(New York, NY) -- Today, in response to nationwide raids carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), State Senators José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Brad Hoylman (D, WF-Manhattan) announced they have introduced two pieces of legislation that would protect refugees, immigrants, and foreign students from the Trump Administration’s ongoing discriminatory attacks against members of the immigrant community.

New York State Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) and his Senate colleagues today took a major step forward in helping grow Upstate New York’s economy by passing new legislation to bring popular ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft to the 49th Senate District and across Upstate New York.

The measure, Senate bill S.4159, which is prime sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R,C,I-REF-Oneonta) expands ride sharing outside of New York City and into all regions of Upstate New York.

As we gear up the 2017 Legislative Session, I look forward to fighting for the issues we care deeply about like the arts, the environment, education, housing and combating health disparities. This year it will also be very important to work on legislation that protects New York from some of the dangerous initiatives coming out of the Trump administration. I will stand side by side with my colleagues in leading the fight for our immigrant communities, a woman’s right to choose, LGBTQ rights and protecting our everyday freedoms.

Senator Serrano is a proud co-sponsor of the Raise the Age Legislation (Senate Bill: S5642A of 2015) and will continue to fight for the passage of this important legislation. Every year nearly 28,000 sixteen and seventeen-year-olds face the possibility of prosecution as adults in criminal court. As research has shown, placing adolescents in an adult criminal justice system is counterproductive for both the defendant and for public safety.

Senator Serrano Introduced a bill (S3929) that would establish Three King's day as a school holiday for all public schools in New York City. While Three Kings day is celebrated by many people, public schools do not close for that day. Other states such as Connecticut have closed their schools in New Haven and Hartford for Three Kings day. This legislation will ensure that children will be able to celebrate the holiday with their families.

(Albany, NY) New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano called for the passage of his Dignity for Immigrants bill (S4075A). This legislation would protect immigrants from being victimized by unjust deportation procedures, including the Trump Administration’s recent Executive Order which unfairly discriminates against members of the immigrant community.

Senator Serrano spoke to a packed house of Schwab House residents alongside Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Council Member Helen Rosenthal. The Senator spoke on his priorities for the year in Albany and answered a wide range of questions from the audience.