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Senator Serrano and Assemblywoman Galef Unveil Historic Legislation to Reform Member Item Distribution Process

(In photo: Dick Dadey, Citizens Union; Senator Serrano; Assemblywoman Galef; Blair Horner, NYPIRG; Barbara Bartoletti,League of Women Voters)

 

March 9, 2010
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Senator Serrano Urges Leaders to Restore State Parks Funding

Governor David A. Patterson's proposed budget significantly slashes funding for New York State Parks. If the proposed budget is enacted, 40 parks will undergo service reductions, and 91 State Parks and Historic Sites will be forced to close.

Senator José M. Serrano, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, has distributed the sign-on letter below- addressed to legislative leadership- to all members of the New York State Senate. He has garnered bipartisan support in favor of restoring funds for State Parks.

February 16, 2010
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Serrano Statement on Tragedy in Haiti

"Tuesday’s devastating earthquake has affected many Haitian New Yorkers who are frantically trying to reach their relatives and friends. I extend my deepest sympathies to all those impacted by this horrific event and I fully support our federal government's aid and intervention during this difficult time.

January 12, 2010
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Joint Advisory Board of State Government Proceedings Concludes Public Meetings

(Albany, NY)- The New York State Legislature Joint Advisory Board on the Broadcast of State Government Proceedings (the “Joint Advisory Board”) has concluded an initial round of public meetings on the current legislative channel and the expansion of its programming.

December 21, 2009
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Serrano Statement on Marriage Equality Vote

New York, NY- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed disappointment that a marriage equality bill (S.4401) did not pass on the Senate floor today."I am deeply saddened and disappointed by the result of today's vote on marriage equality. This issue is a part of the ongoing struggle for civil rights in the United States, and I maintain that State government must take action.

December 2, 2009
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NY-SPAN Public Meeting: Senator Serrano Encourages You to Submit Testimony

The New York State Legislature Joint Advisory Board on the Broadcast of State Government Proceedings will conduct their second public meeting on December 10th. The Board was established to advise on the expansion of the current dedicated legislative television channel. The Advisory Board members have recommended that the television station be modeled after C-SPAN, and they would like your input on how this governmental affairs channel should operate. 

November 25, 2009
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Public Meeting Tuesday in Albany Regarding Expansion of Legislative Television Channel

Contact: Assembly- Kevin Frazier (518)455-4474                 For Immediate Release:

               Senate- Greg Meyer (212)828-5829                          November 13, 2009

November 13, 2009
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BROADCAST BOARD RELEASES REPORT, RECOMMENDS TRANSFORMATION OF LEGISLATIVE BROADCASTS INTO INDEPENDENT STATE GOVERNMENTAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS CHANNEL

Effective in January, Existing Legislative Broadcasts to Include all Legislative Hearings and Additional Enhancements

November 13, 2009
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Serrano Statement on Marriage Equality Bill

November 10, 2009

(New York, NY)-- State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed disappointment that a marriage equality bill was not brought to the Senate floor for a vote today. "When we look at past civil-rights movements, there were always those who were on the wrong side of history by believing that changes in archaic laws would create havoc within our society," said Serrano.

November 10, 2009
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Let's Not Gamble with Our Children's Future

I’m not a gambling man. Yet if I had a dime for every time I mentioned the benefits of arts education, I’d wager that I would have just about enough to close the $3 billion budget gap facing New York State.  Well, maybe not quite that much, but judging from my experience this week alone, I think it would be a hefty sum.

November 5, 2009
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Serrano Bill to Develop Agricultural Regional Guides Passes Senate

September 11, 2009

Senate Passes Bill to Develop Agricultural Regional Guides

September 11, 2009
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Serrano at Island Kids Celebration

Senator Serrano was on Roosevelt Island for the culmination of the Island Kids Summer Camp. The camp is for children ages 5 to 13, and its programming includes swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music, culinary arts, and weekly field trips. This program offers partial and full scholarships to low-income families, who might otherwise not be able to participate. The 2009 season kicked off on July 7th, and there was an upbeat closing ceremony on August 26th.

August 26, 2009
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Serrano Comments on La Marqueta Plan

 

Calls city plan “visionary” so long as it meets the needs of his constituents

Highlights need to incubate healthy and affordable food, immigrant entrepreneurs, and vibrant public space

August 12, 2009

August 11, 2009
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Senator Serrano Mourns the Passing of Senator Olga Mendez

New York, NY- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed great sadness after learning of the death of former Senator Olga Mendez, the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the State Legislature in the State of New York.   "I am extremely saddened by the passing of Olga Mendez, a dear friend and mentor," said Serrano. "She was a true pioneer and an inspiration to the Latino communities of New York."  

July 29, 2009
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Serrano, Advocates, and Parents Urge Mayor to Accept Muslim School Holidays

July 8, 2009 Bronx, NY – State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), the New Settlement Parent Action Committee (PAC), and the Gambian Society today called upon Mayor Bloomberg to include Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha in the public school holiday calendar. This followed a near-unanimous vote in the City Council last week. 

July 8, 2009
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