Senator Serrano gave the opening remarks while co-hosting an immigration fraud roundtable hosted by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Serrano was also joined by fellow co-hosts Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson & Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner. The important discussion focused on ways to protect the Bronx's immigrant community from predatory schemes.

Senator Serrano joined his fellow Bronx elected officials, community groups and residents in celebrating all things Bronx. Senator Serrano attended many Bronx Week 2016 events in the 29th Senate District, as well as celebrating Bronx Day 2016 in Albany.

Senator Serrano presented Mrs. Lorraine Nanko with a proclamation honoring her for her extraord inar y service to the community as a teacher at Cardinal Hayes High School for the last 46 years. Mrs. Nanko arrived at the renowned Cardinal Hayes Memorial H.S. for Boys in the fall of 1969, and taught music appreciation, as well as the Cardinal Singers, the school's chorale group. She was the Musical Director for the school's annual theatrical productions for 36 years.

New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano honored four influential women from the 29th Senate District in his district office for their accomplishments. The honorees for the first 29th Senate District Women of Distinction Awards brunch were Anita Antonetty, Diane Collier, Dolores Green, and Y. Felicia Thomas.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate participated in the Legislature’s sixth annual Animal Advocacy Day and passed legislation to further protect animals and people from harm and abuse. This year’s event brought together lawmakers, law enforcement, and hundreds of pet owners and advocates to raise awareness of important animal issues.

The bills passed today include:

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation to prohibit unfunded mandates from burdening local governments, schools, and their taxpayers. Bill S2295 would require certain state mandated programs imposed on municipalities and school districts to be funded by the state.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final passage to legislation that would help educate and increase awareness among school-aged children to protect them from Lyme disease and tick-borne infections. Bill S5804A requires the state to create age-appropriate educational materials that would be readily available to schools so students can learn how to identify ticks, the procedures for safe removal, and the best practices for protection from ticks.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation to significantly increase penalties for those who conspire with prisoners to commit a felony and/or later hinder the prosecution. Bill S5947 would help prevent a repeat of the cooperation provided by prison employees to two Clinton Correctional Facility inmates who escaped approximately one year ago this week.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) was pleased to report the New York State Senate passed his bill to increase tax savings for seniors and help encourage them to stay in New York post-retirement. Bill S2903C would double the exempt amount of private pensions and retirement income, increasing it for the first time since 1981 and saving approximately $275 million annually.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed four bills to help make the regulatory process in New York more transparent and accessible. The bills would amend the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) to extend the amount of time the public has to comment on a proposed rule and creates new standards for publishing information online.

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