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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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East Harlem Elected Officials Denounce the Defacement of Public Art

June 29, 2009 East Harlem, NY - Elected officials and community leaders spoke out against the defacement of a local landmark, and declared a united front to protect the cultural heritage of East Harlem. On June 13, the four-story Spirit of East Harlem mural, at 104th Street and Lexington Ave., was defaced. 

June 29, 2009
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Serrano Makes Push on Arts Education

Albany, NY - Senator José M. Serrano has signed onto a Senate bill that would continue, though amend, Mayoral Control of New York City schools. It would establish a panel to advise the Chancellor on arts education, and work to improve compliance with state law. 

June 26, 2009
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Keep Tabs on the Money, N.Y.

Albany Times Union  

Published: Thursday, June 18, 2009

By José M. Serrano

CLICK HERE for article on the Albany Times Union website 

June 18, 2009
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Legislators Propose Nationally Ground-Breaking Performance Standards for New York's Stimulus Investments

Joined by NYS Stimulus Oversight Working Group, Legislators Argue New York Should Look Where "Foresight Meets Oversight"

June 17, 2009
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Serrano Bill to Strengthen Gun Control in NY State Parks Passes Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation Committee

June 4, 2009

Albany, NY – Senator José M. Serrano moved quickly to ensure safety at state parks, in the wake of a reckless pro-gun provision that moved through Congress last month.

The provision, tucked into a bill on credit card rules, allows park visitors to carry concealed weapons in national parks unless otherwise prohibited by state law.

June 4, 2009
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Serrano Statement on Shooting of Police Officer

May 29, 2009
 

Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed both grief and deep concern following the death of Omar J. Edwards, an off-duty police officer shot on East 125th Street last night, apparently by a plainclothes officer.

"I will be meeting with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office this Sunday to learn more about what happened, and discuss next steps," said Serrano.

May 29, 2009
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Serrano Sends Message to Community in Support of Marriage Equality

Throughout my career as a public official, I have strongly supported Marriage Equality. Moreover, I am a co-sponsor of the Senate bill (S.4401) that will provide same-sex couples the same opportunity to enter into civil marriages as opposite-sex couples. I consider Marriage Equality a part of the ongoing struggle for civil rights in this country. State government must take comprehensive action, both on the legislative and budgetary fronts, and I applaud Governor Paterson for his leadership. 

May 28, 2009
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Serrano Sends Message to Community in Support of Marriage Equality

Throughout my career as a public official, I have strongly supported Marriage Equality. Moreover, I am a co-sponsor of the Senate bill (S.4401) that will provide same-sex couples the same opportunity to enter into civil marriages as opposite-sex couples. I consider Marriage Equality a part of the ongoing struggle for civil rights in this country. State government must take comprehensive action, both on the legislative and budgetary fronts, and I applaud Governor Paterson for his leadership. 

May 27, 2009
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Serrano and Leaders Call on Governor Paterson to Lead the Nation in "Stimulus Accountability"

Legislators and Watchdogs Call for New York to be the Nation's "Transparency Capital"

(Albany, NY) - A coalition of state elected officials praised Governor Paterson for being a champion of the federal stimulus package today, and strongly urged him to comprehensively address oversight and accountability in stimulus funding.  The state officials were joined by members of the NYS Stimulus Oversight Working Group, including Common Cause/New York and NYPIRG.

May 5, 2009
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Senator Serrano and Leaders Encourage Sustainable Choices

Senator Serrano, Sanitation Commissioner Doherty, City's Sustainability Director Aggarwala, and Assemblymember Kellner Announce Legislation to Make New York City a Pioneer in Protecting the Environment by Encouraging Sustainable Choices

City Residents Use Billions of Plastic Bags Per Year

Five Cent Plastic Carryout Bag Fee Will Help Reduce Litter and Number of Bags That Enter Waste Stream

May 4, 2009
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"I Love New York" to Become Official State Slogan Under Serrano Bill

Serrano S.3424 Passes Senate; Awaits Signature from Governor

April 29, 2009
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Elected Leaders Launch “East Harlem Against Deportation” Campaign

In Conjunction with Local Families, Advocates and Non-Profits, including The Children’s Aid Society

Push for Halt to Unjust and Unnecessarily Aggressive Deportations; Amnesty International / USA Reports on Dramatic Increase of Immigrant Detentions

April 24, 2009
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Serrano Says No Time to Waste on Housing

Senator Serrano calls for the repeal of vacancy decontrol at a housing rally on the West Side of Manhattan

April 22, 2009
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Senator Serrano Flips the Switch on the Empire Switch on the Empire State

Albany, NY - March 28, 2009 - A resolution introduced by Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) which requested New Yorkers turn off their lights for an hour this evening,  unanimously passed through the New York State Senate on Monday.

The resolution requests that Governor David Paterson adopt 8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2009 as “Earth Hour” in an show of solidarity against global climate change. New York State residents joined millions of people from over 4,000 cities around the world in voluntarily turning off their lights for the hour.

March 28, 2009
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Serrano at Manhattan College

Senator Jose M. Serrano attended the Community Leader’s Reception at the Smith Auditorium of Manhattan College, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, on Thursday, March 12.

"Manhattan College has been a landmark institution in this community for 156 years. The Community Leader’s reception celebrates the strong relationship this school has built with the public throughout its history," said Senator Serrano, a Manhattan College alumnus.

March 12, 2009
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