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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deputy Inspector James Alles52nd Police Precinct, NYPD3016 Webster AvenueBronx, NY 10467Deputy Inspector Alles:I write to you with great concern for residents of the north Bronx.Over the past month, East 196th Street has witnessed a number of muggings. The victims were very often undocumented immigrants coming home from work late at night. This has been confirmed by media reports in the New York Times, and also direct communication with community leaders.As you know, crimes directed against undocumented immigrants present a number of challenges.