As children head back to school, Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) today announced a new $50,000 state Bullet Aid grant he secured for the Schenectady City School District.

This grant is on top of the $15.4 million state aid increase and the $7.5 million Foundation Aid increase Tedisco was successful in advocating for in this year’s New York State Budget.  This state aid will help add new programs and deliver a 2 percent cut on the school tax levy for residents.

As millions of New Yorkers know, the devastation and damage created from a natural disaster can be heart wrenching. In 2011, Hurricane Irene devastated New York from Long Island throughout our upstate communities. Then, just a year later, Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York City, Long Island, Westchester and our state’s coastline to which residents in those areas are still feeling the effects. During those times, our neighbors throughout the country graciously came to our aid by providing donations and resources.

Senator Serrano delivered an update to JASA Club 76 on the Upper West Side during his weekly off-site constituent hours. Serrano spoke about the issues he is fighting for in Albany and participated in a Q&A session, where he responded to concerns expressed by the seniors.

“Always great speaking with friends at Club76 JASA on the Upper West Side during our Constituent Hours at their center. It was a great discussion and I thank the folks at Club 76 for having me!”

Senator Serrano joined residents and elected officials at the 29th Annual Highbridge Gardens Old Timers Reunion and Family Day, as well as Council Member Gibson’s 4th Annual Family Fun Day. At the Annual Highbridge Gardens Old Timers Reunion and Family Day, Senator Serrano, Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, Assemblymember Latoya Joyner and community residents enjoyed the wonderful celebration of neighborhood and community, with food and entertainment for all ages.

Senator Serrano met with his constituents at the Roosevelt Island New York Public Library (NYPL) for his Roosevelt Island Constituent Services Hours. The Senator provides off-site constituent services hours each day (except Fridays) in various neighborhoods throughout the 29th Senate district, which covers the South and West Bronx, East Harlem, Yorkville, Roosevelt Island and the Upper West Side of Manhattan. His office sets up a table at local libraries, senior centers, government offices and other various locations in the community, ready to discuss your issues and concerns.

Senator Serrano joined community residents and the New York Police Department (NYPD) in honor of the 2017 National Night Out Against Crime. National Night Out is an annual event created to heighten community awareness against crime and drugs on our streets, generate support and participation in anti-crime programs, and to strengthen the neighborhood spirit with police community partnerships.

Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) today announced he will soon be introducing new legislation, the “Ratepayer Protection Act”, to ensure elected representatives have the final say with any utility rate change.

Tedisco’s legislation, which is being drafted, would ensure that any decision on rate increases or decreases must be ratified by the people’s elected representatives in the New York State Legislature.

Fall Prevention Program

Did you know that 1 in 3 older adults will fall each year, and 1 in 5 falls result in a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury?

Catherine Dunckley, a Certified Health Education Specialist at North Shore University Hospital, will discuss topics related to fall prevention including muscle weakness and balance issues, vision problems, the use of medications, proper footwear and home and community hazards.

Estate Planning and Medicaid Basics Program

I am pleased to present a FREE “Estate Planning and Medicaid Basics” Program.


The program takes place on Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Farmingdale Public Library (located at 116 Merritts Road, Farmingdale).


My guest speaker, Melissa Negrin-Weiner, Esq, will discuss the importance of estate planning and advance directives such as Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, and Living Wills.