fourth annual East Harlem holiday tree lighting ceremony on Monday evening.

"This event has grown more popular with each passing year," said the Senator. "I am thrilled to be part of this East Harlem tradition. It is just one more way that we demonstrate the strength and unity of our neighborhood."

The tree lighting was sponsored by the East Harlem Board of Tourism, and held in the heart of East Harlem's "cultural corridor" on East 106 th Street / Julia de Burgos Blvd. and Third Avenue.

December 8, 2007

Serrano Receives La Casa Visionary Award

Senator Serrano was recipient of La Casa Visionary Award, at the 27th Anniversary Gala Event of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña.

"This is a tremendous honor for me. La Casa has done an incredible job protecting our culture and our people at a time of great change in this city," said the Senator.

"I am extremely proud of my Puerto Rican heritage. It informs the way I lead and represent my district," he said.

December 7, 2007

Serrano Urgest Doe To Protect Students In Midst Of School Closures

New York, NY – State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today expressed concern over the closure of six public schools by the New York City Department of Education.Four of the schools are located in the 28 th Senate District, which he represents. "East Harlem and the South Bronx are strongly impacted by this first wave of closures," said Serrano, who is a member of the Senate Education and Higher Education Committees.

December 6, 2007

Serrano Office Helps Out The Youth

The Serrano office participated in the "Youth 2 Youth" Town Hall at the Washington Community Center in East Harlem on Friday evening.The event's primary mission was to help address topics of most interest to youth. Workshops were provided on topics such as undocumented students and the DREAM act, peer pressure and gender issues, college access and applications, and racism and harassment in schools. All workshops were developed, coordinated, and facilited by youth. Serrano Community Relations Associate, Annette Negron, attended the college workshop.

December 3, 2007

Serrano Backs Enviromental Enforcement In East Harlem

Albany, NY – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis announced today that the Department, in cooperation with the City of New York, has been carrying out a major enforcement action to address urban outdoor air quality in a neighborhood that has suffered disproportionately from pollution. The program – focusing on polluting diesel trucks and boilers – is centered on East Harlem , from 96th Street to 116 Street, and from FDR Drive to 5th Avenue (zip code 10029), where asthma hospitalization rates are four times the national average.

November 16, 2007

Senator Serrano Reflects On Diabetes Awareness Month

In recognition of November as Diabetes Awareness Month, State Senator Jose M. Serrano (D- Bronx/Manhattan) today encouraged New Yorkers to learn the risk factors and early symptoms associated with a debilitating disease that affects millions of Americans, though authorities estimate that about one in three cases goes undiagnosed."Given the condition’s enormous impact, we should probably make every month diabetes awareness month," said Senator Serrano.

November 12, 2007

Serrano Letter To Governor Urges Executive Order Protecting Immigrants

Governor Eliot SpitzerState CapitolAlbany, New York 12224Dear Governor Spitzer,I write to you with strong reservations concerning the modified licensing policy. I believe the new "state driver’s license" does not, on its own, provide sufficient protections for undocumented workers.

November 9, 2007

Serrano Speaks At Student Council Assembly

The Senator addressed students at Amber Charter School shortly before their Student Council elections. He discussed the importance of civic participation and voting, while praising the students of Amber for taking such an active interest in their community and their school. The Senator discussed the structure of State Government, as well as his role as an advocate for the people of the 28th district.

November 1, 2007