The Supreme Court's decision in Kelo v. City of New London has renewed the debate over what steps state legislatures should take in defining the proper use of eminent domain. Numerous instances involving the transfer of property to private developers throughout New York State have put into sharp relief the shortcomings of New York's safeguards against the government abuse of this vast power.
The Senator applauded local students from Amber Charter School for the completion of a beautiful new mural on East 106th Street and 3rd Avenue. "This is a mural that tells the story of our community," said the Senator, "and at the same time it becomes part of that story." He praised local artist Maria Dominguez for her work with the students. "Ms. Dominguez is a brilliant artist who finds the time and the passion to share her talents with others."
Reiterates his Support for Gay Marriage in New York State
Bronx, NY – State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today highlighted a recent UCLA report that showed a growing population of same-sex couples in the outer boroughs. He called it an exciting demographic trend that will positively benefit The Bronx.
Senator Serrano attended a Saturday afternoon disaster preparedness fair at 1199 Plaza, a large housing complex in East Harlem. The event provided residents with vital resources from community organizations and government agencies.
New York, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D - Manhattan /Bronx) today praised Mayor Bloomberg for his recently announced plan to capitalize on New York City's potential for generating sustainable energy.
"As the blackout in 2003 showed, maintaining the status quo is a recipe for disaster," said the Senator, who is a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. "With increasing fuel prices and climate change staring us in the face, I am heartened that the Mayor has taken the initiative to move New York towards energy independence."
Says it would be a repeat of mistakes made in the 1970s
Today Senator José M. Serrano urged his colleagues to protect low-income residents during tough economic times. With both houses of the legislature poised to cut services across the state, Serrano expressed concern that the pain of these cuts is not being shared by everyone.
On Wednesday, August 13, 2008, the Senator spoke at a ribbon cutting ceremony for 3,000 square feet of new gallery space at The Museum of the City of New York. The James G. Dinan and Elizabeth R. Miller Gallery was made possible through a mixture of government funding and private funds. The Senator is among the museum's strongest supporters in Albany.
I would like to thank the New York City Housing Authority for the opportunity to submit testimony on the FY 2009 Annual Plan. The 28th Senate District, which I represent, has one of the greatest concentrations of public housing in the entire state. Please know that I strongly oppose any new rent increases. While I appreciate the budget deficit currently faced by the Housing Authority, I do not believe such a deficit should fall on the backs of this city's low-income residents.
Elected Officials Move to Prevent Next Mortgage Crisis:Officials and residents gathered today at 1520 Sedgwick, the Birthplace of Hip Hop, to defend against threat of reckless predatory investment practice
New York, NY - Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today praised Governor Paterson's decision to rein in state spending in light of the ballooning $6.4 billion state deficit and rapidly worsening economic times.
"The Governor is doing the responsible thing, in light of the state's fiscal outlook," Senator Serrano said. "Politically, this is not an easy move to make in an election year, but the Governor's choice speaks to his integrity and willingness to do what is difficult."
Senator Serrano joined community leaders and Greenhope officials in breaking ground on Candace House, a first-of-its-kind facility that will serve as an alternative to incarceration for women and their children.
"Today we are taking important steps to curbing the prison industrial complex in this state," said Senator Serrano. "Far too many of my constituents are sent off to jail when they can be more effectively treated through alternatives to incarceration."
Senator Serrano joined Congressman Charles Rangel and local elected and business leaders to promote the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit to hire young people ages 16 -24.
The tax credit for businesses helps provide employers with a one-time federal credit for each newly hired, eligible youth ages 16-17, now through September 15 and for young adults 18 through 24 for the first year.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.