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Statement by Senator José M. Serrano Re: Marriage Equality Vote

"Today we made history by granting countless committed couples the right to marry. The communities I represent have long been recognized as thriving hubs of social progress, and have a strong commitment to equal rights. This vote is a monumental step in ensuring that laws in our country are not based on hatred and discrimination, but on equality and justice.

June 22, 2011

Serrano Ranked Most Environmentally Friendly Senate Member

(Albany, NY) State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) was the most environmentally conscious member of the New York State Senate in 2011.  According to the EPL/Environmental Advocates preliminary scorecard, which tracks legislators’ votes on bills affecting New York’s environment, Senator Serrano had a perfect score of 67 out of 67.“I'm glad to have the opportunity to have a positive impact on New York’s environmental decisions, and I thank EPL/Environmental Advocates for honoring my commitment to improving our state’s air, land, water and public health,” said Senator Serrano, who has been a longtime advocate for environmental issues in Albany.

June 15, 2011

Senator Serrano Brings the Mammogram Scan Van to Roosevelt Island!

State Senator José M. Serrano and the Project Renewal Scan Van Program today offered free Mammogram Screenings for eligible women in Roosevelt Island!“As community leaders it is not only our duty to encourage early detection, but to make it easier for our constituents to take advantage of the resources available. Getting a mammogram can be very costly- particularly for uninsured women, so we've been bringing the Scan Van to local residents so that they can benefit from the screenings free of charge.

June 3, 2011

Serrano Joins Marriage Equality Advocates on Steps of the Bronx Courthouse

Senator José M. Serrano today joined government colleagues and gay rights advocates on the steps of the Bronx Courthouse, to urge lawmakers to vote in favor of a Marriage Equality bill.  "It's a travesty that in this day and age there are people among us who don't have the same rights as others," said Senator Serrano. "Marriage Equality is one of the most critical civil rights issues of our time, and we must not back down until we have equal rights for all the people of New York State"The press conference was organized by Brida Bronx Rainbow Independent Democratic Association, Bronx Marriage Equality Now, the Bronx Community Pride Center, and Bronx District Leader Kenny Agosto.

June 3, 2011

Senator Serrano Applauds Governor Cuomo's Decision on Secure Communities Program

(Albany, NY)-  Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today applauded Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision to suspend New York’s participation in the federal Secure Communities program.“Local law enforcement does not belong in the business of deportation,” said Senator Serrano. “Secure Communities is a program with the potential to have a devastating effect, not only on the residents of my district, but on New Yorkers throughout the state. Aside from the civil and human rights implications, S-Comm also threatens the fiscal health of our local police precincts. I commend Governor Cuomo for taking action, and for seriously examining why this program would be a destructive departure from what our state represents."

June 1, 2011

Interactive Rent Regulations Forum & Rally

(Albany, NY) With rent regulations that protect affordable housing for over 2.5 million tenants set to expire June 15th, Senate and Assembly Democrats joined with NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and housing advocates at an interactive rent forum and rally highlighting the critical need to extend and strengthen rent regulation laws before time runs out.Broadcast live over the Internet, via Twitter and Facebook, Senate and Assembly Democrats engaged housing advocates from across the state to stop the “tenant tax” and save their homes. Senate Democrats also launched an online petition drive dedicated to rent regulations.

May 24, 2011

Senator Serrano Joins Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer to Celebrate the Arts

Senator Serrano served as a panelist for Culture Vision NYC: Envisioning a City Sustained by Culture and the Arts,  an event presented by Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee in the City Council.  The event featured live performances, refreshments and a lively discussion at the newly transformed Museum of the Moving Image, and featured Academy Award Nominee, Sigourney Weaver and BAAD Founder, Author Aviles.

May 21, 2011

Serrano and Community Volunteer at Franz Sigel Park for "It's My Park Day"

Senator Serrano and his family joined members of the South Bronx community to clean Franz Sigel Park for "It’s My Park Day," sponsored by Friends of Franz Sigel and Joyce Kilmer Parks. For the fourth consecutive year, volunteers, local residents and community leaders teamed up to maintain the well-being of parks across New York City.

May 21, 2011

Senator Serrano Joins the Community for the Highbridge Library Fair

In celebration of the newly renovated Highbridge Library and its one year anniversary, Senator Serrano joined the community and his colleagues in government for the 2011 Highbride Health & Art Fair. The event showcased the many resources offered by the Highbridge Library and gave the community the opportunity to meet health care service providers, as well as the many young artists who continue to diversify the community.

May 21, 2011

Highbridge Residents Get Free Mammograms

State Senator José M. Serrano, Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson and the Project Renewal Scan Van Program today offered free Mammogram Screenings for eligible women in the Highbridge section of the Bronx.“All women can take an active part in the early detection of breast cancer by having regular visits to the doctor, self breast exams and periodic mammograms,” said Senator Serrano. “However, for uninsured women, getting a mammogram can be costly and inconvenient. That’s why we’re bringing the Scan Van to local residents throughout the 28th District in the next few weeks.”

May 20, 2011

2011 Highbridge Community Fair

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May 21, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

State Senate Adopts Resolution Declaring May as Lupus Awareness Month

Today the New York State Senate unanimously passed a Resolution  (J767/K347) requesting that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proclaim May 2011 as Lupus Awareness Month in the State of New York.  The Resolution was sponsored in the Senate by Senator Joseph A. Griffo and co-sponsored by Senator José M. Serrano.

Lupus is a chronic disease affecting the immune system, causing it to become hyperactive and attack normal tissue. 90 percent of the thousands of people diagnosed with lupus each year are women, and the illness is most prevalent among African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asians.

May 4, 2011

Senator Serrano Meets with Members of DC37

Today in the Albany Convention Center, State Senator José M. Serrano met with members of District Council 37 who reside in his district, to discuss several issues of importance— including the need for strengthening and reforming rent regulation laws. With the potential expiration of rent regulations on June 15th, these constituents voiced their concerns and fears that thousands of tenants will be forced out of their residences.

"Particularly in this difficult economy, we must ensure strong tenant protection measures to keep housing affordable and keep families in their homes," said Senator Serrano.

May 3, 2011

Statement by Senator José M. Serrano Re: the Death of Osama bin Laden

"It  has been nearly 10 years since the horrific attacks of September 11th, but the events of that morning are still vivid in the hearts and minds of all New Yorkers and the families of the victims, who have had to endure the painful aftermath of the tragedy.  "Although nothing can ever repair the damage done on that day, I hope that the news that the perpetrator of this horrendous assault on freedom has been brought to justice helps those who lost loved ones on 9/11 to feel some measure of closure. "I praise President Obama’s leadership, and the heroic efforts of our national security experts and armed forces for their commitment to the safety of every American.

May 2, 2011

Senator Serrano Joins Rally to Prevent Gun Violence

(Albany, NY)- State Senator José M. Serrano today joined New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, advocates, and nearly 150 high school students to rally for stronger gun laws to help protect our community.

This event, held at the Well in the Legislative Office Building, highlighted the importance of preventing violence in schools and called on the legislature to pass reformative bills that keep illegal guns off our streets.

"Gun violence is a disease that continues to plague our community," said Senator Serrano. "Our students should not have to live in fear of guns in their schools or on their streets. I commend all the students that came today for educating their peers and building awareness throughout their schools."

April 12, 2011

Senator Serrano Co-Sponsors Immigration Forum

Senator Serrano co-sponsored a forum, hosted by Senator Bill Perkins, designed to answer the tough questions on the latest immigration issues. Local elected officials, immigration advocates and community organizations discussed various topics, including workers rights, wage theft and unemployment insurance benefits, immigration fraud, the Secure Communities program, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and violence against women."We have many great challenges in this country, but there is no time to waste on immigration reform. Not when every delay means another broken family. Not when every delay means that another hard working immigrant gets taken advantage of by a predatory, fraudulent company," said Senator Serrano.

March 26, 2011

Senator Serrano Passes Resolution Encouraging New Yorkers to Conserve Energy

A Resolution introduced by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) to commemorate Earth Hour passed the New York State Senate unanimously today.  The resolution requests that Governor Andrew Cuomo adopt 8:30 PM, Saturday, March 26, 2011 as Earth Hour in a show of solidarity to encourage environmental and energy conservation.The first Earth Hour took place in 2007, and since then hundreds of millions of people and landmarks have taken part in this environmentally friendly tradition. Earth Hour 2010 was the most successful to date, with a record 128 countries and territories joining this global display of climate action.

March 23, 2011

Senator Serrano applauds the confirmation of Rose Harvey as Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

(Albany, NY)-Senator José M. Serrano commended Governor Cuomo’s nomination of Rose H. Harvey as Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). Today,the nomination was approved unanimously by the New York State Senate.

Prior to her nomination, Ms. Harvey was a Senior Fellow at the Jonathan Rose Companies, where she served as an advisor and conducted research on parks issues, and where she launched a non-profit organization designed to fund and develop parks in urban neighborhoods. Ms. Harvey also worked with the Trust for Public Land

for 27 years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and National Director of Urban Programs.

March 8, 2011

Senator Serrano Fights to Keep Senior Centers Open

Senator José M. Serrano joined Senator Ruben Diaz, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and their colleagues in government on the steps of Bronx Borough Hall today to address the devastating budget proposal that would close 105 senior centers in New York City - 7 of which are located in the 28th Senate District.

In the current state budget proposal, there are significant cuts that would negatively impact funding for senior centers throughout New York City. In the areas represented by Senator Serrano – East Harlem, Yorkville, Roosevelt Island and the South Bronx – senior citizens are already experiencing economic hardships and the closure of needed senior centers will only add to that burden.

March 4, 2011

Senator Serrano Serves as Honorary Chair of The New York State Art Teachers Association Legislative Exhibit

Senator José M. Serrano today addressed the New York State Art Teachers Association Legislative Exhibit (NYSATA), which is co-sponsored by the New York State Alliance for the Arts in Education (NYSSAE). Held at the Legislative Well in the Capitol Building in Albany each spring, this exhibit showcases the artistic accomplishments of students from throughout the state, and invites them to celebrate arts education with their legislators.

March 2, 2011