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July 31, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Earth Day 2014 Poster Contest: District 29

Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 29th Senatorial District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:Amaris VargasGrade 4Sacred Heart School

April 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.


December 6, 2013

Senator Serrano Joins Council Member Gail Brewer in Town Hall Meeting

Senator Serrano participated in an Upper West Side & Clinton Town Hall Meeting today hosted by Councilmember Gail 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.

December 18, 2012
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May 24, 12:00 AM - June 9, 12:00 AM

Senator Serrano Applauds Governor's State of the State Address

New York, NY -- State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed great optimism following today's State of the State address. In particular, he pointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to bring much-needed repairs to 48 state parks and historic sites, and his focus on these as a tool for tourism and economic development."This Governor's proven track record in determining the needs of the state, and his ability to follow through with plans that deliver results has inspired great confidence in both the legislature and the public," said the Senator.In his address, the Governor stated that 83 percent of parks and historic sites are in need of repair, many of the damage having been caused by recent hurricanes Irene and Lee.

January 4, 2012

Average Life Expectancy in New York at a Record High!

(Bronx, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today for a press conference at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx to announce that New Yorkers are now living longer and are healthier. It was reported that New Yorkers born in 2009 could live to 80.6 years, a record high and increase of almost three years since 2000. The average New Yorker's life expectancy is also higher than the national average of 78.2 years.

December 27, 2011

Applied Sciences Campus on Roosevelt Island

(New York, NY)- State Senator José M. Serrano  joined Mayor R. Bloomberg, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Jessica Lapin, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, New York City Economic Development President Seth W. Pinsky, Cornell University President David J. Skorton, and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology President Peretz Lavie  to announce that Cornell University and the Technion Institute of Israel have been chosen to build an Applied Sciences and Engineering campus on Roosevelt Island.

December 19, 2011

Senator Serrano Reads from Handel’s Messiah at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts!

Senator Serrano participated in the  annual reading of George Handel’s Messiah at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx. Music was performed by The Orchestra of The Bronx with The Bronx Opera Chorus and Soloists.

“It’s always a pleasure to serve as a reader for Handel’s Messiah,” said Senator Serrano. “The Bronx is so rich in Arts and culture and the Bronx Opera shines a spotlight on all the talent this great borough has to offer. Handel's Messiah is such an uplifting musical work of art that showcases the transformative and inspirational affect that the art and culture bring to our community."

December 11, 2011

Serrano Attends the 8th Annual El Barrio/East Harlem Tree Lighting!

Senator Serrano joined The East Harlem Holiday Tree Committee, East Harlem community residents, and his colleagues for the 8th Annual El Barrio/East Harlem Tree Lighting ceremony.  The tree lighting took place in Franklin Plaza and was themed “Noche de Paz”/”Night of Peace.”

December 9, 2011

Elected Officials and Immigration Advocates Stand Up for the Rights of Immigrant Families

(Bronx, NY)-  On Thursday, December 1st, Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx), Assemblymember Vanessa Gibson (D-Bronx), and Councilmember Helen Diane Foster (D-Bronx) held an immigration forum in the Highbridge Community in the Bronx. The event featured a three part discussion on Secure Communities (S-Comm), Immigrant Rights, and Paths to Citizenship. 

December 2, 2011

Serrano Supports the Youth Violence Task Force in East Harlem!

Senator Serrano joined Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, community groups, and local youth today for the release of a platform to address youth violence. Mark-Viverito founded the El Barrio/East Harlem Youth Violence Task Force last year to address the growth of youth violence in the East Harlem community. The purpose of the Task Force is to gain greater collaborative efforts between government, law enforcement, non-profits, parents, schools, and the community as a whole to ensure that our youth is engaging in positive outlets.

November 10, 2011

Senator Serrano Supports Little Sisters of the Assumption and the National Diaper Bank Network

Senator Serrano and Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito visited The Little Sisters of the Assumption organization for their press conference with Huggies today. The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), a non-profit organization raising awareness for the need of affordable diapers, and Huggies have partnered up to donate and distribute 12 million diapers to 12 cities across the United States to families in need during the holiday season. The Little Sisters of the Assumption in East Harlem received a donation of 100,000 diapers.

November 7, 2011

Senator Serrano Joins the Morris Heights Community to Rally for Peace

Senator Serrano joined Assemblywoman Vanessa L. Gibson for a Peace Rally and Panel Discussion in Morris Heights today.  This event was a continuation of the Prayer Vigil and Peace Rally that occurred in Morris Heights last month to speak out against the violence that has negatively impacted the community.

“The security and quality of life of the community is of the essence,” said Senator Serrano. “I am pleased that we are all coming together- elected officials, the local precinct, and community members to fight against the violence that has been destroying lives for way too long in this community. However, it doesn't end there. We must continue to give our youth resources and programs where they can make positive contributions and stay off the streets.”

November 2, 2011

Serrano Joins Federal Agencies to Discuss Ways to Revitalize Urban Waterways

Senator Serrano joined Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on a visit to Roberto Clemente State Park today. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the revitalization of urban waterways in under-served communities. Roberto Clemente State Park, because of its proximity to the Harlem River, has been listed as one of seven pilot locations for the Urban Waters Federal Partnership. The purpose of this partnership is to stimulate local economies, create jobs, and improve quality of life by revitalizing urban waterways.

October 28, 2011

Serrano Participates in "It's My Park Day" at Franz Sigel Park!

For the fourth consecutive year, Senator Serrano participated in "It's My Park Day," an event sponsored by William Casari and Partnerships for Parks. Partnerships for Parks is a joint program of City Parks Foundation and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.This fall, the Senator and his family helped clean up Franz Sigel Park in the Bronx, where they picked up garbage, dug soil, and planted bulbs.

"I always look forward to helping out when 'It's My Park Day' comes around," said Senator Serrano. "With our busy day-to-day schedules, it is easy for our local parks to go unnoticed and unattended. We must all continue to work together to keep our parks clean so that we can enjoy them for generations to come."

October 15, 2011

"Fall for Arts" Festival in Roosevelt Island

Senator Serrano and his family attended Roosevelt Island's 6th Annual "Fall for Arts" Festival in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month today. The festival hosted free events for children and adults such as music, entertainment, art galleries, and crafts.

"Roosevelt Island has so much talent to contribute to arts and culture," said Senator Serrano, who serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks, and Recreation. "For the last six years, 'Fall for Arts' has been exposing the local community and people from outside the island to the wonderful world of the arts. My family and I enjoy attending this event and look forward to attending again next year."

October 15, 2011