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Senator Serrano Visits "La Finca del Sur"

Senator Serrano visited La Finca del Sur today. La Finca del Sur is an urban farm located in the South Bronx and provides healthy foods and educational programs for the residents of the South Bronx.  La Finca is maintained through the help of members and volunteers, who either help through the physical maintenance of the farm or through obtaining more resources for the beautiful community space.  

October 13, 2011

Senator Serrano and Community Welcome Manhattan Neighborhood Network Firehouse Media Center

Senator Serrano visited the Manhattan Neighborhood Network  (MNN) Studios in East Harlem for a rollout of their new facilities. “I’m very proud to be here today to see, firsthand, the wonderful results of a project for which the whole community is excited," said Senator Serrano. "I’m keenly aware of the importance of preserving and fostering the cultural enrichment of this neighborhood. This studio will go a long way in maintaining the cultural significance of East Harlem and giving our youth an active voice in community affairs and a chance to be involved in media.”

October 7, 2011

Serrano Joins Comptroller Liu in Highbridge

Senator Serrano joined Comptroller John Liu and Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson at Highbridge Senior Center for a meet and greet with local Seniors. "It’s always a pleasure to spend time in Highbridge, and hear questions and concerns from the community," said Senator Serrano. "John Liu is a terrific colleague who has done great work for the Bronx, and it’s wonderful to have him here today.”The event was one part of a full day of Highbridge activities that the Comptroller was scheduled to attend. Also present were Councilmember Helen Diane Foster and various community residents.

October 7, 2011

Serrano Statement Re: Governor Cuomo's Executive Order Requiring Language Assistance Services

Today Senator José  M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) praised Governor Andrew Cuomo for issuing an Executive Order to provide language assistance services at 27 state agencies that have direct interaction with the public.  These agencies will be required to provide official documents, forms, instructions, and translation services in six languages. 

October 6, 2011

Peace Rally in Morris Heights

Senator Serrano joined the Morris Heights Community for a Prayer Vigil and Peace Rally organized by Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson.  The event, themed "Community in Crisis", took place in the Sedgwick Avenue Playground in the Bronx, and was structured as a forum to speak out against the high volume of gun related violence that has recently plagued the community. "The recent shootings are a strong indication that all of us- parents, teachers, community residents, and elected officials- must work together to educate our youth", said Senator Serrano. "The youth are an integral part of our future and we must provide them with positive outlets where they can focus their attention, and safe alternatives to the streets."

October 5, 2011

Rally Against Education Layoffs

Senator Serrano joined District Council 37 on the steps of City Hall for a rally against massive layoffs that would have a negative impact on our local schools. 705 layoffs of Local 372 members have been scheduled for next week, and  765 layoffs occurred at The Department of Education on October 7, 2011. "It is extremely unfortunate that these layoffs are being planned for a district that can’t afford to lose more staff", said Senator Serrano. "Not only will 705 people be unemployed, but our schools will suffer the consequences of losing dedicated parent coordinators and school aides. We must do everything we can to speak out against an action that threatens the quality of our children’s education.”

October 4, 2011

Union Settlement Way

Today Senator Serrano joined Union Settlement Association and other elected officials in the official street re-naming of East 104th Street between Second and Third Avenues to "Union Settlement Way."Union Settlement Association has been serving East Harlem since its foundation in 1895 by providing social services and support for the community. As one of East Harlem's largest social service agencies, they provide social work programs for children, adults, and the elderly.

September 27, 2011

Hunter College School of Social Work Building Opens

Today Senator Serrano attended the opening of the Hunter College’s Louis V. and Samuel J. Silberman School of Social Work Building. The building, located in the East Harlem community, houses the CUNY School of Public Health, the library and archives of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity, and the Graduate Center Apartments."It is great for a  building of this magnitude to be in the East Harlem community", said Senator Serrano. "Hunter College has one of the top social work programs in the nation, and having their main facility in East Harlem will be a great addition to the neighborhood. The services they offer will  undoubtedly bring much-needed resources into our community.”

September 27, 2011

Serrano attends the Second Annual Harlem River Festival!

Senator Serrano joined community residents, environmental organizations, and other elected officials at Mill Pond Park for the second annual Harlem River Festival. The festival was hosted by the Harlem River Working Group, and included activities for children and residents to better educate them on the wonders of the Harlem River.

September 24, 2011

Hope Community Community Service Awards

Senator Serrano attended Hope Community, Inc.'s 42nd Annual Community Service Awards Gala today, and presented an honorary award to Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez.  Rodriguez was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2010 and serves the 68th Assembly District. "It's an honor to have the opportunity to present this award to Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez for his distinctive work in the East Harlem community. Having been born and raised in East Harlem, Robert has a keen understanding of the main issues affecting this community. He has demonstrated to not only be a great leader, but a great partner in tackling many of the most important struggles of the community."

September 22, 2011

Bronx Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The Bronx Chamber of Commerce hosted their Hispanic Heritage Month Leadership Luncheon and honored Senator Serrano with theLeadership Award for being an exemplary member of the Hispanic community. "I'm extremely honored to be presented with this award," said Senator Serrano. "Hispanics are a growing demographic in the United States and make up the 15th largest consumer economy in the world.

September 21, 2011

Serrano Celebrates Hispanic Heritage with Metropolitan Hospital

Senator Serrano celebrated Hispanic Heritage with Metropolitan Hospital.   The event featured health education and screenings, cultural exhibits, music, food and entertainment. “Health disparities remain extremely high for minority residents. Although our hospitals have been threatened with budget cuts, the administration and staff at Metropolitan Hospital continues to demonstrate  how essential their services are in to this community.”The theme of the event was "Keeping the Promise: Unity, Strength and Leadership, " and it was widely attended by local leaders, residents and community organizations.

September 16, 2011

Senator Serrano Celebrates Family Day with Lincoln Hospital

Senator Serrano attended the  Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center Senior and Family Day in the Bronx. The event, which took place on Lincoln's Hospital's "Great Lawn", hosted free blood pressure and glucose screenings and the entertainment included giveaways, food and music."It’s great to see the community come together to celebrate healthy living, and to get informed about the various programs available,” said Senator Serrano. "For years, Lincoln Hospital has been an important institution in this community, and to see local families gather to celebrate its leadership is a testament to their great work.” The event was sponsored by the NYC Department for the Aging Metroplus and Healthfirst.

September 13, 2011

Rally to Save Ruppert Playground

Senator Serrano joined Yorkville residents for a rally at Ruppert Playground as part of a campaign to save the park from permanent closure.

Related Cos., has proposed building a 49 story building at the location, and is ready to begin preliminary work on the site. The park was closed on September 12th, and local elected officials are working to prevent any future construction and to once again make the park available for community use. Ruppert Park, which was opened in the 1970s, contains basketball, tennis and handball courts.

September 10, 2011

Street Renaming: Philip Reed Way

The East Harlem community honored Councilmember Philip Reed by naming the intersection of First Avenue and 111th Street “Philip Reed Way.”

Philip Reed was a member of the New York City Council from 1998 to 2005, where he represented District 8, which encompasses East Harlem, portions of the South Bronx, and Central Park. He was the first openly gay African American Council Member.

September 10, 2011

Serrano Honored for Leadership on Environmental Issues

The New York State Federation of the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce honored Senator Serrano with their Green Legislator’s  Award for being the most environmentally friendly member of the State Senate.   

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.

September 8, 2011

Preparing for Hurricane Irene

In preparation for Hurricane Irene, I urge all of you to take the necessary precautions to protect yourselves and your loved ones. Below you will find some helpful information and recommendations to ensure that you are adequately prepared should hurricane conditions occur.

Additionally, you may lose power and email access, so I suggest you print this email, along with the corresponding evacuation map, and any other information you need to ensure your safety. Please share this information with others, especially the elderly and sick who may not be getting the proper information, and help them stay informed.

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August 26, 2011

Serrano and other Roosevelt Island Elected Officials Rally to Save the Post Office

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator José M. Serrano, Assembly Micah Kellner, City Council Member Jessica Lappin, and Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation President Leslie Torres joined Roosevelt Island community leaders and residents for a rally to urge the United States Postal Service to keep the Roosevelt Island Post Office in operation.

August 18, 2011

Senator Serrano Encourages City to Implement Arts Education Blueprint

(New York, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today applauded the Panel for Education Policy's Arts Education Advisory Committee for developing a blueprint consisting of goals and recommendations to enhance arts education in New York City schools, and encouraged the City to carry out its implementation. 

In 2009 Senator Serrano sponsored legislation (S6106), which passed the Senate, to create an advisory committee to advise the Chancellor on arts education and to work to improve compliance with State arts education requirements. Despite the fact that the legislation did not pass the Assembly, in March, 2010, under the leadership of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the City's Arts Education Advisory Committee was created. 

August 11, 2011