I am happy to report that the benefits of New York’s Paid Family Leave program are now in place as of January 1, 2018. You may recall that, as part of the passage of the 2016 State Budget, my colleagues and I passed the most comprehensive paid family leave program in the nation. This family friendly workplace initiative allows hardworking New Yorkers to care for a sick relative, nurture a new baby, or help assist when a family member is called to active service without fear of penalization or job loss.

Recently, Senator Serrano attended the Community Education Council 3 and District 3 Annual Legislative Breakfast, where various leaders throughout the council and district gathered to give updates on their schools and goals for the New Year. CEC3 is one of the 32 Community Education Councils (CECs) in New York City and includes public elementary and middle schools on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

This years flu virus has reached epidemic levels in New York. According to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, as of last week there have been 11,683 confirmed cases with 2,221 hospitalizations. These numbers are the highest numbers we have seen in New York since we recorded flu statistics in 2004. Governor Cuomo has also signed an executive order allowing pharmacists to give children ages 2 -18 a flu vaccination.

ALBANY, NY - New York State Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon today led a bipartisan push of key measures that would help expand the rights of sexual assault survivors.  Senator Hannon, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, and other legislators were joined by advocates to discuss the importance of these measures, which will ensure all sexual assault survivors are afforded a greater opportunity to seek justice.  

With “design-build” contracting process, BQE project would end two years sooner and taxpayers would save at least $100 million

Without design-build, the DOT will have to redirect trucks onto local Brooklyn streets

The Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal allows five additional state agencies to use design-build, but ignores critical New York City projects like the BQE Rehab

This week the New York State Senate passed legislation to protect consumers from a new state “windfall tax” proposed by the Governor.  The Governor’s proposal anticipates insurers will see savings from federal tax reforms and attempts to recoup this windfall to balance the state budget.  The bill (S7587A), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), is necessary to combat the Governor’s proposal, and ensure the savings are returned to consumers and taxpayers who pay health care premiums.

The New York State Senate has passed legislation designed to protect health insurance consumers from a new state tax that prevents anticipated savings from the federal tax reforms from going back to customers.  The bill (S7587A), sponsored by Senators Kemp Hannon (6th Senate District) and James L.

New York will provide $37.7 million in funding as part of the "Get Screened, No Excuses" initiative to improve access to breast cancer screening for New Yorkers.

Funds are being used to support peer educators in community settings, make patient navigators available to help women as they undergo screening and other necessary follow-up care, and operate mobile mammography vans in underserved neighborhoods to bring health services to New Yorkers.

Operation Safe Child ID

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Statistics show that 34% of parents in the United States don’t know their child’s exact height, weight and eye color.  When a child is reported missing, time can be the greatest adversary.  Possessing up-to-date photos and important information about one’s child are important proactive measures a parent can take to assist law enforcement should a child disappear.