(Bronx, NY)--State Senator José M. Serrano and his father Congressman José E. Serrano honored three exceptional local community leaders in their annual celebration of Black History Month. This year's honorees were the Hon. Helen Diane Foster, Council Member from the 16th District in the Bronx; Richard R. Buery, Jr., President and CEO of The Children's Aid Society; and Hon. Donald A. Miles, Civil Court Judge of the City of New York-Bronx County.
At the direction of the Mayor, the public is hereby advised that significant snowfall has been forecast starting today in the afternoon through Saturday morning.
1. The public is urged to avoid all unnecessary driving during the duration of the storm and, until further directed, to use public transportation wherever possible. As New Yorkers are making their commuting plans for tomorrow, they should be aware that driving conditions will be difficult. If you must drive, use extreme caution.
Senator Serrano speaks in support of the Senate's Select Committee on Libraries, to be Chaired by Senator Hugh Farley. Serrano spoke about the importance of maintaining and supporting our libraries across our state. Libraries are beacons in our communities, offering ESL classes, resume help, computer literacy and educational opportunities. Senator Serrano feels that as elected officials we must do all that we can to ensure our libraries remain robust and funded at adequate levels.
(South Bronx, NY)- "I am deeply saddened and disappointed to learn of the Archdiocese's decision to continue with the closing of the Saint Jerome School," said Senator Serrano. "It was my hope that the Archdiocese would provide St. Jerome with a viable plan to allow the school to remain open. Not only is the school an iconic presence for residents of the South Bronx, but it has a long history of providing an outstanding education to the youth of our community, many of whom are new immigrants. I strongly urge the Archdiocese to reconsider this troublesome decision so that children who attend St. Jerome may continue to receive the quality education that they deserve," continued Serrano.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano was proud to support the NY SAFE Act, which passed the New York State Senate and was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Currently, it is the most expansive gun control legislation in the country. This comprehensive legislation contains many gun-control measures that the Senator and the Democratic Conference have long advocated for.
(Albany, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano has been appointed Chair of the Senate Democratic Conference, by recently-elected Democratic Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. As Chair of the Conference, Serrano will be responsible for presiding over conference meetings.
(New York, NY)- Senator Serrano participated in a press conference today regarding New York City’s Animal Care & Control (“AC&C”), a not-for-profit organization that runs the largest animal shelter system in the Northeast. Senator Serrano joined Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who recently released a report outlining concerns with the management and operation of the organization, to call for reform.
(New York, NY)-Senator Serrano celebrated Three Kings Day with El Museo del Barrio today at their 36th Annual Three Kings Day parade in the streets of East Harlem. The annual celebration brings together local families, school groups, community organizations, and elected officials from all over New York City.
Senator Serrano participated in an Upper West Side & Clinton Town Hall Meeting today hosted by Councilmember Gale Brewer. The meeting was an opportunity for Upper West Side attendees to interact with Elected Officials and representatives of New York City agencies in an effort to increase knowledge and transparency within Government.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for me to hear from some of my new constituents as I prepare to represent the Upper West Side for the first time in January,” said Senator Serrano. "It's important to cultivate a relationship between my office and the new areas that I represent. Hearing the concerns of residents and making sure they are aware of the services which my office provides is a great step towards doing that,” continued Serrano.
(New York, NY)- "I congratulate my friend, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins on her historic election to the role of Democratic Conference Leader in the New York State Senate. I was happy and honored to support her election and I look forward to working with her, as part of a united Democratic Conference, to tackle the numerous tasks at hand.
(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano celebrated the accomplishments of USA Men's Olympic Gymnast and South Bronx native John Orozco in a proclamation ceremony hosted at Roberto Clemente State Park. The event included a video montage and guest speakers, including Assemblymember Vanessa L.Gibson.
Senator Serrano and the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) sponsored a Hurricane Sandy Relief event today in Howard Beach. More than 20 volunteers joined together to donate and distribute hot meals to those in need at the West Hamilton Beach Firehouse in Howard Beach. Senator Joseph Addabbo, who represents Howard Beach, helped identify a neighborhood in his district with an ongoing need for hot meals. Volunteers were greeted by members of Senator John L. Sampson's Office, that helped arrange the event.
(New York, NY)- State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT."As the parent of two small children, my heart breaks for the victims and families of today's senseless school shooting in Newtown. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families, and all those affected by this tragedy during this time of profound sadness," said Serrano."Like all of you, I am heartbroken by these devastating events. Enough is enough. We need to move past the rhetoric and finally enact real gun control laws that will hopefully prevent tragedies like the one we saw today."
Senator Serrano toured the new facility for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) Center for HIV Prevention at 446 West 33rd Street. The facility offers a 165,000 Sq. ft. open environment providing easy access to a spacious dining room, full-service pharmacy, community living room, and houses all staff and client service programs. In addition to moving to a larger facility, GMHC implemented new programs such as vocational classes for youth and nutritional consultations.