This month Senator Serrano participated in the 27th  anniversary of the Bronx Dominican Day Parade. Thousands of people marched down the Grand Concourse, from East Tremont Avenue to 167th Street, celebrating Dominican heritage. Residents of  New York City from all backgrounds came together to sing, dance and socialize, highlighting the impact that the Dominican Republic has had in the unified communities of Bronx.

Last month, Senator Serrano's off-site constituent hours focused on celebrating, honoring and supporting our veterans. Our office partnered with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, New York State Division of Veteran Affairs and the New York Fire Department (FDNY) to share information about important resources and employment opportunities available to veterans and their families. We were also joined by neighboring elected official's such as Bronx Assembly Member Victor Pichardo, Upper West Side Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and East Harlem Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez.

Senator Serrano joined his Bronx colleagues in the city and state legislatures in announcing a new partnership between New York State, Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Harlem RBI. This important partnership will create a youth baseball and softball academy at Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx that will immediately serve at least 1,500 youth, tripling the number currently participating in the park's baseball programs.

The New York State Senate passed Senator José M. Serrano's bill S1165, which mandates the New York State Department of Health to conduct an intensive study on the alarmingly high asthma rates in the Bronx and to use the findings to create a comprehensive remedial plan.

The New York State Senate passed Senator Jose M. Serrano's Bronx Children's Museum legislation, S.05859. This bill will authorize the New York City parks department to allow the Bronx Children's museum to operate within Mill Pond Park in the borough of the Bronx. 
 

Senator Serrano marched in the 59th Annual Puerto Rican Day parade, which takes place along 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The parade is widely attended by hundreds of thousands of people of all nationalities and celebrates the history and culture of Puerto Rico.

"Puerto Ricans have made tremendous contributions to New York City, and the entire country. This parade is a celebration of our unique ability to cross cultural boundaries while remaining true to our roots. It is always an honor to march in this parade, and embrace Puerto Rican culture."
 

Senator Serrano participated in a very important report conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law about small donor public financing in elections. The report entitled "Breaking Down Barriers: The Faces of Small Donor Public Financing" sheds light on the issue of mega-donors having an unfair level of influence on American elections and ways to negate this trend.

New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano visited the Mott Haven Academy Charter School in the South Bronx to present Nyla Jones and Sarai Bazan with certificates for winning the 2016 New York State Senate Earth Day Poster Contest.

New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano was recently interviewed on the WBAI program "State of the Arts." The Senator discussed his arts and cultural district legislation, S6271A, which passed in the New York State Senate and would create arts and cultural districts throughout the state in order to promote the growth and development of the arts and culture sector.

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