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Serrano Expresses Disappointment with Supreme Court Decision on Voting Rights Act

(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano expressed his profound disappointment with the Supreme Court's recent decision to eliminate a key part of the Voting Rights Act, Section 4(b).  This section of the law was used in determining which states and counties required close federal monitoring to help prevent suppression of minority voting.   

June 25, 2013

Senator Serrano Sponsors Resolution Honoring the Life of South Bronx Pastor, Monsignor Gerald Ryan

(Albany, NY)-A Senate Resolution (J1705) sponsored by State Senator José M. Serrano, honoring the life and accomplishments of long-time clergy leader Monsignor  Gerald Ryan passed the New York State Senate unanimously. Msgr. Ryan, previously known as the longest-serving priest in the city, served the South Bronx community for over half a century and was a shining example of outstanding service. 

June 21, 2013

Serrano Bill to Encourage Agricultural Tourism Passes the Senate

(Albany, NY) - The New York State Senate passed a bill (S1030/A2425), sponsored by Senator José M. Serrano, designed to attract New York residents and tourists to the States' farms and farmers' markets.

June 13, 2013
June 13, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Senator José M. Serrano Celebrates the 56th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

(New York, NY) - Senator Serrano marched in the 56th Annual Puerto Rican Day parade, which takes place along 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The parade, which is widely attended by over one million people of all nationalities, is an opportunity to honor and celebrate the history and culture of the Puerto Rican people.

June 8, 2013

Senator Serrano Sponsors "Bridging the Gap: Expanding the Dialogue," an LGBT Stigma Awareness event in East Harlem

(East Harlem, NY)- Senator Serrano, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the East Harlem Immigrant Service Network sponsored “Bridging the Gap: Expanding the Dialogue,” an LGBT stigma awareness event. This important roundtable discussion was centered on the issues surrounding sexuality and gender identity in El Barrio/East Harlem and the South Bronx.

June 7, 2013

Senator José M. Serrano Stands with the Community to Address the Recent Spike of Anti-LGBTQ Violence in New York City

(Bronx, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano stood with Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz, other elected officials, and community members at a press conference hosted by the Bronx LGBTQ Center, to address the recent and disturbing spike in the number of incidents of anti-LGBTQ hate violence that have been committed in NYC.“The LGBT community consists of vibrant, talented and hardworking individuals who are our neighbors, our friends, and our family members,” said Senator Serrano. "These individuals should be celebrated and respected like all members of our community. It is extremely unfortunate that violent hate crimes targeting the LGBT community still occur," continued Serrano.

June 7, 2013

Serrano Legislation Encouraging Investment in State Parks Passes New York State Senate

Senator Serrano Passes Bill to Rehabilitate State Park Buildings

June 4, 2013
June 5, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Serrano Legislation Designed to Increase Tourism Passes New York State Senate

Bill Sponsored by Senator Serrano will Increase Hits to 'I Love NY' State Tourism Website 

May 30, 2013

Bow Tie Leading Capitol Fashion Revolution

This article originally appeared in the Times Union (Albany), written by Jimmy Vielkind. CLICK HERE for the full article.


(Albany, NY) - There's a revolution stirring in the Senate's Democratic conference, led by Jose M. Serrano. It involves neckwear.

Starting earlier this year, the upper Manhattan senator began to replace the long ties that are part of the generally accepted uniform for male lawmakers, aides and lobbyists with a colorful selection of more traditional cravats. He had turned 40 and lost more than 60 pounds.

May 28, 2013

Senator José M. Serrano Participates in Rent Control Forum to Discuss His Push to Promote Tenant-Friendly Legislation in Albany

(Upper West Side, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano participated in a rent control forum, sponsored by Tenants & Neighbors, to address the growing concern by community residents regarding rent-controlled apartments and the availability of affordable housing for seniors citizens within New York City. As part of the forum, Senator Serrano discussed the importance of promoting and pushing tenant-friendly legislation in Albany.

May 23, 2013

Senator José M. Serrano Stands with Senator Liz Krueger, the Women's Equality Coalition, & Other Elected Officials in Full-Support of Governor Andrew Cuomo's 10-Point Women's Equality Plan

(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined Senator Liz Krueger, the Women’s Equality Coalition,  and local women’s rights advocates at a press conference on the steps of City Hall in full support for passage of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 10-point Women’s Equality Plan. The plan, which supporters hope to have passed before the end of this year’s legislative session, is designed to break down barriers that perpetuate discrimination and inequality based on gender.

May 15, 2013

Senator José M. Serrano and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef send letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to Include Member Item Reform in Package of Ethics Reform Legislation

(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano (D- Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Sandy Galef (D-Westchester/Putnam) sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to support legislation that would reform the current problematic legislative member item system.  In 2010, Serrano and Galef worked together to craft legislation A641/S920 item reform.

May 14, 2013

Senator Serrano Joins Prince Harry and Harlem RBI to Celebrate New Project Coach Program

(East Harlem) - Senator José M. Serrano joined Prince Harry (Prince Henry of Wales), New York Yankee 1st Baseman Mark Teixiera and Harlem RBI to celebrate the announcement of The Royal Foundation's partnership with Harlem RBI's Project Coach, a youth mentorship program. Harlem  RBI, a nonprofit organization designed to provide inner-city youth with opportunities, partnered with Prince Harry to implement Project Coach to help local youths recognize their potential and realize their dreams by coaching and playing on teams.

May 13, 2013
May 14, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Senator Serrano Joins Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal & Upper West Side Students to Celebrate Maple Day

(Upper West Side, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal to co-sponsor Maple Day for students from multiple Upper West Side schools. Students in attendance were provided with a tour of the “Maple Van,” a 28-foot trailer, built for activities and demonstrations including “tapping” trees to extract the sap that is later refined into syrup. With New York State being the third largest producer of maple syrup in the world, the event was an interactive opportunity for students to learn first-hand how maple syrup is extracted and processed in New York.

May 10, 2013

Senator Serrano Congratulates Winner for the New York State Senate Earth Day Poster Contest for the 29th District

(Bronx, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano visited PS 385 Performance School in the Bronx to congratulate Amiyah Collins as the winner of the New York State Senate Earth Day Poster Contest for the 29th Senate District. Students from schools throughout the 29th Senate District contributed to the Earth Day poster contest displaying their commitment to the environment and their communities.

May 9, 2013

Senator Serrano Participates in Governor Cuomo's Tourism Summit to Explore Ways to Boost New York Economy

(Albany, NY) - As the Ranking Member of the State Senate's Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, José M. Serrano participated in Governor Andrew Cuomo's Tourism Summit to discuss new and innovative ways to showcase New York's wonderful seasonal attractions in order to boost New York tourism statewide. Governor Cuomo moderated a discussion among industry leaders, business owners, and other stakeholders to discuss and develop new tourism initiatives.

May 7, 2013