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Senator Serrano Sponsors Free Flu Shots for the Community

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano, in conjunction with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), offered free flu shots to the community at his District Office.

“Going into these winter months it is important that we all protect ourselves from the flu virus and remain in good health,” said Senator Serrano. “Many thanks to the great RNs at the VNSNY for providing and administering the shots to constituents from across my district,” concluded Serrano.

If you have not already received your flu shot, please visit the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's flu prevention website at to identify a provider near you.


November 20, 2013
November 21, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Senator Serrano Speaks to Students at El Barrio's Renaissance Innovation High School About Local Civics & State Government

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano spoke to government students at Renaissance Innovation High School about his career in New York government. The visit was an opportunity for the students to receive an inside look on working in government and civil service. Senator Serrano spoke of the importance of leadership, advocacy and fighting for the needs of the community.

"I had such a great time speaking with these impressive and poised students" said Senator Serrano. "They were so interested in learning more about government and very insightful about issues affecting our community on a local, state and national level. Their engaging questions allowed us to cover a broad range of subjects. I am very proud of them, and I hope to visit again soon," concluded Serrano.

November 19, 2013

Senator Serrano Participates in the New York Botanical Gardens Annual Holiday Festivities

(Bronx, NY) - Senator Serrano joined members of the community at the New York Botanical Garden's Annual Holiday Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting celebrations. The festivities included the grand opening of the Holiday Train Show and the lighting ceremonies featuring song selections by the Westchester Chordsmen.

“It's great to be able to join the community for the holiday festivities at the New York Botanical Gardens," said Senator Serrano. "Each year I look forward to gathering with the community to celebrate the start of the holiday season. During this time of year it is important for us to focus on the things that are truly important: friends, neighbors and family. I want to thank the New York Botanical Gardens for this wonderful annual festivity,” concluded Serrano

November 16, 2013
November 19, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Senator Serrano stands with Upper West Siders to Preserve The Apthorp

(New York, NY) - State Senator José M. Serrano joined Council Member Gale Brewer and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal at City Hall to provide testimony to prevent the addition of rooftop penthouses to The Apthorp, affectionately deemed the "Buckingham Palace of the Upper West Side." Senator Serrano spoke before the New York City Council's Landmark Preservation Commission, urging the committee to consider the historical and architectural integrity of the building, which occupies the full block between Broadway and West End Avenue and between West 78th and West 79th Streets.

November 12, 2013

Senator Serrano Joins Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal in an Important Community Forum to Discuss the Affordable Care Act

(Upper West Side, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal for a community forum and informational session on the new Affordable Care Act (ACA). Designed to provide members of the community with pertinent information, the forum brought together a panel of experts to help explain the ACA and how it is being implemented in New York State.

November 8, 2013

Senator Serrano Joins BronxWorks at Facility Renaming Ceremony Honoring Carolyn McLaughlin

(Bronx, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined elected officials and community advocates for the BronxWorks renaming ceremony of their Grand Concourse community center. The facility, now named Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center, was renamed in honor of their former Executive Director 's 34 years of long-standing service. Senator Serrano applauded BronxWorks for the important work that it does for the local community.

November 7, 2013

Senator Serrano Stands with Assemblymemeber Linda B. Rosenthal in Support of Her Puppy Mills Regulation Bill

(City Hall, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano stood with advocates & colleagues on the steps of City Hall in support of Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal’s bill (S3753-A/A740A) which would help regulate cruel & tortuous puppy mills. Senator Serrano maintained that puppy mills, which have a history of breeding dogs under horrendous & deplorable conditions, cause a whole host of medical problems down the road for the defenseless animals and their unsuspecting owners.

November 2, 2013
November 20, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Senator Serrano Writes letter to 44th Precinct to Address Safety Concerns of Local Constituents

(Bronx, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano worked with the 44th Precinct to root out criminal activity near 157th St. in the Bronx.  Community members contacted Serrano to express concern about alarming criminal activities they claim has been taking place in the neighborhood.

October 29, 2013

Senator Serrano Volunteers at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx for "It’s My Park Day"

(Bronx, NY) - For the sixth consecutive year, Senator José M. Serrano participated in "It's My Park Day," at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx. "It's My Park Day" is a joint program hosted by City Parks Foundation and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. This fall, the Senator and his family joined local volunteers and environmental activists where they picked up garbage, dug soil, and planted bulbs.

October 20, 2013

Senator Serrano Joins Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito for Rafael Tufiño Way Street Renaming Ceremony

(East Harlem, NY)  - Senator José M. Serrano joined Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and local community members on East 103rd Street and  Lexington Avenue for a street renaming ceremony in honor of great Puerto Rican painter, Rafaelo Tufiño. The stretch of East 103rd Street, between Park and Third Avenues, in Manhattan will be renamed as "Rafael Tufiño Way." During the ceremony, Senator Serrano spoke on the importance of maintaining the cultural history of New York City. 

October 19, 2013

Statement from Senator Serrano on the Passing of Reverend John Grange

(Bronx, NY) - State Senator José M. Serrano expressed his heartfelt sadness on the passing of beloved South Bronx priest, Reverend John Grange.  Fr. Grange was a pioneer in the South Bronx during the tough times of the 1970's, reaching out to and welcoming a growing Latino and immigrant population. Fr. Grange was ordained in the Catholic Church in 1966, and from then he became universally known as a tireless leader serving the people of the South Bronx, where he was born and raised.  
Fr. Grange was a fearless defender of his community, often organizing community rallies in support of social justice issues while promoting local empowerment and community engagement.

October 18, 2013
October 21, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Senator Serrano Speaks to Students at Paul Robeson MS. 203 during Career Awareness Program

(Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano spoke to students at Paul Robeson M.S. 203 about his career as an elected official. The program offered presentations on the importance of leadership, preparation, and the skills necessary to succeed in today's academic setting. Senator Serrano was a part of the program to offer some key words of advice on issues involving civics.

October 15, 2013

Serrano Achieves Highest Senate Score on Environmental Advocates Scorecard

(Albany, NY) State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), along with 10 of his colleagues from the Senate Democratic conference, were ranked highest amongst State Senators on the annual EPL/Environmental Advocates Scorecard. The scorecard tracks legislators' votes on bills affecting New York's environment. According to this year's rankings, 11 senators, including Serrano, voted correctly on all environmental bills that came up for a vote in the Senate Chamber. 

October 10, 2013

Senator Serrano Joins Senator Liz Krueger in an Important Community Forum to Discuss new Federal Health Care Laws

(New York, NY) - State Senator José M. Serrano co-sponsored State Senator Liz Kruger's  “New York State of Health: What You Need to Know About Health Care Reform,” a community forum designed to inform constituents about the new Affordable Care Act. With open enrollment having officially started on October 1, 2013, individuals, families and small business owners are now able to enroll in new, affordable health insurance plans through the marketplace. The community forum served to make individuals aware of their options and learn what the new laws mean for New Yorkers.

October 8, 2013

Senator Serrano's Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration

***Deadline for submissions: November 20

Senator Serrano is sponsoring a Thanksgiving day creative celebration for children in grades K-6. This year's theme is "What are you thankful for?" Participants may submit an essay, poetry, or art work that for inclusion in the Senate's Thanksgiving Day Showcase. 

October 7, 2013

Governor Cuomo Signs Into Law Bill S1025; Important Boost for Tourism in New York State

Governor Cuomo Signs Into Law 
Bill S1025; Important Boost for Tourism in New York State

October 3, 2013